Miami Swim Week 2013 - Day 3 Recap

 

Reviews from Saturday night's shows

Nicolita at MBFW SWIM 2014
Nicolita at MBFW SWIM 2014. Photo: Elizabeth Renfrow
 

 

Date: Saturday, July 29
Location: The Raleigh
Label: Nicolita
Front row: None
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
Caliente! Nicolita’s show beckoned guests to Havana, Cuba in the form of its first look to meander down the catwalk — a gentleman swathed in an all-white suit smoking a cigarette. Next to rock the runway was a radiant 49-year-old Lisa Pliner of Pliner shoes. And then cue the voluptuous backsides! With tracks like, “I Like Big Butts and I Cannot Lie,” and “I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly,” well, there was a whole lot of cheeky (pun intended) fun at this show. Think pin-up girls rocking do rags, high-waisted bikinis, cat eyes and sock buns. Peach hues were omnipresent, while polka dot, chevron and floral prints peppered the show, too. Nicolita successfully delivered a flirty show with feminine styles perfect for bootylicious bombshells. Dalé!
- By Maria Tettamanti


Location: The Raleigh
Label: Aqua di Lara
Front row: None
Heat Index: 3 (out of 5)
Tribal meets Art Deco best sums up the Aqua di Lara collection. While the bikinis boasted unique cuts and prints, the standouts here were hands down the tunics. From sheer rompers to sequin encrusted tops to tie-dye caftans, Aqua di Lara killed it in the cover-up department. Accents in the form of seashells and tassels added a unique twist to a palette of purples, reds, blacks and bright blues. But it was the sight of a sheer navy blue tunic - with an almost naked beauty wearing it - that received the most attention. Alas, nudity always prevails.
Photo Gallery: Aqua di Lara at MBFW SWIM 2014
- By Maria Tettamanti


 

Label: Mara Hoffman
Front Row:
Gabrielle Anwar, Naeem Khan; Linda Fargo, Marysol Patton, Alexia Exhevarria.
Inspiration:
Evil eye, spirituality, tribes
Heat Index:
5 (out of 5)
Throngs of style mavens flocked to fill up Mara Hoffman’s show on Saturday night. The dedicated designer’s fans stood in a line which never seemed to end as it curved around the outside of The Raleigh hotel. Those that made it in witnessed one of Hoffman’s best collections. The show opened up with models in her staple bright and globally inspired tribal prints which are known for not only being beautiful but for tapping into the realm of the occult and spiritual. Her omnipresent evil eye returned again and this time was even more noticeable as it took the form of a bindi on models. Hoffman’s swoon worthy pom-poms which peppered totes in her last collection also came back, but this time they transformed into hair, shoe and arm accessories which had the crowd gushing. As if it wasn’t enough, Hoffman surprised everyone with her laser cut printed suits which featured pops of color peeking out.
- By Annie Vazquez



Label:

VIX
Front Row:
None
Inspiration:
Classic cuts and color
Heat Index:
5 (out of 5)
Vix Paula Hermanny returned to the runway after years from being absent from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim to reclaim her throne as a top designer at the shows. Her collection was everything a woman needs to morph into the ultimate beach goddess. There was floral flowy dresses, colorful pants and sexy classic suits in a variety of tones.
Photo Gallery: Vix at MBFW SWIM 2014
-  By Annie Vazquez


Label:
Chloé
Location:
SOHO Beach House
Front row:
None
Heat Index:
5 out of 5
Chloe has always been one of the hardest shows to get into and this year was no exception. This year, Chloe had the US debut of their 2014 swimwear line at SOHO Beach House. The French label may have taken one of the biggest risks of any other label by eschewing trendy and skimpy looks and instead showing off super classic swimwear that will stand the test of time. One-pieces ruled the runway, with scoop-neck looks featuring contrasting piping and asymmetrical looks with thick striped patterns. Details like gold buckles, paneling and ruching added subtle hints of flair that made the looks stand-out from just ordinary bathing suits. Bikinis were feminine and never felt vulgar, with bandeau tops with sweetheart necklines and halter tops with small cut outs showing off more of the women themselves rather than her assets.  A favorite look was a turquoise two-piece with a high-waisted bottom and suspenders, which could have gone very wrong but felt on trend and timeless at the same time. The perfect collection for a girl who knows how to stand out for all the right reasons.
Photo Gallery: Chloe Swim Collection 2014 at SOHO Beach House
- By Ricardo Mor

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