To begin, we got started the earliest we had all week at-11am-with a "Swim and Style" pool party sponsored by Zinc and American Express at the Raleigh Hotel. There, we were served what could only be described as a "more-delicious-than-necessarily-healthy" gelato breakfast while relaxing by the pool and taking in the sun alongside the gorgeous Supermodel Hilary Rhoda. And what is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week without some cars?! MB definitely brought their A-Team, car wise, as they displayed some crazy sick wheels all about the hotel grounds.
Me & Supermodel Hilary Rhoda
To keep the party going we popped over to the uber-exclusive pool party at The Standard Hotel. We sipped on Moet and feasted on some banging Brazilian b-b-q while in the company of the same noteworthy stars and designers we had been running into all week (including Lance Bass, also seen here and here, Jules Kim, whom we interviewed here,Tori Praver, seen here, and Lorenzo Martone). The party was hosted by Quicksilver and celebrated their newest collection as well as featured a Quicksilver vending machine, where you could purchase all of your beach needs with everything from a suit to sunscreen!
Quicksilver Vending Machine at The Standard Hotel
Lorenzo Martone & Me
Four of five of the Future Claw Team at Quicksilver x Standart Party
My Assistant Alexandra Reisner, Videographer Chris Russel, Photographer Omar Mozumder, and Me
The first show of the day may very well qualify as my favorite show of the entire week. Set at the Bass Museum of Art,Red Carter presented a beauuuuuutiful, art inspired collection. Before the show, he showcased his highest-end suits throughout the museum, among the pieces of artwork. Each design truly was a piece of art. As were the male models that were serving us. The show, to me, was beyond words. As an art nerd, I loved Carter's artistic touch to the collection. And as a self-proclaimed eclectic "fashion mutt," I loooooved the diversity of the line. The line literary covered every base in today's fashion. From edgy to punk to glam to classic couture to futuristic to neons to splatter paint to camouflage prints, right down to Gaga-esque sunglasses (running out of breathe here), it is no wonder that they say "when in doubt, wear Red!" Mr. Carter considers design a real art, and there is no doubt that this man is a real artist.
After coming down from the high that I acquired at the Bass Museum, it was back over to the Raleigh to catch the final three shows of Fashion Week! Benny Rosset kicked it off with Cia Maritima's 20th anniversary collection. The show was a glorious celebration for the designer, who showed a completely cohesive and an overall, extreeeemely gorgeous collection. With a mix of earthy and jewel tones, the line was sophisticated, relaxed, and what one can truly define as "beach chic." With influences stemming from Morocco and, more specifically, Marrakech, as well as Bohemian vintage, there were certainly quite a few to-die-for pieces. Of course I was eyeing a pair of drop-crotch pants...It is no wonder that this is Brazil's favorite brand.
Interview with Designer Benny Rosset
Some of my favorite looks from the Cia Maritima Swimwear Runway Show:
WATCH MY INTERVIEW WITH CIA MARITIMA SWIMWEAR DESIGNER BENNY ROSSET HERE
Lordes "Luli" and her brother-in-law Augusto Haniman may not have been celebrating their 20th anniversary collection, but boy, did they know how to celebrate! Luli Fama's (fama meaning "fame" in Spanish, while Luli is the nickname of one of the designers) dynamite designer duo, presented a collection which they entitled "Dance Luli, Dance." And dance we did. To begin the show, we were treated to a high-energy concert, with a performer covering Mike Posner's song-of-the-moment "Cooler Than Me." The music did not stop there. With an eclectic mix of fun dance songs, the DJ kept spinning great summer jams as the models danced down the runway in the most vibrant colors and prints of the week. The energy of the entire show was unbelievable! The Hanimans named this their sexiest, most luxurious collection to date, and I have to agree that the line embodied both...To.The. Max. Showing in their hometown of Miami may have helped as the two designers definitely channeled the vivacious nightlife of South Beach as well as the rhythms of the Caribbean to a T. With witty, artfully placed embellishments, immaculate design techniques, and seductive, yet sophisticated styles, it is no wonder that Luli Fama is considered a style leader in the swimsuit industry.
Me & Designers Luli & Augusto Haniman, Backstage after Luli Fama Runway Show
Some of my favorite looks from the Luli Fama Swimwear Runway Show:
WATCH THE LULI FAMA RUNWAY SHOW & READ MY INTERVIEW HERE
To close out fashion week, we took our seats that the Caffe Swimwear Runway Show. This Colombian luxury line boasts seamless stitching for the most flattering fit of any suits in the world. The quality was evident and the designer, Paula Saavedra knows what women want and need when it comes to looking good and feeling good in bathing suits. She described the suits as a "second skin" and even noted that many of the suits were reversible. Totally wearable, totally comfortable, and totally glamorous. If any of the collections were to be tagged as a "lifestyle brand," this collection would be it.
Interview with Designer Paula Saavedra
Some of my favorite looks from the Caffe Swimwear Runway Show:
WATCH THE CAFFE SWIMWEAR RUNWAY SHOW & READ MY INTERVIEW HERE
What I wore: Bathing Suit by Lucky Brand, Flip Flops by Havaiana
Dress by Kosmika, Heels by YSL, Flats by Matt Berson, Scarf (worn as headband) by Missoni, All jewelry by Anuja Tolia
I was so, so sad for Fashion Week to come to an end, but I'm certainly going to be taking the momentum that I gained in Miami and transferring it into NY Fashion Week come September! Cannot wait. Stay tuned...