Four Designers Impact Miami at New York Fashion Week

During Mercedes Benz Fashion Week several designer’s Spring 2012 collections were a perfect fit with Miami’s lifestyle, culture, weather and of course fashion sense. Throughout the week Miami Chic will be showcasing those designers and their creations which will be having a major impact on our city come next season. Take a look at our first four. 

Luca Luca : Turbans are hot in Miami thanks to Gold Saturn’s David Jon Acosta and designer Raul Melgoza showed us that come Spring they will still be in style. Melgoza’s collection explored electric colors by mixing unlikely softer shades, prints and patterns together. Several of his creations represented the cool laid back look of the Miami gal ( as seen in the photo above). Striped mint green pants, a cobalt blazer accessoried with a turban screamed Midtown diva while a white chiffon gown brimming with black beaded polka dots was Coral Gables chic.

Rebecca Taylor: “My clothes really suits Miami because it’s easy, feminine and chic and a lot of women in Miami are body conscious,” said Taylor backstage before her show.  Spotted were frocks doused with sparkly sequins, shades of grey with citrus yellow, floral skirts and knits. We were particularly enamored with a cloud like print reminiscent of Miami skies which we often see on boating days or while sunworshipping on South Beach. It was plastered on tops and skirts, but stood out on a floaty frock.

Mara HoffmanA favorite among Miami girls for her bohemian styled swimwear and a regular at Miami Swim Week, Mara Hoffman wowed attendees at her presentation. It was inspired by Frida Kahlo and as Hoffman said “Mexican Mamas.” Models stood in everything from urban chic jumpsuits to striped shorts and ruffled breathtaking gowns while a mariachi band played sweet tunes that made us dream of packing our bags with Hoffman’s collection and jetting to Acapulco. Plus, we couldn’t helping gushing at models’ locks that were braids creatively fused with fabric and twisted into an urban updo. Our pick was a lengthy tunic emblazoned with an abstract tribal drawing that had pops of neon pink and purple. It’s the quintessential top to don to a swanky pool party or to brunch at the Delano. 

Jill Stuart– The designer’s collection instantly made us think of Palm Beach circa 1970s. A palette of pastels in peppermint, butter, rose, lavender, sherbet and bubblegum pink breathed femininity while rich beiges against tomato tones proved to channel power. Pleated skirts, scalloped hems and prints with palm trees, birds and polka dots seemed dainty and lady like chic. Her palm tree prints are must-haves for Miami and so ideal for Sunday strolling on Lincoln Road.



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