This post is a few weeks too late but it is one definitely worth posting! Swim Week has to be one of the most exciting times in Miami because it basically sums up everything that is Miami and that includes the weather, rain or shine, glamour, bathing suits, and great Djs. The one quote that says it best is Shwayze, from his song "Corona and Lime," "Girls in Miami, street bikinis and bump techno by Dj Tiesto." During a fashion show there is nothing I enjoy more than checking out the latest trends while jamming out to a good playlist chosen by the designers!
At Funkshion my favorite designer had to be Barraca Chic I loved their use of bright colors and color blocking it gave such a fun and youthful feel to basic two-piece and one-piece bikinis. The designers themselves are from Switzerland and that can be seen by their proud nationalism by have the closing piece be a red and white strapless one-piece and having the model carry a beach throw that had the Swiss flag on it.
In addition to their proud nationalism the models had great energy the whole time and carried smiles, which the audience picked up on it. The designers of Barraca Chic made sure to include many different versions of bathing suit attire for both men and women. For men Barraca Chic gave an option for normal knee length board shorts as well as speedo style for the more risqué crowd, who prefer evenly tanned legs, and this gives them an advantage by giving them a bigger range of people to appeal to. During their show it was also impressive that the designers of Barraca Chic used "The Reckoning Song" as one of their songs so naturally I was jamming hardcore in the crowd.
Another one of my favorites was MINIMALE ANIMALE, they have been one of my favorite bathing suit designers for the past year or so. Basically since I found out about them through popular singers that wore their classic "Palm tree on the boob" bathing suit in their music videos, Iggy Azalea and Miley Cyrus are among many. I love how MINIMALE ANIMALE is not afraid to take risks with their pieces by the use of mesh and giving the pieces cuts that aren't for your average bathing suit; this includes the use of high wasted bottoms, which is steeler because it is usually paired with a very retro cut top. MINIMALE ANIMALE is the quintessential perfect female bathing suit brand because it is sexy, it is edgy, and it is just all out women! I love that nothing about their brand is "traditional swimwear" the brand is constantly pushing its boundaries and style. The hair they had for the show was nice because it gave the appearance that the models just came from the beach onto the runway and I'm sure the models appreciated not having to wear heels!
This year like many past years MB Swim Week overlapped with Funkshion, both equally amazing events, however, I have to say I loved the location for Funkshion 10x more than MB Swim Week because Funkshion was at the SLS hotel and the runway was in the middle of the pool which just gave it such a cool feel along with the graffiti on the columns. The only downfall for the SLS was there was very few sitting area so waiting for the show in heels was killer but the shows turned out to be worth it.
MB Swim Week for the most part took place in the Raleigh hotel tent, which had one big plus and that was that it was INSIDE because during swim week this year we had a mini hurricane in Miami with the constant rain fall.
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