Walking into the fashionable Carriageworks for MBFWA, instantly felt like what I would imagine to be walking on a runway – under the spotlight, glamorous, buzzing, in order and creative. A plethora of fashion arrangements. Showing that every choice was fine tuned, from threads to hair to shoes to makeup. An effortless art for this bunch.

The 8pm SWIM show was packed out. A fun vibe of chatty people filled the room. Certainly more males than expected, for obvious reasons and a small selection of tired bloggers that were over catwalks and taking notes. Refreshments courtesy of San Pellegrino offered by men in white and red pin stripe shirts and elegantly dressed girls was the perfect summer’s day drink to set the spring-summery scene.

However, it was bound to be a show that would make anyone dislike the fresh autumn chill that has hit a previously sunny Sydney. Bondi Bather opened the show with sunset coloured bikini’s, then brought in bright ocean blues. Winter appropriate long sleeve lycra bikini tops teamed with basic bottoms make the dreaded childhood trend look instantly fashionable. Dream come true for those pale skinned beauties! The stunning Imogen Anthony really blew us out of the water closing Bondi Bather by bearing all in a bikini made purely out of sand.

Carena West was purple, silver, white and hot pink. The high waisted cut out, purple, black and white pattern bikini was defiantly a favourite, Instagram is a testimony to that one. And when it’s paired with jellies and socks what’s not to love! The model stopping to take a selfie on the runway perfectly portrayed the bold, confident and fun designs of Carena West. Not to mention the collection could be seen through the 3D Image Viewmasters that were given away. Inner child was awoken!

Next up Surface too Deep were well aware of how to capture the female eye. Opening the collection was a fine specimen of a male walking in pastel patterned trunks. Yet, I’m not sure that’s what all those iPhones were taking photos of when he appeared on the runway. The girls however, wore basic cut pastel pattern bikinis, some teamed with a simple frill. Frills became a trend throughout the collection on block colour one-piece bathers, as well as the high waisted bottom. Think mustard yellow, deep red, black and olive green – colours that aimed to bring us up to the surface but the earthy kind.

Finally, Cleonie took us on a European summer journey. And the journey is not complete without the gorgeous European lover, right? Cleonie was generous enough to provide us with two. The male models wearing the psychedelic blue flower board shorts, carrying a pot of flowers already had minds wandering. But they continued to wander with beautiful collection pieces including strappy triangle bikinis tops and strappy bottoms. Cleonie proved that one could do no wrong in a little black bikini, with a simple modernized frill and a flattering high waisted bottom. It was the perfectly classic way to close the amazing MBFW SWIM collections, leaving us drowning in the thought of next summer.

Words by Renee Ilich.


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