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Summer always burns a hole in our wallets – and it’s not because of the dim British sun. There are just too many nice things to buy – sexy swimwear, bucket hats, unnecessary beach towels – and not enough time to actually enjoy it. To help you with your own (well-deserved) spree, here's a round-up of some of our most-wanted beachwear, including a few pieces from Louisa Ballou's new collection made for those electric, something-in-the-air summer nights and Worme x Clio Peppiatt's jewelled collection that's destined for hot Mediterranean nights. Race you to the sea!
Sergio Tacchini’s legacy has gone from the tennis court to British football terraces, worn by golden era hip-hop artists, and the Italian mobs of The Sopranos. Now, it’s landed in the hands of London’s unruly skate brand, Yardsale, in a collab featuring terry cloth tracksuits, slick cotton piqué polos and throwback graphics from the Italian apparel brand’s early beginnings. And, in a slick twist, they brought along La Haine actor Saïd Taghmaoui for its campaign – originally wearing the clobber throughout the 1995 film: “For the last 25 years people have been asking me to do this and that and this just felt right,” Taghmaoui says. “Being from the French ghetto and the history with the brands, it just felt right.” Mwah.
The technical process of becoming a saint requires submitting a form to a special Vatican tribunal - Turkish-British designer Dilara Fındıkoğlu said no need to do the paperwork and has become one anyway. For her 2022 Swimwear Collection, the CSM grad - and legendary #encoreCSM founder - whisks away her disciples to Saint Dilara Beach Club, teaching us all how to become a hot and holy person of the island. Inspired by real eighteenth-century muses and cut from velouté-smooth satin with risque ruching, the ensemble is so boldly sexy you'll want to emerge from the Aegean Sea, head back in and repeat until the sun runs cold.
Motifs maketh the brand. The Cotton Wreath of Denim Tears - started by one-in-a-zillion polymath Tremaine Emory - is as powerful as it gets, a symbol of the project's commitment to telling the story of Black cotton farmers. For their new Denim Tears Rhinestone Capsule - available exclusively at Dover Street Market from June 28 - Emory embellishes pieces with the visual and hundreds of hand-applied rhinestones. Entirely cotton, the capsule stylishly continues Denim Tears' impact-led thread.
Monochrome, do one! This summer, we’re all about mood-boosting, poppy colour, and it seems like Ray-Ban is on a similar tip. The sunglasses giant has just launched the ColorBlock Collection, reimagining the classic Wayfarer style in a cocktail of premixed can tones. The shades feature a selection of transparent frames to switch around and the iconic insignia on the arms, ready to be taken for a spin during the brand’s series of Summer Sessions featuring Self Esteem, Nia Archives and more. The ColorBlock Collection: all it’s missing is “u”. Or something like that – anyway, shop the full capsule on Ray-Ban.com.
For their latest in a special line of sustainable collections, Acne Studios has just released Repurposed Season 7 & 8. Here, nothing goes to waste, with a full collection making the most of excess materials from previous seasons and culminating in wickedly cool jeans with pro-planet Earth scribbles eco-printed across them (“don’t fxxx with my world”), oversized hoodies and t-shirts coming in an oh-so earthy palette. Go on, do your bit – and look good while doing it.