A record number of press and buyers -- more than 700 in all -- headed to Miami last week for Mercedes-Benz Swim Week amid discussion about whether swimwear really needs its own fashion week. These were the three big trends to emerge.
From the small, boxy, logo-linked bikini bottoms at Wildfox to the ever-present body jewelry at the shows, metal hardware was a pretty integral part of this season's design options. Dolores Cortes models stomped down the runway with heavy bangles and thick necklaces to match the hardware of their suits, which came rendered as rings in the center of bikini tops and as a neck embellishment on a gold lame jumpsuit. A standout look (albeit an uncomfortable-looking one) was a tortoiseshell top embellished with gold grommets. Proenza Schouler used piercing accents on its debut collection of suits.
Big Feline Prints
Mara Hoffman's show is always one of the most anticipated of the week, and this season's Guatemalan-inspired, reversible swim offerings did not disappoint. The oversized, Lisa Frank-esque face of a cheetah printed onto a black rashguard and a one-piece suit made an impression, as did the mirrored cheetah heads done in red and blue at We Are Handsome. Poko Pano even used an oversized cheetah print for a billowing cover up .
One of the last(and best) shows of the week, which combined a controlled color palette of black, white and gold with an undeniable biker chick theme, was Minimale Animale. Hips were on show, from bottoms cut high on the natural waist to skin-exposing cutouts -- cues taken from trends in apparel and sure to produce interesting tan lines.
And what should we expect to see in Miami next time around? Nancy Zamudio, the co-founder of Trendtank, a trend forecasting company based in New York, says she expect solids, minimal lines and leather pieces to make a big show.
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