Our Miami Swim Week Diary
It's Miami Swim Week — so basically the entire Bikini.com team (led by our intrepid editor, Diana Ganem) is seeing the latest and greatest from the world's most exciting swimwear designers and lifestyle brands. We have full reviews of the runway shows coming — but here's where you'll find all the latest goss, plus photos from the hottest parties (see Martha Hunt, below) and events. Check back for more!
Wildfox presentation: We want everything we saw at the Wildfox presentation on Friday night — beginning with this floral-print bandeau-top bikini. And her sunnies. And her hair. We could go on.
Sofia By VIX beach party: Diana reports that the Sofia By VIX party was as fun as it looks in the picture above: "They had an adorable beach set up with lounge chairs, pillows, umbrellas — plus Champagne, ceviche and salmon salads. Super intimate!" Attendees included everyone you'd want at an intimate beach to-do, including the Bikini-a-Day girls and Kaitlynn Carter. (Here's Kaitlynn at the party.) "It was a chill, mingling atmosphere," Diana tells us. Perfect — perfect — for a day at the ocean.
Ocean Drive party: Ocean Drive certainly picked the right month to have model/Taylor Swift BFF Martha Hunt on its cover — since it meant she'd be a lock for their Swimweek party. For a better look at the cover (she's wearing Victoria's Secret, natch), see here.
Art Hearts Fashion: This show at the Funkshion tent showcased the work of designers including Mister Triple X, CA-RIO-CA SUNGA CO, and Amato Haute Couture — but our favorite was the party-ready looks from Koco Blaq. This flowy black-and-white number would be ridic at a beachside party, no? Here's another look at it — and the model's insane abs!
Peroni Emerging Designers: The Bikini team was on hand for Peroni's Emerging Designers show, with the collections of several up-and-coming designers. Carolin Autenrieth won — but Diana says that the looks were super-eclectic: "Each designer had two to five looks, mostly focusing on resort wear. Diana B. opened with a Victorian vibe, but we also saw Barbie-like dresses with color-blocking, a literal French grad with a serious cap and gown and menswear jumpsuits. I was into Luis Aponte, who showed rainbow-printed fabric with fringe on long maxis and ponchos — sort of a hula babe thing, with a flower child accent. Carolyn Autenrieth finished the show with tasteful, feminine outfits: maxi skirts and cropped flounce tops, mint-color infusions, high-neck waist-cinching dresses, and flowy trench coats — "chic girl ready for a Parisian picnic."
Mara Hoffman breakfast: Diana loved Mara Hoffman's presentation at an intimate and relaxed Q&A breakfast, which was held at Miami Soho Beach House: "Her adorable husband and kid came along — such an cute tribe!" Some of what we learned from one of our fave designers (seen her on today's Instagram, announcing her new Snapchat): Morocco is one of her top travel destinations, her interns taught her Photoshop/Illustrator, her first-ever prints were hand-created on silk, and she grew up dancing, now practicing yoga and meditation — which makes her new activewear division a natural extension for the brand." Diana loved the super-soft and cozy terry onesies, and all the bold and bright intricate prints: rainbow, birds, and her typical geometric patterns.