This time last year we were reporting on the “digital shows” we were invited to via Zoom from Paraiso Miami Beach, which seems like a lifetime ago. It was so refreshing to experience Paraiso Miami Beach Swim Week in person last week as we have been for the past five years. We’re happy to report that our summer schedule is officially back on track after a foggy, unregimented 2020, does anyone else feel that way? We’re big planners, so this sense of normalcy is bringing us back to life.
Let’s get to what you’ve all been waiting for, the latest swimwear trends and shows we experienced during Paraiso Miami Beach Swim Week last weekend. After attending these shows, it’s clear that designers know exactly what we need in swimwear this year, which includes swimwear and cover-ups for all of the vacations we’ll be taking this year, flattering cuts, daring styles, pops of color and celebrating every body type. Without further ado, here are the shows we attended, the designers and styles we connected with, and know our readers will appreciate as well.
Celebrating body types that come in all shapes and sizes seemed to be the main focus during the shows this year, so it makes sense to start off with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Show which took place at the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit pioneered the movement of self-love in swimwear by celebrating REAL women of all shapes, sizes, ages, backgrounds, and even those with special handicaps, and we are here for it. Diversity was seen and heard on the runway at the newly renovated Mondrian Hotel Baia Beach Club with a beautiful group of women including professional athletes, entrepreneurs, models, mothers, rookies, and swim search contestants. We love the way Sports Illustrated Swim understands what women really need and want when it comes to swimwear because let’s be honest, shopping for swimsuits can be very stressful for women.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show has become THE show to attend during Paraiso Miami Beach because they continue to redefine cultural conversations by including diverse groups of women and for their ability to throw quite a party at the same time. We have been going to the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach for years, and couldn’t believe the renovations they made by adding the Baia Beach Club. Their new panoramic pool deck was a showstopper and the runway was built over the spacious pool with the Miami city skyline as the perfect backdrop. It was everything we have been waiting for and missing about Paraiso Miami Beach.
Some noteworthy appearances during the show included Sports Illustrated Swimsuit supermodel, Jasmine Sanders who opened the runway followed by Natalie Mariduena, Kathy Jacobs, Brooks Nader, and Katrina Scott, as well as the 13 Swim Search hopefuls selected from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s annual open casting call, accompanied by the surprise appearance of Haley Kalil, co-winner of the first-ever Sports Illustrated open casting call in 2018. Thank you, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit for truly knowing what women need and want in swimwear and continuing to celebrate ALL women year after year.
Designers in the show Included: Asherah, HAUS OF PINKLEMONADE, Norma Kamali, AEXAE, Matte Collection, Bfyne, ViX Paula Hermanny, Tropic of C, Anna Kosturova, Tori Praver, Toluca Swim, Andi Bagus, Frankies Bikinis, Yandy, Missoni, Ola Vida, Monica Hansen Beachwear, Avis Bendita, Indah, Fisch, TRIANGL, Oh Polly, Lybethras, Sage Swim, Beach Riot, Heavy Manners, Savannah Morrow, Myra Swim, Chloe Rose, Agent Provocateur, Bain de Minuit, The Merger NYC, Nessy Swim, and Lace by Tanaya.
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