Suboo must have done a fine job debuting at Miami’s Mercedes-Benz Swim Week last year, with the Australian label asked to return to the catwalk for this year’s event. Designer Sue Di Chio brought her A-game for the collection, with interesting necklines and cut-out detailing, eclectic prints and the reinvention of the otherwise daggy rashie.
The show kicked off with luxurious, palm-print pieces using contrasting black outlines and panels, and took on a total 80s vibe with the use of leg warmers, metallic bombers and belts not usually seen on swimwear runways (or on the sand for that matter).
There was something slightly dominatrix-like about the pleather-look pieces featuring risqué cut-out detailing and zips, but Suboo brought back the innocence with its fresh, ladylike take on animal print. By using feminised zebra and leopard patterns with softer colour palettes and girly cuts, the label was able to eliminate the usual tackiness of animal design.
The creative use of necklines by Suboo was an absolute eye-catcher, with high-neck halters, sports bra shapes and off-the-shoulder, keyhole pieces able to make or break the design at-hand.