Miami Swim Week 2012: Cruise Control

Themes from South Beach chic to Slim Aarons-inspired retro glamour set the Cruise control for 2013. During Miami Swim Week, designers from the around the world showcased their collections-and all the key trends of the season. South Beach's Art Deco district, ethnic allure, and the ocean and surf lifestyles were key inspirations. Pastel hues and prints of all kinds were statement making as were coordinating resort sets. Think conversational prints, ethnic patterns, scarf prints and scenic Hawaiian imagery on swimwear and matching coverups. Lingerie had a major influence this season as underwires and corset tops were back in full force. And leotards, tube suits, crop tops and rash guards are breakout fashion silhouettes. Retro styling continued with high waists, and details such as keyholes, cutouts and dramatic strapping have the season all wrapped up. Here are key looks of the season.


Designers must have caught Olympic-mania before the London 2012 games began. Leotards captured the look of gymnasts and synchronized swimmers, turning up in sleek form-fitting styles and with bold shoulder treatments.

Sunset Beach

Tropical prints are swim’s ode to island style. Photo-real imagery and conversational prints depict colorful sunsets and palm trees.

Cia.Mar’tima Osklen Lucky Brand Cia.Mar’tima

Crop Tops

The cropped silhouette debuted last season, and for Cruise the look is hotter than hot. Everything from swimwear to coverups sported a sexy midriff.

Aquarella  Mara Hoffman Swim Hobie Clover Canyon

South Beach Chic

Miami is swim’s resort locale of choice this season. Pastel hues, art deco motifs and color blocking add a South Beach flair.

Aguaclara ƒclairŽe Qiss Qiss Clover Canyon Clover Canyon Red Carter

The Lingerie Effect

Corset tops, underwires and lingerie styling are adding a decidedly boudoir touch to swim. Look for body-enhancing details and silhouettes to shape swimwear this season.

Dolores CortŽs Dolores CortŽs La Perla Lisa Blue Maaji

High Rise

Waistlines are on the rise as retro style continues. Even Brazilians known for skimpy styling are finding the look très chic.

Lisa Blue Luli Fama Wildfox Swim.

Dive In

Designers channel oceanic inspiration with underwater prints and streamlined styling. Wet suits, rash guards and neoprene are functional and fashionable.

Aqua Di Lara Gottex Oakley Lenny Niemeyer Zimmermann Clover Canyon


Designers went globe trekking this season, finding inspiration in the many cultures of the world. Egyptian, Aztec and Native American designs turned up in bold artistic prints and details.

Agua Bendita Agua Bendita. Dolores CortŽs Gottex Mara Hoffman Swim

It’s a Wrap

Tan-line alert. Swimwear is getting the wrap treatment. From halter tops to one pieces, designers are using strappy styling to create a sexy bohemian touch.

Cote dÕOr Swimwear Dolores CortŽs Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens Keva J

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