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Aqua Di Lara at Swim Week in Miami Beach.
When it came to color at L Space by Monica Wise, it was all about raspberry. And in case you were wondering the designer isn’t anywhere close to putting her signature fringe looks aside. Fringe tops and cover-ups outfitted in fringe made their way down the runway. The standout: a fringe shirt in black paired with a simple black top. It was flapper chic meets the beach. L Space’s ruffles returned to the runway this year as well, paired with bottoms with overlay detail. Banded sides were done on bottoms and the backs and sides of tops. But it was the last suit of the evening, a black number which featured black pom-pom detail and off-the-shoulder sides, that made us all wonder if Monica Wise would be adding the cute little balls to her repertoire on a more grand scale in the future.
Kicking off the show with flappers and tunes by Pitbull, Cuban-born and Miami-raised designer Luli Hamimian of Luli Fama threw it back to the era of pin-ups with retro-shaped bikinis decked out in pattern power, but also kept it in the modern age with tiny, rouched bottoms. And much like L Space, Luli Fama sent fringe down her runway, as well as ruffles. Like Suboo, orange was a dominant shade at Luli Fama, while overlays, which made their way into may shows this week also came down on the catwalk. And the trend of banded sides continued at the show. But it was the sky-like tie dyed patterns that were the true eye-catcher.
It is after all, Miami, so what better place to display tropical prints? The ones at Caffe were bold, especially when anchored with black tops and bottoms. Cover-ups came in long lengths and leafy patterns that billowed as the models took to the catwalk. Like other shows, Caffe sent ruffles down its runway, as well as raspberry-colored suits. The suits in teal, however, were what colored the audience happy.
The Colombian brand Maaji from sisters Manuela and Amalia Sierra debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim this year with a pirate-themed show, complete with swashbuckling hats and a modern twist on pirate shoes with platform heels. From bustier tops in busy and beautiful patterns to cover-ups that matched the pieces to a T, the looks were a fun and flirty addition to swim week. One particular standout was the see-through shorts with crochet lace detail. Unlike other shows this week Maaji showed looks for him. But it kept with the themes of the week, by showing flounce tops, as well as suits with orange, pink and blue shades. Giving an extra edge to this line, each of the suits are reversible, making this show two times worth it.
Over at Soho Beach House, Wildfox sent models down a runway with a rainbow balloon canopy. It paired perfectly with the rainbow-striped suits from the brand, which came as a ‘70s-esque Charlie’s Angel throwback, the overall theme for the show. Known for its quirky patterns and quirker tees, Wildfox showed suits with fruit, flamingo and butterfly patterns and cropped tops that simply said Hi. Denim suits were a direct and classic vintage homage and came in higher-waisted bottoms. As seen at many of the shows this year, red was a dominant color. And the trend continued at Wildfox, be it a red suit or a pop of red in the form of an oversized hat. Standouts included ombre suits and cover-ups in lavender paired with a soft blue. And, as anticipated, the show was as fun and lively as the brand itself.
By Ginger Harris of Electricblogarella.com