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Neoprene had always been associated with water sports, especially surfing and diving, thanks to its features of impermeability, strength, malleability and thermic protection. However, that functional and sporty neoprene recently won a lighter version that immediately enchanted the great fashion designers interested in the possibility to shape and craft desired pieces with it and to create true pieces of art from their sketches.
John Galliano para Martin Margiela
The Algerian Alber Elbaz, of Lanvin, was one of the first to explore the possibilities that the neoprene has when he sawed skirts and ruffles for his pieces. Designers such as Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger and John Galliano, gave unusual shapes and appreciated the female silhouette without giving up comfort by molding the neoprene and mixing it with noble and handmade materials such as embroidery and lace.
Peter Pilotto/ Prada/ Lanvin
Chanel Haute Couture
In addition to fashion brands, the creative team of SALT SUN & BIKINI suggests taking your bikini out of the beach and pool environment, spas and resorts, and take it for a stroll under transparencies – as did Helena Bordon; and combine the strapless with skirts, pants and high waisted culottes.