Just launched is Lilliput & Felix, a swimwear brand from British designer Catriona Ramsay. She hasn’t gone in for anything too fancy, concentrating instead on the things that matter most – beautifully made timeless designs, flattering, feminine cuts and proper support. Half the collection comes in a fine moisture-wicking fabric, the other half in French jacquards and textured knits.
Inspired by English country gardens, this first collection includes lovely bikinis (£220) in vintage-esque pale-blue or coral florals with rather appealing bandeau tops that can be tied in multifarious ways. But I like the swimsuits best, especially Lilium (£245) in gunflint (black), which has gold embellishments on the straps, a plunging V at the front and long neck-ties that meet in a self-tie bow at the lower back and provide lots of support, even for somewhat larger busts. There’s also the halterneck Amaranthus in a pretty bluebell print (£245, second picture) or plain coral, with flattering geometric panels across the midriff, and a small but charming collection of cover-ups. The Wisteria kimono (£250) and Jasminum kaftan (£225) have belt-ties and come in delicious patterns – the faded-effect Secret Garden (first picture) and more vibrant Poppy in pinks and reds.