Ten for ten. Rounding up Resort 2020.
Double Rainbouu (above)
This was a magical mystery tour through the Chinese Garden in Darling Harbour. A meandering tableau of models in great Double Rainbouu delivered a totally unexpected mise en scene. Resort presented as it should be at an incredible location, imbued with story telling. Who needs Marrakech? The Double Rainbouu evolution is the good stuff. Take us on a road trip.
Pumped. What’s not to love about this level of energy. Claire Tregoning and Pip Edwards were en pointe with their evolving mix of sport that is running hot and hard in the US. The Pared Eyewear collaboration powered to perfection and mighty is the collaboration with Speedo. A debut collection of swimsuits and steamers is what we want. We swim every day, P.E style.
And then there was Phoebe Tonkin walking in Matteau. We love that she champions her best friends’ spot-on resort label. The original bikinis and sleek swimmers just keep evolving – minimal and modern. Yes, please. We love the new airy sundresses for their generosity of spirit that took us on a summer escape. Designers Ilona Hamer and Peta Heinsen nailed the vacay list, happy to pack it all and the whole slew of chunky Tiffany & Co. Hardware that added crunch to this clever collection.
Nailed it. Edwina and Adrian’s Resort collection blossomed with wattle and elegant references to Australian flora. Balanced and beautiful. It made our hearts soar. This was serious Resort that goes beyond the beach.
Pronounced ‘basic’, duh, we love the core sentiment at the heart of this Northern Beaches brand. Honest, simple, chic. A good t-shirt, a great soft shirt, the perfect pair of shorts. This season stepped it all up with new colours in lush greens and new shapes. We loved the artisanal beach vibe and with Johnny Seymour on the decks and dinner served at Apollo, it was a mini break with benefits. Thank you Deborah Sams and Mary Lou.
The Brandenburg Orchestra played Scarborough Fair brilliantly and we all felt cultured – for a minute – at the end of fashion week. Zampatti’s classic tailored jackets and sparkling evening gowns felt grown up and the perfect fit for the new wave of glamour that’s filtering through right now. This is for the woman who wants more than relaxed: she wants results.
A total trip from beginning to end. Well, it is our namesake label after all. Designers Lucy Hinckfuss and Maurice Terzini both bring so much to the party with a good mix of basketball vibes, a sense of athleticism with that Bondi Iceberg’s go hard or go home edge – all grounded by a swaggering femininity. Cosmic. We loved the Sener Besim shades, all cantilevered cleverness and the mega Everugg sheepskin slides. Hello.
Holiday the Label
Holiday. It says it all. Emma Mulholland’s clever label makes us smile and feel good. It’s the ultimate in super cool escapism. The Paramount Hotel hosted; the wine by Drnks, Young Henry’s beer and Mary’s pizzas fuelled; and we all celebrated the unassuming genius that is Emma Mulholland. Resort 2020: youth club. Love it.
She is our favourite Playa. Lucy Folk’s beautiful pinky peachy Bondi Beach store was humming with people perusing 2020 – but easily getting waylaid by everything else on offer. It must be said we shopped up a storm. Folk’s power is in her ability to design the perfect fine jewellery and surround it with effortlessness that cannot be resisted. Boom.
Albus Lumen Homewares
Marina Afonina is a forcefield of creativity. Clever. Controversially she didn’t show Resort (that’s PARIS next month) instead presenting her new ‘Casa’ – homewares. A collaboration between ceramic artist Alana Wilson and astrologist Srna Vuckovic who helped to inform the ‘Signum’ collection based around the elements air, water, fire and earth. The zodiac nerds in the room were frothing.
This was an anniversary year for Lee Mathews. Her softly, sweetly does it signature presented in what felt like a zen garden, inspired by nature driven artist Janet Laurence’s ‘Waiting – A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants’ artwork was serenity now. We loved the airy lightness running through the collection. It’s clear Mathews’ design partner Natalia Grzybowski, show stylist Brana Wolf and Mathews were all speaking the same language. A natural synergy.
by Alison Veness & Bec Khoury