It’s a photo shoot full of two styles of swimwear that we left out of our 2011 / 2012 bikini guide: the black one piece and the half kini. Both share the fact that they’re not distinctly on trend. Nor are they necessarily practical (the half-kinis impracticality is obvious, and black swimwear in the glare of the sun isn’t always comfortable). What they both do have going for them, however, is the potential to be heavily sexualised, something that Marie Claire Spain has discovered in their June 2011 issue.
Flicking through the photo shoot’s pages is a reminder that as a colour, the minimalism of black can carry with it a certain connotation (other elements permitting). It’s also a reminder that the half-kini is destined to never live a life beyond pictorials, even when it is paired with pieces from Hermes.
You can see the full photo shoot, featuring spring 2011 offerings from the high street’s H&M and the luxury world’s Dolce & Gabbana, by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing through the gallery.