Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Day One: Lisa Blue

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
Day 1: July 19, 2012
Lisa Blue Opening Show
At Cabaña Grande, at The Raleigh Hotel

1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Notable attendees:
Christina Milian, Brooke Burke, David Chavret (remember Baywatch?), Real Housewives of Miami reality stars.

Better than: A geography lesson in high school ... if only because of the scantily clad models.

It's almost expected for a fashion show to run fashionably late in Miami (hello, Miami time). But a show that starts 43 minutes late? That's a bit much, even for us. But Lisa Blue didn't seem to disappoint the masses last night -- even though she did disappoint us.

Only one thing is ever really expected from a runway show: a theme or pattern for the collection. Last night's show (designed by former model and current animal rights activist, Lisa Burke) had too many themes to count, though, the most prevalent being "Year of the Dragon," "60's pinup girl," cutesy cowboys, and night gowns. We can't make this stuff up.

The show began with very tanned models somberly, and very slowly, walking down the runway with gold-leafed crowns and headpieces, soft curls, and a soundtrack that was just plain depressing. They were paying homage to "the call of the whale" (part of Lisa Blue's brand motto) it seemed, but this whale has tribal tattoos on his tail and likes his models with Grecian-inspired swim pieces that aren't made for flattering tan lines. Go figure.

The whole thing lightened up a bit when Dancing with the Stars ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff (you know, the hot one that dated Mario Lopez for a while) came out and strutted her stuff ... literally. Fully dressed in salsa-themed attire that Carmen Miranda probably wouldn't be caught dead in, models added a little bounce to their step, a few more dancing down the runway as the theme was abruptly changed to cowboy hats, surfer girls, and plenty of nightgowns/sexy sleepwear. (Who can really pull off this look at the beach? Not many, we assume.)

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