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:
Missoni's Spring 2004 Campaign of Kate Moss shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott was love at first sight. It was my second year in NYC, and I remember I actually found it in a catalog at Bergdorf Goodman, and I have it to this day! The magic that happens between these great talents of our industry is nothing short of magical.
Barbara Hulanicki's Biba is one of the single greatest influences for me as a designer. This image of Biba's "Rainbow Room" shows her exceptional ability to transform her larger than life vision. Barbara was able to create a world that was so perfectly designed in its marriage of all the great loves of her life and the time she lived in.