Back in April, Marie Yat held a showcase for her third collection. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to work commitments, however, this did work in my favour. Marie and her team were kind enough to let me to visit their studio when I was next in London and I not only got to view the collection but was lucky enough try on and photograph some of the samples too.
Collection III is inspired by Japanese Ama divers; a 2,000 year old tradition of predominantly female divers submerging themselves up to 30 feet under water in nothing but a loincloth to harvest pearls, abalone and shellfish. The tradition still takes place today and even with technological advancements, divers still choose to forgo breathing apparatus. The theme of diving is especially fitting for this collection, as it’s Yat’s first to feature swimwear. The classic G-tang bra and accompanying brief have had a swimwear make over, alongside Ryym and Sade.There is also a new one-piece bathing suit featuring the signature cut away details that Yat has become known for. In addition to the swimwear, there are several new lingerie styles featuring details inspired by the Ama divers. Braided drop binding that looks like rope, draw string details and a thong reminiscent of a traditional Japanese Fundoshi bring this collection together. Bright orange and denim blue are new accent colours for this season, inspired by old images of the divers and remind me of being abroad in the hot summer weather. If you want to read more about the inspiration behind the collection and view the lookbook, you can read Yat’s interview with Dazed and Confused here.
Below are some of the pieces I was able to try on and a little info about each item:
Wearing: Shanice Swimsuit, a one piece bathing suit featuring the signature cut away detail and keyhole back. Available in black and stone.
Wearing: Boat Top, a seamless tube top with suspender shoulder straps and Island brief, a super high leg brief. Both will be available in black and white.
Wearing: Club Top, a gathered wrap top with tie cord detail and Belt Low Waist Brief, featuring a twisted waist detail and keyhole front. The top and brief will be available in blue and orange and the brief will also be available in black.
Wearing: G-tang Swim Top and Brief in the signature drop binding style. Available in black and stone.
Wearing: Unfortunately this top will not be available, however it is similar the Rope Top, a cropped t-shirt with dropped binding on the arms. Worn with the Rope Brief, a high waisted style with braided drop binding. Both available in blue and orange.
Wearing: Marine Top, a seamless bra with cross front straps and circle cut out detail in the back and Island Brief. The top will be available in black and white.
Wearing: Pearl top, a double gathered bralette with adjustable straps and Belt High Waist Brief, a high waisted style with twisted belt detail. The bralette and brief will be available in black and blue and the brief will also be available in orange.
Wearing: Rope Top, a seamless top with braided spaghetti straps and drop binding and Rope Brief. Available in blue and orange.
These are only a handful of the new pieces that will be arriving and I’m already saying a little prayer for my bank balance. Not only do I want all the white pieces I tried on, I’d very much like to get my hands on the Shell Top and Wave Brief too. I’m very impressed with the new collection and I hope you all are as excited as I am to get my hands on some.