Swimwear is such a different type of fashion…it is Miami fashion, right behind LA, far from New York, and even further from Paris. The fashion and modeling industry definitely still value Miami Swim Week, but it is not at the top of everyone's list to keep their eyes on. That goes for the fashion industry and the public.
There is not a lot of difference between years and trends and collections when it comes to the smallest amount of acceptable clothing we can wear on public. Therefore, it is obviously not going to be as jaw-dropping as a Givenchy Couture gown, which means not a lot of models care to model, not a lot of photographers care to photograph, not a lot of reporters care to report, and Vogue doesn't even have Miami swim week collections complied for us. Let alone there is also not a lot of time or places for the public to wear swim.
I, however, still love to follow Miami fashion. This can be when designers become the most creative and really make a swimsuit into a stunning night out bodysuit or top. Below are the 8 highlights from Miami swim week that I think are the most noteworthy. As ATX swim week kicks off were looking at what we may see coming down those runways.
Yes, I am talking about the dresses you see on the racks in your department stores…at least that brand anyway. We didn't see any dresses on the runways in Miami, but of course they had to not only kick off swim week but unveil their swim collection with a one-piece that you could get married in. To follow that opening statement piece was even more beautiful swim wear. Above and beyond a top that you could swim in by day and go out in by night. Honestly, I will just let you see it for yourself…you won’t these designs are meant to go in the pool…perfect for a Miami party.
It is always expected that they SI Swimwear will make a statement at Miami swim week, but the trend that has been getting more attention each month is diversity in the models themselves. Persons once seen as hangers are now getting attention for who and what they are (not so much in high fashion, I think that is still far away, if it ever changes). You could see models of every size, every skin tone, every age, and every hairstyle. As Sports Illustrated we always expect more than a viewing of swimwear, but it is still all about the fashion. The common trends are mentioned later.
Tropic of C
If you don’t pay attention to swimwear, you may keep tabs on the Victoria's Secret Angels… But if you don’t know one of the biggest Victoria's Secret Angels (not just a model in the show, but actual angel), Candice Swanepoel, started her own swimwear line in 2018. We would expect nothing less for a model like her to unveil her second season of swimwear at Miami Swim Week.
When discussing trends (which we will get to), textiles are often not discussed as much. But this generation has shown loudly how they care about what is underneath whether it be a business, food, person, or even clothes. Candice Swanepoel's Tropic of C was based on the colors of the earth, but brands are now going further and making swimsuits eco-friendly. Attendees drank from glass and sipped from stainless steel straws, while observing swimsuits made from plastic bottles during the Nu Wave show.
Bubble guns, beach balls, and Barbie was the focus of this show. I'll just let you see the pictures for this one…so fun!
Thongs, high-cut, one-shoulder, animal print, ties, and neon are the main trends debuted at this year's Miami Swim Week. Life Print, a Brazilian brand did not only bring the animal print like the other brands, but also partnered with AMPARA Animal for the first certified Jaguar print and 100% of the profits of this piece go to protect endangered species. As for as the other trends, Bananhot America and Nessy Swimwear have some of my (and everyone's I think) favorite looks.
Demand for extended-size or plus-size grows
Unlike high-fashion, swim week (and lifestyle) is one place where you can see the expansion of sizes and more inclusiveness of who is modeling. The Descalzo Show was a big brand for this and women empowerment in general.
Vitamin A anniversary
Lastly, a brand that is no stranger to Miami Swim Week, Vitamin A celebrates and unveils their 20th Anniversary Resort collection for 2020. They were no exception to the trends of sustainable fabric, inclusive models, and all the fashion trends.