Miami Beach, FL – Swim Week 2016
Every year it amazes me to see how swimwear designers come up with a new way to present the “swimsuit”. Swim Week Miami never lets me down. As long as I like at least 2 out of a dozen shows, I’m satisfied. Based on the reviews I read for this year’s Swim Week, many bloggers felt if you missed this event, you truly didn’t miss anything. As a Miami-an, it was a Hit for me. Then again I’m sort of biased, because I live here and we wear swimwear all year round. What do you guys think? Hit or Miss?
Trend Walk hosted by The Makers Collective
July 13, 2016– This event was a soft opening into #MiamiSwimWeek for my fashionable friend and I. This hip vendor market/ pool party is a perfect mix of Miami meets Swim Week. One can never go wrong with drinks, food, and shopping. Great venue, diverse crowd, and plenty of cool pieces to purchase.
Location: Freehand Miami
IG: @themakersco @freehandmiami #trendwalkfreehand #themakerscollective #freehandmiami
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: Models walk the runway during Luli Fama show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 at Cabana Grande at The Raleigh on July 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Luli Fama)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 20: Designer Kirsten Sarkisian is seen backstage at Belusso fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 at Oasis at the Raleigh Hotel on July 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Belusso)
July 13-21st, 2016- The elite in swimwear all come out to play in the largest summer destination on the east coast. Unlike the free, open to the public shows, majority of these shows were by invite only. Fashion designers such as Beach Bunny, Belusso, Frankie’s Bikini’s, Wild Fox Swim, Sinesia Karol, Luli Fama, Liliana Montoya Swim, and Indah were showcased at private venues. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week did not participate this year in collaboration with IMG. MBFW is known for bringing the top designers to the public with class and style. They have refocused to push Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Shows I attended….
Location: The Setai Hotel Miami
Photo credit: Sinesia Karol
Location: The W Hotel
Location: The W Hotel
Swim Week Locations: The Raleigh Hotel, Cabana Grande, Oasis, Hyde Beach at the SLS, Penthouse, The W Hotel, The Setai
IG: @swimweek @swimmiami #SwimWeek
Funkshion Fashion Week
Funkshion Fashion Week AKA Swim Week Miami is known in Miami as the swimwear show mecca. Swimwear designers, media, and swimwear enthusiasts come from all over the globe to showcase and view the latest styles in swimwear. From July 13-17th, you could find a swimwear show or event to attend just about anywhere in Miami Beach. Designers such as Aguaclara, Anna Korstuova, For Love & Lemons, Kai Lani Swimwear, Kyboe! , Lila Nikole, and Sinesia Karol were just a few designers that graced the Funkshion runways.
Last year at Funkshion Fashion Week, I worked backstage as a Stylist for the Liliana Montoya Mermaids of Atlantis show. I enjoyed styling backstage alongside, Miami-based photographer/stylist Herbert (House of Piramid) Tucker. It was a great styling experience to work such a large production.
This year was all about enjoying the show. What better way to enjoy the show than a front row press pass? One of the many perks of being a Miami-based Stylist & Journalist!
What I wore….
@lilanikole X @kruzinfootwear #swimweek show 💦👙👟 @nautilussobe 🏩 #getthelook 👗: @msgm_official 👠: @sophiawebster👛: vintage MUA💋: @the.anarose💇🏽HAIR: @royalimagestudio💃🏽 @callhercash @thebrandartist 😘
Shows I attended….
Lila Nikole X Kruzin Footwear X EXE
Location: Nautilus Hotel
IG: @lilanikole @kruzinfootwear @Ex_the_mogul #KruzinxLilaNikole #KruzinFootwear #LilaNikole
At the Show….
Too much Sauuuuccceee‼️😍👑😘🔑😎🔥🎥⚠️ @swimmiami#swimweek show 💦👙👟 @funkshionfw🏩 KOOL KIDS UNITE💃🏽 @callhercash@thebrandartist @theelladesign
Location: Funkshion Tent (Sunrise)
Photo credit: www.swimfashionweek.com
“FUNKSHION IS A TRIANNUAL EVENT THAT INCLUDES OVER 40 FASHION SHOWS AND PRESENTATIONS YEAR-ROUND.” -SwimFashionWeek.com
Locations: Funkshion Tents (Sunrise/Sunset) , Nautilus Hotel, The Setai Hotel
IG: @FunkshionFW @SwimMiami #Funkshion #FunkshionFW #SwimMiami
Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the Ankara Swim show. My photographer friend sent me some photos of some of the looks. I wasn’t too impressed from the photos and videos I watched. Hey, but that’s my opinion. They were featured in Essence magazine for their crazy prints and tribal makeup. The venue they selected was in Wynwood, far away from all of the other Swim Week shows. I chose to stay on the beach. 🙂
Location: 1306 Event Space
IG: @AnkaraMiami @AnkaraSwim
Photo Credit: Leighton DaCosta
Swim Week Conventions
While all of the runways shows are going on the top buyers, retailers, and swimwear enthusiasts are at the trade shows racking up.
July 16-19, 2016– Swim Show is a “one-of-a-kind tradeshow offers exclusive access to the latest trends in swimwear, stunning sights and events, and a true celebration of the simple luxury of swimwear!”
“Turning heads and turning out trends for more than three decades, SwimShow 2016 will be more comprehensive with a better than ever selection of the finest swimwear for women, men and children plus resortwear, beachwear, lifestyle, activeware and accessory collections from across the globe.” ~Swimshow.com
Location: Miami Beach Convention Center
IG: @swimshow #swimshow
July 16-18, 2016– Cabana show, “founded by Janet Wong and Sam Ben-Avraham, Cabana was created to answer the beachwear industry’s call for a new trade show format. As retailers, it was clear for the duo to identify what the industry needed – a well-edited show with a sense of discovery and a refreshing, inspiring environment to shop in.”
“The show environment is inspired by the best beach resorts around the world from Tulum, to Cote de’Azur, to Ibiza. While inspiration is an important aspect, comfort is also at the top of the list.”
“Cabana is a place where brands and buyers can do business but also reunite and relax. ”
IG: @cabanashow #cabanashow
Agenda, “is the most diverse and creative lifestyle fashion trade show in the world. Since 2003, Agenda has emerged as the premier destination for brands and retailers to converge. Agenda is where passion becomes profit and the business of creativity is conducted in a truly authentic environment. What began as a satellite show with a small grouping of 30 brands has since transcended into the quintessential lifestyle fashion trade show. Agenda’s portfolio now includes six shows, in three cities, expertly curated with over 1,000 brands and a recurring brand-building conference. Buyers, brands, investors, distributors, and media hail from around the globe, gathering at Agenda to build partnerships, participate in the community, and grow their businesses.”
IG: @agendashow #agendashow
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