Miami Swim Week 2017

From left to right: Luli Fama, Maaji, Luli Fama

All eyes were on South Florida last week as Miami held it’s annual Swim Week. Press, bloggers, buyers and fashionistas, crowded the streets of Miami Beach as they made their ways to runway shows, trade fairs, pop-up shops and parties, that were all centered around swimsuits.

Siniesa Karol show at the Setai. Photo by Saint-Cyr Studio

This year I got to attend fashion shows and events from Funkshion for the first time, and the island girl in me was beyond excited to see what the designers have in stores for us in 2017. Yes, these bathing suits will not hit the stores until next year. If you were following fashionayiti on Snapchat and Instagram, you already had a little preview of the fashion shows I attended which are: Beach Riot, Blue Life, Kai Lani, Ana Kosturova, Maaji, Monica Hansen Beachwear etc… to name a few.

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With 2 Haitian models participating at Funkshion Swim Week.

So, recapping Miami Swim Week in general, here are 8 of the hottest trends that we will see in swimsuits next year:

  • Plunging One Piece
    One piece suits are here to stay and this time the more revealing the better!
From left to right: Beach Riot, Aguaclara, Blue Life
  • Halter Bikinis
    A less conservative halter tops were a favorite on the runways. Designers added a risqué side to the halter tops with creative and sheer cuts.
From left to right: Luli Fama, Kai Lani, Tori Praver
  • Creative Cut-Outs
    Designers went the extra mile to give us more creative designs with fun and slick cut-outs on both one pieces and bikinis.
From left to right: OMG Miami Swimwear, Luli Fama, Magic City Swimwear
  • Wrap Around Tops
    This season designers played around with the basic triangle bikini top giving it a little “extra” with intricate ties and wraps on bikinis tops, bottoms, and one pieces.
From left to right: Versakini x Amanda Perna, Luli Fama, Kai Lani
  • Bold Prints
    Florals, tribal and ethnic prints, stripes and colors were not scarce on the runway.
From left to right: Luli Fama, Beach Riot, Laundry by Shello Segal
  • Tassels
    This swinging and playful accent adorned some bathing suits and ever cover-ups, creating a hippie vibe for the boho girl.
From left to right: Ana Kosturova, Maaji, Ana Kosturova
  • Straps
    Straps were everywhere on the runways evoking a playful sensation.
From left to right: Blue Life, Luli Fama, Magic City Swimwear
  • Creative Coverups
    Because a beach attire is never complete without a fun cover-up!
From left to right: Luli Fama, Blue Life, Ana Kosturova
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Finale at Maaji, photo by Maaji Swimwear

Do you have your eyes on your next bathing suit purchase yet? Let us know which bathing suit you must have for next year!

All pictures were courtesy of Saint-Cyr Studio unless stated otherwise.

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With some of the Haitian community in the fashion industry in Miami, at the Swim Week kickoff party at the W.

What we saw at New York Fashion Week: Spring 2014

Spring 2014 trends: A couple of trends we saw at #NYFW

Loud Prints:

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   Prabal Gurung                               DVF                                  DKNY

White:

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Rag & Bone                           Prabal Gurung                           DKNY

Soft Colors:

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  Derek Lam                          Zac Posen                      Prabal Gurung

Romanticism:

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  Donna Karan                                 Zac Posen                           DVF

Chanel ss 2013

Picture source: reuteurs

“I started to sketch in St. Tropez over the summer and it was so hot I wanted some fresh air.” And so Karl Lagerfeld once again let his imagination take over and this time, transformed the catwalk into a solar panel with gigantic wind turbines.

See below the slideshow of yet another classic Chanel ready-to-wear collection

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Queen Bee

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Theatrical and exuberant are words associated to fashion house Alexander McQueen, and this season, Sarah Burton – the face behind Kate Middleton’s wedding gown – delivered nothing less than a very extravagant show and had the runway buzzing!

The spectacle was a show of ornate tailored garments: double-peplum corseted jackets, harness bustiers, and cage-like dresses decorated with pollinated flowers. The palette choice: cream, pale yellow, red, gold and black. Each of her ‘Queen Bees’ had a metal chokers with jeweled bees, and for her climax, Burton obscured her models’ faces with black meshed beekeeper hats.

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Last Week in Paris …

                                       BALENCIAGA rtw ss 2013

                                       CELINE rtw ss 2013

                                       CHRISTIAN DIOR rtw ss 2013

                                     GIVENCHY rtw ss 2013

                                         HERMES rtw ss 2013

                                        JEAN PAUL GAULTIER rtw ss 2013

                                          JOHN GALLIANO rtw ss 2013

                                          LANVIN rtw ss 2013

Pictures source: Vogue.com

Day 1 at Milan Fashion Week

The New Yorkers have surprised us, the Londoners have wowed us, now it’s Milano’s turn to mesmerize us.

It seemed like the flowing style was a common factor at day 1 of Milan Fashion Week where designers created a fluid look for their ss 2013 collections. The catwalk at Gucci was a show of bold colors, where models in long silhouettes displayed fushia, electric blue, mustard yellow, and bright green in silk, leather and suede fabrics. Alberta Ferretti created an “Under The Sea” atmosphere in her show. She had her models in a palette of ocean blue, sea green, and pearl colors, and fabrics such as tulle, chiffon, crêpe, organza and lace, creating a dainty mermaid look.

Other designers : Simonetta Ravizza, Mila Schön, John Richmond, N°21, Francesco Scognamiglio, 1a Classe – Alviero Martini Collection, Paola Frani.

Pictures source: vogue.com

Did London Fashion Week prove the city’s title as Fashion Capital of the World?

The extensive media coverage of the London Olympics this past summer as well as the elegance of the Duchess of Cambridge, really helped solidify the city’s title as “Fashion Capital of the World” for the second consecutive year, surpassing New York City that had held the title for years. While Paris and Milan will always be known for their elegance in Haute Couture, London’s fashion scene and designers are know for their extravagant eccentricity and edge. (see slideshow at the end)

What did London Fashion Week deliver this season?

 

                  

This week, London-based designers have shown us once again why they are among the elite in the fashion world. From Louise Gray’s Kaleidoscope show and Peter Pilotto’s amazing prints to the 70’s disco party at Jonathan Saunders and Meadham Kirchhoff’s memorable spectacle, the runway was flooded with a variety of colors and quirky prints.

We cannot forget THE Christopher Kane who, in his collection this season, played with sheer fabrics as accents to garments, while also incorporating lace, ruffles and detailed beading as embellishments. Mulberry added a fresh scent of florals to its “English Garden” collection using a palette of cream, peach, and mint. Appropriately enough, Lady Gaga opened Philip Treacy’s show which was presented as an homage to Michael Jackson. Models walked the runway in Treacy’s collection which was inspired by vintage MJ costumes.

Of course, there is always London’s one and only Burberry Prorsum that delivered an electric space-age show. “I want it to be joyous, a bit sassier and sexier”, said creative director Christopher Bailey. Metallic leather, shiny satin corsets, foil-like fabrics, silk capes and iridescent body suits invaded the catwalk in a wide range of gemstone and metallic colors such as: copper, bronze, emerald, turquoise and garnet. For the finale, Bailey had his models walk out in a rainbow of metallic trench coats.

This year’s Spring/Summer 2013 London Fashion Week leaves little or no doubt that London deserves its title. It has continued to embody new and innovative fashion trends. In doing so, it daringly, yet capriciously, rounds out the “Big-Four” of Fashion Capitals of the World.

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Picture source: Vogue.com

NYFW: Shoes we’ve seen on the runway

What did we notice this season in NYFW? A lot of knee-high strapped shoes, ankle cuffed shoes and believe it or not some designers even had their models in FLATS !

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50 Shades of Grey: From Book to Runway

Inspired by Helmut Newton’s photo, designer Jason Wu showed his SS 2013 Collection reflecting the theme ‘Naughty or Nice’ with a big mirror at the top of the runway .

Jason Wu had his models in tight leather dresses, bustier tops, leather skirts embroidered with lace, and covered some faces with netted veils. To top it all, the models had a very flat make-up with bright BOLD lips balanced with BOLD eyebrows..

Picture source: Vogue.com

BIG fashion in the BIG Apple

Streets and stores in NYC have been crowded with shoppers, designers, models and bloggers for last night’s FNO. Started by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour in 2009, FNO is now spread in 19 countries but New York City remains the place to be.


Anna Wintour and Victoria Beckham at Bergdof Goodman in NY.