Harper's Bazaar Australia|November 2019
So, how to find the signal amid the noise? There’s the millennial — or should we say Gen Z — route, as paved by teens Frankie Belle Stark and Kono Lulu Smith. The duo, who have fashion pedigree (Stark’s father, Richard, founded Chrome Hearts), launched their swimwear brand, Dipped In Blue, in late 2018 and it quickly reached cult status. Bella and Gigi Hadid wore the brand’s barely-there string bikinis during a Mykonos getaway in July, while Kendall Jenner put its newspaper-print style in the spotlight back in March. Bella also helped popularise the work of Louisa Ballou, a relatively unknown swimwear designer who recently graduated from Central Saint Martins in London. Her avant-garde prints and asymmetrical designs, with evocative names such as ‘Moonflower’ and ‘Solar Tide’, are worth earmarking.
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