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Top 10 Trends of Miami Swim Week

Another year of Miami Swim Week has come and gone and we're feeling as inspired as ever to hit the vacation button and never look back. As you all know, this is one of our favorite weekends of the year. We mix a little business with partying, all in the name of beautiful swimwear. 

For those of you who weren’t able to tune in on social media, here is our full recap on the shows we attended, along with the Top 10 Trends of Miami Swim Week, which is now known as the PARAISO Fashion Fair. 

Sleeves

We’re featuring this trend first because we know how happy a lot of you will be. A world where bathing suits have sleeves is a world we like to live in. Granted it’s not best for tan lines, but sometimes that’s not the priority. You will start to see more swimwear designers opting for a sleeved look that adds a little extra umph (and protection) to your day at the beach. 

Brands (L to R): Lil & Emm , Aqua Blu Australia, TJ Swim, VDM The Label ( All as seen with Fashion Palette)

Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

80s and 90s Inspired Swimwear 

Baywatch called and they want their swimsuits back! We’d be lying if we said we weren’t ecstatic about these looks making their way on to the market this season. Such rad vibes with this trend paired with fanny packs, visors, scrunchies, and throwback Filas. Designers had fun with accessorizing these looks. If you’re looking for a 90s girl realness, this is the trend for you. 

Brands (L to R): VDM The Label, VDM The Label, TJ Swim, TJ Swim ( All as seen with Fashion Palette)

Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

Psychedelic Prints

Designers are all about speaking to the generations this season by including psychedelic prints that standout on the runway. In previous seasons we saw tribal and geometric shapes for the boho babes and stripes and polka dots for the feminine ladies, but funky psychedelic prints are making a statement and a trend to certainly watch out for. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Brand: Filthy Haanz

Exposed Underwire Bikinis

Probably our least favorite trend of Miami Swim Week, and you can probably see why. The plunging V underwire leaves nothing to the imagination and looks like it’s extremely uncomfortable. The only benefit to this trend is that the underwire has a nice lifting effect. 

Brand: VDM The Label (as seen with Fashion Palette)

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Girly Pinks

Let’s be honest, Miami Swim Week is all about the ladies and what’s Swim Week without a girly pale pink and a gorgeous bronzed tan? Pale pink is one of the most popular Pantone colors of spring/summer 2018, so it’s no secret why designers implemented that color into a lot of their pieces.

Brands (L to R): Lil & Emm, Aqua Blu Australia, TJ Swim (All as seen with Fashion Palette)

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Stripes

Stripes, stripes and more stripes. This isn’t a trend strictly for swimwear, we’ve been seeing stripes everywhere this summer. Whether you’re looking for a ‘day on the yacht’ type of stripe, or a retro look with larger stripes, chances are you will find them on the market. 

Brands (L to R):

Free Bella, Aqua Blu Australia (as seen with Fashion Palette), VDM The Label (as seen with Fashion Palette)

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ruffles

We LOVE a good ruffle, especially on a bathing suit. Ruffles are a great way way to cutesy-up your look without having to try too hard. They’re girly, flirty and dainty and we are totally on board with it. 

Brands (L to R): VDM The Label (as seen with Fashion Palette), Aqua Blu Australia (as seen with Fashion Palette), Free Bella Swimwear

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The ‘Almost One-Piece’ 

Almost, but not quite! Achieve the two piece look with the one-piece security. These sexy one-pieces are so open they give you bikini vibes in a single bathing suit. We also like to call this look, ‘the best of both worlds”.

Brands (L to R): VDM The Label (as seen with Fashion Palette), Free Bella, Filthy Haanz

Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

Standout Designers

Lulifama Swimwear

In true form, Lulifama arguably had the best show of Miami Swim Week debuting their newest collection, titled ‘Wapisima’. The always lively show kicked off with an exhilarating Flamenco dance performance, moving right into the new ‘Wapisima’ looks. The collection showcased a variety of looks that were bold, bright, flirty, and undeniably feminine. This collection had incredible silhouettes featuring underwire corset tops, high-leg bottoms with vibrant  colors like red, yellow, turquoise, and pink tones. Inspired by the South of Spain, the ‘Wapisima’ collection (meaning ‘beautiful’ in Spanish), explored the magical mix of colors and sounds found within the picturesque region.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sinesia Karol

Sinesia Karol kicked things off with a romantic “Botanical Garden” collection that embodied a tropical rainforest and served as inspiration to this new collection. We love anything boho, and that is exactly what we got at this show; featuring eye-catching floral prints, accents and solid color blocking fit for a tropical paradise. Fringed laser-cut details and cut-out elements made this collection fashion forward and wearable. For the ‘Botanical Garden’ collection, Sinesia Karol adopted more sustainable methods when designing the garments, following a cleaner aesthetic and displaying the brand’s commitment to the socio-environmental cause.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Monday Swimwear

Another one of our favorite collections at Miami Swim Week. Monday Swimwear made its runway debut showcasing a neutral color palette of timeless ivory, black, and nude tones with pops of coral red, sky blue, mustard yellow, and leopard print. Monday Swimwear covered colors and styles perfect for every skin tone. The highly popular brand adopted the ‘shoppable runway’ model by presenting pieces from their Summer Moments, Signature, Ribbed, and Beachwear collections. Co-founded by ‘swimwear connoisseurs’ Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman, the brand is recognized not only for their remarkable social media presence, but most importantly, for their iconic feminine designs, immaculate fit, and enduring quality. They strive to design feminine pieces that compliment every body shape so women never have to settle for a suit that 

‘fits’ over a suit that fits perfectly. We LOVE this line! 

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Stone Fox Swim

Stone Fox Swim’s first show couldn’t have gone better as the collections showcased a mix of new pieces as models walked the runway set up within The Nautilus Bamboo Tunnel. It began with darker swimwear having slightly moody tone with fresh green, polka dots, black and white florals, and muted mustard yellows. The spring collection had more of an elevated mood which highlighted varies nude hues, dusty sky blues, alongside feminine florals and bright patterns. This collection presented new silhouettes and styles ranging from 80’s inspired cuts, Brazilian bottoms and more modest coverage styles. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images

In true form, straw and wooden bags made a huge appearance. Lindsey had the opportunity to model for purse designer, Alana Bags, who designs some of the most beautiful purses we have ever seen. The quality is state of the art and the designs are absolutely timeless. 

The inaugural PARAISO Fashion Fair closed out with a bang Sunday night at Sports Illustrated’s swim search runway show at W South Beach. It was the perfect way to end Miami Swim Week with a collection of runway shows, industry panels, pop-ups, and parties PARAISO united the best of the best in swim and resort in Miami. The narrative of the weekend was body positivity and was carried through everywhere you looked. 

 

Some of the PARAISO Fashion Fair Highlights…

  • Aerie Fashion Show and Panel

  • Soho House Panel

  • ACACIA Show atop a parking garage overlooking Miami Beach

  • SI Swim Search Casting

  • Equinox Wellness Workshops

 

 

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