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Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia June 2010

Remember our post last month on the re-emergence of tie-dye bikinis as a fashion staple?

If you need any further proof, check out the images from this fabulous photoshoot in Marie Claire Italia‘s June edition.

Model Erin Heatherton prowls the beaches and backroads of Australia in her 1970-ish Kombi van, searching for waves and maybe a post-surf barbie.

Shot by Rennio Maifredi and beautifully styled by Laura Seganti, our prototypical Aussie surfer chick is impeccably outfitted in beachwear coordinates ranging from a tie-dye chiffon top and scarf (above) to couture swimwear from the likes of Prada, Vuitton and Gucci.

But for me, the most compelling part of this shoot isn’t the girl — it’s the car (or, more accurately, the tiny home on wheels that was the Kombi van).

Back in 1996, I too putt-putted the backroads of Oz in a Kombi van, dressed in beach trunks and flip-flops with a beer in one hand, a girl in the other and no particular destination.

Alas, such bucolic scenes aren’t always what they seem, and my old Kombi is still out there, at the side of the road in the Outback where she died, 500 miles from the nearest garage. Fair dinkum, indeed.

Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia June 2010


Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia - June 2010


Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia June 2010


Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia June 2010


Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia June 2010


Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia June 2010


Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia June 2010


Erin Heatherton in Marie Claire Italia June 2010
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