Jul24

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Day 5

And on the fifth and final day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, it was sunny, it was rainy, reality celebs stormed the catwalk. I saw kids, and I saw wigs. Here’s a reap of Monday’s affairs.

{During the day, I took a trip over to The Tides on Ocean Drive to get the scoop on the local line Bikini Flavors. Finally, a brand that gets it.  Think Brazilian, reversible, interchangeable, uber wearable. Each suit can be worn no less than 50 different ways.}

{A crochet top, all handmade, that’s built to last. It’s made from the same material as a regular suit so swimming in macrame isn’t an obstacle.}

{Then, over to Soho House for a look at the line Paradisiac, a collection of swimwear, jewelry, shoes and accessories with a beachy theme. I’m obsessed with these starfish bracelets.}

{Trust me, mermaid/fish/whale tales are the next big thing in must-have accessories.}

{A sting-ray skin clutch from the collection. It’s even better in person.}

{And then it was off to the tents for the last night of bikini overload. Wildfox stepped it up with wacky wigs, vintage boots and models with ‘tudes.}

{Long live the queen.}

{My favorite look from the show.}

{This fashion don’t is a must do and completed the look.}

{Floral deets at Wildfox.}

{Such a cute and quirky show filled with flags, florals, slogans and socks. Big thanks to David Jon Acosta for snapping these pics at Wildfox.}

{An unexpected downpour sent me straight to the Mercedes-Benz Lounge in the Esther William Suite at the Raleigh. Wine, cheese and ac— who could ask for anything more? OK maybe one more strawberry lemongrass popsicle.}

{Seeing clearly after the rain was gone, it was over to the SLS for a glimpse at Brazilian designers for The ABEST launch of +Beach Brasil, who brought the heat but no fans. The mosaic birds from Poko Pano made another cameo at the sweltering show.}

{A taste of Brazil with the designer of Poko Pano.}

{Then back to the Raleigh for the final show of swim week, a capsule collection featuring Naila.}

{The secret to an immediately successful swim week show: add a kid.}

{Black tie meets the beach.}

{Bravo to Real Housewife of Miami Adriana for working it down the runway for Keva J.}

{The crochets at Anna Kosturova were amazing. The designer says it takes her anywhere from two to three years to create a new line. See you in 2014, Anna.}

And scene.