With a new schedule debuting brands, and a host of never-before-utilized Miami Beach venues, Miami Swim Week set the sizzling trends for the 2016 season.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Luli Fama’s Dreamcatcher collection featured intricate string detail that created a peek-a-boo effect. Feminine color palettes and flirty ruffles were prominent at Tori Praver. Acacia Swimwear showed sport-chic silhouettes like the style-of-the-season high-neck halter and this wide-band two-piece.
At this year’s rendition of Miami Swim Week, it was clear that, despite the absence of a sole sponsororganizer, the show must—and did—go on. Two separate entities—Funkshion Fashion Week and SwimMiami—stepped in to deliver 29 runway shows and presentations at six different venues in Miami Beach, including the recently opened 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, W South Beach, and the Delano.
Many designers like Luli Fama and Tori Praver sent their 2016 collections down “traditional” runways, while a great majority, like Mara Hoffman, Sofia by ViX, and Mikoh opted for presentations or private soirées with star-studded guest lists that included celebrities such as Joe Jonas, Brody Jenner, and LeAnn Rimes; a lineup of Instagramfamous blogger babes; and the who’s who of the swimwear industry.
Three trade shows rounded out the commerce side of the weeklong festivities, including Cabana, Hammock (formerly Salon Allure), and the 33-yearold Swimwear Association of Florida’s SwimShow, the catalyst that started it all. “This year we welcomed 450 exhibitors, which equates to over 2,500 brands,” says Judy Stein, executive director of the Swimwear Association of Florida. “The business side of the industry—the component that will decide what buyers see and/or buy in the coming season— these decisions are made at our show for over 90 percent of the swimwear industry.”
On the model front, this year’s trends were more of a continuation, perfection, or refinement of last year’s, expanding on the styles we’ve come to love. Here, what stylistas are buzzing about...
Mikoh returned with a 2016 presentation of their signature surf-inspired styles.
Soft and Sweet
Although the athletic swimwear trend is still going strong, as seen by lines such as the surfer-approved Body Glove, this year also reintroduced softer hues of pale pink and lavender, subtle ruffles, and offthe- shoulder silhouettes encapsulated perfectly by Tori Praver. Exaggerated graphic floral prints bloomed last year, but for 2016, simpler blossoms are en vogue—pink daisy-printed two-pieces by Shan, and sweet Polynesian flora in Vilebrequin’s High Summer line. And at OndadeMar, soft colors were prominent among the collection’s tropical and tribal prints, while at Sauvage, laser-cut blooms lent an intimates-inspired twist.
Perhaps 2016’s biggest trend is an abundance of accent straps and cutouts, captured perfectly by Luli Fama’s Dreamcatcher collection, which features intricate strings across tops and a barrage of straps on diamond-shaped bottoms. Intricately designed swimwear backs are the main attraction, as in Alessandra Ambrosio’s Ále by Alessandra, which presented circular weblike lines and diamond outlines between colorful fabrics striped like Mexican blankets; the subtle yet complex stringed tops in Sofia by ViX’s line, designed for ViX’s more Bohemian customer; and the geometric grommets and corset-style straps found on the backsides of Trina Turk’s printed one-pieces.
It was hard to escape the high-neck halter this year. At Acacia Swimwear, a signature knit central cutout stole the show while Nanette Lepore featured a line of mosaic tile-inspired and lace-tied tops. Mara Hoffman showed graphic black and white versions inspired by her travels to Marrakesh, and A.Ché opted for lingerielike construction.
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