Lisa Blue: bikinis done right for 2011 at RAFW

Having worked to set the ambiance as guests made their way to their seats, both the soundtrack of whale calls and the dry ice fog that billowed forth from backstage ended as Lisa Blue’s 2011 swimwear showing began. What replaced them were elements of cultures foreign to Australia; a sitar could be heard to play over the speakers, while models took to the catwalk with a sole feather in their hair. The message might have been confused but each styling point none-the-less tied into bikinis and one pieces alike, with traditional Indian symbols and European masterpieces used as prints on high sheen swimsuits in an interpretation of a popular bikini trend for the season and two-tone colours used to imply the shape of a sari.

What Lisa Blue did best, however, was find a way to interpret the season’s obsession with vintage swimwear and use strapping to heighten its visual impact.

And it’s in such swimwear, one of which is featured above, that Lisa Blue offered its strongest pieces. Naturally it was a motif that was continued, and across lower cut bikini buttons, fuller cut tops and a gold monokini strapping was the eye catching detail.

You can see all of Lisa Blue’s spring / summer 2011 collection by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through the photos.