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24 Aug

Miami Swimweek Review: Acacia

Posted by Bikini Owner in Acacia, Miami Swimweek Review

With a front row packed with beach lifestyle (and other) stars like Kaitlynn Carter, Leann Rimes, and the Bikini A Day team, Acacia unveiled a collection that was more chic and harder-edged than ever before — a transition echoed in the selection of the opening music, which transitioned from a live performance of the traditional Hawaiian song "E O Mai" (complete with some palm tree scenery) to Kanye.

A mesh, taupe fitted dress opened the show, with the mesh used in a fresh way — almost as a sports jersey. This motif recurred throughout the collection, later inserted into cowl-neck dresses. More favorites: a long, emerald gown with a lace-up front and back detailing — so wearable and beautiful. A relaxed cargo top in a silky, breathable fabric draped nicely — paired with equally relaxed pants, it was a highly minimalist translation of safari chic. Prints included multi-linear stripes in taupe and black, a black-and-pink floral, and a tonal snake. 

Acacia's check print from last season was reinterpreted for 2016 in visible stitching — for example, a stitched check pattern on solid fabric. The brand also presented an interesting, angular take color-blocking, with striped panels of color on sporty, simple silhouettes, like racerback tops. Taupe did, in fact, feature significantly, along with other nudes shades, and ivory, muted pastels, emerald, black and pink, and a muted orange.

Our pick for the standouts? A high-collar one-piece with mesh long sleeves and an exposed zipper back. Also on our buy list: wraps tops, a variety of high necks, floor-length cover-ups, and a crochet panels on a high-neck top, which felt super fresh. 

The show closed with an echo of its opening: a hula dancer in a floral-print skirt — as well as an appearance from puppy Bronx, who accompanied the designers down the runway, wearing the season’s staple floral print.