Designer Monica Wise draws inspiration from the various beaches of where she lives. She lived in Florida and now Southern California. You can see the South Beach muses in the dark, sexy Latin looks of the black bikinis accented with straps and fringe. They were paired with edgy chain necklaces and black mesh cover-ups. The West Coast influence is in the group of pastel teal and coral colors with light colored cover-ups that doubled as sun dresses. Hair was pulled back into twisty braids for all the models (a popular style this week in the heat).
I loved that the models really knew how to work the swinging jewelry when they posed on this catwalk. As pretty as the swimwear was, this show proved how accessories can truly make an outfit shine.
photos by Mariana Leung