…At ICONS HQ, we were still keen to create an issue that celebrates the holiday season and the sartorial pleasures that come with it. We love nothing more than dressing in the beloved pieces from our summer boxes, and firmly believe that even if you’re just going to the park for a picnic, hosting an al-fresco dinner in the garden or heading off for a staycation, you can still embrace the joys of summer style.
This starts with great swimwear, and in this issue we are thrilled to take you behind the scenes of our collaboration with COSSIE+CO. At Wardrobe ICONS, we are really proud of discovering and nurturing the small brands that we believe will be ICONS of the future, and as soon as we met COSSIE+CO’s founder, Isobel Elphinstone, we knew we wanted to launch our Future ICONS initiative with her. We admire Issy’s commitment to crafting the perfect one-piece, which mirrors our own ethos of quality over quantity. Over the past four years, our exclusive COSSIE+CO colourways have become hotly anticipated, and this summer we are delighted to unveil the universally flattering Ashley, in green. We have also collaborated on a new style: named after our very own LF, The Laura comes in white and has been thoughtfully designed to be your perfect poolside plus-one. Find out more on page 2.
Speaking of pools, we’ve compiled the ultimate capsule swimwear wardrobe to suit whatever water-based activity you find yourself partaking in. From sporty styles for laps of the lido, through classic big briefs and one-pieces, to lounger-ready bikinis, our Handpicked Edit has you covered.
Is there any better duo for the feet than sandals and a fresh pedicure? We think not. If you’re looking for your next colour combination, let our Perfect Pairings page inspire you. Elsewhere, our shopping editor, Florence, has found the top twenty summer dresses of the season, and the accessories that will transform your warm-weather staples.
In this issue’s Ask Ava, our beauty expert addresses the skincare concern we’ve been asked about a lot recently: adult acne. With masks an ever-present part of everyday life and SPF application at a peak, this summer is set to be particularly tough on skin. Fortunately, Ava’s tips will keep blemishes at bay.
And finally, we’re so pleased to have designer Laetitia Rouget share the pieces currently on her wish list. We have long coveted her unique ceramics and admired her playful personal style. From tutti-frutti tableware to cheeky jewellery, her edit is sure to bring you joy.
Here’s to a summer of fun, wherever you are!
Petro (& Laura) xx