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Only last week I was reminded how swimsuits, as we now know them, are relatively new inventions and how popular the WOOL swimsuit was in days of old. The strict Victorians were heavily against disrobing if they went swimming in public, but then their huge, voluminous skirts and the tight woven fabrics of the time proved hard to swim in. So this was when the wool swimsuit was born. There I was face-to-face with a true designer version of the wool kind at the Tate Modern. Because the Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) retrospective currently on there includes a lampshade, six evening coats, a pair of chevron-striped shoes edged with gleaming silver leather, endless textile designs, cover illustrations of Vogue alongside this 1928 stunning piece of swimwear.Read More
Working in a holiday resortwear shop makes me want to travel… every day! Certain colours and styles remind me of adventures abroad pre Husband, pre child, pre Biondi… And some of the new designs for Biondi’s S/S 15 will always remind me of my latest trip to Turks and Caicos last May. The run up to the holiday was frenetic. Various UK swimwear buyers were coming into to see the new 2015 collection from Vix and my own brand Biondi was everywhere I looked - in swatches, paper cuts out and mood boards galore. I was craving the total switch off and downtime with my family.Read More
A red-headed beauty best known for stalking the catwalk in Milan, Paris and New York, Angela can now be found in London’s Westbourne Grove where she mixes modelling and styling with motherhood. Angela made a beeline for our bespoke service in search of unique swimwear and she hasn’t looked back since! Her latest piece is a swim dress in gold-threaded lurex fabric which sets off her alabaster skin to perfection. Angela’s impeccable style credentials make her the ideal person to grab our first 20 Seconds with…Read More
This season is all about classic shapes; a one-piece or high-waisted bikini, accessorised with wedges and a straw hat. I’m rarely without a hat on holiday as it finishes off my outfit and creates an essential barrier between my skin and the sun. With temperatures rising in Chelsea, I’ve put together this handy headgear guide!Read More