Metallic hues are set to make a splash this summer, like the pieces shown at the spring-summer 2017 swimwear collection by Spanish designer Dolores Cortes during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, in September.
Metallic hues are set to make a splash this summer, like the pieces shown at the spring-summer 2017 swimwear collection by Spanish designer Dolores Cortes during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, in September. J.J. GUILLEN

Dive into latest swimwear trends

AS THE weather heats up in Australia, the swimwear trends of the European summer will start to hit beaches and pools nationwide. Derived from the bohemian mood that was seen at the Coachella festival, this season has shown the Californian free spirit embodied in swim fabrics and silhouettes. Bikinis are adorned in hand-drawn paisley prints and embellished with tassels and lace, shown off by the likes of Maaji and Aguaclara. Carefree in embroidered or crocheted two-pieces, you will feel as if you are dancing away in Palm Springs, or Bryon Bay.

A model walks down the runway during the Luli Fama swimwear show,  in Miami Beach, Florida, earlier this year.
A model walks down the runway during the Luli Fama swimwear show, in Miami Beach, Florida, earlier this year. Lynne Sladky

This season also heightened the theme of vintage glamour. Plunging one-pieces with low scooped backs in shades of metallic nudes were bared by designers Gottex and Beach Riot. High-waisted bottoms gracefully paired with halter neck or elegant one-shouldered tops can be accessorised with floppy sun hats, reminiscent of French Rivera style.

Models walk down the runway during the Lybethras swimwear show, in Miami Beach.
Models walk down the runway during the Lybethras swimwear show, in Miami Beach. Lynne Sladky

Now visualise the backdrop of Sydney and the blues of Bondi Beach. The nautical '70s is a nostalgic trend that has been reinvented with geometric shapes and a splash of retro surf by O'Neill and Patagonia. Origami stripes and chevron patterns have been painted in hues of blue. Ice, denim or navy, there's a shade to suit any refreshingly adventurous woman.

A model displays a creation by Italian fashion brand Totti Swimwear at Belarus Fashion Week in Minsk, Belarus.
A model displays a creation by Italian fashion brand Totti Swimwear at Belarus Fashion Week in Minsk, Belarus. Sergei Grits

A micro trend within all of the spring-summer 2017 styles is performance-based fabrics for the seafaring female. Brands have focused on lightweight lycras, UV neoprenes and snag-resistant yarns.

A model displays a creation by Italian fashion brand Totti Swimwear at Belarus Fashion Week in Minsk last month.
A model displays a creation by Italian fashion brand Totti Swimwear at Belarus Fashion Week in Minsk last month. Sergei Grits


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