Here in Miami, style often comes in the shape of a bikini, because let’s face it; the weather doesn’t leave much room for experimenting with fashion. Despite our love/hate relationship with the heat in Miami, Swim Week always lies in the midst of July, which pretty much feels like you’re trapped in a sauna while still having to look presentable. Aside from that, Swim Week is always an exciting time for us locals because we get to experience a sense of allure from people who travel from Los Angeles and New York to get a taste of what Miami has to offer.
Even though it’s a hectic time of running around from event to event, we love taking in the experience and learning about new designers and their collections. Our favorite part of the whole weekend is attending the shows and getting to connect with other fellow bloggers that we don’t get to see on a regular basis.
We must say one thing, if you’re thinking about attending Swim Week in the future, the one thing you need is patience. Like we said, it is very hot and everything runs late but aside from that we love that swim week is so laid back and all about having fun. There’s no stuck up vibes that you might experience at fashion week, instead its more inclusive and lively which we love.
Take a look at our weekend below:
The Webster: Gray Malin X Ladurée, hosting by Iron N Salt & Elisabeth Holder
- We started the weekend off by hosting an event at the iconic Miami boutique, The Webster, along with Elisabeth Holder (President of Ladurée in the US) in celebration of Gray Malin’s new collection. It was amazing to see our friends and other fellow Miami influencers come out and support the event.
For Love & Lemons: Funkshion Tent
- Later in the evening, we came out to see one of our favorite designers, For Love & Lemons. This is a show we never want to miss because it’s one of the few lines where we actually would wear every single piece on the runway. This year designers, Gillian Mahin and Laura Hal (who are also two best friends), really adapted to the current trends of the ‘understated girl in the riviera’ vibe. The styling was absolutely impeccable.
Tash & Dev Pop: Miami Beach Edition
- We always make room in our Swim Week schedule to pop in and say hello to the beautiful ladies of A Bikini A Day, Tash Oakley and Devin Brugman. They always have the cutest pop-up shop at The Edition where you can sip rosé and shop their newest Monday Swimwear collection. Always a pleasure seeing these two, nicest #girlbosses in the biz.
Bollare Hub: 1 Hotel
- Next up, we were off to the Bollare Hub at our favorite place in Miami, the 1 Hotel. You can read our obsession with this place, here. Bollare always goes the extra mile with everything they do and this hub was the perfect example of that. Beautifully arranged, we were lucky enough to get spoiled with some amazing gifts of brands such as ACACIA, Faithful The Brand L’Port Swim. Downstairs in the beauty room, we voluntarily got a B12 shot as well as one for our skin, hair and nails, we regretted it shortly after we couldn’t move our arms but were happy to get an extra bit of energy. Thank you again Bollare for such a cool experience, can’t wait till next year!
Glamsquad Beauty Class: Soho Beach House
- Before grabbing an early dinner, we stopped by the Glamsquad suite for a little touch up before the shows. We loved hearing about how to maintain your skin looking fresh in the Miami humidity and how to properly apply make-up in order to fight oily skin throughout the day! Very informative!
ACACIA Show at 1111
- Next up, was the ACACIA show at 1111, which was possibly the coolest show we’ve ever been to so far! The venue is located in a parking garage that is doubled as an event space and its industrial ambiance and view, give an edge to the whole vibe of the show. The models, the way they were arranged to walk in three’s all intersecting each other with the next set of girls, was so stunning. We love when designers go the extra mile to differentiate themselves from a typical swimwear show. The place was filled to the brim with influencers from all over the country and the set up of the runway on the concrete made the whole experience really cool and authentic. Kudos ACACIA, you guys killed it!
Luli Fama Show at Funkshion
- One thing we know for sure, is that Latin people know how to throw a party. We love supporting fellow Latin American designers and the Luli Fama show felt as if we had gone out partying! The show opened up with stream of male dancers and bongo players, setting the mood for the collections to come. The whole show was a celebration of Cuban culture, equipped with the latest latin songs at full blast! So fun!
Brunch at the Dutch
- We started off the last day of Swim Week, with a little brunch at The Ducth at the W Hotel with some other fellow bloggers. We love getting a chance to bond with other girls in the industry that live in different countries and cities but are all doing similar things to us. We had a great time, thank you YAYA PR for having us!
Bungalow 5 at the W Hotel
- We stopped at the bungalow 5 soiree, curated by Black Flower Agency, where we sipped some YOKO matcha lattes and checked out a few collections of different swimwear designers. It’s so nice having a place to cool off between events and catch a breath!
Sea folly & Maaji Shows at The Setai
- Lastly, we stopped by The Setai hotel to catch our last shows of the night, Seafolly & Maaji, set up by the amazing Gnazzo Group. We wish we could of stayed a little longer and attended the INDAH show which is always one of our favorites of the week, but our bodies gave up on us and we headed home for some much needed rest.
Thank you Swim Week for another amazing year, we can’t wait to do it all over again next year!
Dani & Valen