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How did the collaboration with Billabong come about?
Because CLEO is such an Australian brand that's known for celebrating summer, I thought a capsule swimwear collection would work well for our readers. We could have done it on our own, but I wanted the strength of an established surf brand to collaborate with us, as there have been some really successful fashion collaborations in the past and I think it also adds something extra when two iconic brands team up. Billabong was immediately my first choice and luckily they liked the idea! It's been so great working with them.

What kind of girl do you see wearing the collection?
I hope all girls wear the collection! To me, it's perfect for that time of year when you're hanging
out in summer and you want to be comfortable but still look good. I think there's something for everyone three different styles of bikinis, the Loved Up floral crop top that's bang on trend, cute singlets with deep-cut arms (to show off the aforementioned bikinis!), a really summery white dress... the list goes on!

Of all the pieces, do you have a favourite?
The Wishful Thinking crochet shorts are going to look HOT! I don't think I'll be able to pull
them off, so my other favourites would be The Crush white dress and the Tropical Fizz bikini.

What do you like most about summer fashion?
I don't really feel the cold, so I'm not a big winter fashion person tights, boots, coats just don't do it for me. So I love the simplicity of throwing on a summer dress with a great pair of sandals and not having to worry about layers. I'm also really into colour, which tends to be more on trend when summer rolls around.

My top 5 summer essentials are...
SPF30+ of course. A trashy beach read. Waterproof mascara. A great bikini that makes you feel like a million dollars. And a cold, frosty Corona with lime.