When Kelly Carrington returns to her old South Florida stomping grounds to show her designs at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, she'll boast a far more, uh, diverse background than most of the other fashion designers. Carrington, who was Playboy's October 2008 Playmate of the Month, is today the founder and creative director of the swimwear line Éclairée. Hailing from Stuart, Florida, the blonde beauty modeled lingerie and bikini wear, eventually landing a feature in Hugh Hefner's iconic girlie mag. It's not the most traditional career path for a fashion designer. But Carrington's background enables her to boast a holistic knowledge in style and glamor, she says. "When I am creating designs, I think about a woman's body- I think about curves, comfort, being beautiful and what I would personally love to wear," said the 26-year old Carrington. "I make my clothes for women who are confident, well-traveled, active and appreciate art in fashion."
Fri., July 20, 5 p.m., 2012