Spanish designer Dolores Cortes, the only European to showcase at swim week, was inspired by jungles around the world and punk icons. The two came together seamlessly through bold graphics, lush tropical plant and animal prints fused with gold spikes and studs, fringe and 3D floral details.
Bright colors, including orange and yellow, were combined with more subdued tones.
A favorite punk look on the runway was a set of laser-cut suits in black — from bikinis to monokinis — adorned with gold studs paired with a spiked bracelet. Another crowd favorite was the spiked gold-plated bikini top with tropical print bottom.
The necklaces were also showstoppers. Some pieces were gold-covered metal with enamel to add some color. Many appeared to mimic flowers and other tropical features from the jungle.
“We worked together so it could have the same inspiration as the collection,” Cortes said in Spanish of her collaboration with the jewelry designer.
Inspired by the French painter Edouard Manet, Tory Burch focused on mixing different textures and prints for her swimwear collection that was presented at the Shore Club hotel.
Painterly florals were paired with embellished handbags, embroidered linen with raffia and color-blocked maillots with beaded straw hats that were a hit with fashion bloggers.
Burch said in an email that the trends of the season included: “The evolution of swim and surf shirts, from sleeveless to long-sleeved and in between.” Her floral-printed rash guards with a blue and red-patterned backdrop are a beach favorite, as well as the tropical-printed cover-ups and ruffled bikini bottoms.
Only Betsey Johnson can get away with pairing pink wigs and Twizzlers with bikinis. For her first time showing during swim week, Johnson wanted to make sure the models were “on overdrive” during the presentation at The Betsy, a hotel named after Betsy Ross who is credited with making the first American flag. (Fun fact: Johnson said she was named after Ross, although her mother spelled it differently.)