Miami Swim week

After accusations of discrimination and exclusion last year, Miami Swim week looked colorful.

Swim Week Miami is arguably the largest and most-visible stage for the swimwear fashion industry. That’s why a power outage, 24-hour delay, and a modified show schedule could not stop industry elites, fashion aficionados and curious spectators from packing the third floor of Miami Beach’s Faena Forum – albeit a day late – for one of the most highly anticipated runway productions in the country. The Art Hearts-produced show, scheduled for Saturday, had to be cancelled, then postponed because of a building power outage.

But once power was restored, production teams went into full throttle for some behind-the-scenes maneuvering, and models and designers finally hit the runway Sunday night to give an enthusiastic crowd of onlookers, fashion hopefuls and design house representatives a night they would not soon forget. The fabric, patterns, hues, form and dimension of the swimwear designs were just as diverse, intriguing and alluring as the models who presented them. A mix of one-pieces, bikinis, cover ups, trunks and dresses cascaded across the runway creating a mosaic of unapologetic confidence and fashion ingenuity.

A cloud of controversy covered last year’s Swim Week Miami with accusations of discrimination and exclusion. But if history teaches anything, it teaches not to repeat the faux pas of the past. Lesson learned. Fast forward to 2019 - this year’s show featured models and designers of diverse color and ethnicities hailing from regions such as the beautiful tropical landscapes of Latin America to the rich, bold, colorful patterns of West Africa.

Irrepressible, playful, bold, sexy and exciting are the only ways to describe the swim creations featured at the Art Hearts fashion production. The collections demonstrated each designers’ courage and vision for a new, reverent style of swimwear. For these designers, no longer is swimwear just for the beach; it’s for the runway and beyond.

Romantic elegance, coupled with gentle seduction accentuate the collection by Artesy Atelier, while 209 Mare evokes a feeling of Monte Carlo and grandeur in the summer. Florals, pastels and spirited charm define the Waikiki line, while Pas Jalou’s sequins creations give you the option of going for a dip in the water or going out on the town. Then there is the swimwear line by BFyne with its instinctive sense of style and culture and daring colors and prints, no doubt inspired by the designer’s (Buki Ade) Nigerian ancestry.

In a word, Swim Week Miami 2019 produced by Art Hearts Fashion, was sizzling “haute.”

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