Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Begins: Will Matt Damon and J-Lo Show?

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As Day 1 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim approached, we worried we'd be caught in the rain. "You're going to have to swim there," folks would joke, regarding the notorious Miami Beach flooding. And they weren't kidding... almost.

Sure, there were plenty of floods--so many, in fact, that it took us an hour to get to the beach because of road closures. But that didn't keep us (or many others) from turning up in droves, rocking stilettos that surely sank in the sand.

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The opening night party, hosted by Roxy Pop Surf, had a decent crowd: a mixture of fashion bloggers, reality TV wannabees, fashion designers, big whigs and the occasional lost South Beach tourist. (Think: Grandmas rocking capris and flip-flops.)

With three cocktails to choose from--a watermelon cooler, the rockette, and a moscow mule--attendees seemed more united than ever. Commiserating about the nonstop rain, perhaps? About making the rookie mistake of rocking 6-inch heels in what turned out to be quicksand-style flooring? No Matter. Celebrity DJ Chelsea Leyland was on the decks.

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A celebrity in her own right, Leyland is known as a "fashion DJ." She's appeared in magazines like Elle, Vogue, NYLON and even the Wall Street Journal.

Location Info

Raleigh Hotel

1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General


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