Macy's Fashion Incubator to Launch in Miami, Offer Training to Would-Be Designers

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Swim Week VIPs watch designs come down the runway.
The tents of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim have closed, but Miami fashionistas have something new to look forward to: Macy's announced yesterday that it'll bring its prestigious fashion incubator program to Miami to help foster designers in the areas of creative approach, production, and business savvy.

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Trolling the Models at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 (VIDEO)

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On the runway, the models of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim look like tiny, toned goddesses, flawless and untouchable, and definitely not human. But when we took our cameras backstage to chat with the nameless stars of the annual bikinifest, we found out that underneath all the bronzer, these models are just like us.

Just kidding! Unless you have a thick, exotic accent, hair piled over a foot high atop your head, and a body fat percentage of negative 18, you don't have much in common with Swim Week models. But the runway ladies were generous enough to answer our questions anyway. Even though we were mostly just messing with them.

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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.

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The Five Most DTF Suits at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015

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Swimsuits leave very little to the imagination. Think about it -- it's pretty much like wearing a bra and underwear out in public (sometimes even more so than their intimate, interior cousins).

So it's only natural that spending a weekend looking at bronzed models in tiny, little Lycra things, strutting the runway with fabric wedged between their perfectly sculpted cheeks, bazongas of all shapes and sizes bouncing emphatically up and down, would lead your mind straight into the gutter.

Of course, some suits are raunchier than others; they practically jump out at you and cry, "Do me!" And even if your partner's a prude who still won't participate in the act of fornication, even after that candlelit, deep tissue massage to a Sade soundtrack, one of the following suits displayed at this year's MBFW Swim runway shows, ought to do the trick. Trust us.

Here are the five suits - or ideas - that bear the DTF seal of approval.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: Five Swimsuits For Every Miami Girl

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Miami neighborhoods couldn't be more different from one another. You might even say they have personalities of their own: some more tumultuous and provocative, and some baring a more modest and/or hoity-toity personality. From Hialeah to the Beach, their traits run a wide range.

It's safe to say that the women claiming residency within each one of these Magic City enclaves have the same psychological makeup as the cities they rep."You are what you eat"? More like "you are where you live.

And because it's Swim Week, and we have racy swimwear on the brain, we've decided to pair this year's 2015 collections with the women of Miami, according to their neighborhood personalities. Pretty considerate, huh?

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The Studs of Swim Week 2014: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim's Hottest Guys

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Your typical man doesn't get that excited about fashion. While many women might have trouble choosing between a fashiongasm and an actual orgasm (believe us, it's debatable), the fashion appreciation gene just doesn't seem like it's in the average male makeup.

Men in Miami, however, have been trained differently. There is one time of the year where the hotties of the 305 take an interest pertaining to fashion: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. And it's not just because of the girls. Ah, hell, who are we kidding? It's mostly because of the T&A bouncing down the runway. But some of these guys have other reasons besides wiping up their drool and pouring ice down their pants. Some of them are genuinely there to mingle, make business connections, or draw inspiration for the next collection of their contemporary line.

But whatever the reason, superficial or not, there's only one thing that matters to us: their hotness. And during last night's show, the presence of hot men completely plagued the premises. Can we say hottie overload?

Here are but a few of MBFW Swim's studliest guys.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Kick-Off Party Was a Total Snoozer

Fashion Week is a momentous occasion; essentially, it's a merry-go-round of back-to-back runway shows enticing audiences with what's yet to come for the next season in major metropolises worldwide. And for anyone who cares, if just alittle, about what he or she puts on his or her back, it's kind of a big deal.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is just as paramount as its bigger and older sister shows. So what if we have less fabric to work with? Swimsuits to a Miamian are what a floor length, down jacket is to a Bostonian in the middle of January - a crucial necessity.

Even more important than its runway shuffles and invite-only parties, however, is its introduction.

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The Average Girl's Guide to Swim Week: Ten Events You Can Actually Attend

Folks in the fashion industry aren't as vain as you think. Sure, they fancy a good fashion show of bronzed beauties gliding down a white, cold runway in swimsuits baring minimal coverage -- but it's not always about envy and Lycra monokinis for them.

Sometimes, it's about what happens after the shows come to a halt. Come on, you know what we're talking about: it's the ragers, the bougie exclusivity - dammit, it's the complimentary drinks.

The parties thrown during Swim Week are on another level of epic. But sadly, to get into the majority of these events, you have to know somebody who knows somebody who knows the sister of the promoter throwing the event. In simple terms: its near impossible to squiggle you're way into one of these things.

Luckily, we've rounded up a couple of happenings just as fabulous, if not moreso, than their private party primos; some of which don't even require a swipe of a credit card or the scent of dolla-dolla bills y'all.

Here are the events during MBFW that you -- yes, you -- can get into. Have fun, you crazy kids!

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: The Seven Most Anticipated Runway Shows

In Miami, creative-minded party people tend to fall into two camps: Art Baselites, and those who hold out all year long for its chicer cousin, Swim Week. This year marks the 10th year that Mercedes-Benz will hoist its tents at the Raleigh and other major hotels around South Beach to host round-the-clock runway shows of half-naked ladies in the fiercest form of swim and beachwear ever to hit the sands.

And while every brand - vets and up-and-comers alike - on this year's roster sounds peachy to watch, there are certain names in the game we would sell our first-born to see. (Or at least lend him out for a couple days.)

Here are the runway shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 that we can't wait to see.

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The Five Best Swimwear Boutiques in Miami

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At this time of year, even the thought of donning an innocent, inconspicuous tank top seems too overbearing for South Florida's muggy humidity. And when that happens, the women of Miami resort to anatomical liberation, a physical freedom of expression done in the most sexy of ways: the swimsuit.

Of course, finding a swimsuit is like finding a best friend or a soul mate - it ain't easy. There can be major personality pitfalls like a saggy butt or lopsided cutouts. Sometimes finding a suit can be a bigger pain in the ass than coming face-to-face with the perfect pair of jeans. And not every swimwear boutique gets your body or even cares to, for that matter. But there are few in the Magic City that do; places where expert salespeople, by just one glance, already know the ideal swimsuit you've been waiting for these long, hard months in a world full of no's.

So as this weekend's Swim Week approaches, we've hand picked the best swimwear boutiques that will leave you with a brand new "best friend" for the season - and no saggy butt. You can thank us later.

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