Mara Hoffman Swim Resort 2013 Collection

Mara Hoffman Swim Resort 2013

Mara Hoffman Swim Resort 2013 Collection

The Mara Hoffman show is always a must see during Miami Swim Week, and with good reason. Not only does the designer excel at putting on a vibrant show, but her collections also always manage to feel fresh and chic without any of the cheese that can sometimes dominate the week. Add Hoffman's penchant for partnering with cool, downtown brands — this season she styled her pieces with Pamela Love jewels and Frye boots — and it's not hard to understand why her line has garnered a cult following.

For Resort 2013, Hoffman's signature tribal-inspired prints were in full effect — they came in high-impact color combos such as coral, flame, navy, and black, and they decorated everything from deep-cut one-pieces to bandeau tops and breezy caftans. Hoffman also made use of subtler patterns this season: a python pattern in tonal beige was particularly pretty, as was an art nouveau-ish feather print in turquoise and pink. The softer prints allowed Hoffman's excellent use of structural and decorative detailing to shine through; cut-out sides, crisscrossing latticework, braided straps, and intricate seed beading provided texture to high-cut briefs, corset tops, and tunics.

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