Year after year, Miami Swim Week brings the heat to the Magic City and with it, the season's hottest trends.
For Love & Lemons showed French Riviera-inspired looks.
South Beach’s shores are always blazing hot, but nothing sets the Magic City on fire quite like Miami Swim Week. The sexiest week of the year brought together established and emerging designers who debuted their smoldering 2017 collections on the runways at SwimMiami and Funkshion, among others, as well as at popular trade shows like Cabana, Hammock, and the Swimwear Association of Florida’s 34th annual SwimShow.
Local and visiting glitterati, including A Bikini a Day founders Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman (the only duo to have their names emblazoned on front-row chairs at virtually every show) and reality-TV heart-throb Brody Jenner, were just a few among the many Snapchatting the plethora of star-studded beach bashes, poolside after parties, and 2017 looks. Here are some of the most buzzed-about swimwear styles that dominated this year’s catwalks...
BRIGHT & BOLD Swim Week veteran Red Carter infused his latest one- and two-piece fashions with vibrant geometric shapes and star-inspired patterns, while newcomer Revel Rey introduced bright hand-painted prints on the brand’s funky-meets-fabulous swimwear.
Luli Fama stayed true to her signature whimsical style, offering fun, vivid hues on a variety of sultry bikinis and long-sleeved one-pieces. Maaji presented colorful florals, black-and-white tones, and even showcased a new line of athletic wear that will effortlessly take your sweat session from the gym to the beach. The takeaway? Prints are in—and here to stay.
Colorful florals at Maaji.
A CUT ABOVE Gone are the days of simple swimwear. This year, intricately designed pieces and sexy silhouettes were on everyone’s radar (and Snapchat stories). Swim supermodels Paige Watkins and Joy Corrigan strutted down the Indah Clothing runway in the Bali-based label’s Casa collection, which included neutral-toned bikinis with racy accent straps and one-pieces with plunging necklines.
Boho-chic beachwear Frankies Bikinis’ latest and greatest consisted of wrap bikini tops and braided detailing, while Anna Kosturova went cutting-edge with mesh high-neck halter tops and handmade crochet cover-ups. Though not ideal for tan lines, it’s pure photo gold.
ITTY-BITTY When it comes to swimwear, less is always more. Designer Alexandra Grief of the celeb-adored Montce Swim (915 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-440-2522) debuted the latest renditions of her trademark barely-there bottoms alongside Trina Turk (7200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-409-4383) and iShine365 (7292 NW First Ct., Miami, 305-756-2005) at the annual Style Saves Swim fashion show fundraiser. Kaohs models scorched the runway in the Swim Week first-timer’s ultra-sexy ’90s-inspired collection, designed for the active girl who dares to bare.
FLIRTY AND FEMME This year reconfirmed our love for posh-meets-playful designs. Beloved brand For Love & Lemons showcased its first (and already highly coveted) French Riviera-inspired swimwear collection, which included lacy details on bralette tops and high-waisted bottoms. Luxe label Heidi Klein revealed ruched bandeau one- and two-pieces and scalloped bikinis in crystal blue and stark white, while Kai Lani’s Free Bird collection, featuring soft ruffled details, flowed like an ocean wave.