Being able to take a break from things is a wonderful feeling, as is going on holiday, so for Feline Friday I though what better than to dedicate a post to some big cat themed fashion that is perfect to wear on vacation or to the beach. I have to say without a doubt these designers do the big cats like nobodies business.
We are Handsome (WAH), an Australian design team of husband and wife Jeremy and Katinka Somers, caught my eye a few years ago for the images of big cats used in their swimwear line, and since then I have been hooked or more like obsessed with their designs.
Besides swimwear they have a range of items, like leggings and dresses, all with bold digital prints – think of it like wearing a very beautiful photograph. I am always on the look out for fashion representing cats done well and it here it was, original and like nothing I had seen before… Hello WAH, yes I am shamelessly in love with your work.
They are best known for creating swimsuits that look good in the water, poolside or paired with a pair of jeans. The range includes a classic string bikini, one piece and recently more sporty and modern looks. WAH breaks the various themes into collections each season and for me the animal prints are simply irresistible, I can’t seem to get enough.
Sadly living in the northern hemisphere dictates a short summer, but this didn’t discourage me envisioning wearing their suits on vacation – good mental motivation for planning some holiday time.
Now realizing that my warm weather days were limited living in Toronto, I tried a pair of their leggings which I could wear pretty much all year round. Giddy with excitement I opened up the package to reveal a fun, bold statement piece to warm up any cold Canadian winter day.
From the leggings it was only a matter of time until I thought about giving their dresses a try, I am wearing The King on my about page which is one of my favorite prints a majestic Lion covering the front and on the back, a woodland savannah with mountains and trees off in the horizon.
Once I had amassed a pretty nice collection, I admit to owning several images in various styles, I figured I should try their one piece 70’s style swimsuit. I have to say my aversion to wearing a one piece melted away when I tried it on. For my first foray into this style I choose The Fighter an image of a snow leopard with a fierce growl on it’s face. Go big or go home.
A few of my other favorites pieces include
What I would love to get my hands on is The Africa, unfortunately this piece is from a past collection, and as all their designs are limited, I may have to enjoy it only in my dreams.
What I am coveting from their upcoming collection is the 3 D layering image of a Cheetah that was seen at their recent Sydney fashion show. This is definitely a new take on prints and a really unique departure from their previous work. Some of the styles are out, but at time of writing, and my vacation, the Cheetah had not been released.
All of the WAH prints are equally as beautiful and there is definitively something for everyone. I find their pieces are like little pick me ups and one can’t help but have a good day or sport a smile when wearing them.