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Swimwear shines on catwalk
Bikini Atoll on the catwalk

Outside there was an afternoon chill in the air but the temperature inside Perth Fashion Festival's cube-shaped tent yesterday was far warmer as some of WA's best swimwear designers had their work showcased by some of Australia's most beautiful bodies.

Beachgoers can expect to see bright colours and bold prints this summer if the collections rolled out by WA labels Bikini Atoll, Beso Beso, Cebiche and Gypsea at PFF's Swimwear Central parade were any indication

The parade was to have been held on Friday afternoon but was cancelled because of concerns about the rain. The schedule change did not seem to have deterred onlookers, who crowded into the inflatable cube in Forrest Chase, standing at the back of the room once all but the most difficult-to-reach chairs had been taken.

Cebiche started off the parade with a more than a touch of Carnival as models sporting feather headdresses and bikinis with an array of animal prints and bright pink, green and orange hues, stalked the catwalk.

When one of the models' towering feathered headdress appeared to become loose she whipped it off and tossed it into the front row of the crowd without missing a beat. Whether planned or not the headdress was warmly received by the front row father who immediately tried it on his infant daughter for size.

If Cebiche felt like Rio de Janeiro then Beso Beso also had an international flavour - in this case France as the strains of Jacqueline Taieb accompanied models down the runway.

Colour blocking was a big theme, with models sporting an array of purples, nudes, greys and ruffles in addition to fun gold visors. Unlike Cebiche Beso Beso flirted as much with one-piece swimsuits as bikinis.

For Gypsea the focus was arguably more on what one would want to wear when merely water adjacent. The answer: beautifully patterned leggings, loose pants and maxi dresses, sporting prints reminiscent of sunsets and peacock feathers.

Bikini Atoll was the only one of the four labels to feature male swimwear and also claimed the title of the most playful runway show.

Bold blues, deep purples and some stunning combinations of green, orange and pink dominated and standout prints were again a big theme - all to the sound of T-Rex's Get It On.


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