Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM runway reviews - Day 1


A look at what was heating up the runways at The Raleigh on South Beach

Dolores Cortes runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM 2014. Photo:Elizabeth Renfrow

Date: Friday, July 18
Label: Poko Pano
Inspiration: Brazil meets Bond Girl.
Heat Index: 2 (out of 5)
Party in the pool! No, really. For the first time in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim’s history, this particular fashion show took place inside The Raleigh's iconic pool. Models sauntered through the shallow outskirts wearing a smattering of bikinis swathed in postcard prints, fruit patterns and leopard prints. Interesting leather strap details were of note here. The standout piece? A thought-provoking orange and white sundress comprised of circular-cut fabric. The Bossa Nova beats piping thought the show beckoned all to Poko Pano's heritage — sultry Brazil.
— Maria Tettamanti | Photos: Tomas Loewy

Date: Friday, July 18
Label: Dolores Cortes
Inspiration: A fusion of tribal and disco glam.
Heat Index: 4
Dolores Cortez certainly knows how to wow the crowd. Extra large gold accessories adorned each bikini and maillot— from graphic prints to zebra patterns to floral prints. A brown leather (yes, leather) one-piece and bikini constructed from tortoise shell (yes, tortoise shell) were the showstoppers here. A gold lamé jumpsuit harkened all to the Studio 54 days. Groovy, baby.
— Maria Tettamanti | Photos: Elizabeth Renfrow

Date: Friday, July 18
Label: Clover Canyon
Inspiration: South American sensuality meets California surfer girl.
Heat index: 4
Clover Canyon is the newest Prints Charming. Their 2015 swimwear collection is brimming with bold prints inspired by South America such as brilliant florals, toucans and oceans. Sporty shapes were a key theme in the form of neoprene zip-front suits. The most-talked about item? The models' single-strap sandals. It's safe to
say they're the coolest pool slides under the sun.
— Maria Tettamanti | Photos: Elizabeth Renfrow


Date: Friday, July 18
Label: Sinesia Karol
Front Row: Harley Viera-Newton
Inspiration: a combination of earth, water, air and fire.
Heat Index: 3
Sinesia Karol's Spring-Summer 2015 "Harmony and Impulse" collection made a statement with its bold and unusual crochet designs. Crochet shorts, long pants, cover-ups and dresses were all delicately crafted  in white, black and soft neutrals. Swimsuits featured both tiny bikinis and high-waisted bottoms, incorporating prints, mesh and solid colors. Karol, a Brazilian, also invited fellow Brazilian artist Ana Paula Castro to design patterns imprinted on silk that summoned the elements of nature. The show was presented in the Raleigh Penthouse, allowing for a more intimate setting to showcase the luxury collection.
- By Ina Paiva Cordle | Miami Herald   

Date: July 18
Label: Frankie’s Bikinis
Inspiration: California surfer girl hits the waves
Heat Index: 4
It’s official. The one piece is back. Frankie’s Bikinis revved up the maillot with huge spherical crochet cutouts — adding edge to an otherwise simple silhouette. Also of note here? The attention to back details. Straps are no longer simple — they’re asymmetrical and numerous. Solid white, black, red and blue color stories were a welcome departure from busy prints. And staying true to Frankie’s Bikinis Southern California roots, the collection is deeply inspired by Malibu. Think surfer girl-approved low cut and cheeky bottoms. Surf’s up!
- Maria Tettamanti | | Photos: Tomas Loewy

Date: Friday, July 18
Label: We Are Handsome
Inspiration: The singular happiness born from feeling comfortable in your own skin and the focus on being more, having less: Euphoria, thus the name of the collection.
Heat Index: 4
The Australian swim line  brought its own brand of down-under heat, with a parade of delicious prints from sliced watermelons and tropical fauna to birds and pineapple to wispy feathers and mountains. The one-pieces, bikinis, cover-ups and the occasional breezy palazzo pants or leggings were made all the more intriguing by a white snake, draped around the model's necks. The snake made four appearances on the catwalk! The winning look was a refreshing departure from the animal print frenzy.  Instead, We Are Handsome husband and wife designers opted for images of cheetahs in vibrant reds and blues. And the rare treat: a chiseled dude walking the runway wearing printed trunks from the collection.
- By Audra D.S. Burch | Miami Herald | Photos: Elizabeth Renfrow

Date: Friday, July 18
Label: Wildfox
Inspiration: The '80s are back... and so is Barbie.
Heat Index: 5
By opening the show to Mariah Carey's "Dream Lover" it's safe to say that Wildfox just gets fun. The convivial brand consistently delivers a sexy and flirty show compliments of its tongue-in-cheek message swimsuits (such as "This Bod's For You"). Gingham prints, daisy patterns, cabana stripes and palm frond prints peppered the catwalk. The pièce de résistance? The Barbie doll one-pieces and bikinis. After all, life in plastic, it's fantastic!
— Maria Tettamanti | Photos: Tomas Loewy




Date: Friday, July 18
Label: Beach Bunny
Inspiration:  Electric Barbarella, the intersection of futuristic fantasy fashion and cyber space.
Heat Index: 5
The Beach Bunny brand has always brought theater, drama and wow moments to its runway shows. This show was no exception, just with a sizzling galactic twist, a look at what a fashionista in the future might wear to the beach or otherwise. An army of Barbarella inspired bombshells dazzled the catwalk  -- thigh-high red bottoms, too --  with looks including bejeweled bodysuits, crystal corsets, black leather bustiers, sheer cover-ups, hooded monokinis and mini-dresses embellished with spikes, chains and sequins. The 42-piece glam creations came courtesy of a partnership with The Blonds, the creative duo behind the costumes on Beyonce's Mrs. Carter world tour and Miley Cyrus' Bangerz tour.
- By Audra D.S. Burch | Miami Herald | Photos: Tomas Loewy

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