As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, the time to embrace cool fabrics, bold colours and clever cut-outs is upon us. MSFW Resort celebrated high summer with the latest in resort design and swimwear for every body type and style. The best in beach-ready aesthetics from well-loved Australian designers was sure to inspire even the shyest among us to peel away their winter layers.
Infused with vibrant visuals with an instantly recognisable signature, We Are Handsome’s latest line is super bold and Venice-beach ready. Cover-ups were a new addition to the swimwear offering, with chiffon shell tops and long-sleeved shirts diversifying the signature range of scooped-back one-pieces, skimpy tri-bikinis and spray-on leggings and body-con tank dresses.
Iconic Aussie board shorts label Franks provided a much-needed alternative to shapeless surf bum boardies and neon budgie smugglers on the market. The range embodied the Australian beach lifestyle but takes on a unique design aesthetic, with shorts printed with fun 80s throwback designs; pineapple boardies were a huge hit, along with a line of geometrical, almost Fresh Prince style prints.
Seafolly have developed an almost cult following over the last few years, offering a fun, fashion forward and innovative range of swim and lifestyle wear. Bold statement prints, contrasting textures and injections of eclectic colour encapsulate the Seafolly aeathetic. This season, we see bold pops of colour, kaleidoscopic cover-ups and, of course, the label’s signature florals.
Maidenlove’s spring summer offering is filled with versatile pieces that carry you from day into night, combining modern ideas with vintage styling. This collection is slightly more trend driven in it’s nature than most Aussie swimwear. We see blocked monochrome, splashes of metallic copper and a hint of shimmering navy.
Limedrop summer plays with on trend silhouettes in explosive prints and textures. A sweet pink shift dress covered in a flirty butterfly print takes the wearer from the beach to the bar, while a series of clear perspex styles are a fun appropriation of this season’s highly structured futuristic trend.
For summer, Feathers offers a number of chic draped styles for the slightly more body conscious beach goer. The styles are sleek and elegant in their silhouettes, but fun and utterly flirty in their colourways. We see pops of neon teamed with bright florals; almost 60s in its aesthetic.
Leopard print and asymmetry are key for Charlie Brown this season, taking on a somewhat European high summer appeal. Pieces are drapey and sophisticated, combining clashing prints in one garment. The jumpsuit is a predominant style, shown in a multitude of prints from animal, to floral, to more evening-appropriate tribal boheme.
Show closer Wayne Cooper presented a range of cruise-ready minis and separates, complete with pops of neon and flashes of metallic. Colours are bright and prints are vibrant. Dresses are high necked with high hemlines, and matching separates take shape in high waisted trousers and structured cropped tanks. A luxe cerulean gown closes the show at the height of glamour; a fitting end to a week that celebrated the best of Melbourne fashion.