Miami Swim Week 2013 – Day 2 Recap

Date: Friday, July 19
Location: The Raleigh
Label: Dolores Cortes
Front Row: Real Housewife of Miami Lisa Hochstein and Shoe Designer Lisa Pliner
Heat index: 4 (out of 5)
It was a jungle out there. Quite literally. Dolores Cortes’ latest collection, called “Jungle Punk” was an amalgamation of python, leopard and flower prints. The colors du jour? Think hot pink, sky blue, citrus yellow and deep purple. As for the hair and makeup, big, teased ‘80s ‘dos with smoky eyes ruled the catwalk. While ‘70s punk music piped through the tent, a purple mesh bikini caused quite the kerfuffle compliments of a — dare we say it — nip slip. But the pièce de résistance? A gold metal triangle bikini top replete with razor-sharp spikes. Fierce!
Photo Gallery: Dolores Cortes at MBFW SWIM 2014
– By Maria Tettamanti

Label: Poko Pano
Location: The Raleigh
Front Row: none
Inspiration: Brazil
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
Designer Paola Robba’s 2014 collection stayed true to her roots by meshing the whimsical like a penguin print and mixing it with other patterns such as the season less leopard print, fun florals, feathers and stripes. Silhouettes were all about the itty bitty barely-there bottoms and the high waisted. Some figure enhancing push-up tops, sexy one-pieces, and flowy cover ups.
–   By Annie Vazquez

Label: Suboo
Location: The Raleigh
Front Row: None
Heat index: 5 (out of 5)
Leave it to Aussie label Suboo to take us on a journey to the future. Avant-garde in every sense of the word, the collection was brimming with 3-D prints, asymmetrical cuts, sequin boleros, zipper details, checkered prints and neoprene gowns. Yes, gowns. In keeping with the modern vibe, models wore wet, slicked back hair. The most omnipresent hues? Lavenders, turquoise, orange, black and white. We thank you, Suboo, for bringing something new and innovative to the table – Bravo!
Photo Gallery: Suboo at MBFW SWIM 2014
– By Maria Tettamanti

Label: Beach Bunny
Location: The Raleigh
Front Row: Sports Illustrated models Irina Shayk, Chrissy Tiegen and Nina Agdal and Real Housewife of Miami’s Lisa Hochstein and Lenny Hochstein
Heat index: 3 (out of 5)
Heavily inspired by lingerie, Beach Bunny always serves up the skimpiest bikinis, one pieces and monokinis. Models rocked high pony tails and trotted to the beats of Lana Del Ray and LL Cool J wearing barely there pieces in a profusion of neons, bling and florals. The standouts here were larger-than-life rhinestone encrusted bikini tops and bottoms. The men in the audience will tell you it was that neon green thong. Ahem.
Photo Gallery: Beach Bunny at MBFW SWIM 2014
–  By Maria Tettamanti

Label: Agua Bendita
Location: The Raleigh
Heat Index: 3 (out of 5)
Front Row: None
Agua Bendita showed off a collection inspired by world travelers and their love for exotic locales.Swimwear and cover-ups featuring photos of lions, panthers and zebras (oh my!) were a hit with the crowd and luggage featuring handmade embroidered “stickers” that recall vintage suitcases had fashion fans salivating. The show had also probably the best single look of Swim Week thus far, a one-piece halter bathing suit with the image of a camera and its accompanying neck strap embroidered into the garment that had the crowd buzzing. While swimwear was a hit, other looks were not as favorable including the pink and yellow starred bottoms that felt cheap and embroidered ankle boots that clashed with the bold colors and patterns. 
Photo Gallery: Agua Bendita at MBFW SWIM 2014
– By Ricardo Mor

Style Saves
Location: SOHO Beach House
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
Front Row: Scott Disick
Style Saves at the SOHO Beach House turned out two surprisingly great shows: the debut collection of Miami-based men’s swimwear brand Crasqí and a designer showcase for the new swimwear trade show Cabana. For their first collection, Crasqí showed off men’s swim trunks in vibrant geometric prints and bold colors that recalled the work of design maven Saul Bass. All of the shorts had the same fit: mid-calf in length and fitted without being overly tight or loose. The women adored this show in particular, cheering the chiseled models as they walked down the runway and removed their shirts to show off their six-packs. Despite being new to the swimwear scene, Crasqí showed a coherent and confident collection that exhibited a clear brand identity that Miami men will soon quickly fall in love with. The second show, Cabana’s designer showcase, also showed off a great deal of talent with a runway that exhibited great looks for men and women. For men, the clear standout were Orlebar Brown swim trunks that featured photos of cityscapes as the prints. The two surprise hits for women were a pair of caftans: the first from designer Cheyann Benedict was a light cream colored look with a rainbow of watercolor streaks down the middle and the second was an eye-popping tropical look from Camilla that used the plumage of a parrot as a fun new take on animal print.
Photo Gallery: Style Saves at Soho Beach House
– By Ricardo Mor

– More Photo Galleries from Miami Swim Week –

Photo Gallery: Barraca Chic at the SLS Hotel
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Salon Allure with Hannah Davis


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