In the past few years Miami Swim Week has exploded by any measure — number of trade shows, runway shows, lifestyle related events in wellness, beauty, and accessories. There are also more events open to the consumer, like a Paraiso Bungalow, a two story pavilion with sophisticated popup shops on the first floor and a Brad Kilgore eatery upstairs. Plus, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden was taken over for a series of happenings. If you haven’t gone this year, if you like fashion — men and women — it’d be well worth putting a visit on your list. Here’s a photo gallery of some of my favorite finds. Many of the brands you can find online.
There were several clear fashion trends and countries that stood out for exceptional fashion design. Note that the designs shown are for next season and will be available late this year/January. First, the trends. In the swimsuit category, there were few surprises in the styles. Vivid colors and floral prints figured large.
Hands down Boho Chic still ruled, especially the long peasant like dresses with ethnic inspired trims or vibrant floral or geometric prints. Accompanying them were straw handbags in various states of decoration — from rhinestone studded satchels, to totes with flowing sisal in the natural color. And then the earrings, many of which were the large statement earrings made of textiles and beads in the same Boho style. Being an earring addict, I was out of control with the large selection and this style I so like. Unhappily for my fashionista side, almost all were for pierced ears (happily for my pocketbook). That being said and me being me, I managed to find one designer whom I’ll be writing about who has fabulous statement earrings and they’re all clips!!!! Taking my prize for most stylish design was women’s resort wear from Brazil and Italy.
For men’s swimwear, classic still reigned supreme and the Europeans were tops, though a new, well priced entrant from Australia caught my attention. Not much innovation overall, but there were a lot of handsome and some fun prints.
There were more multi- generational combos — father/son suits, mother/father/son with shoes to match — reflecting the new lifestyle trend in travel as well of multi gen travel.