Dua Lipa's latest bikini features not just pink, not just crochet, and not just Care Bears, but all three. In some selfies shared to her Instagram, the 'Future Nostalgia' singer showed off the Care Bear-themed fashion masterpiece that's about as kitschy and silly as it is... kinda cute. Coupled with Lipa's cute plaits, it's our favourite summertime swimwear look we've seen so far.
While probably not the most practical thing in the world—we imagine crochet would feel kinda soggy after a swim—Lipa's swimsuit is certainly a bold summer look. Created by the Italian streetwear label GCDS and available in three sweet colours, Lipa's bikini features handmade Care Bears covering the essential bits and actually has a pretty sweet story behind it.
Care Bears were a favourite childhood TV show of Giuliano Calza, the designer behind GCDS. Apparently, he was inspired to create the Care Bear bikini after a trip to Japan. "I was in a little town just outside of Tokyo hunting for vintage toys where I saw this old, faded Care Bears poster with the tagline: 'I guess everybody stopped caring,'" he explained.
"It kind of broke my heart to see my favourite cartoon character thinking he was forgotten as I grew up, so I decided to create this piece to remind myself of my happy moments as a kid in front of the TV watching Care Bears, and to inject a moment of joy into my audience." Thank you, Giuliano, we do feel the joy.
Lipa's actually a good friend of the nostalgia designer who says, "she just gets me." And apparently she also gets the appeal of a quirky statement bikini. Earlier during quarantine, Lipa shared a selfie of her chilling out in a multicoloured disco-esque number by Ack.
Never have we wanted to just read a book in the sun on a picnic blanket so bad. 😭