Fashion Show Reviews from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013

 

We review the shows you weren't able to attend and tell you what was hot or not

Red Carter runway show
Selections from the Red Carter runway show at MBFW SWIM 2013. Photo: Tomas Loewy
 

Date: Monday, July 23
Label: WildFox
Front Row: Scott Disick
Inspiration: 1960s
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
Known for being the indie girl's beloved brand, the hipster label dove into the 1960s for this collection. The show opened up with Nancy Sinatra's song "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" and a model donning a Union Jack full piece with red boots and a blue wig sultrily sashayed across the catwalk. WildFox kept the show effortlessly cool, fun and playful just like their collection. Models high-fived each other and attendees, blew kisses at the crowd and bounced across the runway with the bubbly spirit and vigor of a high schooler. Suits were accessorized with rainbow hued wigs, oversized sunnies, knapsacks brimming with flowers a la hippie stilo, jewelry baring the brand's name and plenty of boots and Jeffrey Campbell platforms. Top spotted trends like pastels were accented with star prints and ruffles on full pieces. There was also plenty of floral looks. Yet, for the most part WildFox kept things original like they always do with USA themed gear and simple inscriptions that said "vacation… get a tan… swim forever... margarita" on tops, coverups and full pieces.
- By Annie Vazquez | Miami.com

Date: Monday, July 23
Label: ANK by Mirla Sabino
Front Row: None
Inspiration: Bags packed, the traveler ready to set sail on a voyage. The line draws from a course already traveled and surprises still ahead.
Heat Index: 3 (out of 5)
ANK's Voyage is a 35-piece collection plucked from both sides of the rainbow -- deeply-hued oranges like the sunset to rich blues like summer nights. It was a subtle show, with bronzed models showcasing one-pieces, bikinis, cover-ups and the occasional flowing dress in flora prints, solids and color-blocks -- the high-waisted two-piece in black, gold and white combo stood out. Most interesting was the mini-collection of pieces in a black ikat-esque pattern complemented with black and white dots. The winning look came in a halter-style one piece (fab sash included); a two-piece, sun dress and shorts.
- By Audra D.S. Burch | Miami Herald

Date: Sunday, July 22
Label: Red Carter 
Front Row: Adriana De Moura, Mara Hoffman, Jonathan Yaskoff
Inspiration: Studio 54
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
As if models in bikinis weren’t sexy enough, Miamian Red Carter brought the allure and glam of Studio 54 to the runway. Models were bedecked in short black and brown bobs and accessorized with flashy accents from disco ball necklaces and purses, oversized neon star earrings and an arm load of chunky bracelets. Swimwear ran the gamut from foiled psychedelic to geometric patterns to art deco bustiers and prints originating from the Aztec tribe. A black and white full piece with art deco flair was welcomed by a roar of applause as was his tribal wear which was matched with mammoth feather head pieces. Everything about this show was on point from the music to the statuesque models to of course the swimwear which Carter received a standing ovation for.
- By Annie Vazquez | Miami.com

Date: Sunday, July 22
Label: L*Space
Front Row: Melissa Gorga (Real House wives of New Jersey)
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
Designer Monica Wise brought back her signature fringe bikini tops in neons and bold colors and combined them with mismatching tones. The effect had women in the audience mesmerized. A few resortwear pieces made it on the runway. There was also a splash of florals and reptilian covered suits, but Wise’s strength seemed to be her muted bustier swimwear which breathed elegance and timelessness. We also liked the overbronzed effect on models who looked more sunburn than sunkissed with slicked back her. It wasn’t pretty, but it shook up the monotony and made things a little more interesting.
- By Annie Vazquez | Miami.com

Date: Sunday, July 22
Label: Luli Fama 
Front Row: Angela Simmons
Inspiration: La Dolce Vita
Heat Index: 3 (out of 5)
When it comes to representing Miami’s flavor, Luli Fama always puts on a festive show. This year Fama opened up with dancers in flapper regalia before starting her show which was extremely long: featuring 68 looks. Fama played around with lace, florals, geometric prints and bold solids. Yet, her only stand outs included a neon pink T-strapped jumper and her sherbet colored bikinis that were accented with frills and bows.
- By Annie Vazquez | Miami.com

Date: Saturday, July 21
Label: CIA.Maritima
Front Row: None
Inspiration: The tropical foliage, rippling waters and stunning beaches of the Hawaiian islands.
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
From the first head-turning model gliding down the catwalk in a yellow leopard monokini, this collection hit the mark in every way. It was both smart and fun, lush in hues and patterns, and gave women fashionable swimwear choices beyond the beach. Most stunning was the designer's flowing, floor length sarongs and a shimmering gold cover-up.
- By Audra d.s. Burch | Miami Herald

 

Date: Saturday, July 21
Label: Mara Hoffman
Front Row: Angela Simmons, Marysol Patton, Alexia Echevarria
Inspiration: For the Desert Outlaw Gypsy collection, Designer Mara Hoffman taps into her love of nature, fantasy and folk and art histories of cultures around the world. Think Aztec and Egyptian art.
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
Hoffman's shows are reliably popular and high-energy. The packed tent was wowed by Hoffman's vibrant parade of custom designed prints, lattice detailing, braiding and snake patterns, adorning the swimsuits, cover-ups and maxi dresses. Her intricate use of seed beading, in eye-popping hues, was the smash of the show.
- By Audra d.s. Burch | Miami Herald

Date: Saturday, July 21
Label: Xtra Life Lycra Brand
Front Row: None
Inspiration: Extreme swim environments. Translation: beyond poolside posing your swim gear needs to be strong, lasting season after season
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
Group shows often lack a common theme. This one differed because each swimsuit was made with the Xtra Life Lycra fabric, and featured as part of the company's new global marketing campaign called Unstoppable. The crowd was treated to a dramatic opening video capturing the extreme, real swimming environments, whether it's Namibia, Africa; Mauritius, Indian Ocean or even the Swiss Alps. The message: The fabric stands up to hot and cold. The well-styled show - palm fronds as hats!, mink stoles!  featured an array of pieces, in bright solids and tropical prints, from a collection of designers including Sauvage, Linea Aqua, Red Carter and Jantzen. Stand out: high-waist, merlot two-piece with a splash of gold accents.
- By Audra d.s. Burch | Miami Herald

 

Date: Friday, July 20
Label: Nicolita
Front Row: Christina Milian, Wilmer Valderrama, Cheryl Burke
Inspiration:
Havana Nights
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
What do you get when two Cuban women team up to create a swimwear collection? A sexy, feminine and trendy collection fit for all figures from curvaceous to model thin. Celebrity Christina Milian and Nicole Di Rocco’s collaboration aptly called Havana Nights was the last show to take place in the tents among a tired crowd. Yet, as soon as Gloria Estefan’s Conga song blared out and flirtatious models hit the catwalk everyone seemed to have taken a shot of Cuban coffee. Models of all shapes and sizes blew kisses, winked and stood in sultry poses. The men in the crowd went wild whistling and calling out models names, including Maytee Martinez, a cast member of the reality show 'Model Latina South Beach'. Suits tapped into the top trends for next year such as leopard print, pastels and florals. There was no key stand out piece, but Di Rocco once again put on an engaging show paying tribute to her roots and proving that her swimwear works magic on any body type.
- By Annie Vazquez | Miami.com

Date: Friday, July 20
Label: Poko Pano
Front Row: none
Inspiration: Flowers and murals in Brazil
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
African drums with Brazilian beats poured out the speakers and models clad in swimwear featuring the top trends for 2013 filed out. Bold hues and pastels, leopard and tribal print as well as florals were on practically all of Poko Pano designer Paola Robba’s collection. The monotony of it was broken up at the end when a few pieces inspired by murals made it out onto the catwalk. Attendees were fascinated and phone cameras were snapping away. A 60s inspired cream A-line dress had plenty in the front row gushing as did Robba’s patchwork seagull applique on a black caftan- proving that sometimes it’s better to stand out then follow the trend.
- By Annie Vazquez | Miami.com

Date: Friday, July 20
Label: Dolores Cortés
Front Row: None
Inspiration: Hot pink, lime green and sky blue best sum up this collection inspired by — you guessed it — Miami Beach.
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
We loved the beehive hairdos at this show. A white crochet one-piece was the showstopper here as well as a tye-dyed caftan. And when Cortés walked the catwalk with a baby girl in her arms, the tent went wild!
-  By Maria Tettamanti | Miami.com

Date: Friday, July 20
Label: Agua Bendita
Inspiration: Dubbed the "Lovely Heroes" collection, it payed homage to the 700 men and women who work on the label's hand-made pieces. Think pops of neon colors, tribal prints, sequin-covered shoes and bikinis covered with military medals.
Heat Index: 3 (out of 5)
"Agua Bendita is always on my list of top three shows for Swim Week. I love the fact that every single piece is hand crafted," Orchid Boutique founder Mayra Jimenez says. Our favorite look from the collection was a pink and purple leopard print pareo adorned with crayola-colored tassels. We did spy a few Mara Hoffman-esque pieces as well.
-  By Maria Tettamanti | Miami.com

 

 

Date: Thursday, July 19
Label: Lisa Blue
Front Row: Cristina Milian, Brooke Burke and Housewives Marysol Patton and Alexia Echevarria.
Inspiration: Enchantress, flamingos, covergirl and dragon stories.
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
What started off slow with models waltzing out in white, gold and powder blue Grecian inspired suits to soft music quickly took an energetic turn when Dancing With the Stars Karina Smirnoff put her moves down the catwalk. Decked in a red ruffle skirt and cutoff, a la Flamenco style, she aided in transitioning into Blue’s gypsy themed beachwear. The crowd clapped, danced and smiled from their seats, but before the audience could process the look, Blue had models coming out clad in cowboy boots, hats and bikinis to match. Then, models filed out in 50s like pinup full-pieces and perfectly coiffed hair. It was a bit confusing, but the most bewildering was when suddenly a group of dancers clutching a mammoth Chinese dragon used for folklore dancing began performing. A few minutes later Blue’s dragon inspired swimwear hit runway. The headpieces were gargantuan and stunning as were the suits. The show didn't flow and it lacked cohesiveness, but it was curiously entertaining.
- By Annie Vazquez | Miami.com

Date: Thursday, July 19
Label: Style Saves
Front Row: Joanna Krupa and leading national Fashion Bloggers Krystal Blick, Maria of WanderLust, Laura of On the Racks and Jenni from I Spy DIY.
Inspiration: The group charity show featured an assortment of trends for 2013 from bold colors, florals and tribal and animal prints.
Heat Index: 3 (out of 5)
The Style Saves show at Soho Beach House was swarming with fashion bloggers, media and fashion fiends who earned their seats on a first come basis. This strategy made it clearly more fiesta than serious fashion show. A poolside runway set the perfect backdrop for models bedecked in looks by Trina Turk, Papi Swimwear and the crowd’s favorite: local shop IShine365. Yet it was challenging to appreciate or even see the show amongst attendees who were non-stop chattering and hopping in and out of their seats to socialize. Organization and good fashion etiquette was clearly lacking.
-  By Annie Vazquez | Miami.com

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