Swim Week: It's Beach Glamour and Boho Travelers

On Saturday night, some of the trends were similar to previous days, like laser cuts and the use of red, while high-waisted suits were new

Saturday, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim started off with a designer breakfast with Tory Burch, who presented her 2014 collection at The Shore Club. The suits were serene shades of blue that were reminiscent of beautiful vases with delicate floral patterns. Other pieces from the collection bore tropical patterns in navy with pops of red, a trend carried over from the first day of shows.

Speaking of the tents, Saturday’s shows lent to trends unseen the previous day, like a return to high-waisted suits, as well as trends that carried over, like suits in solid reds. Here are just a few of the highlights from yesterday’s shows.

It was a throwback to the days of pin-ups at Nicolita. The show started with a dapper gentleman in a white suit walking the catwalk while smoking an electric cigarette. Afterward, the first model down the runway was Lisa Pliner, the shoe designer and reality show cameo maker. She was followed by a bevy of high-waisted suits in black and white or peach with chevron and polka dot detail. The retro show had a flavor that reflected Miami’s Cuban heritage and bygone days of beach glamour.

Agua di Lara
At Agua di Lara, the suits blurred the lines of style, mixing Deco shapes with almost Hermes-esque gold rope detail and Deco patterns with somewhat tribal shapes. It was an interesting mix that resulted in standout pieces like a teal and white maillot, as well as a sheer black jumpsuit cover-up. And like the day before, there were animal prints in the form of zebra stripes in bold orange and pink hues, sometimes mixed together.

Mara Hoffman
The most anticipated show of the night, Mara Hoffman, this year’s Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer, proved she still does the boho traveler unlike any other swimwear designer. This year, her muse traveled to India and on her journey she wore tribal prints in neon with graphic prints of Ganesha, bustiers with heavy purple accents, swim shirts with evil eyes, flutter tops paired with matching bags and body conscious dresses whose prints were so bold you could see them coming from a mile away. Standout pieces from the designer included a long white maxi dress with Indian-inspired fabric atop and a neon peach high-waisted bikini with black cutout overlay. The other standout was the hair, which featured tassels and mirrors that looked to be straight from the streets of an Indian market worked into ponytails.

While not at The Raleigh, Chloe still managed to make a splash at Soho House in presenting its first swim collection in the U.S. The line was perfectly Chloe with solid suits in peach, navy and white. Triangle tops with tie sides, flutter tops with skirt-like bottoms, classic one-pieces—the line featured a little bit of everything for every body type. The standouts were the black and white stripe pieces that came in the form of boy shorts and solid black flutter tops, as well as figure-flattering one pieces in the same print. As seen at other shows, laser cutouts were present, atop a cute yellow bikini. And like with so many of the shows this season, solid red suits all cruised down the runway, proving it very well may be the overall trend of the season thus far.

By Ginger Harris of Electricblogarella.com

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