With retro glamour set to return to Australia’s shores this summer, Norma Kamali is the ultimate label for those wishing to channel a by-gone era with flattering, feminine results.
Kamali’s vintage-inspired swimwear shimmies on a hallowed horizon where silhouettes of 1940s and 50s pinups mix with style-savage details, conjuring up images of Betty Draper lounging poolside in the year 2011. From low-plunge halternecks to high waisted bikinis and ruffled skirtinis, Kamali creates endless possibilities for every figure.
For her Resort 2012 collection, Kamali rendered the concept of lingerie-as-swimwear into delicate confections that bring an element of the boudoir to the beach. Lace, stretch mesh and crystal embellishments personify grace in a palette of nudes, black, soft greys and mocha, lending an ethereal ballerina feel to the collection.
Gleaming wet-look metallics and stud-embellishments are queen of the galaxy sexy, while bold designs continue an enduring love affair with animal prints and nautical stripes. Kamali once again marks out innovative territory with clever wrap-and-tie pieces that offer an individual mode of dressing. Elsewhere, statement cover-ups such as a fringed pair of hip-hugging shorts will add high-octane glamour to your holiday suitcase.
The Kamali customer is one who wishes to display flawless taste rather than an abundance of flesh – although that too is possible. These are styles that endure, pushing fleeting fashions overboard. Bring on the bathing beauties! Shop the pieces HERE.