How do you talk about bikinis when the world is in the grip of a pandemic? Lisa Marie Fernandez held appointments for her spring 2020 collection in Paris back in September. “Luckily,” she said on a phone call yesterday, “the collection is really positive and colorful, pretty and optimistic. That’s what I was craving even before all this happened.”
For anyone in the mood for a shopping pick-me-up Fernandez’s suits and cover-ups in buttercup yellow, blush pink, and mint green could indeed be just the thing. The ’60s retro silhouettes of the pointy-cup bikinis and one-pieces are transporting; with IRL travel discouraged, time travel is the next best thing. And the fact that her effortless sundresses—in loungey shapes well-suited for at-home living—are made in America from organic gauzes render them all the more appealing. Shopping locally and sustainably are always important, but even more so in this crisis.
Personally, Fernandez is staying positive. “We have some orders, people are buying things,” she said. “And the warm weather is almost upon us.”
-Nicole Phelps, VOGUE