— From the return of the one-piece swimsuit to the
surge of sporty silhouettes, the recent Swim Week Miami
Beach offered expert intel on swimwear’s top trends.
its 10th year, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim’s
fashion shows provided a panoramic view of what the
beach will look like next season, pulling from the
nostalgia of the past and the dazzle of the future.
the simultaneous trade show at the Miami Beach
Convention Center and, a few satellite presentations
rolled out a mesmerizing pastiche of swimsuits — both
daring and modest — breezy maxi dresses and caftans,
cover-ups and shorts, and a smattering of looks more
suited for the Broadway stage than the beach.
trending? Top looks included maillots, sports-look
pieces and mixed prints. Details were also tantamount.
L-Space designer Monica Wise says, "This season, I
was focused on back details — honing in on the back of
bikinis." And Wise did just that by adding
intricate crochet accents to the rears of her suits.
designer Mara Hoffman: "This year is all about
color, trying to push things and take it to the next
level. Athletic-inspired silhouettes are really big this
bikinis, long-sleeve one pieces and zipper-front suits
peppered almost every catwalk.
other trends that emerged: retro gingham; kitschy
fruits; vintage maps; cabana stripe prints. Animal
lovers will rejoice in the patterns that included images
of horses, cheetahs, birds and penguins. Maaji’s
"Royal Riders" collection smartly married the
equestrian theme with gingham and plaid patterns.
the fashion forward, sleeved crop-tops, asymmetrical
structures and cutouts — often in black and neon —
garnered applause in the Rip Curl and Suboo shows. Also
of note: Fewer animal prints, with tropical flora in
runways also were filled with great choices for off the
beach. The Meskita collection, presented at Soho Beach
House, showcased the brand’s signature cocktail of
structured silhouettes and feminine detailing dipped in
luxury crochets and silks. From cover-ups that fall
gracefully like willows to aqua maillots in wave
patterns, the line is full of movement.
inspiration is the vibration of the sun and water, of
nature, of the air," says Alessandra Meskita, the
Brazilian designer who created her first collection at
age 15. "If you could see sound, what would it look
Swim Week’s scale and reach expand each summer, it is
evident the event is placing both South Beach and
swimwear on the fashion map. Says Everything But Water
Creative Director Sabra Krock: "The swim category
has truly come into its own. It’s no longer about
function and fits — it’s a fashion category in and
of itself with lots of excitement and fun.
is a strong integration now of trends seen on the
ready-to-wear runway and what happens in the swim
market. There are lots of fabulous upstart vendors and
ready to wear designers entering the category. It’s a
very exciting time to be in swim."