Miami Swim Week 2013 – Day 5 Recap

Minimale Animale swim styles. Photo: Elizabeth Renfrow

Date: Monday, July 23
Label: Minimale Animale
Location: The Raleigh Hotel
Front row: Dennis Rodman
Inspiration: Revealing athletic looks that recalled the 90’s.
Heat index: 4 (out of 5)
The Venice Beach-based brand Minimale Animale was one of this year’s most anticipated  runway shows, with an over-capacity crowd filling up the smaller Oasis tent. Even last minute arrival Dennis Rodman was forced to accept a standing room only spot. The collection was by far the most revealing of any swimwear runway at the tents with many of the swimsuits covering just the spots legally required to be hidden at the beach. One-pieces with mesh bodices and mid-sections featured playful coverage on the breasts in the shapes of stars, palm trees and eagles. A favorite look was a pair of models wearing belly-bearing mesh football jerseys in orange and black with high-waisted bottoms. High-cut v-shaped bottoms added a sexy and sporty touch that recalled swimsuits of the 90’s. Cover-ups made out of neoprene resembled oversized hockey shirts borrowed from an athlete boyfriend. The crowd loved the styling of the girls, with minimal make-up, wet slicked back hair and bare feet instead of towering heels.   While the collection was certainly not for everyone (especially for more modest women), it was an exceptionally sexy collection that was playful and athletic.
Photo Gallery: Minimale Animale at MBFW SWIM 2014
– By Ricardo Mor

Label: Manglar, Anna Kosturova, Beach Riot, Lolli Swim, Indah Group Show
Front Row: Dennis Rodman
Inspiration: Sexy bikinis, creative crochet, 1980s, candy, cocktails
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
A late addition to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim lineup, the final group show got an injection of energy with the appearance of an animated Dennis Rodman in the front row. The show began with Colombian label Manglar’s collection of sexy bikinis in solid brights, mix and match separates, and floral and animal prints.
Next, Canada’s Anna Kosturova presented intricately crocheted pieces with a standout in a barely-there, multi-colored, plunging one-piece lined with tassels.
California’s Beach Riot rocked the catwalk in a variety of sporty ‘80s throwback silhouettes, including one-pieces that could easily translate to a Jane Fonda workout video, slashes of neon and mesh, and monokinis with oval-shaped cutouts exposing the stomach and back.
Another California-based brand, Lolli Swim got its flirt on with their signature floppy bow accents, as well as with glitter-dusted derrieres. Models sashayed down the runway with cotton candy, balloons, and oversized Sugar Daddy bars sporting swim confections in bright, solid hues of pink, purple, turquoise, and nude.
Finally, Bali-based Indah tapped into a variety of styles and textures with bright sexy crochet, classic floral print string bikinis, and sporty neon neoprene. There were also sequined mini dresses and high-waisted shorts, along with midriff skimming knit tops and beaded band bottoms—all with names inspired by cocktails.
Overall, this final group show was hot, high energy, and cutting edge.
– By Shayne Benowtiz

Label: Naila, Zingara Swimwear, Sauvage Swimwear Group Show
Front Row: None
Inspiration: The colors of the ocean, tropical prints, the sexy monokini
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
The Franco-Swiss line Naila opened Monday’s group show by sending a female and male model down the runway together in a plunging deep blue maillot with turquoise beaded accents and coordinating swim trunks to the beat of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” This color scheme would continue with bikinis, knit coverups, and a one-piece bandeau top with knit crochet covering the midsection. There was also a silver triangle top bikini with a light dusting of jewels, reminiscent of sea foam amidst all the turquoise and blue, paired with a silk chiffon coverup in a wavy silver and purple print. It was the pint-sized surfer dude, though, who stole the show, and gave the line the feeling it was made for a chic family vacationing seaside.
Next, Mexican line Zingara Swimwear hit the runway to the amped up pulse of electronic music in looks that were decidedly sexy and on-trend, yet nothing felt particularly fresh or original. We saw bright floral and animal prints on itty bitty bikinis accented with ruffles and an electric yellow bandeau bikini, as well as a show-stopping sporty red coral molded cup bikini with black strappy accents.
Finally, San Diego-based brand Sauvage Swimwear oozed sex appeal in a white monokini with gold accents and a shimmering black one piece that seemed to be made of liquid onyx. A short, yellow chiffon coverup with a heavily beaded neckline was a standout piece, and other sexy, peekaboo monokinis ruled the runway.
– By Shayne Benowtiz

Label: 6 Shore Road
Front Row: None
Inspiration: The island of Curacao
Heat Index: 4 (out of 5)
Models with heads of cornrows sporting sneakers and chunky ankle booties gave the 6 Shore Road collection a decidedly tough girl edge offset by voluminous maxi dresses and high-waisted bikinis. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim runway debut for New York City-based designer Pooja Kharbanda was an equal mix of swim and resort looks. A recurring silhouette on catsuits, bikinis, and one-pieces was the criss-crossed top giving an air of glamour. Solids in black, white, peach, yellow, pink, and purple ruled the runway, as well as floral and tribal prints. While the resort looks sizzled slightly more than the swimwear, one show-stopping piece came in a sporty sea green bikini with daring cutouts.
– By Shayne Benowtiz

Label: Caitlin Kelly Designer Swimwear, Aguaclara by Liliana Villalobos, A.Che, Aquarella Swimwear Group Show
Front Row: None
Inspiration: Chic Mad Hatter’s tea party, Macchu Picchu, water sports cool, futuristic silhouettes
Heat Index: 5 (out of 5)
With models gliding down the runway in straw top hats, oversized floppy sunhats, and asymmetrical takes on the hoodie, one couldn’t help but reference the Mad Hatter during Caitlin Kelly Designer Swimwears’s show. The classic, luxurious looks came in red, sand, black, and white.
Peruvian swimwear label Aguaclara by Liliana Villalobos channeled the exotic beauty of its native Macchu Picchu in sexy jungle prints with beaded shell detailing reminiscent of snake scales, and oversized cuffs giving the models the look of Amazonian superheroes. Showstoppers came in a long, silky dress with side slits up to the hip in alternating zebra with blue and yellow peacock prints, as well as a flamenco-inspired pink and black ruffled skirt with bandeau top.
A.Che stuck with a palette of blue and turquoise for chic, sporty looks, including printed and fringed bikinis, tank top-style coverups, and a flowing highlow skirt.
However, it was Aquarella Swimwear that stole the show with its first look, a yellow, asymmetrical one-piece with unexpected cutouts. Other eye-catching riffs on this look included a two-piece version, a brightly printed one-piece with cutouts, and an asymmetrical two-piece in royal blue with a high neck. The looks felt sporty, sexy, and futuristic.
– By Shayne Benowtiz