Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Day 1

Sure the banners on the telephone poles across town say Swim July 19-23, but the spin-off parties got started as early as Wednesday. Here’s a look at the pre-show, as well as what happened the official first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Warning: Models in bikinis may cause jealous rages and desires to swear off carbs permanently.

The party before the party:

{On Wednesday, bikini madness hit Emena spa for the Miinto.com Ready, Set, Swim soiree.}

{Loving this little combo.}

{Such the savvy multitasker, it’s blogger Kelly Saks struting down the runway of her own event.}

{Over at Soho House, Cosmo en Espanol kept the crowd in limbo for several hours before models wearing bikinis by Eberjey and my personal fave, the Italian brand Zingara, strolled down the catwalk.}

{Five hundred people swarmed the pool to get a glimpse of the show.}

{Balloons, models, bright lights over the  Soho pool.}

Swim Week Day 1:

{Hello, swanky. Kicking it off in super style, Bal Harbour Shops invited local bloggers like Maria Tettamanti, Annie Vazquez and Ria Michelle and blogger legends like Olivia Lopez, Laura Ellner and Krystal Bick to brunch at the Soho penthouse.}

{Me, brunching it up with the ever adorbs Daniela Ramirez and Amanda Del Duca and a bad-ass bowl of guac.}

{Spotted in the lobby of Soho House, local floral headband designers from ThatMadonnaGirl.com.}

{My god, they multiplied.}

Stay tuned tomorrow for tales from the sand at the Raleigh as I take on the tents. Send AC.