16 Stellar Designers to Catch at Miami Swim Week

Tomorrow, Fashioneer is heading to sweltering Miami to cover the scantily-clad wonderland that is Miami Swim Week. For those of you unfamilar with the events surrounding this annual swimwear showcase, there are three must-stop happenings: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim (the main event) at the Raleigh hotel, SwimShow (swimwear and lingerie tradeshow) at the Miami Beach Convention Center and Salon Allure (luxury resort, swim and fabric tradeshow) at the W South Beach. I’ll be hitting all the presentations, booths and bashes through July 23rd, so stay tuned for daily coverage. In the meantime, here’s who I’ve got my eye on this year.

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1. Zimmermann: Australian label known for their bursting colors and dreamy pattern-play. I especially dig their steamy resort 2012 collection. 
2. Mara Hoffman: NY-based designer and CFDA member whose ultra-flattering cuts and prints have charmed top fashion rags likes Vogue, Elle and RUSSH.
3. Suboo: Australian label equipped with killer kaftans and lightweight dresses for jetsetters across the globe.
4. Roksanda Ilincic: British designer whose edgy feminine RTW and swimwear have won ever notables like Amber Heard, Lady Gaga, Florence Welch, Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton.
 
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5. Aqua Di Lara: Montreal-based designer who I first caught wind of during Curaçao Fashion Week.
6. Anna & Boy: Australian RTW and swimwear label founded by former Vogue Australia editors Anna Hewett and Lill Jenner. 
7. 6 Shore Road: NY-based swimwear label known for funky prints and lightweight crochet cover-ups.   
8. Tori Praver: Cali-based swimwear label designed by former Sports Illustrated model Tori Praver.
 
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9. Wildfox: LA-based knitwear and swimwear label known for crafting nostalgic threads that evoke childlike wonder.
10. Cia.Maritima: Brazil’s most sought-after swimwear line favored by supermodels Gisele Bundchen and Karolina Kurkova, as well as actresses Megan Fox and Stacy Keibler.
11. White Sands: Australian label infuses vintage-inspired swimwear with a modern, feminine flair.
12. L*Space: Cameron Diaz, Rebecca Romijn and Rihanna are hardcore fans of this Cali label’s fringe bikinis.
 
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13. Lilibon: NY-based designer inspired by the swimwear worn by pin-up models in the 1940s.
14. Aquarius: Miami-based RTW and swimwear line known for its eclectic vibe and beach-to-street sensibility. 
15. Éclairée: French-inspired label offering color-blocked RTW and swimwear with clever mesh cutouts and geometric seams.
16. Tavik: Cali label known for crafting modern beachwear for music-loving globetrotters. 
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