L*Space and Luli Fama at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: Mermaids at Coachella

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photos by George Martinez
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
Day 4: July 21, 2013
L*Space, Luli Fama
at The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

By day four, we were pros at the game that was Swim Week. We knew that each show customarily ran up to 45 minutes late, so we didn't bother wanting to kill ourselves if we got stuck in a traffic jam or had to actually, you know, eat something. We also knew that sometimes, people who sat in the front row would leave their goody bags when the show was over, so finders keepers.

"Oh look, another Real Housewife" was the recurring theme at the tents this weekend. Our first Bravo-lebrity sighting was cool, but by day four we were nothing short of unenthused to see yet another one of The Real Housewives of Miami and the posse of photographers they attract, who always managed to get in our way when rushing from one show to the next. We also ran into Joe and Melissa Gorga of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but seeing them in person is exactly like seeing them on TV. It really bummed us out that our only celebrity sightings were not of celebrities of any real merit.

But on to what really made our last day of Swim Week special--two of the very best shows we've attended all week, and with the hottest bodies to boot.

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Aqua Di Lara at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: Bold Cutouts and Bo Derek Braids

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photos by George Martinez
Tensions were running high at the Aqua Di Lara show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim last weekend. After several days battling high humidity and the constant stress of navigating through sand in heels, attendees and event staff alike were getting a little snippy with each other.

But just like we were able to shake off our goose bumps at Nicolita, we were able to shake off the bad vibes to appreciate designer Reyhan Sofraci's 2014 immensely likable swimsuit collection.

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Nicolita at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: The Search For the Perfect Booty

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photos by George Martinez
As we entered Cabaña Grande for the Nicolita show, we felt like models on the set of a photo shoot as our hair blew around like a bonafide diva. Apparently, organizers got the memo that everyone was miserably hot yesterday. The air-conditioning was set on full blast, and not only did it make up for yesterday's steam room nightmare, but we got a welcome reminder of what goosebumps feel like.

Luckily, the shoulder-shaking beats of Celia Cruz' Quimbara Quimbara helped us shake them off. It was also a good thing that the people-watching was half-way decent. With Ms. Florida parading around in her satin sash and the Real Housewives of Miami's Alexia Echevarria and Marisol Patton looking oh so fabulous, it helped to distract us from the fact that the show was running nearly 40 minutes late.

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Mara Hoffman and CM Cia.Maritima at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: From India to Disco

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photos by George Martinez
Behind the scenes at Mara Hoffman.
Surviving Swim Week is all about knowing how to conquer the elements, so as day three rolled along, we thought we were ready: hydrated, well rested and decked out in breathable cotton. This is survival of the fittest, after all. By the last show of the evening, Cia.Marítima, stragglers were stumbling in, half intoxicated, half exhausted.

Still, despite the humidity factor and the show delays, things were running like a well-oiled machine. And as writers rushed into The Restaurant Michael Schwartz for a quick bite between shows and Real Housewives cut the pleebs in line, we got it: This hurried feeling is part of the adrenaline rush that's typical of Fashion Week in Miami. And as New Yorkers and non-natives learn to love Miami time, we're starting to realize we're all in this five-day rat race together.

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Suboo at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: Simple, Serene Scuba Gear

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photos by George Martinez
Wearing a long-sleeve dress and wedges wasn't the brightest idea on day one of Swim Week--or day three, four, five, or hell, any day of the year in Miami for that matter. With 85% humidity, even at night, we daydreamed about joining a nudist colony.

Needless to say, we learned our lesson--never, ever leave home without an electric hand fan, kids.

Waiting in the long lines to get into the tents, suppressing our urge to trip the many people trying to cut in front of us, is an annual tradition at Fashion Week. Fortunately, overhearing out-of-towners say things like "Are we in South Beach? George told us to take lots of pictures if we go to South Beach, but I have no idea where we are," made us chuckle and helped to lighten our mood. Sort of.

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Poko Pano at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: Naughty Meets Nice

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Photo by George Martinez
The Swim Gods heard soggy South Florida's cry for help, and they politely listened.

"Let there be sun!" the Gods said (and loads of humidity to compliment the otherwise nice weather). But Miami brushed that off. There were more important battles to fight at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim yesterday: hour-long valet waits, delayed schedules, and sand creeping in your heels at The Raleigh Hotel. But Miami ladies and gents sucked it up, put their best fashion week game face on, and the shows went on.

It was 7 p.m. and we sat in our seats, hoping the Poko Pano show would begin at the time scheduled. But it's Miami and nothing here every goes as planned, so we should have known better. After a few guests snapped photos of each other and a few others shamelessly took selfies, the lights and music finally turned on.

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

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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.

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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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Miami Swim Week: Public Satellite Shows You Can Actually Get Into

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Models in La Belle Rebelle.
Fashion fanatics, media junkies and model lovers: Miami Swim Week is upon us! Sure, a lot of the events are reserved exclusively for industry types, but with satellite shows and pop-ups literally popping up all over the beach, we've got your guide to what you can get into after the jump.

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Miami Swim Week: Five Indie Designers To Watch

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We Are Handsome
If you like babes in bikinis--or even just half naked models--then your favorite week of the year is upon us. Hello, Miami Swim Week.

With so many shows, both official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim functions and satellite events, it's impossible to see it all. But don't worry; we've done our homework and have hand-selected our five favorite indie designers gracing the catwalks this week.

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