VERSAILLES AT MODA CALADA - CROISSIER SWIMWEAR

I am not sure if the men in Louis XIV's court would have looked quite like the buffed up Modelos Canarias models when they took off their doublets, but I guess in the eyes of the 17th and 18th century ladies in waiting, they might well of had the same effect.

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Versailles was the theme of Gabriel Croissier's SS15 swimwear catwalk show at Ingenio in Gran Canaria. There were certainly a lot of fleur-de-lys and enough small flower pastoral print to give it a royal flavour.

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His catwalk covered swimwear for men, women and children. A patron of the artisanal knitted lace embroidery calado of the Gran Canarias, he worked in collaboration with the Asociación de Caladoras de Ingenio to produce the knitted lace embroidery used in the collection.

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We saw these updated artisanal pieces firstly as trims on the bikinis and swimsuits as well as the children's play dresses. Then Croissier incorporated the pieces as cheeky peekaboos on swimsuits, and trunks for the boys.

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The four prints of the collection were divided into two themes: Pretty & Floral (in the vein of wallpapers at Versailles), and then full Rococo glory with gold and royal blue leaf design - so popular in court at Versailles.

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Croissier, who styled the collection, followed the theme with jewellery, plumes and satin bows designed for him by Elizabetta, with shoes by PAEZ and make-up and hair by Jose Rubio and May Martín along with the Redken team.

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All photographs by Santiago Ladeiro