That’s a wrap! After catching the final events at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, I hit up the two major swimwear trade shows going off in Miami Beach: SwimShow and Salon Allure. Both events were ridiculously overwhelming and filled with tons of stellar designers on my list, so instead of visiting every single booth, I went on a mission to find the crème de la crème.
1. La Belle Rebelle: As previously mentioned, high-waisted bikinis are having a moment. This peacock print number is the perfect example of retro edge and expertly balances vintage lingerie detailing with insane leather-like trim.
2. Linda Farrow x Prabal Gurung: I mean. Anytime you mix a legendary avant-garde eyewear maven with a consistently innovated fashion phenom, you’re going to produce greatness. Score similar shades here.
3. Jets: I can imagine some pin-up type girl rocking this Aussie label’s ’50s style one-piece. The built-in bra is a nice touch.
4. Lisa Marie Fernandez: Following the high-waisted trend, scuba is another key source of inspiration this season. LMF does it best with her signature chunky zippers and luxe neoprene. I love the pucker texture and twist-tie top on this highlighter hued number.
5. Aquarius: Miami-based stylist Daniella Ivana Sredni said it best when she explained to me that her line is inspired by the "cosmic nature of underwater seascapes." This scuba-inspired dress in a psychedelic print is a perfect example of that.
6. 6 Shore Road: More high-waisted goodness, courtesy of a NY-based, celebrity-favored label. The futuristic tribal print and halter tie top makes it unique.
7. Zimmermann: I’ll try to stop talking about this Aussie label one day, guys. For now, allow me to indulge in their consistently dreamy kaleidoscope patterns and super flattering fits. This dress almost came home with me.
8. Roksanda Ilinicic: No wonder royals like Kate Middleton and Princess Beatrice loves this British designer’s work: everything is supremely serene. The bold color-blocking and unexpected rope tie on this retro two-piece give it some outré flair.
9. VPL: Speaking of color-blocking, stylist Karl Temper asked Victoria Bartlett to design this Mondrian-esq swimsuit for the 2012 London Olympics. It’s expected to hit stores around December/January.