Male Box. Miami Swim Week 2010: An Editor’s View

July 28, 2009 • Male Box


Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine

For any of you who took umbrage at my previous ode to the one-piece for summer 2009, I bring good news for 2010. Diversity is the watch word in swim next year.
From “itsy bitsy teeny weeny” bikinis to graphic print one–pieces,
designers are offering a full array of choices in swimwear. The one
prevailing trend seems to be suits that are sure to turn heads. Once a
year – in July of all months – the world’s fashion journalists brave
the sweltering heat of South Beach to attend the SwimShow trade show
and the Mercedes Benz Swim Week fashion shows. Here is a brief report on what I saw – and loved – and hope that you’ll be wearing next season.

The week kicked off with the Tibi show in the
Cabana Grande, the largest of the tents erected for this annual event
on the street next to the Raleigh Hotel. The Raleigh’s gorgeous pool
stood in for the familiar Bryant Park Fountain. As the week progressed,
the fancifully shaped pool stood as a challenging obstacle course
between the free flowing bar at check-in and the entrance to the venues
to many a thirsty editor in double platforms. The poolside buzz about the Tibi show was very high and the show definitely did not disappoint.

Tibi kicked off what would emerge as a trend for metallic fabrics with their Oscar gold hybrid suit.
From my perch mid-runway in the front row, the suit appeared to be a
two-piece going one way past me and a one-piece going the other. Either
way, the suit is a knockout that will stop traffic wherever you wear
it. Prints were also super strong this season. Not since Stella McCartney
sent strategically placed pineapples down her runway in 2000 have
prints been so strongly engineered to draw the eye to a woman’s
“assets”. One suit at Tibi featured a graphic print that gave new meaning to “the land of the rising sun”. Color blocking gave way to what I called “print blocking”, using prints in the way you normally would use color to create optically enhanced silhouettes.

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