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Top Trends from Miami Swim Week 2016

MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 17:  Models pose  at the Mikoh 2016 presentation during SWIMMIAMI at 1 Hotel South Beach Outdoor on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Mikoh)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 18:  A model walks the runway at the Luli Fama 2016 Collection during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 18, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Luli Fama)

MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 18: A model walks the runway at the Luli Fama 2016 Collection during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 18, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Luli Fama)

MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 17:  Models pose  at the Mikoh 2016 presentation during SWIMMIAMI at 1 Hotel South Beach Outdoor on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Mikoh)

MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 17: Models pose at the Mikoh 2016 presentation during SWIMMIAMI at 1 Hotel South Beach Outdoor on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Mikoh)

MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 17:  A model walks the runway at the Robb & Lulu Swimwear Spring/Summer 2016 Collection during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Robb & Lulu)

MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 17: A model walks the runway at the Robb & Lulu Swimwear Spring/Summer 2016 Collection during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Robb & Lulu)

MIAMI, FL - JULY 18:  A model poses wearing look 15 during the Mara Hoffman Resort 16 Swim Presentation at Versace Mansion on July 18, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Mara Hoffman)

MIAMI, FL – JULY 18: A model poses wearing look 15 during the Mara Hoffman Resort 16 Swim Presentation at Versace Mansion on July 18, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Mara Hoffman)

MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 17:  A model walks the runway at the 6 Shore Road by Pooja Resort 2016 collection during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for 6 Shore Road by Pooja)

MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 17: A model walks the runway at the 6 Shore Road by Pooja Resort 2016 collection during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for 6 Shore Road by Pooja)

MIAMI, FL - JULY 18:  A model poses wearing look 9 during the Mara Hoffman Resort 16 Swim Presentation at Versace Mansion on July 18, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Mara Hoffman)

MIAMI, FL – JULY 18: A model poses wearing look 9 during the Mara Hoffman Resort 16 Swim Presentation at Versace Mansion on July 18, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Mara Hoffman)

MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 17:  A model walks the runway at the Hammock 2016 Collection during SWIMMIAMI at W South Beach on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Hammock)

MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 17: A model walks the runway at the Hammock 2016 Collection during SWIMMIAMI at W South Beach on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Hammock)

MIAMI, FL - JULY 18:  A model walks the runway at the Chromat SS16 Swim at DIVE Preview for Miami Swim Week at SPACEBY3 on July 18, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Zoltan LeClerc/Getty Images for Chromat)

MIAMI, FL – JULY 18: A model walks the runway at the Chromat SS16 Swim at DIVE Preview for Miami Swim Week at SPACEBY3 on July 18, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Zoltan LeClerc/Getty Images for Chromat)

MIAMI, FL - JULY 19:  A model walks the runway at the Acacia fashion show during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 19, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Acacia)

MIAMI, FL – JULY 19: A model walks the runway at the Acacia fashion show during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 19, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Acacia)

MIAMI, FL - JULY 19:  A model walks the runway at the Acacia fashion show during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 19, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Acacia)

MIAMI, FL – JULY 19: A model walks the runway at the Acacia fashion show during FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach Swim at the FUNKSHION Tent on July 19, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Acacia)

MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 17:  A model walks the runway at the Mia Marcelle Swimwear 2016 Collection during SWIMMIAMI at 1 Hotel South Beach Salon on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mia Marcelle Swimwear)

MIAMI BEACH, FL – JULY 17: A model walks the runway at the Mia Marcelle Swimwear 2016 Collection during SWIMMIAMI at 1 Hotel South Beach Salon on July 17, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mia Marcelle Swimwear)

NEW YORK, NY JULY 31, 2015

Most editors who attend Miami Swim Week will tell you the same thing: There’s only one rule when you’re hobnobbing down south. What happens in Miami, stays in Miami. Why? Because south of the Mason-Dixon Line, the parties are big, the bikinis are small and the cocktails are gratis. We assure you, it’s a winning combination. This year, despite all the hullabaloo about Mercedes-Benz backing out, swimwear designers rallied the troops and threw a four-day event that had all the late-night debauchery and show-stopping suits we’ve come to expect from seasoned pros like Mara Hoffman to emerging brands like Chromat. In case you missed all the action, here’s a quick rundown of the top trends on the runway at Miami Swim Week. As for what went down off the runway, that’s our little secret.

 

NYFW’S FIRST MEN’S FASHION WEEK: CADET, BOYSWEAR, GARCIAVELEZ, AND DAVID HART

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NEW YORK, NY JULY 23, 2015

New York Fashion Week is giving guys their first full week of presentations, and yesterday’s kick-off morning sponsored by Cadillac was a celebration of presentations indeed.

In Industria Superstudios’ multi-level megahouse, Cadet, Boyswear, GARCIAVELEZ, and David Hart presented their new collection, and allowed for a fashionable morning to be remembered. All of the designers had separate rooms, and live models were positioned to show off new styles for the months to come.

Cadet marched forward with a nod to the U.S. Army’s paratroopers by debuting “The Filthy 13”—their rough-and-tumble spring/summer 2016 collection. Natural tones of olive green, slate gray, rustic blue, and light tan were seen on nearly all of their short trench jackets, tank tops, shorts, and vests. Throughout the entire presentation, a talented singer and drummer performed a lively performance for models and onlookers alike to enjoy.

Boyswear’s spring/summer 2016 collection was titled “The Manson Family Singers” and took on a recreation of California’s psychedelic past of the 1960s. There were nods to The Sound of Music, and there were even reminders of a traditional Tyrolean costume. Our favorite look was playful navy blue tee shirt with a blue and pink ombre big cat displaying daises for eyes.

CWST also gave a more natural presentation with blue, black, and gray tones. Loosely woven shorts, linen blazers, and layers of tanks and tops made a simple yet oh-so-classy statement for the summer.

GARCIAVELEZ put forth a sophisticated spin on florescence, and explored vibrant blue depths throughout the entirety of his “Lucent Stasis” collection. Inspiration for the collection came from wanting to explore the ideas of reflecting, concealing, diffusing, and capturing the ephemeral qualities of light. “I wanted to experiment with how to suspend the temporal quality of light within the garment,” said founder Carlos Garciavelez. “The challenge for me was to capture a finite quality of an incandescent source and how that relates to the human body.” Garciavelez references two art installations—Dan Flavin’s light installation from (1996) and Donald Judd’s 100 mill aluminum works (1982-1986)—and manifests neon-centric lines, patterns, and other subtle details to make the collection truly pop.

And last but not least, tucked high in the top of Inustria’s last showroom, David Hart delivered a tremendously radical reason to stop and stay just a little while longer. Geometric prints, primary colors, and sweet flashes of pastels were derived from a variety of inspirations: Germany’s Bauhaus and the artists during its inter-war period; textile artwork by Annie Albers and Gunta Stolz; photography by Lazlo Maholy-Nagy.

 

NYFWM: TIM COPPENS SS/16

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NEW YORK, NY JULY 223, 2015

Last week, tucked deep within Skylight Clarkson Square—one of two new fashion week venues that we are expected to see more of in September—were a series of hangouts provided by AmazonCadillac, and Dream Works Animation, and a few large “platforms” for designers to host shows in. Occupying Platform 2, and the vast majority around its entrance, was Belgian designer Tim Coppens and the label’s fashion followers from all over town. One by one, tickets were checked, barcodes were scanned, and eventually, the room was filled, and the lights dimmed down.

Jetting down the runway was a series of spots—on both the clothing and the models—followed by images of mushy, dripping mushrooms in reflective patches on the backs of bombers. The ode to 1990s fashion was straightforward in this collection for spring 2016, and his specific dedication to the youth that aimlessly hang out poolside was seen in splashes of spots, globs, and blobs of vibrant yellow, coral orange, and a striking blue hue.

Flashes of light neon were seen in a variety of other instances: in strips and stripes on the shoulders of shirts; in the shirt’s bold pattern; and in the color of a jacket with matching spots within the mushroom patch. The spotted motif in its variety of colors resembled a luxe take on leopard print—or perhaps, as intended, bubbles from a day at the pool.

There were a number of interesting sporty-streetwear pieces, and most of the relaxed pants were held up by a thin drawstring with just enough support to keep them up. As the men made their way around the corner, each take on grunge-casual intensified, and ended in a finale of the entourage storming the runway together. It was a youthful spring 2016 collection fit for the aimless wanderer within.

 

GIORGIO ARMANI MEN SPRING/SUMMER 2016

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NEW YORK, NY JULY 8, 2015

Giorgio Armani’s new menswear collection is a breath of fresh air. A tranquil color palette of blues, creams, and whites in relaxed silhouette sets it apart from other collections this season. Armani’s subtle patterns add fluidity and elegance to the line. A light cream coat with a matching dress shirt and loose-fitting light grey pants stylishly glide down the runaway. The light material and cropped trousers are suitable for keeping cool during the hot summer months. Perfect for a slow day at the office or a weekend at the beach, Armani’s spring/summer 2016 provides cozy comfort without sacrificing clean lines and sophistication.

 

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