Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015: Winners and Losers

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Honestly speaking, sadly, this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim collections failed to tickle our fancy. Maybe the bar was set too high last year. Maybe we've come to the end of the road of conjuring up creative, new trends and stirring the pot of innovation in the swimwear department. Whatever it was, this year's MBFW Swim was seriously lacking some original ideas.

But it wasn't only the monotonous trends on repeat at the Raleigh that were worthy of some contagious yawns. From issues with fit (or lack thereof) on the runway to serious WTF moments off of it, Swim Week saw its share of low points.

But before you peg us for bitter pessimists, slamming the tried efforts of some otherwise talented designers and their teams, there were also bright moments of pride, outshining the ugly and demented.

Here are the highs and lows of MBFW Swim 2015.

See also: All our coverage from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015

Clover Canyon's Ill-Fitted Suits
Category: Loser

Known for its unapologetically artful graphic prints, and sleek-fitted neoprenes, Clover Canyon was arguably the most anticipated show of this year's collections. Perhaps that hype contributed to its demise. In its first year of showing at Swim Week, the beachwear line had excellent high points by way of its signature trompe l'oeil digital imagery, telling a story of rich South American culture, and boxy, yet contemporary mesh cover-ups. But half the suits in its 2015 collection didn't fit properly; in other words, there was some major saggage up in there.

The loose skin of the swimsuits was displayed in many forms: the lower back, around the crotch, and of course, saggy bootie. Isn't this the reason why pre-show fittings take place? There were a few pieces that did display some impeccable fit, really showing off the brilliant and intelligent design patterns. We just wish every suit were created equally.

This Dog
Category: Winner and Loser

Swim Week's unofficial mascot was causing all sort of bipolar emotions this weekend. On the one hand, she does look fabulous, and she did catch the eye of just about every designer, buyer, blogger, and model on the scene - that's some real star power, people. And that tone of purple really brings out the pink in her salivating tongue.

On the other hand, this definitely has to cross the line on some animal cruelty level. We know PETA definitely would not be down with this, because this is animal testing at its most extreme. (Testing that animal's patience, of course.)

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Rossy Aleman
Rossy Aleman

They could've done better. Some stiff, playful, serious, walked weird, they could've done better. I can't wait till I get into PR :)

Aimee Carter-Harris
Aimee Carter-Harris

The models were horrible. No wonder the suits didn't fit or looked baggy. They couldn't fill them up. I wanted to throw food at them. They looked starved for food.

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