Mondrian Market Pop-Up: Plenty of Style, Rain or Shine
For those of us who call the fashion industry home, there's a great deal of things that get our panties in a bunch. Like, we really hate it when people refer to us as "fashionistas" -- it's the equivalent of "foodie" for the culinary world. Enough already.
All photos by Nycole Sariol.
Or, when people pronounce the word haute couture like "hot" couture. Hot couture is a collection of three-inch thick wool coats, lined with chinchilla fur. Haute couture (pronounce like oat) is hand-made, high-end fashion that only about 200 people in the world can afford and is embraced by fashion houses like Chanel, Armani Prive, and Givenchy. Come on, guys. You're better than that.
But perhaps our biggest pet peeve, above mispronunciations and oversaturated labels, is Mother Nature's most malicious offspring: rain.
Rain is the root of all fashion evil. The first drop of precipitation ruins your once silky, resilient hair. And have you ever worn jeans after being drenched in a tropical storm? Can we say chafing much?
But Miami "stylistas" are sadly far too familiar with the rain. Especially those at the Mondrian South Beach last weekend, when it pissed down hard just in time for the Mondrian Market.
The monthly event promotes local boutiques and homegrown brands, and Sunday's follow-up to its May launch should've been a successful soiree. But what shoppers at the mini-marketplace experienced instead was a rude wave of downpour.
"We all originally started out outside," Sofia Salver told us about the buzzkill weather pattern while she was helping her sister, Tobi Salver, owner of Midtown's Fox House, man her booth that day. "Half the people left within the last half an hour; there's still people trickling in. Last month was a lot better."
Yet despite the bleak weather and sopping puddles spanning the Mondrian's poolside, optimism pervaded the scene.
Pop-up shops from retail contenders like La Belle Rebelle stood their ground firmly against the treacherous rain. This season, the retro-inspired brand played up lively colors painted on high-waisted swimsuits in illustrated floral prints. The collection, hinting at a modest sexiness, also presented a wide-range of bra-tops, outlined in all the right places with tulle and lace.