NEW WAVE

In­tro­duc­ing a gnarly set of surf-in­spired looks.

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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

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