You know summer has officially arrived when the fashion houses start unveiling their limited-edition beach collections. From Givenchy’s pared back Plage capsule to Etro’s vibrant printed caftans and Marni’s bright and breezy take on beachwear, these pieces will make you look your very best whether you’re on the shores of the Côte d’Azur or Cornwall. Here, we’ve rounded up the new beach collections to add to your holiday packing list for summer 2023.
Luxury Beach Collections
The storied French maison has just released its annual summer beach collection, Dioriviera, and it’s just as joyous as you’d expect. This year, the sunny wardrobe has been designed as an invitation to an enchanting escape, reimagining Dior’s signature toile de Jouy in pastel shades – most notably a sugary pink – adorned with tigers, monkeys and snakes. Entitled Toile de Jouy Sauvage, you’ll find it across scarves, the Lady Dior and Dior Book Tote bags, as well as swimsuits, shorts and sarongs.
As well as ready-to-wear pieces and accessories, new Dior summertime essentials include a yoga mat, a surfboard, a parasol and several beach games. As part of the launch, Dior is hosting a series of chic pop-ups around the world, from Como and Bali to Beverly Hills, where they’re taking over the poolside area of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel for the summer.
For their latest beach collection, Givenchy has returned to its French Riviera roots. The new Plage capsule collection draws inspiration from Hubert de Givenchy’s seaside estate in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, featuring playful pieces designed to take you from “city to sand”. Drawing from the brand’s archives and revisiting prints from 1955, the collection features Trompe l’oeil pearls and ID necklace prints across kaftans, sarongs and handbags, alongside knitted bikinis, raffia totes and Voyou basket bags. Beachside dressing has never looked so glamourous.
Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza
You know summer has arrived when Loewe launches the newest instalment of its ongoing collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza. The Balearic-inspired beach collection taps into the island’s boho vibe with holiday-ready accessories ranging from new iterations of the brand’s signature basket bags to on-trend visor sunglasses, chunky foam rubber slides and jute wedge espadrilles. Alongside that you’ll also find a selection of colourful ready-to-wear pieces that include striped linen shirts, sequin dresses and crochet mini skirts.
You can practically feel the summer vibes emanating from Etro’s new sun-soaked beach collection, which features foliage prints and wild berry motifs splashed across swimwear, kaftans and pleated beach dresses. Picked out in shades of green, tangerine and blue, there’s a distinct bohemian 70s vibe, with many of the pieces looking as if they could have stepped straight off the set of Daisy Jones and the Six. Designed by the house’s creative director Marco De Vincenzo, the summer fashion collection embodies the free-spirited feel the designer has brought to the label, with easy-to-wear pieces just made for lounging on the beach.
Celine Plein Soleil
Harrods has had a summer makeover courtesy of Celine, who have taken over the iconic department store’s ground floor to present their new Plein Soleil collection. Following hot on the heels of the French maison’s SS23 La Collection de Saint Tropez, Plein Soleil also explores the heady delights of the French Riviera, focusing on Saint-Germain-Des-Prés, which happens to be one of creative director Hedi Slimane’s favourite spots. The collection is made up of swimwear sets, poplin shirts, mini skirts and shorts, as well as crochet cardigans, raffia Panier Hobo bags and monogram espadrilles.
Nothing says summer romance like an Erdem dress, and the brand’s new vacation-ready capsule collection brings their signature dreamy aesthetic to beachwear and swimsuits too. Inspired by the desire to explore and travel, you’ll find the whimsical botanical prints Erdem is so well known for across high waisted bikinis and sunhats, while scallop-edged broderie anglaise and poplin cotton sundresses make for the chicest of beach cover-ups.
Net-a-Porter Summer Escape Edit
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for your summer wardrobe, look no further. Net-a-Porter has just unveiled their Summer Escape edit, bringing together exclusive capsules from some of the most sought-after brands of the moment. Summer brights are taken care of by La Double J and Erdem, with zingy citrus-inspired dresses and beach cover-ups the order of the day. For monochrome magic, shop the launches from Petar Petrov and Nili Lotan, where you’ll find sophisticated shirts and shorts. As for swimwear, you can choose from nautical striped bikinis and swimsuits from Eres or the hotly anticipated collaboration between Hunza G and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, set to launch in June.
Jacquemus knows all about tapping into the heady heat of summer – last year they turned to the sunny climes of Palm Springs for inspiration, while this year it’s all about the French Riviera for their new joyous beach collection (été is French for summer). Illustrated suns adorns t-shirts, beach towels and oversized gold earrings, while yellow bandeau bikinis and strappy dresses will sizzle on the beach. To top off the oh-so-French look there are mini beach basket bags and wide brimmed raffia sunhats.
Gucci’s experimental concept store Vault is drawing on “warm sun and clear blue skies” for their latest high summer collection, which brings together eight exciting global brands. You’ll find beachwear and hand-embroidered dresses from Agua by Agua Bendita, a playful collection of minaudière clutch bags by Judith Leiber Couture and beautifully crafted hats by Maison Michel, alongside a range of menswear pieces by Connor McKnight, Husbands and Rowing Blazers, and precious and semi-precious pieces from Prounis Jewelry. As for footwear, Vault has teamed up with Vans for the second consecutive season to reimagine its iconic silhouettes with vibrant new colours and prints.
Marni x No Vacancy Inn
The award for the most joyful capsule collection of the summer has to go to Marni, who have collaborated with transatlantic streetwear label No Vacancy Inn on a kaleidoscopic new range. The collection is the latest launch as part of Marni Jam, a multidisciplinary program that sees the Italian fashion house team up with a series of like-minded creatives. The technicolour collection features fluid silhouettes, exclusive prints and overlayed patchworks, with standout pieces including multicoloured stripe knitted dresses, galactic print swimsuits and a range of raffia tote bags, beach hats and visors in acid brights.