Bold colour, high waists and plenty of prints: Best of Miami Swim Fashion Week… and the bikinis you'll actually want to wear
20:02 GMT, 24 July 2012
Fake tan, sky-high heels and tiny bikinis are a usual sight in Miami, but for Mercedes Benz Fashion Swim Week, South Beach is transformed into the year's biggest lesson in beach basics.
Featuring almost 2,000 brands, the swim shows give a glimpse into the trends of next summer, from sleek one-pieces to busy printed patterns, figure-flattering high waists, and plenty of sand-ready string bikinis.
While Anna Wintour was was absent from the front row, other notable attendees included the Real Housewives of Miami cast; Dancing With The Stars' Karina Smirnoff; Brooke Burke and her husband David Charvet, and chart topper Christina Milian.
High waisted: Mercedes Benz Swim Fashion week gives a glimpse into the bikini trends of next summer –
both L Space (left) and Australian label White Sands (right) featured figure-flattering high waists
Pin-up girl: Major trends to come out of the Miami's swimwear shows were high waists and bra style tops; Mara Hoffman (left), Poko Pano (middle) and Luli Fama (right)
Swimwear, summer's unofficial uniform, is a $5billion industry where designers fiercely compete to be every woman's go-to brand for their yearly surf-side update.
of the most highly
anticipated shows of the week, Mara Hoffman, showcased plenty of cut-out
detailing in a boho cowboy-meets-Native American aesthetic, which was a strong
trend seen throughout the week.
a former model and current animal rights activist, had many fashion
editors confused with a plethora of themes throughout her show, which
included 60s pin-up girl styles walking alongside oriental prints and
Itsy bitsy: Plenty of string bikinis were also shown in a rainbow of prints; from tribal, to floral, tie-dye and digital, every print-lover was catered to at the Luli Fama show
Prints charming: Mara Hoffman (left) and Xtra Life Lycra Brand (right) were among the swimwear brands to showcase a range of print bikinis
Body paint: L'Space by Monica Wise (left), Red Carter (middle) and Xtra Life Lycra Brand (right) plunged into printed one-pieces
Dancing with the Stars ballroom
dancer Karina Smirnoff, who recently dated Mario Lopez, also strutted her stuff on the runway for the show.
collection included her trademark pieces, with plenty of prints and
razor-sharp cut-outs in neon mixed in with pastels and pops of
The tie-dye printed one pieces with stomach cut-outs and braiding details were standout pieces.
Colour blocking: Bold colour was also a popular choice for designers, who at times struggled with varying their styles; Red Carter (left) choose frills, and L Space (right) opted for fringing and cut-outs in similar one-pieces
Xtra Life Lycra Brand showed one of the more innovative looks of the week, with a yellow and purple cut out one piece that added in cap sleeves.
She also peppered her show giant banana leaves as hats, as well as intriguing fur trims.
Agua Bendita showed diamond shaped neon prints accented with Eighties-style neon visors, tribal prints, and ink-splattered fabrics.
Celebrity sightings: Notable attendees included Brooke Burke (left), her husband David Charvet (middle), and chart topper Christina Milian (right)
Making an apperance: Dancing With The Stars' Karina Smirnoff walks the runway at the Lisa Blue show (left), while Real Housewives of Miami stars Marysol Patton and Alexia Echevarria attended shows and many parties
Meanwhile Poko Pano jumped into the
rainforest with tropical leaf and fruit prints, and puka shell
necklaces, with neon oranges and greens ensuring the mostly neutral
Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens used basic vintage-inspired two-pieces mixed in with snakeskin, black, gold, and blue, water-like printed fabrics, and Caffe Swimwear, a popular favourite, showed its St Tropez meets Sunday shopping caftans with sleek high ponytails.