FASHION

SWIMWEAR DE­SIGN­ERS ARE TAK­ING IN­SPI­RA­TION FROM THE CLAS­SICS AS THEY MAKE A MOD­ERN MOVE TO SUS­TAIN­ABLE STYLE

Life & Style Weekend - - CONTENTS - WORDS: CHAN­TAY LOGAN

NAU­TI­CAL AND NICE

The clas­sics are prov­ing their worth this sea­son, so earn your stripes in navy and white or stand out in red. RH Swimwear de­signer and founder Ruth Hur­ley says the look is time­less and ver­sa­tile. “We will never fall out of love with the stripe,” she says. “Ver­ti­cal stripes have been a pref­er­ence for the past few years, which is slightly less clas­sic (and slightly more flat­ter­ing), and we love to play with over­sized stripes too. “Blue and white has ex­tremely wide ap­peal, es­pe­cially with swimwear which al­ways has a nau­ti­cal vibe. Red though is a strong trend this year, in­clud­ing every­thing through from bright shades to deeper, earth­ier tones. It can look very strik­ing on the beach, es­pe­cially in a one-piece. “In terms of print trends, polka is a must buy this sea­son and for colour trends, yel­lows and laven­der are hav­ing a mo­ment.”

TIED IN KNOTS

Whether you pre­fer a one-piece or a bikini, swimwear de­sign­ers are putting a fem­i­nine twist on sta­ple sil­hou­ettes. “Tie fea­tures have been a trend for a year or so,” Ruth says. “We’ve shown this in a new way this sum­mer by adding re­mov­able ties to the straps of our Ties bikini and Ties one-piece. “Knots are a new trend we’re see­ing a lot of this year. Our knot ban­deau fea­tures an en­larged cen­tre knot and tie-up back. “It’s boho chic and looks fab on smaller chested ladies who re­quire lit­tle sup­port.”

SUS­TAIN­ABLE STYLE

Shop­pers are in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing swimwear that’s beau­ti­ful in­side and out. Peony de­signer Becky Mor­ton is one of many mak­ing the tran­si­tion to re­cy­cled and sus­tain­able swimwear styles. “We want to feel good about what we do ev­ery day and once we started talk­ing to our cus­tomers we knew it was some­thing they wanted too,” she says. “We are also proud that 80 per cent of our fabri­ca­tions meet Stan­dard 100 by Oeko Tex, which means that the fabrics are much more gen­tle on the en­vi­ron­ment. “We feel this is a very strong place to start from.” RH Swimwear’s de­signs are a polyester made from re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles and blended with span­dex. “We’d been look­ing for a re­cy­cled fab­ric to use for a while and were so ex­cited when we found the one for our sum­mer col­lec­tion,” Ruth says. “It feels amaz­ing — so soft and lux­u­ri­ous. “We’ve been on a jour­ney for a while to im­ple­ment more sus­tain­able and eth­i­cal prac­tices into our com­pany. “I think swim and re­sortwear is linked to the beauty of na­ture, beaches and oceans. “So the sus­tain­able move­ment is prob­a­bly more (ev­i­dent for us) than any other fashion sec­tor. “We need to keep these clean and pro­tected if we self­ishly want to keep en­joy­ing them for years to come.” Look one: RH Swimwear Ties one-piece red stripe, $89, rhswimwear.com.au Look two: Peony Hay­man string tri, $69, and Hay­man Sun bot­toms, $69, pe­onyswimwea­r.com Look three: RH Swimwear Ties top, $49, and Mod bot­toms, $39, rhswimwear.com.au Look four: Seafolly Sea Stripe one-piece, $159.95, seafolly.com.au

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