When I heard that Australian fashion label Watson X Watson were about to make their swimwear debut, I knew it was going to be epic. The sisters behind the label Somer and Liberty Watson are total beach babes with an incredibly cool personal style that translates into effortless and wearable collections. Last year at MBFWA, they sent models down the runway with custom-made Misfit Shapes surfboards under their arms in an ode to grungy 90s surf culture.
What I love about Watson X Watson is that they design their own prints. Their string bikinis come in six different prints, all in the one style – a triangle top with side-tie bottoms that have a subtle Brazilian cut. It’s the perfect level of ass coverage for those wanting to try a Brazilian cut without exposing too much cheek.
Choosing just one bikini from the collection was hard, but I couldn’t go past the leopard print. Digitally designed, the pattern is abstract, yet symmetrical. I was so taken by it; I bought a sheer-silk shirt in the same print to match. At one point I was standing in the change room in the bikini and the shirt, and asked Liberty if she thought it was too much – she was dressed head-to-toe in the same print looking ridiculously hot. It was decided – the bikini and the shirt came home with me, and both pieces have been on high rotation ever since.
We shot this editorial at a beautiful harbour beach that I don’t visit much because it’s a nudist beach and I have too much love for the bikini to leave it at home. Lady Bay Beach is located between Camp Cove and the Naval Base in Watsons Bay, Sydney. It’s an amazing place to be at the end of the day in summer where the whole beach is bathed in a warm, golden light as the sun disappears behind the cityscape.
Photography and video by Michaela Skovranova.