In Miami, creative-minded party people tend to fall into two camps: Art Baselites, and those who hold out all year long for its chicer cousin, Swim Week. This year marks the 10th year that Mercedes-Benz will hoist its tents at the Raleigh and other major hotels around South Beach to host round-the-clock runway shows of half-naked ladies in the fiercest form of swim and beachwear ever to hit the sands.
And while every brand - vets and up-and-comers alike - on this year's roster sounds peachy to watch, there are certain names in the game we would sell our first-born to see. (Or at least lend him out for a couple days.)
Here are the runway shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 that we can't wait to see.
7. Mara Hoffman
You can spot her suits from a mile away - loud, kaleidoscopic, and always referencing all things tribal. Mara Hoffman is becoming the ethnic Lilly Pulitzer of our time. But aside from forging her legacy as garnering one of the world's most recognizable textile design/patterns, it's her commanding presence on the runway during MBFW SWIM that grabs our attention. Mara, we are not worthy.
Hawaiians are like the Brazilians of the U.S. -- for some reason, they're just so much cooler than the rest of us. The same goes for their swimsuits; but there's one particular line that out-matches the rest hailing from the Aloha State: Acacia. The brainchild of island girl Naomi Newirth and Cali native Lyndie Irons, the line is jam packed with low-cut Italian bikinis fused with a very Brazilian fit and is 100% seamless. Did we mention that their fabric melts in your hands and not in your mouth - so buttery and oh, so dreamy.
The fox is hands down the trendiest animal in fashion right now. The California brand has been a main contributor to putting Americana style back on the fashion radar, with ultra high-rise bottoms and screened one-pieces, usually donning some sort of animal (i.e. kitten or horse), weird celestial graphics, or more notably, a British flag. Though Americana at heart, the line somehow takes you back to sweeter days of '90s pop and Kelly Kapowski being chased around by hunky Zack Morris.
4. Dolores Cortes
Unquestionably the unsung hero of MBFW SWIM 2014, last year's Dolores Cortes runway show surprised us all - in a good way, of course. The collection was a "fusion between jungle and punk" (blame it on last year's Met Gala why don'tcha). As unlikely as the pairing sounds, the two combined worked out famously; violent blues and pinks were intertwined with unexpected metallic gold in the form of two-pieces and monokinis. Gold, spiked triangle tops and cutouts were paired rightfully with larger-than-life coifs. Hopefully this year, the Spanish designer can surpass last year's show with even bigger hair. The bigger the hair, the closer to heaven? No?
As sexy and perked up as it can make the girls look, hardware on swimwear can be cumbersome and irritating. That's why California-based brand, Mikoh says you can do without it altogether. The sister duo, Oleema and Kalani Miller, helm the brand hailing all the way from the southern reaches of San Clemente, a perpetually sunny beach city in the OC. For the girls, however, the beach isn't just a landform, it's a lifestyle; the line usually is painted with prints and colors complementing the shallows and depths of the ocean and its ceaseless movement. Their cuts tend to lean towards high necklines and sport string detailing galore.
2. Poko Pano
Brazilians practically coined the phrase, "Less is more," and for Brazilian designer Paola Robba, the mind behind the women's swimwear line Poko Pano, the phrase never rung truer. Though the brand's prints and hues are nothing over-the-top, it's the cut that counts. Only the really scandalous parts are covered; everything else on the body has complete free range. So what if the Brazilians didn't win the World Cup? They sure as hell have won in the game of flattering the female anatomy - minimally, that is.
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1. Clover Canyon
We love fresh meat. And out of all the newbies walking the long, white plank this year, Clover Canyon has got to be the freshest of them all. Known for its purposefully busy prints, its swimwear has dipped its toes in the retro and contempo pool, blending über retro cuts like its high-waisted bottoms with a racer back top. If it's swimwear lives up to the success of its women's apparel line, we can expect a pretty killer show.
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