This past weekend I was lucky enough to be able to go back to my old home, Miami Beach to enjoy the beach, fun parties with friends and LOTS of swimsuits at Swim Miami 2015. Swimwear has also been close to my heart since I created my own small line during college, so I really can appreciate that it’s more than just bikini’s and cover up’s! A few of the major things that were trending this year included sexy one pieces, high-waist bottoms, swim tops that resembled more of a crop or off the shoulder top and bright patterned flowy kaftans and pants as cover ups. Below are a few of the stand out collections that I saw during my trip to Miami.
These Aussie designers of course know how to do swimwear, their designs were not only bright and colorful but also were a good mix of sexy and comfortable, perfect for any surfer girl who doesn’t want to hide behind a wet suit! All of Robb & Lulu’s prints are hand-illustrated and feature almost every color of the rainbow. When husband and wife designer Robert and Lulu Zagame said “We love to live life in color” they truly meant it, even a simple black and white geometric print one piece featured a pop of color in the back with lime green straps that slightly resembled a pair of sexy suspenders.
Founded in Lima, Peru this line certainly has a sexy South American flair to it but also is incredibly simple and minimalistic in a good way, the collection’s theme was “Bali Inspired” which was very consistent throughout the show. The show started out with a very zen vibe when the models walked down the runway doing a fun “yoga inspired” choreography routine, after this each model walked down the runway showing off the collection while rocking either a loose fishtail braid or beach hair with exotic flowers in it, some of the models even carried baskets of flowers while strutting their stuff completely barefoot.
Of course the amazing Mara Hoffman takes her Resort 2015 collection to the next level by having a presentation at the extravagant Casa Casuarina, otherwise known at the Versace Mansion located on Ocean Drive. The collection consisted of Hoffman’s usual bright colored Aztec-esque prints and plenty of classy high-waist swim bottoms. To go along with the over the top and vintage look of the venue the inspiration for Hoffman’s line which is always one of the most anticipated shows of Miami Swim Week was 1970’s “Dreaming of Marrakech” which was visible from everything down to the classic head wraps the models were rocking to the long printed kaftans and chunky vintage jewelry.
I had to give a shot out to my two favorite line’s that always have the best collections every Swim Week, being the rebels that they are they didn’t have a full-on runway show associated with Swim Miami but they did show a selection from their latest swim collections to entice people like me who have literally waiting a year to see what they could possibly come up with next. At the Delano Hotel, Wildfox of course had their signature fun prints (hearts, ice cream cones, lips), mermaid inspired shell shaped bikini tops and as always the best random sayings on some of the pieces including a halter style swim top with a airplane graphic and font saying “Get High With Me”.
Softening up a bit from last year’s show where all the models rocked biker helmets and all black and white itsy bitsy bikini’s with sheer cutout’s, Minamale Animale showed off a few pastel bikini’s at the Beach Riot Boozy Brunch. The bikini’s still had the same Minimale Animale look to them with the super high wasited as I like to call them “90’s” swim bottoms, teeny tiny bikini tops and rocker studs, but were in baby blue, lilac and tan shades.