Whoa, where do I start?
It’s taken me well over 3 whole days to readjust to the time zone in Sydney and of course the weather. Jetlag isn’t a good feeling either, I spent over 18 hours on a plane (one way), from Sydney to LA then LA to Miami. So you would’ve guessed as soon as I got my hotel in Miami, I had the longest hottest shower imaginable. I stood there soaking it all in for about 45 mins, letting it sink that I was in Miami for MBFWSwim… Miami… Merica! Yeeeeep!
Miami was hot and humid. But I couldn't complain! When I left Sydney it was a cold 10 degrees and I remember wearing a jumper and leather jacket at Sydney airport but as soon as I got to LAX, the stripping began. I was in transit at LAX for about 6 hours until the next available flight out to Miami. I missed the connecting flight to Miami when I landed in LAX straight after due to some stupid gate change that they didn’t seem to announce, making me miss my first night of the MBFWSwim. You can believe the level of frustration I was going through and it was not a very pretty sight. I had steam blowing out of the ears at one point, but then reminded myself that this is all part of the traveling and that there is no experience like it. I can’t really control the uncontrollable, so I decided to take the floor, curl up in a little ball with my book and read until my name was called for the next flight to Florida, Miami.
As soon as I landed in Miami, there was sudden sense of relief knowing that I made it safe and sound. Even though I was dead beat tired, I had a wave of excitement that took over my body. “EEEEK… MIAMI!!” I got picked up in a private car and headed to the hotel! The Gale on South Beach was going to be my home for the next couple of days. It was nothing overly extravagant, but so comfortable! I didn’t want to leave. Their bathroom was marbled titled top to bottom and the BED; well let’s just say I was sleeping in clouds!
All the MBFWSwimstgram winners met up for lunch the next day. Everyone was just beautiful and of course, we we’re all IG freaks. lol! We chit chatted lunch away and also did a quick video interview about how we found out about the MBFWSwimstagram competition. You guys can view the video here. http://youtu.be/m4tW9HsE4do
Our schedules were given and the first show to open up the MBFWSwim was designer Poko Pano! Their catwalk was around the pool at the Raleigh Hotel, which was so different yet flawlessly done! Designs were simple, Paola stuck to the original bikini top designs of triangle, bandeau, halter neck and boob tube. Lot’s of playful colours and solid whites were also used in their bikini designs. Also lots fun prints of cheetah, Aztec and magazine collage prints
Second show was Wildfox Swim – This show was funnn! American vintage- inspired swimwear at its finest! A mixture of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s retro look bikini designs with pops of colours of baby pink, blues and yellows. Cropped tank bikini tops with WILDFOX slogans, funky mesh tops, checked and stripes were also in the mix.
We Are Handsome, an Aussie brand that totally owned the catwalk with smiling, laughing, long legged fit models and of course their signature yellow python snake. We Are Handsome stayed true to their designs with bright and bold graphic tropical colour and prints. Their yellow ensemble was a stand out for myself, a long sleeved, high wasited 2-piece wetsuit look with a touch of black and a colourful tropical print on the back. AMAZEBALLS!
Beach Bunny ft. The Blonds – This show just oozed sex appeal. I can remembering myself sitting there and was captivated with the models walking down showing off their big hair, bustier bodies, thicker thighs and booty. Of course Angela Chittenden’s designs were also “wow” – designs this year had the feel of the Charlie’s Angels, Austin powers and Fembots. Welcome back bright, shiny, metallic 70’s, 80's swimwear!! (Love heart eyes**)
After a crazy start to MBFWSwim, the MBFWSwimstagram fambam and myself ended up at two after parties, one on the roof stop of the Raleigh Hotel and a pool party at the SLS Hotel. We totally got turnt up, (I’m doing Dry July by the way, so water was always in hand) dancing the night away, taking as many photos as possible and just enjoying the warm summer night in Miami!
If you guys are wanting more from MBFWSwim, please head over to the MBFW website where you can see all videos of the catwalks and read up on the designers.