A saunter down Collins Avenue this past weekend bore a striking resemblance to the glossy pages of the coveted Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Tanned and taut models scurried from fashion shows to standing presentations sprinkled throughout Miami Beach compliments of Swim Week where designers launch their Resort 2016 collections for buyers, stylists and press through the SwimShow trade show (now in its 33rd year) and satellite events such as FUNKSHION and SWIMMIAMI.
And while IMG (formerly sponsored by Mercedes-Benz) opted out of the Swim Week picture this particular season, well, the annual event marched on — even if this notion sometimes equated to waiting in ceaseless Disney World-esque lines while the heat and humidity reared its ugly head on its revelers.
But let’s focus on the trends we’ll spot on the beach in the months to come, shall we?
At the Mara Hoffman presentation, which took place at Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace Mansion), guests were whisked away to Morocco. “The inspiration for this collection is a trip to Marrakech over the holidays with a tie-in of the 1970s and the time Yves Saint Laurent spent at Le Jardin Majorelle,” Hoffman says. Think swimsuits boasting banana leaf and peacock motifs, dramatic caftans and her signature graphic prints — particularly in black and white hues.
Colombian swimwear brand, Maaji, embarked on a groovy roadtrip. The catwalk was awash in a cavalry of colors such as lime green, blue sapphire, graphite grey, candy pink, neon pink, lilac, violet, citrus yellow, neon orange and peach.
At the Tory Burch presentation, fringed hems, tropical prints and solid-colored one-piece suits were omnipresent. The Caffé Swimwear fashion show, on the other hand, was fittingly influenced by the ocean where jellyfish, anemone and coral prints and a color palette of fresh underwater shades of blue, turquoise, green, yellow and pink splayed the runway. And we certainly noticed the return of the high-waisted bottom at Robb and Lulu.
Individual designers’ insights aside, there were common themes encountered at each show. The hottest styles include tons of fringe, long-sleeves, high-waist bottoms and statement tribal prints. Also of note? Fluttering off-the-shoulder tops and one-piece maillots.
Plunging V necklines were aplenty as were asymmetrical one-shoulder tops. There were also frequent nods to athletic wear in the form of rash guards most commonly spotted on the surfer set.
Brazen cutouts added a serious dose of sexy to each and every collection. Bikinis, one-pieces and even coverups looked as though Edward Scissorhands had his maddening way with them compliments of gaping holes, slashes and lasercuts.
So while the event did not receive a splashy start with the news of the loss of its major sponsor, Swim Week certainly delivered — even if it ran on notorious “Miami time.”