Bikinis on the Brain

Swimwear designer Matthew Zink shares the iconic fashion images that inspire his line.

American designer Matthew Zink has always been infatuated with the decadence of the 1970s, which has had significant influence on his line of sophisticated, yet provacative men's and women's swimwear, Charlie by Matthew Zink. He certainly credits his apprenticeships with industry heavyweights like Tom Ford, Stefano Pilati and Carolina Herrera, and his stint as design director for Victoria’s Secret swimwear and shoes as inspiration, but it's the iconic fashion moments of the golden decade, the glitz and glamour of the days of Studio 54 and the emergence of modern design that have truly shaped his design aesthetic. Zink explains: