Cameron Carter, N.L.P
N.L.P is the unrivalled Australian swim category leader. “Line and direction of design are manipulated to encourage the nature of the female form and evolve naturally according to environment,” says Nikki Penny, founder and creative director of the cult swimwear label.
A decade of ambitious work has firmly established Penny as a leader of contemporary fashion design. Recognised for her neo-noir aesthetic and her masculine vs. feminine agenda, Penny’s impressive use of neoprene as a transformative medium has single-handedly recast the swimwear dialogue.
A futuristic subplot dominates the swim 2015 capsule, an unlikely tone for a romantic at heart but one entirely reflective of Penny’s streamlined visual language. Armour-like pieces in black and white give way to a contouring of the figure, an experimentation in form and proportion, the central underpinnings of the brand. “Immediately, designing for a global consumer, the creative process shifts,” says Penny of designing for luxury department stores David Jones, Lane Crawford and Selfridges.
In only its third season, there is again a deliberate urban emphasis and fabric innovation focus. Working with the narrowed field of swimwear, the Australian designer has become renowned for her experimentation in neoprene, lycra, mesh and bonded textiles to create the arresting lines of these immutable suits.
Unquestionably, Penny’s swimsuit line is game-changing and testament to her obsessive pursuit of a feminine ideal. For Swim 2015, a concentration on layering, underwear as outerwear; one long sleeve high-cut paddle suit in waterproof bonded smoothy, while the popular bandeaux and zip-up styles return in the coveted palettes of digital print and stark white.