Spanish swimwear designer Dolores Cortes is the only European designer invited to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.
She gave a little preview of the collection, which will show on July 19 at the Raleigh Hotel.
Tell us about your new collection.
You can expect to be wowed! Our designs for this collection incorporate a lot of interesting cut outs and new shapes. We even included a bikini made from metal cups!
This collection is a fusion between two of this season’s top trends, jungle and punk. You can expect lots of fun colors paired with darker tones to give a shadow effect. We also have been playing a lot with spikes and studs to add that extra edge to the designs. As far as colors are concerned, we are big on blue, pink, yellow and greens.
What does it mean for her to be the only European brand invited to show at the event?
It is an honor! There are so many amazing European brands and we are very lucky to be invited to show at MBFW Swim. This will be our fourth year showing and we hope to be coming back to Miami for many more years. It is one of our favorite Fashion Weeks.
As one of the first Spanish swimwear designers, what legacy are you leaving with each of your collections?
We like the think that with each collection we are growing. Becoming more elegant and sophisticated in our designs and moving towards being a reference in the field of fashion forward swimwear.
Looking back at your beginnings, how do you see your growth?
I think with every collection we have grown and moved towards more fashion forward designs. We have also seen how our designs have grown at an international level and more and more countries are now selling our pieces. It is great to see how in the 1950s we had a small factory in a small town in Spain and now we sell all over the world. Its mind blowing for us!
What do you see for the future of your line?
We hope to continue growing internationally and continue making unique and sophisticated designs that women of all ages can count on to feel beautiful in. At the end of the day, that is really what we want; we want to create designs that allow women, no matter their shape, size and age to feel amazing in a Dolores Cortes creation.
What does the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim mean to you?
MBFW Swim is the most exciting time of the year for us. It is when the most amazing swimwear designers come together and show their collections. We love seeing what other designers have created and meeting them in person. It's great to finally be able to put faces with the designs. It opens so many opportunities for us because it gives us greater recognition at an international level and thanks to MBFW Swim we have finally begun to enter the American market with our designs.