Also appearing for the first time at swim week, Nanette Lepore debuted her third season of swimwear on a makeshift runway at the SLS Hotel in South Beach. She coupled orange and pink with elaborate prints in her Morocco-inspired collection that included rash guards and swim pants.
“What’s nice with swim is it’s blurring into real clothing now,” she said.
A floral, dip-dyed print made an appearance alongside a pink fringe flapper-style dress and orange beach cover-up with blue detailing.
Opening with a dance number, Luli Fama included an eclectic mix of jewel tones and rainbow colors in different prints paired with festive looks and artfully-placed embellishments.
Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Lourdes “Luli” Hanimian collaborates with her brother-in-law Augusto Hanimian for the more than 60 looks of the season. The looks included a corset-style top, multiple string-sided bottoms and crochet tops. Ruffles (in white with gold trimming) and lace trims also were featured on several pieces in the collection that included ruched bottoms and thongs as well as fringe tanks and maxi dresses.
Colombian-swimwear line Maaji made its debut at swim week with an unexpected mix of boho and nautical inspired trends — and lingerie.
Head designer Juliana Londono and lingerie designer Nani Valenzuela incorporated an assortment of floral and animal (flamingos, toucans) prints and unique cuts into the collection of women and men’s swimwear, as well as a dozen lingerie looks that opened the show — from a pineapple printed triangle top to a floral-printed mesh cheeky bottom.
A pirate-themed runway then took over, with models wearing oversized captain’s hats to eye patches along with knotted rope as necklaces. A long mesh dress featured laser cut and embroidery on the front.
All of the women’s swimwear is reversible. As for men’s fashion, the swimwear looks included prints in pink and lemon with a contrasting trim print.