My dear friend, the talented swimsuit designer Lisa Marie Fernandez, has always had a thing for the kind of glamorous beachwear that appeared in the pages of Vogue during the late sixties and seventies. While vacationing with her in Italy and Miami, I’ve often noticed her attraction to both the sun and sea, a lifestyle reflected in her coveted swimwear line, which she launched in 2009. Yet she also takes an intensely personal approach to her work, naming each of her swimsuits after friends who have inspired her, such as Dree Hemingway, Garance Doré, and Elisa Sednaoui.
During a recent visit to the Standard Hotel, where she was showing her collection to buyers, she pulled out a series of beautiful sketches of the Deena maillot by the talented Donald Robertson. “He’s an old friend I recently reconnected with, and I wanted him to illustrate my brand,” confided Lisa Marie of Robertson, who is something of a legend in the industry. The talented and prolific fashion illustrator is also a creative director who has worked with industry heavyweights such as Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, and Arthur Elgort.
Photos: Courtesy of Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz