Miami Swim Week 2018 closed last week and it was bigger and better than ever with runway shows, exhibits and parties galore. What may surprise you is that this is the most prominent swim week in the US. Events were centered in Miami Beach, at the Convention Center, in tents in Collins Park,and hotels including 1 Hotel and the W South Beach. Not only were there bathing suits and beach wear for men and women, but beauty products , accessories (lots of hats), and even beverage (coconut waters). Designers from Bali and Crete to Brazil, France and the UK were represented. Here’s a photo gallery of some of my favorite pieces. Note that the fashions are the Spring 2019 collections so will be in the shops or online late this year.
You can always count on Brazilians to have flattering and feminine resort wear. And so Agua de Coco with a boutique in Aventura Mall. Check out this bathing suit and long skirt in matching fabric that can go from beach to town.
Parioca is a men’s label from Rio de Janeiro with an unexpected surprise. What looks like just graphic designs turn out to be erotic, repeating patterns. They also have pareus that work for women as well.
Less is more with this lacey bikini which comes in turquoise, white, taupe and black. You need a good tan — out of the bottle or the real thing — to wear this one. PilyQ
The floats shown earlier are from France but aren’t they perfect for Miami? And get the double…..you can just imagine sharing it with a romantic interest, enjoying a glass of champagne in the pool. The Nice Fleet
What to do with a wallet or phone when you go swimming?The Spanish swimwear company Proofwear has the answer: a waterproof pocket in men’s bathing trunks.
Adorable suits for young female fashionistas, from Lolli Swim.
These neoprene swimsuits bring to mind James Bond’s “girls”. They come in royal blue, lipstick red, and love the all white, perfect with white jeans. Gigi C Bikinis
Ranjana Khan, wife of famous fashion designer Naeem Khan, designs these one of a kind statement pieces handcrafted with unusual and vintage materials.
White muslin dresses, a perfect light beach coverup, are hand embroidered by Syrian refugees in Turkey. Look good and do good.My Beachy Side
Can you believe these earrings from Crete are made from wool from a kilim rug in rich, luscious colors. The same model also comes with pieces of silk. Katerina Makriyianni
Whatever you do, it’s a good idea to keep the face protected from too much sun. And how about this hat to do the trick?