I have decided that my Lust List needs to drop the word ‘lingerie’ from the title. Initially it was because, following a trip to Selfridges lingerie department when I became somewhat distracted by the wonderful bikinis and beachwear, I decided that I wanted to write about swimwear this month. But it’s also because I don’t like the connotations of the word lingerie and would rather make my regular lust lists about the more generic term underwear instead. No doubt there will be a blog post on that topic coming soon! In the meantime, here are my top five swimwear brands from Selfridges’ rather impressive selection.
1) Lisa Marie Fernandez
Nautical styling and interesting fabrics like towelling, neoprene and seersucker drew me to this collection like a moth to a flame. High waisted bikini briefs! Rope belts! And the Arden Flounce maillot swimsuit (above) is utterly stunning. Makes me wish I had a pool to pose beside.
It was the texture that caught my eye when walking past the Prism swimwear collection. The shapes and colours are simple and classic, but the fabrics (like on the geometric swimsuit) add a modern twist and a luxury edge.
3) Orlebar Brown
The striking prints on Orlebar Brown‘s swimwear and beachwear are really rather special. A 1935 travel poster for Nice and a vintage photo of Riviera surfers make this minimal timeless collection stand out.
The bold block colours of Roksanda Ilincic’s womenswear collections are very evident in her swimwear too. You instantly recognise the designer’s work and it’s still dramatic even though it’s now her signature. I think it looks even better in person than it does in the product shots on the Selfridges website.
The texture, pattern and colours of the Missoni swimwear range give it a wonderful 70s vibe. The crochet style knit kaftans, swimsuits, triangle bikinis and playsuits have a relaxed festival vibe about them, but are way more Coachella than Glastonbury!