KEZINI SWIMWEAR – Photo shoot and interview with designer Kerri Macgregor-Meggitt

I have found a new great love and it is Kezini Swimwear. The unique, luxurious and slightly cheeky designs are right up my alley and I’m sure you will love them too. A welcome change from the ‘surfer chick’ style bikinis we are offered by Billabong and the other major swimwear labels, Kezini is a breath of fresh air for the stylish lady who likes to look a million dollars on the beach and by the pool. Take a look at my favourite pieces from Kezini’s current collection and my interview with owner and designer, Kerri Macgregor-Meggitt below.

The incredibly stunning, luxurious (and comfortable!) Black Monokini, perfect for lounging pool side in the most elegant way. 
DSC_2932DSC_2942DSC_2979DSC_2987The Coral Bloom Collection. All these pieces can be mixed and matched together. Here I have the Coral Bloom Tri Top paired with the Coral Bloom Brazilian Bottoms.

DSC_2862DSC_2924DSC_2817The Coral Bloom Bandeau Top matched with the Coral Bloom High Waist Pant.

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The Coral Bloom Frill Top with the Coral Bloom Frill Pant.DSC_3089 DSC_3091

TARYN: How did you make your start in design? Were you always set on designing swimwear?

KERRI: I’ve always believed fashion is individual and a way of expressing yourself and that it’s more about choosing or creating something that makes you look and feel great which will then in turn give you that boost of confidence – it’s not all about being a follower.

I wasn’t always set on designing swimwear, however I had an epiphany in a change room of a swimwear shop – I found it really difficult to find a cheeky cut with just the right amount of coverage so I decided to design it.

TARYN: How long have you been designing for? 

KERRI: I’ve always had an interest in fashion design and have always dabbled in designing for myself, family and friends, however it became a change in career direction about 5 years ago.  I’m a true believer that things happen in life at the time they are meant to and that it is important to believe in what you are doing and be prepared to work very hard to achieve your goals.

TARYN: Where are the garments made?

KERRI: All of our garments are currently made here in Australia from the most beautiful quality Italian lycra and soft luxurious linings.  Because we currently manufacture here in Australia we also only do limited quantities at any given time which means the pieces are unique and exclusive.

TARYN: What inspires you? Tell me about your creative process from start to finish?

KERRI: I love the beach and the lifestyle it brings – there is something very relaxing and yet invigorating about being near the water!

Kezini is ‘just a little bit cheeky’ – it’s all about the cut and attention to detail – Brazilian inspired, it’s in between the traditional fuller cut and the teeny Brazilian cut.  Having that little bit less fabric is more flattering on most and it shows off our curves instead of hiding them.

When designing the print for the fabric used in our Coral Bloom collection I was inspired by the beauty that can be found in that whole other world under the sea – it truly is bursting with incredible and amazing treasures!

I love sketching the basis for a design but the best part is when I then get to play around with the fabrics and colour blocks on my (sometimes real) mannequins to tweak it to perfection.

It is such a sense of excitement to see a design transform from a sketch into a beautiful garment and then seeing that garment being worn by a real person is incredibly satisfying.

I wanted our signature Monochrome collection to be classic yet with a twist of being flirtatious, cute and cheeky – I think every girl loves her little black bikini!

In contrast our Coral Bloom range is bright and colourful with the feel of a summer holiday that never ends!

 TARYN: Where can Kezini be purchased?

KERRI: Kezini has an online boutique http://www.kezini.com where the full range of swimwear and resortwear pieces can be purchased.

We are at the Village Markets regularly on the Gold Coast over the summer months (Burleigh Heads & Paradise Point) and also do Pop Up shop events in Brisbane & Coastal areas.

Our current stockists are The Mercure Resort Palm Meadows on the Gold Coast, The Bowerbird Boudoir in Ashgrove (Brisbane) and SMFA Fashion Gallery in Double Bay (Sydney) during the high summer months.

We also offer private fittings by appointment and can be contacted via our website (www.kezini.com), email (info@kezini.com) or phone (0422995190).

TARYN: What’s coming in Kezini’s next release?

KERRI: There will be a beautiful rich red monokini as well as a bikini top and bottom which are designed to mix and match with our Coral Bloom print range.

To be the first to hear of new releases, upcoming events and pop up shop locations you can sign up to Kezini’s newsletter via their website http://www.kezini.com, follow on Instagram @ keziniswimwear, follow on Facebook Kezini Swimwear, follow on Twitter @ keziniswimwear and on Pintrest @ keziniswimwear.

All photographs by the incredible Greg Hudson. Check out more of his work, here.

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