MEET THE HEAT!
MIAMI FASHION WEEK 2015By Wesley Sin
Summer is here… Are you ready for the beach, sunshine and bikini? Miami Fashion Week, or you can call it Swim Week, takes place in South Beach in Miami every summer to showcase the swimwear and the resort line for the next season. For the 2015 collection, the participating brands included Poko Pano, Gottex, L*Space, Maaji, Luli Fama and many more international swimwear brands. Among all runway shows, the “Electric Barbarella” collaboration by Beach Bunny and celebrities’ favorite designers, the Blonds, was the most exciting night for the fashion insiders. L.A. based streetwear, Wildfox, joined the Miami Fashion Week for the first time to debut their cruise line inspired by the 80s’ Barbie look. The exotic tropical prints from We Are Handsome and the Hawaii vibe infused design by Frankie’s Bikini also gave swimwear lovers more options for this hot summer.
Planning to beat the heat by a summer getaway to the tropical paradise which is only 3 hours away from NYC? This time, we are not only showing you the hottest beachwear for the season, but also guiding you to explore more about the palm tree city, Miami!
Beach Bunny X the Blonds
Beach Bunny has become one of the most popular swimwear brands with its previous collaborations by the Kardashian sisters, Kate Upton, and Irina Shayk. This time, they did not disappoint for their highly anticipated return with The Blonds. The designer-duo famous for creating Lady Gaga’s outfits produced a phenomenal show which has never been seen on the swimwear runways. This “Electric Barbarella” collection with colors of gleaming metal, opaline pastels and neon hues was inspired by the French-Italian fiction film Barbarella. Led by supermodels Hailey Clauson and Samantha Hoops, the girls with Beach Bunny’s swimwear displayed a vision of retro futurism combined with the incredibly sexy design aesthetic that the brand is most celebrated for.
Wildfox is a L.A. -based women’s label known for its iconic campaigns, dreamlike quality, and clothes that tell a story. After the success of streetwear and denim collection, the brand debuted their cruise and swim collection in 2015. Kimberly Gordon, creative director of Wilfox commented, “This collection is inspired by late 80s and early 90s fashion, Barbie, vintage Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues, and supermodels of the era. The show featured a palette of pastel, ombre and neon hues mixed in with hamburger prints, swimmable gingham fabric and sporty zipper details on neoprene sets and high leg one piece suits.” In addition to swimsuits, you can also see a lot of interesting items with vintage style on the runway such as woven beach pants, rompers, beach totes and flowing maxi dresses.
We Are Handsome
The Australian swimwear brand, We Are Handsome, caught the audience’s eyes by the tropical foliage and a huge white albino python carried by the models on the runway. “This season, we’re largely inspired by contrasting notions and striking imagery. We draw on our experiences through travel, art, culture, and all things life to bring a new collection to fruition”, said Jeremy and Katinka Somers, the designers of the brand. A lot of different prints can be seen in their new collections, including the Bouquet print which intertwines hummingbirds with pineapples in a kaleidoscope grid and the Bermuda print which pays homage to the designers’ traveling lifestyle with maps, sails and palm trees combined into one retro-cool design.
Frankie’s Bikini, a new brand created by a 19-year-old California girl Francesca Aillo, was the new face for the Miami Fashion Week. As the youngest designer among all, Francesca made her “Hanalei Dreams” become colorful pieces. This collection featured a bohemian chic vibe infused with a tropical twist and the suits captured the essence of Hawaii’s beauty through attention to details and many floral crochet patterns. “The Hanalei Dreams Collection was crafted for the fashionable and active young girl like me and the fits are perfected so that these bikinis are just as ready for the ocean as they are for the poolside,” commented Francesca.
Getting ready for Miami?
After seeing so many stunning swimwear collections, I think a lot of you can’t wait to plan a trip to the tropical paradise. Besides beaches and pools, there are also historical sites and perfect places for shopping and dining in Miami City. Don’t worry if you don’t have a car, any double decker tourist bus in Miami will take you around the city easily.
South Beach is probably the hottest spot in Miami. The clear blue water and the white sand beaches are the most attractive scene to all tourists during the day. At the night time, South Beach becomes an area that never sleeps. All kinds of parties are happening in the bars and lounges along the seaside.
Lincoln Road Mall is Miami’s largest outdoor mall with a lot of shopping and dining options. You can enjoy an afternoon in various stores under the palm trees; after shopping, just pick up a restaurant with outdoor seating to have a chilling dinner time.
Little Havana is a historical area with Cuban immigrants. Colorful murals, monuments to heroes, elderly men playing dominoes in the park and the aroma of cigar and Cuban coffee make this area unique and cultural. You can find specialty stores and Cuban restaurants all around the main drag, Calle Ocho.
Coconut Groove is the oldest inhabited neighborhood of Miami. Nowadays, there are various cafés, college bars, restaurants, boutiques and galleries lining the streets. A favorite spot of tourists is the shopping mall under the coconut trees, Coco Walk.
Bayside Market Place
Located along the Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami, Bayside Market Place is a shopping center with wide selections of retail stores and theme restaurants. You can simply sip a glass of Pina Colada at the juice bar and enjoy the view with some live music performance.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is the must-visit destination in Miami for art lovers. The building, designed by Charles Gwathmey, creates an open space for all kinds of exhibitions. The museum maintains an active exhibition schedule, presenting 8 to 10 exhibitions annually.
For more information, you can visit the official Miami Tourist Website: www.miamiandbeaches.com