Dec 25, 2017 | By Jo Lynch
We began Day 4 at the key swimwear trade shows, SwimShow and Salon Allure. Over at SwimShow, Noelle caught our attention with their fresh silhouettes, forward prints and worthy cause: a percentage of sales from the kids’ line goes to cancer research.
Only in its second year, the boutique show Salon Allure has grown by at least twofold and boasts some of the most directional Contemporary labels in swim. We revisited some of our old favorites, like Charlie by Matthew Zink (right) and Lisa Curran (second from left); and discovered exciting new brands, like Acacia (second from right) and the debut of Callula Lillibelle swimwear (center).
Designers this season chose to showcase collections in a variety of unique formats and settings. Norma Kamali (left) displayed her retro, lingerie-inspired suits in a casual presentation atop the newly opened Dream Hotel, while Brazilian brand Cia.Marítima (right) opted to show its gypset-glam styles on the runways at the Raleigh.
One of the funnest shows of the night was an offshoot event featuring a range of designers, Swimwear Anywhere. Although the show was originally scheduled to take place at the Gansevoort rooftop pool, a thunderstorm forced organizers to set up shop in the hotel’s ballroom. The gloomy weather did not prevent the fresh-faced models in suits by the likes of Marc by Marc Jacobs (second from left) and Michael Kors (center) from getting wet ‘n’ wild in the relaxed, party-like atmosphere.
Not surprisingly, some of the best-dressed gals in Miami have been designers, buyers and models. From left to right: Tori Praver poses in her boho beach getup right before our interview; Peregrine Honig from Kansas City shop Birdies always impresses with her colorful, quirky style; Undrest designer Maria Paz Navales shows off her new line of leather rawhide bags; a model demonstrates how to wear sheers and summer leather; and Noelle Vazzano proudly models a self-designed high-low dress made out of vintage fabric.
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