Blogs, social media and reality TV shows have elevated fashion weeks in global style capitals such as New York, Milan and Paris from events mostly familiar to industry insiders to runway spectaculars recognized by the mainstream. But one fashion collective that might not be as widely known to the masses is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which recently wrapped up in Miami.
For five days, dozens of designers, including Betsey Johnson, Wildfox, L• Space and Nanette Lepore, showcased their 2014 swimwear collections for media, buyers and fashion enthusiasts. Similar to other fashion weeks, Swim Week gave a taste of which trends are expected to make a splash in the coming seasons.
Here is a sampling of some of the top styles:
Sleeves: A nod to this year's awards season, perhaps, when A-list stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson and Amy Poehler walked the red carpet wearing sleeved-dresses? Or maybe a spike in concern for protecting the skin from the sun? Whatever the reason, several designers experimented with long and cap sleeves on one-piece suits, as well as on two-piece ones with tank and crop-style tops.
Crochet: From cover-ups to the suits themselves, this peek-a-boo look gave swimwear a cool, casual vibe.
Jungle fever: Some designers went wild with floral and animal prints, topping models off with tousled hair and bold makeup.
Barely there bottoms: Itsy-bitsy bikini bottoms got even smaller in some collections, where thong-style trunks left little to the imagination.
Cut-outs: Similar to this summer, one-piece suits continued to hold their own when up against their sexed-up two-piece sibling. Designers did it with lots of cut-outs, turning the modest one piece into a skin-showing monokini.
Style Week Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh kicks off its first Style Week on Wednesday. For a preview of events, see the Tuesday Magazine. For more on the week's featured designers and reports from the events, visit the Stylebook blog starting Monday at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook.
For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG's Stylebook blog at www.post-gazette.com/stylebook. Follow her on Twitter @SaraB_PG. First Published August 4, 2013 4:00 AM