Agua Bendita and Dolores Cortés at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: Punks in the Jungle

Categories: Fashion

photos by George Martinez
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
Day 2: July 19, 2013
Agua Bendita, Dolores Cortés
at The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Day two of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim started off with a bang -- albeit a delayed one. All shows ran half an hour behind at least, and we can't help but think it had something to do with poor organization skills. But hey, the sun was finally out, the heat was scorching, and while media and attendees try to find new and interesting ways to combat sweat-inducing high temperatures while still maintaining photo ready, we're here to report on the latest trends from the swim runways.

Newsflash: If last night's shows are any indication, punk is in, studs are on everything, and snakeskin is making a comeback in the pastel variety. Walk with attitude and strut your stuff; [almost] anything goes.

See also: Swim Week 2014 at the Raleigh, Day One (Photos)

Agua Bendita
After being sent to three different tents and an hour of back and forth, we finally got our seating assignments for Agua Bendita. The show, meant to start at 6pm, truly ran on Miami time, finally beginning at 6:35. But no matter. The DJ was pumping and the crowd was hyped for what the Colombian duo had in store for us.

Models were styled with a punk-ish aesthetic: ear pieces, hair pulled to one side, cutesy 90s-inspired nods at nostalgia and head pieces that looked a bit like weapons. As usual, it was a mish-mash of every trend they enjoyed-- and a few we could do without.

Standout looks: Though we don't really see the functionality of wearing a leather-type vest to the beach, it definitely looked like something that could transition into a fun night out. The embroidered one-piece with the camera emblazoned on it made us smile, too.

We could do without: all of the rhinestones. So.many.rhinestones.

The Vibe: Affliction-wearing dudes' girlfriends

Cute Factor: Pink overalls, Lion face mini backpacks, and badges that looked like they belong to Girl Scouts made us nostalgic for growing up in the 90s.


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