When I was a kid, I had a book of old Hawaiian surfing stories with a 50’s-postcard style cover showing a bronzed surfer girl riding a wooden board, the flower in her flowing black hair matching her bright bikini. Being from a small beach town and having caught a few waves myself, I was totally obsessed with that image; I wanted to be perpetually tan and frolic through palm trees and make dresses out of hibiscus blossoms.
Obviously, things turned out a bit differently, and I'm left to sip coconut water in a park. But just as the heat descended upon the city and I began to lament the lack of fresh ocean air, Suno delivered a much needed dose of that Polynesian brilliance for resort 2012. Their prints are always fantastic and this resort collection didn’t disappoint; it pays homage to those same postcard-esque fronds, fruit and florals in a splashy ensemble that avoids the garish, bad-tourist-shirt vibe one often associates with tropical prints. There are stiffer cotton-and-linen jackets, shirtdresses, button downs and pants with matching swimsuits, and an adorable babydoll tunic with embroidered matchstick people. Of course, there's also a nod to the printed East African textiles the line was created around.
The entire collection is totally wearable, though perhaps in small doses; the prints are quite loud, but in the best way possible. The overall effect makes one want to don a straw hat, play a Beach Boys album on full volume and whip up a piña colada. Not normally a fan of florals, Suno has me converted--and pining to wear it all right now.
**All photos courtesy Suno