The first though that came into my head when I saw Thapelo's collection on the catwalk at Moda Calida was pure ELEGANCE! Each individual piece seemed to work for a different body type - CLEVER. The collection I saw wasn't the full SS15 offering though; I saw this later at Mode City and realised how incredibly put together it was.
But, there is so much more to the label. It is the only French swimwear label that has rightly earned Origine France Garantie, meaning the design and production is totally based in France.
Because of this example of luxe intelligent, Thapelo Paris has been chosen and stocked exclusively by the 5-star hotel chain Six Senses, whose philosophy encompasses the concept of integrating eco villas into their surroundings and minimizing the effect on the environment and local population.
The materials for Thapelo's swimwear include high quality Italian Lycra and the R-T-W fabrics are all woven in France. All Thapelo's suppliers are chosen because of their dedication to refining manufacturing processes, lessening the impact on the environment.
Recorded successes include an imperative decrease of energy, water and gas consumption, paper and cardboard waste and ensuring the optimisation consumption of dyes and chemicals.
These are all big pluses, but at the end of the day it's DESIGN that sells and SS15 includes bikinis, swimsuits and delicious kaftans in block colours. There are also halter necks and ruched bandeaus that increase/decrease bust with high rise cuts, ties and high-waisted bikini briefs to elongate legs and manage long or short waists.
It's a truly beautiful collection and is definitely luxe intelligent.