Sydney label Bondi Born is fast becoming a benchmark for luxury Australian beachwear and founder Dale McCarthy and creative director Karla Clarke the fashion duo we never knew we needed. Presenting Resort 2023 amid downpours and chilly winds of Sydney’s sudden autumn change, the team were forced to move their scenic port-side location inside to Rozelle’s White Bay Cruise Terminal.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: Models walk the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, the show went on and the resplendent purple runway was adjusted to sit below a very long, very steep escalator where models bravely navigated the started of their walk. A cascade of colour entitled Phosphor, the collection was inspired by the vitality of youthful energy, as represented by its namesake’s association with luminescent light. The pieces tell the next chapter in the Bondi Born story of athletic separates, sleek swim and playful vacation couture – this time with a bonus focus on chic stretch wear and utility outers. New looks that included full body suits, leggings, flak-pocketed anoraks and even long-sleeved one-pieces with a gymnastic vibe.

“Amidst a time of evolution and change we resist reinvention to entertain the possibility of promise and own unique new. Discovering a world of endless ideologic and aesthetic stimuli, our focus narrows. We are steadfast in our commitment to creating clothes that are effortless – clothes that elevate, reinvigorate and above all else, change the way you feel. With this this collection, we hope to have made all you’ve ever wanted.” McCarthy told GRAZIA.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

This is a label that understands its customer, a base that continues to grow here and overseas. Likely due to its particular focus on vibrant seasonal hues – this time a range of iridescent lime green, icy pale blues, deep lavender and military khaki – as well as its simple yet directional styling. It tempts us with an aspirational summer style. Clean, crisp basics we can live our life in. Yet, despite its obvious wearability, unique tailoring is what sets Bondi Born apart. Inspired obi belts across wide-sleeved beach robes, silky paper bag skirts with matching shirting and intuitive pin-tuck kimono dresses forge this collection into a new sphere.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

“Our beautiful brand continues to grow strongly globally. The US market is our largest wholesale market but our ecommerce customers come from every part of the globe. They love Australian brands and appreciate the quality and craftsmanship that comes from us making every garment here in Sydney. After a 2 year hiatus, everyone is incredibly excited to be travelling again and a refreshed resort wardrobe is at the top of everyone’s list.” continued McCarthy.

Let’s hope La Niña has taken the ship home by next summer, because Bondi Born’s covetable long silk slip dresses, drop waist cotton cover-all’s and neon body cons will be waiting for us…and we’re done with accessorising with an umbrella.

 

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 09: A model walks the runway during the Bondi Born show during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort ’23 Collections at White Bay Cruse Terminal on May 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)
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