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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MIAMI FASHION WEEK: Mikoh Swimwear 2015

Hawaii made its way to South Beach via California at the Mikoh Swimwear show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.  The West-Coast based label was founded by siblings Oleema and Kalani Miller.  The show had a fantastic opening dance number performed by the Aloha Islanders.  The Polynesian theme carried through in the leafy crowns worn by some of the models and palm tree prints. 

The swimwear looks themselves were fashionable, wearable styles meant for active use.  Even their website’s opening video is of a woman swimming underwater.  There was even a blue water splash print.  The suits have simple, basic silhouettes but often featured cut-outs for extra sex appeal.  The sisters grew up next to the ocean among a family of surfers and designers.  This collection was meant for women who play hard and work hard, and the women behind it live that lifestyle themselves.

Are you ready to battle the waves?

photos by Mariana Leung

Monday, July 28, 2014


suboo miami
suboo 2015
It's the tough girl from Down Under.  Suboo's 2015 resort collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim was a parade of strong women with an attitude.

There were many variations of bikinis and one piece swimsuits with halter neck styling.  The necklines had interesting twists, straps and wrap details.  I loved several of their bold prints, like a navy, peach, black and white camouflage pattern.  There was a graphic black and white art print and wild floral design as well.

There were a lot of looks using a slick shiny black fabric that gave the appearance of leather.  High-necked severe tops were easily balanced with sexy cut-outs on bikini bottoms.  The leather look, along with the models' fierce expressions gave the impression that this collection would be the most intimidating (fashionable) gang at the beach. 

The Suboo collection is based in Australia.  I'm wondering if the upcoming reboot of Mad Max was an inspiration for creative director Sue Di Chio?  Actually, the aesthetic and movement of modern dance was the muse for this season.  That look of determination on the models actually refers to the discipline of the art.

Nick Irwin of TIGI created the pulled back, high on the crown hair.  Vincent Longo was responsible for the dark eyes and ZOYA created the sharp white manicure on the models.

If you are a beach beauty who does not want to be messed with. The Suboo 2015 collection is perfect for you.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MIAMI FASHION WEEK: Frankie's Bikinis 2015

Hawaii meet Miami.  The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim runway hosted the debut of Frankie's Bikinis cruise collection.  Swimwear prodigy Francesca Aillo created a bohemian, laid back collection inspired by the island of Kauai.

Her swimsuits did indeed include many bikini styles.  The colors pulled from nature, like sky blue, sand, earth, shell white, gardenia red...  The details were simple, like ties and crochet.  Some reminded me of the string games of my childhood.  The fits were designed for the girl who likes to play.  The construction was made for active women, structured for those who actually intend to get in the water.

The models were styled in loose, beachy hair by BLO Blow Dry bar, with natural make-up looks by BeautyBlender cosmetics.  Accessories were very simple, natural grasses wrapped around wrists, maybe a hand knotted bracelet or two.

Francesca Aillo is the youngest designer to have ever shown her collection in South Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.  Clearly, there is a lot more style to come.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Top Swimwear Trends of Miami Fashion Week 2015

bikini bottoms
Hello beach bunnies! I am still editing and wrapping up my coverage of Miami Fashion Week with Swim Swim. There were several clear trends among the luxury swimwear collections for all of your beach style needs this summer. 

You can find pieces for all of these trends with the launch of online swimwear boutique swimswim.com.  They specialize in upscale designer looks perfect for the Hamptons, South Beach, St. Tropez or wherever your want to indulge yourself…

For the upcoming 2014/2015 season, the hip is clearly the new erogenous zone.  Swimsuit bottoms had high-cut leg openings, or they featured pretty side ties.  Many bikini bottoms featured variations on sexy cut-outs at the hip.  The bonus of course, is that it lengthens the leg of anyone who wears it.  High-cut leg openings also work across all body types as it emphasizes the right curves.

high waist bikini

The contrast to all of the bare skin down there is the return of the high-waisted bikini bottom. A throwback to the 1960’s, this style is forgiving for different types of body shapes.  Also for the bikini-shy, the monokini with sultry cut-outs on the side were all over the Miami runways.  The monokini is for the fashionable woman who loves the practicality of a one-piece bathing suit, but has the body to show off the rest.

animal print swimsuit

Designers loved neon colors and intricate prints this season.  The busy art print mixed detailed animal motifs, art déco, sound vibrations and wild florals.  The color palette popped by blending super bright hues with nude and black. 

fringe bikini

Swimwear was given a bohemian look with arts and crafts details on the runway.  Crochet details were worked into side panels, inserts, hems and tops.  Fishnet knits found their way into cover-ups and fringe hems and bikini tops look great when you move.

Are you ready to turn your poolside into your personal runway?  Look no further than Swim Swim for every trend.  Say good-bye to the scary fluorescent lighting and judging eyes of fellow shoppers. They have a virtual dressing room and a great tool to input your measurements to find the size you need. 

Happy swimming!  Use code "IAMSUMMER" for 20% off your purchase at Swimswim.com

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by SWIM SWIM. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of SWIM SWIM.
Photos by Mariana Leung

Thursday, July 24, 2014

MIAMI FASHION WEEK: Maaji Swimwear 2015

It was Derby time at the Maaji Swimwear show for Mercedes Fashion Week Swim.  Columbian esigners  Juliana Londoño and  Nani Valenzuela created a “Royal Riders” theme for their runway.  The collection featured a mix of swimwear and active wear with a preppy, equestrian aesthetic with a twist.

Gingham, plaids, detailed horse prints and florals were executed in neon and nude colors.  The bikinis were paired with tweed jackets, riding helmets, riding crops and platform heeled oxfords.  Jackets had variations of racing ribbons.  Skimpy suits were worn with traditional cardigans and houndstooth capes.  The tennis rackets, suspenders and jockey clubs all made for an adorable tongue-in-cheek take on stuffy country club style.

Elaborately printed rash guards would look great doing double duty as a fashion top.  Board shorts for men had corresponding prints with contrast waistbands.  This was the one show I attended that offered a few men’s styles and male models to present them.  The bit of beefcake was much appreciated by the female guests in attendance in the long sea of bikinis.  Celebrity guests included TV personalities Serinda Swan, Adriana de Moura and Luann de Lesseps.

Hell, I know I’m ready for a ride…
photos by Mariana Leung