Catwalk heavyweight Julien Macdonald is back with his latest Love by Julien Macdonald swimwear collection for Matalan – just in time for our annual summer wardrobe stock up. The purse-friendly range is the perfect way to get a slice of Julien’s signature glamour – think animal prints, bold colours, metallics and embellishment, all at a fraction of the cost of his high fashion creations (the starting price is £10!). Ahead of the collection hitting Matalan stores and virtual shelves on May 11 (yep, we’ve bagged an exclusive first look), we caught up with Julien to talk swimwear, body confidence and his dream A-list holiday companions…
We love the collection Julien. What’s new for SS15?
For this season, we’ve taken a strong direction with digital prints, which look really premium. Animal prints mixed with tropical leaves and flowers totally capture the feel of my tropical inspiration. Palazzo trousers in a statement print are an easy shape to wear, and perfect for summer evenings. There are some sexier silhouettes compared to my last collection, like the gorgeous plunge neck bikini. A new addition is the metal branding trims which really create a luxe look.
Which is your favourite piece from the collection and how would you style it?
I love the plunge neckline tropical swimsuit – it really stands out and is perfect for a pool party. I’d style it with heels and fab jewellery to make a real statement.
Was the collection inspired by a particular destination?
Los Angeles and Hawaii – I love the natural beauty of Hawaii and the statement fashion of LA, so I wanted to bring these to my Matalan collection.
What do you love about designing for Matalan?
Bringing my design vision to a new market. I love creating a range that all women can love and feel fabulous in for an amazing price.
Is it important to cater to all shapes and sizes with the collection?
Absolutely! All women should feel a million dollars on the beach. My collection offers choice for all shapes, all of which are really flattering.
Zebra print is a big feature – is it the new leopard?
I don’t think there will ever be a new leopard…but I do also love a zebra!
Which of your celeb fans will be wearing the Matalan collection on holiday this summer?
Oh, perhaps there might be a Saturday or Millie Mackintosh rocking my new designs on the beach, who knows!
What are your top tips for effortless holiday style?
I think feeling at your most comfortable really is the key. This might be wearing a really stand out bikini with a pair of wedges, a low plunge swimsuit with a pair of denim shorts, or really dressing up a kaftan. Summer style is one of my favourites because everyone interprets it so differently.
Which celebrity do you think is the ultimate Julien Macdonald girl?
I love Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift – I couldn’t pick just one! They are so different but all fabulous in their own way
Where are you going on holiday this year?
I have just been to Bali which was amazing! I would definitely go back.
And what’s your dream holiday destination?
I would love to go to Japan to see the blossom trees and I’ve always wanted to visit Istanbul. The vibrancy would be so inspiring!
What’s your favourite thing to do on vacation?
Relax, but not for long as I always get so much inspiration when I am travelling.
Finally, which celeb would you love to holiday with?
I would love to go on holiday with Nicole Scherzinger and Will.I.Am. A weekend in Ibiza with them would be amazing!
The new Love by Julien Macdonald collection will be in stores and online at Matalan on Monday 11 May.
By Gemma Gow