With our subtropical climate, miles of shoreline, and luxurious hotel pools, one might argue that bikinis are on the brain 24/7 here in Miami. It’s certainly the case this week as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim descends on the sands of South Beach showcasing the latest swim and resortwear fashions. We snagged a sneak peek at the hottest 2014 looks sashaying down the runways and imagined which sexy Miami hotel pools they’d look perfect in.
The Raleigh = Nicolita
Dubbed “the most beautiful pool in America” by Life magazine back in 1947 and once the splashing grounds for synchronized swimmer Esther Williams, The Raleigh’s (1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-6300) distinctive Art Deco pool, resembling an ornate beveled mirror, is a South Beach icon. It seems appropriate, then, that it’s played longtime host to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. While the runways underneath its tents will see the 2014 collections of the industry’s top designers this weekend, we think its pool is particularly appropriate for Nicolita’s retro, high-wasted swimsuit with oversized bow bandeau top. Designer Nicole di Rocco’s collection is inspired by 1950s film noir.
Nicolita shows at The Raleigh’s Grand Cabana Saturday at 6 pm
SLS South Beach = Poko Pano
With its Philippe Starck-designed whimsical-pastiche poolscape, there’s a lot going on at the SLS (1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701). One pool is designated to hotel guests for relaxation, including oversized, luxurious cabanas, while another is devoted to the revelry of Hyde Beach. Think, an indoor/outdoor surf shack tiki bar juxtaposed with Spanish tile floors and a giant silver “rubber” ducky. It’s also the only other hotel, aside from The Raleigh, to officially host Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim events. On Sunday, Oakley, BCBGeneration, and Gottex will display their wares here. Amidst all the action, we thought this white-hot Poko Pano bikini would be the perfect way to stand out in the crowd.
Poko Pano shows at The Raleigh’s Oasis Friday at 7 pm
W South Beach Hotel & Residences = L*Space by Monica Wise
The W South Beach Hotel & Residences (2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3000) is set to host Salon Allure’s swim tradeshow for the fourth consecutive year from July 20 to 23, including a Friday night kickoff party and one-woman fashion show starring Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue model Hannah Davis. There’s something ultra luxurious about the massive 119 square-foot pool at the W. Maybe it’s the cushy black and white striped lounges, the nine VIP cabanas, or the smaller, hidden pools tucked away behind the grove gardens. We also think there’s something ultra luxurious about L*Space by Monica Wise’s flirtatious laser cut ruffles that would make for perfect poolside lounging in these chic digs.
L*Space by Monica Wise shows at The Raleigh’s Cabana Grande Sunday at 6 pm
Soho Beach House = Mara Hoffman Swim
The members only Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-507-7900) pool is hosting its own lineup of exclusive swim events this week, including Friday night’s Style Saves fashion show and Sunday night’s Wildfox Swim show. Its long, narrow pool, lined with plush lounges makes for a perfect catwalk. We think it’s the ideal setting to sport fashionista-favorite Mara Hoffman Swim with its boho chic style and colorful tribal prints.
Mara Hoffman Swim shows at The Raleigh’s Cabana Grande Saturday at 8 pm
The Standard Spa Miami Beach = 6 Shore Road
We love the ‘80s throwback styling and ocean-toned color blocking in this 6 Shore Road “mono-kini,” and we think it would look particularly hip while catching rays on one of The Standard Spa Miami Beach’s (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717) lemon yellow lounge chairs overlooking Biscayne Bay. Catering to its cool and fashionable members, The Standard is hosting a number of swim events this weekend, including a Standard Swim showcase July 19 to 23, and its popular Lazy Sunday BBQ party along with The Webster.
6 Shore Road shows at The Raleigh’s Oasis Monday at 7 pm
Gale South Beach = La Belle Rebelle
Two Miami newcomers hit the scene and they’re both gaining major traction. Local swimwear designer Fabiana Silberstein debuted her edgy La Belle Rebelle line last year at Swim Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center and this year, she’s opened a retail boutique at 824 Washington Ave. Similarly, the Gale South Beach (1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0199) opened its doors during Art Basel Miami Beach, and has been a hip hotspot for in-the-know locals and travelers ever since. Its rooftop pool is gaining a reputation for hosting exclusive events you wish you were invited to, including Saturday’s Galore magazine swim party hosted by model Nina Agdal. If you were invited, you’d be ahead of the curve if you showed up rocking one of Silberstein’s fierce designs.
La Belle Rebelle is at Swim Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center in booth #567 Saturday through Tuesday
Fontainebleau Miami Beach = Peixoto
James Bond immortalized the Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2000) pool in the opening scenes of the 1964 movie Goldfinger, and today it’s just as glamorous and intriguing. Set on 20 oceanfront acres, the resort features multiple free form pools, including the largest one designed as a modern nod to architect Morris Lapidus’ signature bowtie motif. Between special concerts and the Arkadia nightclub pool, there seems to always be a party at the Fontainebleau. We think you’ll look pretty as a pink flamingo in this one-piece by local label Peixoto. The sexy, timeless silhouette blends seamlessly into a modern look for today.
Peixoto is at Swim Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center Saturday through Tuesday
Mondrian South Beach = Caffe Swimwear
The Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500), designed by Marcel Wanders, is an homage to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. This high design, and sometimes surreal style extends to its poolscape overlooking Biscayne Bay. Cabanas are shaded with high, ivy-gabled arches and billowing white curtains, plush red lounges are strewn throughout, and shade can be found underneath an oversized bedside lamp replica. We think the impressionistic lines and cool colors of this Caffe Swimwear one-piece would look perfect lounging in this fantastical setting.
Caffe Swimwear shows at The Raleigh’s Oasis Sunday at 9 pm
Viceroy Miami = Wildfox Swim
At 300 feet long, the Viceroy Miami’s (485 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-305-503-4400) infinity pool—divided into three distinct sections—is the longest in Florida. With 12 cabanas and 200 chaise lounges spanning the two-acre, 15th floor pool deck overlooking Biscayne Bay, that’s a lot of space to get a little wild. Why not sport this flirty, fruit-laden one-piece with a plunging neckline by Wildfox Swim? The Viceroy is also home to the rooftop Fifty Ultra Lounge’s weekend pool parties if you really want to get wild.
Wildfox Swim shows at Soho Beach House Sunday at 10 pm
Epic Hotel = Aqua di Lara
The Epic Hotel’s (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305- 424-5226) 16th floor pool deck with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay calls for chic relaxation. High above the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s the perfect setting to let your worries melt away. This can also be aided by a visit to the adjacent Exhale Spa just inside. Make a statement by the pool in Aqua di Lara’s sumptuous coral red bikini, and you’ll be primed to lounge in style until sunset.
Aqua di Lara shows at The Raleigh’s Oasis Saturday at 7 pm