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Fashion: Cozzie fan tutte

Modern swimwear is all about technology and performance. But the most the average holiday-maker needs is something to withstand a dip in the pool, and gin and tonic spillage. Here, we choose five low-tech, low-performance options that are more textured than sleek, more cotton than Lycra. Who wants to swim anyway? It's supposed to be a holiday. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Bill Georgoussis

Previous pages Stripy bikini, pounds 119, by Missoni, from Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, London W1 (0171-491 7833); Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1. Facing page Beige crochet bikini with sequins, pounds 39, from Joseph, 26 Sloane Street, London SW1, enquiries 0171-590 6200. This page Black crochet swimsuit, pounds 220, by Dolce & Gabbana, from Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW1, (0171-584 0011)

Blue crochet bikini, pounds 145, by Polo Ralph Lauren, 143 New Bond Street, London W1, enquiries 0171-491 4967

Hair Lisa Eastwood at Premier

Make-up Nicole Jaritz using Stila at Premier

Model Laura K at Models One

Stylist's assistant Holly Wood

Photographed on location

at the Barbican Centre's tropical conservatory, which is open to the public at weekends, and is now available as a wedding venue. Public enquiries, 0171-638 4141. Wedding enquiries, 0171-382 7246