Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, Day Two: Bride of Frankenstein Goes to the Beach

Categories: Fashion
Photos by George Martinez
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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
Day 2: July 20, 2012
Agua Bendita, Poko Pano, Dolores Cortés,
and Vitamin A
by Amahlia Stevens
at The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Scorching hot sun, hour-long delays, and long lines won't keep us away from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. We found ourselves worn out -- but far from beaten. Not even a little rain can keep us from reporting on scantily clad bathing beauties.

We started the day promptly at 6 p.m. yesterday, and after hopping from show to show (and sinking in sand so quickly we had to grab onto volunteers to stay upright), we're happy to report that MBFWS is well underway -- albeit running a little behind schedule.

Agua Bendita
Diamond shaped neon prints were accented with '80s-style neon visors, tribal prints, and ink-splattered fabrics as club music blared through the speakers. South American influences were apparent, as chevron prints and crochet detailing were juxtaposed by sequined collars and Army badges. A few of the pieces danced on the line between chic and street walker (like the liquid leggings with cut-out braided detailing along the sides), but don't you expect a little sex-appeal with your swimwear?

Standout Looks:
They managed to tackle cut-outs, bead work, hints at snakeskin and touches of neon -- without looking tacky. Another first for us on the runway: The one-piece tuxedo swimsuit. You know, for all of those formal beach parties.

We could do without: A lot of the jackets were great stand-alone pieces, but we'd almost prefer to see them with pants or a skirt to get a real feel for them.

Trend Alert:
Sleeked back greased beach waves, smoky eyes, animals as actual prints (not to be confused with animal print).

The Vibe:
Cowboys vs. Indians

Cute Factor:
The horse print fabrics. Also, the designers clearly wore pieces from their own collection for their strut down the runway -- and they looked adorable in them.


Location Info

Raleigh Hotel

1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

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