Seen and Heard at Miami Swim Week

July 24, 2014 | by Kathy Buccio | Talk of the Town

Find out what Leonardo DiCaprio, LeAnn Rimes and hubby Eddie Cibrian, some Real Housewives, and the designers themselves were up to during Miami Week Swim. 

LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian at Luli Fama.

LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian at Luli Fama. 

Bombshells and barely there swimsuits descended upon Miami Beach for another frenzied round of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim July 17-21, and the star power was nothing short of high voltage. Designers churned out everything from neon explosions of tribal print to terry cloth bikinis, all paired with messy beach hair. Even celebrities weren't immune to model-gawking; we spotted a few of them sitting front row and one mega movie star causing quite a stir on the shoreline.

SEEN: Country cutie LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian sat front row at the Luli Fama show on Sunday, July 20, holding hands and wearing matching whites.

HEARD: Swim Week queen Mara Hoffman was excited to get her models down the runway on Saturday, July 19, as she made some last-minute tweaks to her Guatemalan-inspired collection backstage. “We bring it,” said Hoffman. “We bring sexy to Miami. Always.”

SEEN: No stranger to model attention, actor Leonardo DiCaprio was seen enjoying a night out with friends at Bianca at Delano during Swim Week. He kept the party going with dinner at Prime 112 another night. 

HEARD: The models were hair-raising in towering ponytails wrapped and elongated with metal wiring at the Dolores Cortes show on Friday, July 18. The runway presentation represented a double-sided personality that teeters between a woman who is both sophisticated and wild—hence, the out-there hair. “If you look at it, it does have an Eiffel Tower element to it,” said Cortes.

Housewives Marysol Patton, Adriana de Moura, and Luann de Lesseps at Maaji.

Housewives Marysol Patton, Adriana de Moura, and Luann de Lesseps at Maaji. 

SEEN: The Real Housewives of Miami stars Marysol Patton and Adriana De Moura, and New York Housewife LuAnn de Lesseps sat together and posed for photographers while waiting for the Maaji show to begin on Saturday. 

HEARD: Models walked on water at the L*Space show on Saturday at The Raleigh's Cabaña Grande, where the runway was transformed into a faux ocean for The Water is Waiting collection. “I’ve always had this ongoing love affair with the water as a young woman and being from the Midwest; it was always about being in search of the perfect water," said L*Space designer Monica Wise. "There’s a very 'sirens of the sea' kind of vibe to the runway show.”

SEEN: TV personality and actress Maria Menounos wore a Grecian coral maxi dress while signing copies of her new book, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness, at The Raleigh.

HEARD: Backstage at the 6 Shore Road show on Sunday, designer Pooja Kharbanda took a quick breather before the runway mayhem, as models sporting warrior-princess braids and traditional nose rings got their makeup done. “This collection was influenced by Nepal, so you’re going to see a Nepali-warrior type of woman, influenced from all the colors that they use,” added Kharbanda. “You’re going to see tons of embroidery, tons of colors. You’re going to see a little bit of Nepal.”

SEEN: Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal and boyfriend Reid Heidenry got cozy in the front row during the Beach Bunny swim presentation on Friday. 

HEARD: Model and fashion blogger Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty traded in her front-row seat for the catwalk and closed the 6 Shore Road show.  “I used to do runway so much when I was 15, 16, and every show imaginable,” Natalie said. "It’s kind of fun to get to do it again, and in Miami, too. It’s very different." 

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF AARON DAVIDSON/GETTY FOR LULI FAMA; ALEXANDER TAMARGO/GETTY FOR MAAJI

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