MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Surf’s up next summer.
From rash guards to zipper-brief bottoms, sporty-chic looks made waves on the runway in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which celebrated its 10th year with more than a dozen shows ending Monday. The shows previewed summer 2015 swimwear.
“Sport luxe is making a big impact into swimwear,” said Sue Di Chio, creative director of Suboo. She said customers are looking for more than triangle bikinis, and sportswear design “lends itself a lot to swimwear.”
Prints and bright colors also will return next year, along with mesh, high-waist bottoms and laser-cut designs.
Dolores Cortes cited a mix of tribal and contemporary inspiration with laminated fabrics, glass beads and braid structures. Black-and-white bikinis were paired with oversized gold-plated bracelets and earrings with 3-D animal details. Other designs included multi-colored maillots with open backs and sides; a one-piece tube-top in a textured white design and zipper front; and a gold pantsuit. Showstoppers were bikinis made of tortoise shell.
Party like it’s 1999 was the theme of the WILDFOX Swim show, with some models sporting Reebok high-tops and fanny packs. “Wild Thing” was printed on a tank bikini top paired with a bottom that had a paw scratch on the back. A red one-piece read “This Bod’s For You” with high-cut sides. The Barbie logo appeared on a soft pink one-piece and a blue terry-cloth bikini that tied in front. Crowd favorites included a pastel-colored one-piece with pink belt and a bikini covered in oversized flowers.
WE ARE HANDSOME
Jeremy and Katinka Somers are the designers behind this Australian label. Prints included hummingbirds intertwined with pineapples in a kaleidoscope grid; mirrored cheetahs in red and blue; the brand’s signature big cat print; and maps, sails and palm trees reflecting the designers’ travel lifestyle. A cropped rash guard in bright yellow sported a tropical print on the back, racer bikinis and leggings paired with mesh tops. Bikini-clad models even held a live slithering snake. Male models sported trunks in prints.
The Tory Burch swimwear was inspired by the sun-bleached palette of Milton Avery, an American modern painter. Laidback looks included surf shirts, dresses and tunics, and button-down shirts that can be worn over bathing suits. A short-sleeved rash guard included a floral print called “Red Pepper Issy” with short ruffles along the collar. Accessories included oversized marbled sunglasses and perforated leather shoes. Fan favorite: A white leather bag with long fringe.
Inspired by the travels of sisters Kalani and Oleema Miller, MIKOH opened with Tahitian dancers wearing custom pieces from the surf collection made from coated neoprene. There were sleek designs (neoprene maillot with a halter-style top) and new prints (crashing white water, palm trees, a Samoan print) and colors (rich greens and reds, coral, turquoise and neutrals). Bikinis were paired with multi-string and laser-cut bottoms.
MARA HOFFMAN SWIM