Beachwear So Good You’d Forego A Tan

BATD ON Jul 31, 2013 AT 12:49 pm

by Hannah Claire Litman

Last week, Miami was abuzz with Mercedes-Benz Miami Fashion Week Swim. Models, designers, editors, buyers and the fashion-hungry gathered along Collins Avenue for the array of events that kept our city in a glamorous flurry of champagne, shows and shindigs. The main event was held at the Raleigh Hotel where two massive tents housed five days of runway shows.  Meanwhile, satellite presentations occurred daily at sister hotel, the SLS and (my preferred home away from home) Soho Beach House.

But an entire fashion week dedicated to swimwear and the accompanying poolside accoutrement, seems somewhat unrealistic. So how much ‘fashion’ can you really pack into a two-piece? A surprising amount it seems.

Just take a peek at what you can expect come 2014 at a beach or pool near you.

It’s a Jungle Out There
Animal prints ruled the runway at a number of shows, but none more so than at CM, where prints took their cue from wildcats and serpents.  At Agua Benditamodels wore boho prints accessorised with safari attire, including backpacks, vintage luggage and the cutest trompe l’oeil cameras.

Keep Your Waistlines High… And Your Necklines Low
Expanding on a trend that created a buzz last year, were a new wave of high-waisted, retro-inspired suits. Surely this flirty, playful monokini with oversized bow that Lolli sent out, is what the beach was made for. But perhaps somewhat more wearable were the suits showcased by 6 Shore Road who nailed the look with their modern take on a vintage silhouette.

Speaking of boho…
Romantic and bohemian were two words that sprung to mind with regards to both styling and prints at a number of the shows.  Mara Hoffman (my personal, and surely everyone elses, favourite of the week) executed this to perfection with her nod to spirituality (evil eyes and Ganesh made their way into her designs) and island-inspired living. Hoffman’s silhouettes were made to make a girl swoon.

Mara Hoffman

Meanwhile, at L*Space by Monica Wise, buyers and press gushed over stunning prints adorned with fringing and whimsical ruffles.

But on the flip…
Tailoring was an unexpected inspiration for a number of the designers, and a surprising more is more aesthetic.  From the suit with suspenders at Beach Bunny,  the structured bikinis complete with sleeves at Suboo to the Vest-Kini at Agua Bendita, at least there’ll be little chance of flashing more than you’d like.









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