If you take that phrase literally you usually end up with sultry swimwear worn with luxurious jewels, high heels, lipstick and cascades of vintage-style waves. In other words, all the things you don’t want to get wet. But practicality be damned: sometimes, editorially at least, it’s the best way to present a selection of bikinis and draw the viewer in.
In Harper’s Bazaar UK’s January 2011 issue Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ticks all the poolside glamour boxes on what we can only assume is a resort holiday of sorts. Informing your 2012 swimwear choices are block coloured pieces with details like strapping and cutaways.
Those in parts of the world currently enjoying the warm weather can take their inspiration from these types of shoots immediately, while for those in the winter chill – holiday season is right on the doorstep.
For the full shoot of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Tom Munro, click on the thumbnails above.