THERE are bathers … and then there are Gucci bathers.
With Australia’s swimsuit season only months away, the Italian fashion house has confused online shoppers with a $470 one-piece that you can’t actually get wet.
Gucci’s so-called “sparkling swimsuit” is made of 80 per cent nylon and 20 per cent elastane.
The catch? The sold-out racer-back togs can’t “come into contact with chlorine”.
“Due to the nature of this particular fabric, this swimsuit should not come into contact with chlorine,” a statement on Gucci’s website says, in the pricey item’s product description.
Gucci styled the bathers with a biker-style leather jacket and a pair of high-waisted denim jeans, along with a gold crown (as you do).
The strange swimwear is not the first item Gucci has stocked that has raised eyebrows.
Gucci is currently selling a $350 stretch-knit headband (aka a tennis-style sweatband) and a $255 wool balaclava.
It is also pushing the bum bag trend, with a $950 version dubbed the “belt bag”, and a $650 hot pink leather baseball cap.
Meantime, Gucci showed its spring/summer 2019 collection in Paris today, at a show attended by Jared Leto, Salma Hayek and Petra Collins.
According to US Vogue, it featured “Janis Joplin–inspired hats and a sleeveless denim jacket painted with Dolly Parton’s face and name on the back”.
Thankfully, the runway did not seem to feature any bathers.