Miami Swim Week 2013 - Day 4 Recap

 

Wildfox sizzles, steals Sunday's runway buzz

Wildfox 2014 swim show
Photo: Tomas Loewy
 


Date: July 21
Label: Wildfox Couture
Location: SOHO Beach House
Front row: Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, Jimmy Sommers
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
Inspiration: All things 70’s
The excitement for Wildfox Couture reached fever pitch on Sunday evening with hundreds of people gathering outside the SOHO Beach House to get a seat. Their new collection was inspired by all things 70s and the girls on film that we loved like 'Deep Throat' star Linda Lovelace. Big sunglasses and hats and even bigger hair walked down the runway as models playfully interacted with each other. Classic swimsuits in a beautiful gradient of blue to pink and also a vibrant rainbow pattern felt totally chic and timeless. Sheer sequined loose-fitting tops paired with skimpy biniki bottoms were a trendy look and one-pieces with quotes like “Hello” and “I’m really a mermaid” were kitschy and fun. Denim also made a surprise appearance on a couple of bikinis. Our favorite looks were a series of bathing suits and dresses that featured a pattern with pink flamingos, which was super tropical and so Miami.
- By Ricardo Mor

Label: L*Space
Front Row: Melissa Gorga,Joe Gorga, Marysol Patton, Alexia Echevarria,
Inspiration: Yachting and luxury
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
Glamorous sparkly sailor hats, breathtaking statement making jewelry and sexy suits is what Monica Wise’s 2014 collection was all about. Her fun bright loving staple fringe pieces made it back. We loved her fringe bottoms especially and the pops of orange and classic white and black suits. Yet, we became enamored when we realized that Wise had graduated into a collection of a softer palette where soft pinks, blues, beige and grays dominated. We liked her laser cut detailing on suits and her ethereal and flowy beach goddess gowns that are ideal for day or evening in Miami. To top it all off, we couldn’t get enough the hair which was braided and glistening in gold glitter to give models that Midas touch.
- By Annie Vazquez


Label: Caffe
Front Row: None
Inspiration: Suits revolved around the designers themes of poolside chic, city break and after sunset.
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
Sumptuous silky cover ups were clearly the show stopper for Caffe. Tropical prints reminiscent of a macaw parrots feathers and sea blue green frocks resembling that of peacock feathers swept across the runway elegantly. We also applauded Caffe’s smart execution of mixing prints like florals and leopard. In accessories, straw tote bags and clutches with dangling pom poms also spotted on Hoffman’s collection added a nice touch.
- By Annie Vazquez


Label: Maaji Swimwear
Front Row: Marysol Patton
Inspiration: Chimeric Wayfarer
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
The 10 p.m. show opened with women’s lingerie which was a bit confusing for attendees who you could hear whispering “is this swimwear or lingerie?” Beachwear followed next with models channeling a bit of Jack Sparrow stilo. Skimpy but beautifully printed bikinis were matched with pirate hats. Yet, the real show stealer here was when chiseled male models hit the catwalk. Women gushed, whistled and clapped. 
- By Annie Vazquez



Label: A.Z Araujo
Front Row: None
Inspiration: Polka dots, Oriental and nautical-inspired prints, blue, and yellow
Heat Index: 2 (out of 5)
The first look to come down Brazilian swimwear designer A.Z Araujo’s runway was a black and white polka dot, one-shoulder tankini with a red sash tied at the shoulder. The look was neither fresh, sexy, nor well-constructed. In the only show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim to feature male models, the show failed to turn up the heat, sending men down the runway in tiny speedos with sashes around the waist, high-waisted, voluminous trunks, and female resort silhouettes, such as rompers, cat suits, and shiny spandex leggings. A standout in the show came with a deep blue, shimmering maxi skirt that had amazing movement and flow. However, the true highlight was the two child models who strutted their stuff to an adoring crowd - one of whom sported a truly chic, royal blue one-piece with ruffles falling down one side.
- Shayne Benowitz


Label: Luli Fama
Front Row: None
Inspiration: Vibrant sunsets and crystal waters of paradise
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
The Miami-based, Cuban American brand Luli Fama is known for its decidedly sexy, itty-bitty ruched and scalloped silhouettes, and look-at-me prints blending floral with animal with lace, and a splash of sequins. The show at The Raleigh’s Cabana Grande last night brought all of this and more with an opening salsa number set to live musicians and a high energy catwalk. While the classic string bikini made its presence felt, the show offered a variety of styles and embellishments, most notably with tassels, lace trim, ruffles, and fringe. The barely-there bottom ruled the runway. However, there were also boy short styles and full coverage bottoms. A designer who seems to take cues from lingerie, a new look included a corset-style top in coral red with gold studs. One of the most original designs of the night featured crushed velvet bikinis in solid turquoise and solid red with a fringe top.
- Shayne Benowitz


Label: Gottex
Location: SLS Hotel
Front row: America’s Next Top Model contestant Anchal Joseph
Inspiration:  “Progressive swimwear for the modern woman”
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
Gottex blew everyone away with a collection that surprised even the most jaded of fashion lovers. The first set of looks featured ethnic flourishes inspired by the culture of the Serengeti and the Maasai people, with vibrant patterns and colorful headbands. The second set of looks was super modern and romantic, with white and black looks that featured silver and gold embellishments that were classic and ultra-modern. Our favorite look was a black bathing suit that looked like a mini-dress, with textured fabric and gold finishings like a waist buckle that made the suit looked like it could go from the pool to the club with ease.
- By Ricardo Mor



Label: Oakley
Location: SLS Hotel
Front row: Pro surfer Erica Hosseini and pro beach volleyball Christal Engel
Inspiration: “Oakley’s DNA of 100% style and 100% performance with a collection based on Zero Distraction Technology”
Heat index: 2 (out of 5)
Oakley’s 2014 cruse collection launched at the SLS to much disapointment. While the collection claimed to have “zero distraction technology” that kept your swimsuit in place through the most rigorous of tasks, it’s hard to imagine anyone being thrilled by the collection except for the most fervent of sports enthusiasts. The collection featured a banal line-up of surf-inspired swimsuits in tepid colors and unimaginative prints. Perhaps worst of all was their choice of athletes as models - Erica Hosseni and Christal Engle - who looked extremely uncomfortable on the runway.
- By Ricardo Mor


Label: BCBGeneration
Location: SLS Hotel
Inspiration: “Innovative silhouettes and updated retro classics”
Heat index: 3 (out of 5)
BCBGeneration featured a collection of graphic dresses with pops of flair like affirmative messages about love and peace and geometric designs that recalled pop art. Monochromatic looks in black and white had a modern edge that was missing from other collections, while the suits in colorful prints were good, if a bit uninspired.
- By Ricardo Mor


Label: Nanette Lepore
Location: SLS Hotel
Heat index: 4 (out of 5)
Nanette Lepore showcased a small but chic collection of swimsuits in vibrant patterns and chic shapes. The clothes were more modest than other collections but no less sexy, with an emphasis on color and pattern. Lots of cover-ups in patterns that recalled Middle Eastern crafts were popular among the crowd. Looks in blue and white that seemed to be inspired by the intricate hand painted patterns of expensive china were a big hit, as well as a bright pink cover-up with ornate details that looked like the work of artisans.
- By Ricardo Mor

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