Introducing a gnarly set of surf-inspired looks.
The resort season has always made for a fun injection of post-winter clothing, and this year’s collections are free and easy, throwing caution to the wind. Or make that throwing caution to the sea breeze, because surf culture is influencing fashion in a big way right now. For some pre-prep, reference Tyler in Point Break (skip the remake and rewind to 1991). With her rugged denim and tie-dye tees, Lori Petty’s iconic character typified the ball-busting better-thanthe-boys attitude we all need to be channelling today.
Visual mood board in place, pivot to the resort collections for the 2018 interpretation. Designers from New York to Paris were overwhelmingly in support of easy-wear pieces that riff on bright colours and cool cuts, and they’re by no means restricted to the beach. Irrational aversion to sand? No problem. Prabal Gurung’s tie-dye sweaters, skirts and dresses are set to stay firmly on the sidewalk. Sunlight messing with your post-peel recovery? Coach has you sorted with a collection of merch paying tribute to California’s legendary Hollywood nightspot The Viper Room (RIP River Phoenix) so you can take in some palm trees post sunset.
New favourite Christelle Kocher showed her Koché collection in Marseille on France’s Côte d’azur, where the surf is admittedly unreliable but her highlighter-bright slogans more than made up for it. Her low-slung Kepper pants, bold one-pieces, pool slides, patched-together dresses and second-skin tops sprayed with crystals channelled a “Miami-meets-new Orleans vibe”. The general attitude of the models, cast from the street and from Kocher’s own friendship circle? Be cool and comfortable in your own sandshoes. Another designer with the cool-kid vibe nailed: Virgil Abloh. The camo swimwear and jelly sandals he combined for his Off-white collection will be bestsellers. As will anything seen at Miu Miu, where Alexa Chung and Kate Bosworth strode the runway in chunky tomboy cardies and ocean-slicked hair.
From scruffy-chic striped sweaters to reworked rash vests, crop hoodies, acid-wash knee shorts, neoprene swimsuits and colourful windcheaters, surfer staples are back. Are we unashamedly mining the culture? Yes. Are we inspired to harass our legitimate waveriding, surf-report scanning mate for lessons? Yes. Will we be reviving our old Quiksilver and Roxy faithfuls? The jury is out.
“For some pre-prep, reference Tyler in Point Break”
Earrings, $25.95, ZARA, zara.com/au Heels, $650, SCANLAN THEODORE, scanlantheodore.com T-shirt, $90, DOUBLE RAINBOUU, doublerainbouu.com Swimsuit, $150, BEC + BRIDGE, becandbridge.com.au Sunglasses, $510, CÈLINE, healyoptical.com.au
Jumper, $490, ACNE, acnestudios.com
Shorts, $179, KATE SYLVESTER, katesylvester.com Trainers, $169, VEJA, mychameleon.com.au