Marvel at Mara Hoffman


Beautiful, exotic, tribal print clash. Another stunning collection by Mara Hoffman – bikinis, swimsuits and floaty silk cover ups with divine detailing.  The neon green frilly bandeau bikini is on my lust list.  And I can see myself wafting around in that kaftan with bare feet and a smile.  Loving her blog too.

Mara Hoffman.


Versace for H&M SS’12

Versace for H&M SS’12 collection brings us a tasty little selection of fruity beach wear featuring some of our favourite iconic and archival Versace magic.  And no need to sharpen those elbows, the collection is available only online from January 19th, here.

Zimmerman Resort 2012

Zimmerman, one of my all time favourite swimwear brands, love the bohemian feel of the current resort collection featuring natural muted tones (for those in fear of neon!) and layering of bangles, bracelets and necklaces.  That white maxi skirt with sky high split and the show-stopping blue one piece are on my wish list.


Hervé Léger, le chic

Sexy swimwear, strictly poolside…


Temptation Island – Vogue US

Girl-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss by Mario Testino.  A powerful print story and the freshest spring colours with peeps of swimwear by Eres, Tori Praver Swimwear, Nina Ricci. Almost time to dig out the Hawaiian shirts and make them new again. That Stella McCartney Hawaiian-print cotton top (2nd from the bottom) is popping up all over the place, we’re having a South Pacific moment.

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Harper’s Bazaar Australia January 2012

Dark glamour, urban sophistication showcasing sports luxe swimwear layered up with striking, bold accessories.  A hard edge look, not for the faint-hearted. Metallics, leather, rubber, neoprene, steel – not your everyday swimwear ensembles but we’ll be seeing more and more of this.

Bette Franke by Benny Horne for Harper’s Bazaar Australia January 2012.

Sports luxe

Modernist sports aesthetics are big for the season – simple shapes, uncomplicated finishes, practical block colours with a hint of print.  Lisa Marie Fernandez leads the charge on sporty swimwear with neoprene fabrics that mold the body and hold in all the bits needing extra coverage / support. And they’re a little bit bond girl!


Poolside ponder

Inside Out, Topshop’s top blog perfectly captures my imagination and the very reason why I started this blog.  These poolside paintings by Nina Nolte entitled The Best Is Yet To Come makes me daydream of sunnier climes, cold drink in hand, glamorous swimwear.  Summer, I wait for you patiently.

Vogue Australia

This could be Capri circa 1950.

Source:  Studded Hearts.


US Elle – 90s beach ghetto

Even though this editorial featured in October, I wanted to post it as a prelude to the 90s nod that we’ll be seeing across SS’12 collections.  In particular, I love the bling-tastic 90s ghetto vibe of this shoot, featuring my favourite, the neon!  And I’m rather hankering after all that chunky gold Chanel. A smokey eye, spikey heels and masses of gold jewellery look right at home on this beach.

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