If you thought Miami Swim street style was bringing the heat, just wait till you see the runway. With collections like Tory Burch, BCBGeneration, ViX, and more showcasing their beachy wares for 2014, it's still a good time to garner a little vacation inspiration for your Summer right now.
As always, Mara Hoffman delivered on the prints, showcasing a lineup of body-con poolside dressing and brightly hued swimwear; Wildfox was all about making our suits playful and sexy; and Roxy's collection was a surfer girl's dream. Keep clicking for all the Miami Swim Week highlights straight from the runway.
The Miami dress code always calls for a beat-the-heat mentality, so crop tops and bikinis are just par for the course at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 — on and off the catwalk. Don't be surprised to see showgoers in their own suits sitting poolside by the runway — although the less-is-more dress code certainly doesn't apply to bold prints and color schemes. This set never skimps on statement-makers, be it with a bright pattern or a thigh-high hemline (and the high heels to match!). In short, street-fashion Miami style may just be some of the hottest we've ever seen. Click through for the best snaps to hit Swim Week right here.
Swimwear designer Mara Hoffman is dipping her toes into fresh waters when she shows at Miami Swim Week, which kicks off July 18. For the first time, the print-loving label will walk with a Mercedes-Benz Presents title to go along with the bright bikinis and tanned torsos that are sure to appear throughout the collection.
The honor, which is awarded to one designer each season, has gone to such beachy brands as Vitamin A, Trina Turk, and Lisa Vogel. Of the decision to add Mara Hoffman to the illustrious list, Stephanie Zimmer of Mercedes-Benz USA said: "We are honored to welcome her . . . Mara's unique prints are unmistakable and evoke a very spirited, playful attitude like our Cabriolet."
That car will debut in South Beach with a paint finish mirroring a print from Hoffman's runway collection. The one-of-a-kind textile will also pop up at Miami's Alchemist boutique, which will sell a unique fashion item designed exclusively by Hoffman — should a printed Mercedes be out of your budget.
Unlike any other fashion event, Miami Swim Week is in a league of its own with its bodacious models strutting the latest and sometimes raciest swimwear trends for the new season. For Swim '13, designers like Mara Hoffman and Suboo's Sue Di Chio showed a covetable mix of swimwear and cover-ups perfect for your next tropical vacation. Currently trending are mixed-print creations — we especially loved the ones from the cool-girl line Giejo — sexy cutout one-pieces, and throwback bikinis featuring corset details and high-waisted bottoms. Check out all of the top looks from Miami Swim Week now.
Mara Hoffman debuted her latest lineup of tribal-infused prints at Miami Swim Week over the weekend. The Resort '13 collection was an exercise in what Hoffman does best — and at the heart of it, swimwear so coolly cut and done up in statement prints — (and finished with Pamela Love's geometric jewels), we'd wear it like our regular clothes — if we could get away with it. Hoffman, per usual, gravitates toward high-impact print, worked in shades of soft sand, coral and violet, then navy and black, adding textural braiding and lattice detailing to amp up the references to Aztec and Egyptian art. It's equal parts whimsically crafted and entirely easy to throw on, tapping right into our fantasies of a beachy getaway — or at least our desire to dress for one.
Miami Swim Week just kicked off and with it comes a fresh batch of covetable street style. No doubt, the tropical weather was not a problem for this chic set as they beat the heat in styles ranging from bright printed minidresses to feminine eyelet rompers. Check out the top looks from Miami Swim Week so far, then tell us which outfit is your favorite.
While covering the latest trends for Miami's Swim Week, FabSugar editor Chi Chau took us on a tour of one of South Beach's most coveted design digs, the SLS Hotel. "The SLS Miami is the perfect mix of Philippe Starck's signature minimalistic, white-on-white design injected with just the right amount of quirk and color. From the hot-pink stairwell (an homage to his 1-year-old daughter) to the gorgeous outdoor tiles, it was the perfect mix of new-age-design-meets-Miami-heat," says Chi. Keep reading to see our top awe-inspiring design moments from the SLS Hotel.
We're just two days away from Miami Swim Week, but before we head out and give you the dish on the latest swim trends and Miami street style, we still have to figure out what to wear! American Express (one of Miami Swim Week's big sponsors) is hosting our stay in style, so we're looking to up the ante on our tropical-weather dress code. From breezy maxi dresses to LWDs, statement sandals, and fun accessories, our stylishly packed suitcase is not only perfect for checking out the latest swim collections, but for any Summer Miami trip, as well. The best part? Each and every piece is on sale for you to shop (semi) guilt-free!
Okay folks, we are officially drenched in sweat and feeling rather inhibited by the large quantities of sparkling things we consumed at dinner last night. But from something sweaty and gross comes something beautiful, right? Right. Just like butterflies...
Last night we attended what was marketed by our marketing friend as a 'business meeting' which, to our surprise, meant twenty-five of our friends, a lot of warm rolls, and about a million bottles of Lambrusco (it still gives you red teeth, but it tastes like champagne!). That said between the reps, buyers, designers, writers, and pr folks, everyone just about chugged their wine and laughed nervously about how, um, tired they were. The moral of the story is that everyone is really overworked and kind of cracking up under the heat and pressure and recession. But there was still a good spirit in the air. It might just be the nature of New York and fashion at large, in the end.
Today we watched this because we were reading our network partner, The Coveted, who posted on Grace Jones and it inspired a You Tube adventure in the lady's honor. It will blow your mind so you might want to watch after you read the whole post (anyway, it's at the bottom). By the way, reading The Coveted is what we do when we're tired from the sparkling things--there's something really comforting about her whole 'brand', you should try it out.
On Monday we're headed to Capsule so please stay tuned for that. Capsule is a trade show that happens in New York and Paris and it's known to bring up some of the best contemporary menswear around. Menswear has had a revival in New York and we're really excited to see what everyone has cooked up for the season. We covered the Fall 08 show, you can read about that here (Sorry the pictures are gone. That is one long story). After the second day of Capsule there's an OAK/Julian Red/Orthodox/DFA party and if you're in town you should come. The party really goes until 4am (but a flyer never says that) and there's some floating commas but we're pretty sure that's because the person who made the flyer was at the dinner last night.