Mara Hoffman: A Few Repeat Offenders and Lots of Boho Chic

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Photos by George Martinez
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Annie Vazquez guest blogs on fashion for Cultist. Visit her blog at TheFashionPoet.com.

Night three at Mercedes-Benz Swim Week had us really excited to scope out Mara Hoffman's collection. Yet, one step backstage and we felt like we were experiencing déjà vu.

There were the same tribal patterns, neon hues, and hell, even the warrior make-up and hair -- which was tied in fish tail braids. It was all too similar to her runway look from last year.

Ay, Marita, we know your 2011 collection was gorgeous, exotic, and really one of the best and we truly are fans, but seriously mujer, que paso? We don't have amnesia.

Hoffman's collections typically tell a story of nomadic excursions (last year it was to the Amazon). This year she went all over the map from Africa to Mexico and Egypt. Talk about globe-trotting. 

Last year, Hoffman's all-staring blue eye AKA evil eye, which protects you from "mal de ojo," was sprinkled on body-con frocks, bikinis accented with four straps, and beach bags. We found it so innovative and genius-- until we saw the now over-saturated print again this year too and thought no bueno.

Okay, so while there was quite a few repeat offenders, which were breath-taking boho chic, ethereal, and sumptuous in typical Hoffman style, there were some new takes on her flowy caftans, tunics, oversized totes, and suits.

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Photos by George Martinez
Take for instance, her Egyptian getups that were introduced by the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" hit song and featured King Tuts head emblazoned on them. The animal prints, although it seems every designer in this Swim Week is doing them, was also different for Hoffman.

For these pieces, which consisted of beading accents on solid suits and leopard prints, African tunes were played and chunky wood bracelets were stacked on. We were a sucker for her Mayan and Aztec-influenced swim and resort wear.

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Two stand-outs were a striped neon cropped top with matching pants and an oversized bag brimming with multi colored tassels. Overall, the 2012 collection won our hearts except for a bikini that had a high-waisted bottom, which practically shrouded the model's entire torso. Can you say tremendo tan line?

Check the full slideshow here.

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