Supermodels, bikini models, breastfeeding models—Ocean Drive relives Miami's buzziest Swim Week yet.
Swim Week is known for many things—models in sexy swimwear, exclusive bashes filled with celebs and... a mom nursing a baby on the runway? Yes, that happened. From the Paraiso Fashion Fair tents (which debuted this year) to the SwimShow, Hammock and Cabana trade shows, private showcases, pop-ups and parties, this year’s Miami Swim Week made quite the splash. Missed the five-day extravaganza? Let’s dive in.
The Sports Illustrated Swim runway.
There was no shortage of swoonworthy swimwear this year. Standouts included the sleek and chic suits in neutral colors by brands like Becca Swim, Isabella Rose and Monday Swimwear. “The collection expresses the essence of our brand: timeless and elegant,” says mega babe-turned-influencer-turned-Monday co-designer Tash Oakley. Acacia models also flaunted muted tones mixed with retro floral prints during the line’s sunset runway show at the 1111 rooftoop. Supermodel favorite Montce added ruffle accents and plunging necklines in both subtle and vibrant hues to its signature barely there bikinis. Over at 1 Hotel South Beach, Soluna Swim returned with the #SolunaSpa, offering the perfect Swim Week escape with custom blowouts, massages and mini makeovers. The line brought its 2019 cruise collection, which included plenty of ruffles and flattering ruched details. Farther north, Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel’s swim label, Tropic of C, debuted one- and two-pieces with ultrahigh-cut legs in earth tones during a private presentation at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The takeaway? Less (whether it’s in color or fabric) is definitely more.
Thousands of women auditioned to land a spot on the coveted Sports Illustrated runway.
In addition to hot designs, Swim Week provided tons of OMG moments we’ll be talking about until next year. Ocean Drive Swim issue cover star Heidi Klum kicked off the week with a presentation of her latest collection from Heidi Klum Swim during her cover celebration at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel. Even America’s Got Talent contestant Yoli Mayor stopped by to give an unforgettable live performance as partygoers and Klum (who Mayor’s vocals made cry on AGT) watched in awe. Back at the Paraiso tents, Hawaiian hula dancers opened for Mikoh, while Luli Fama kicked off her runway show titled Wapisima (“beautiful”) with a high-energy flamenco performance that got attendees up on their feet. Maaji’s Viva La Vida resort and activewear show featured lots of face paint, headpieces and, yes, even a flash mob choreographed by Colombian studio Play Dance. But perhaps the most buzzed-about Swim Week moment was when Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Mara Martin walked the catwalk in a metallic gold bikini while breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter. Love it or hate it, the moment went viral.
The beauty look at Maaji.
What’s Swim Week without the stars? This year’s front-row seats were filled with plenty of famous faces, from Caroline Vreeland and Hailey Clauson at Monday to Valentina Ferrer who attended Maaji and Pitusa. Crooner Luis Fonsi cheered on wife and model Águeda López at Luli Fama, while WAGS LA star Nicole Williams English snapped selfies with best gal pal and fellow model Shanina Shaik at Montce. Even Olivia Culpo jetted to Miami to play stylist with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day for the magazine’s show—where the guest list included names like Christie Brinkley, Kate Bock, Ryan Phillippe and Jenah Yamamoto (aka @GypsyOne).
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANTON KIRINDONGO