SUMMER is a time to recharge batteries, to shake off the lethargy of winter hibernation. It offers the opportunity to get away from the city and head for the beach, to take part in water sports, or simply laze on the sand. Whatever the activity, beach wear should be bright, stylish and comfortable. HOM - the French menswear company, offers just such a collection with styles that feature irresistible colours, shapes and fabrics guaranteed to boost jaded energy levels. This season, classical, functional cuts have been joined by new retro-style shapes, while beautifully finished fabrics guarantee perfect comfort. Imaginative prints remain a strong point. Big this summer are ethnic motifs from the East. Floral designs are inspired by Oriental gardens while stylised underwater patterns and nautical motifs cruise in. Graphic pop-art stripes, circles and blocks of colour will appeal to avant-garde tastes. Black and white remains a favourite HOM colour combination but has been given a new lease of life this season with shimmering silver metallic effects. Gold applique adds a new dimension while jacquards have been transformed into a sea of summery colours. As well as black and white, there is a stunning yellow and black combination. Other colours include turquoise, purple, red, orange, violet, fuschia and lime green. HOM styles range from baggy shorts to skin-tight thigh length styles. All-in-one swimsuits with braces are particularly eye-catching.