New York Fashion Week: Swim Week's older, pushier sister. But without that push, where the hell would Swim Week be? Would it even exist? The answer, presumably, is no.
And as much as we hate to admit it, a nod of appreciation is due in part to our contemporary neighbors to the north, as they have rightfully garnered the title of Fashion Capital of the Americas. A great deal of what is presented at NYFW trickles down to us palm-tree huggers, whether we embrace it or not. Because of its huge impact on not only Miami fashion, but to American fashion in general, Cultist has traveled afar to broadcast its most coveted runway shows of the season. Not just any shows, however; shows that best represent Miami, because it's all about us anyway, right?
Here are NYFW's most Miami-centric spring/summer runway shows and presentations:
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It's safe to say that when it comes to skin, Miami is its mecca. You might even consider skin Miami's go-to fabric for every season. So it came as no surprise why Custo Barcelona's Spring-Summer 2015 collection, Skin, made our final cut. Über-sheer linens and geometric laser-cuts served as great supporting roles to the model's natural canvas, completing each look flawlessly. Evoking a more contemporary air than its previous seasons, the Spanish label refused to shy away from its signature vibrant color palate, displaying jacquard and evasee-cut minis, splashed radiantly with oceanic hues. And there were swimsuits; oh, how there were swimsuits. The words "rooftop party" somehow came to mind at the sight of so many uncovered bodies. But, really, are you surprised?
Come on, Adriana Lima opened and closed the show for crying out loud! And as soon as we saw the Brazilian bombshell step out onto the scene with those lofty gams, we knew Latin spice was bound to spill all over the runway. And who knows how to give a little spice better than our Magic City? Though the show, entitled "Say Something Nice," wasn't inspired by one ethnic culture in particular, the brand and its collaborator, Christian Lacroix (you may have heard of him) showered the collection in playful floral prints, emphasizing on specifics like tropical hibiscus and Mexican dahlias on easy chiffon drapes and elongating jumpsuits.