Miami Swim Week report

Renee Minus White | 7/19/2018, 10:56 a.m.
Australian designers flocked to South Beach for the debut of Fashion Palette Miami Swim Week.
Designs from Miami Swim Week Contributed

Australian designers flocked to South Beach for the debut of Fashion Palette Miami Swim Week. The Setai South Beach, the venue for the event, was overflowing with media, buyers and influencers as the models sashayed down the runway. Featured brands included VDM the Label, TJ Swim, Lil & Emm and Aqua Blu.

Fashion Palette opened the Miami Swim Week shows with VDM the Label, which focused on a 1990s-inspired collection with models dancing down the runway to the tune “Ice, Ice, Baby.” The label’s swimwear is created using sustainable and recycled materials. The designer’s mission is to make a difference with her line in protecting the oceans. Swim styles in bright red, blue and black rocked the runway. Accessories included Fila sneakers.

TJ Swim, another Australian label, was designed by Tara Sargeant, a fashion and business student who is constantly chasing summer. For spring/summer ’19, TJ Swim was inspired by the female body. On the runway, the collection’s shapely pieces were edgy yet sophisticated. This label’s cutting-edge designs are bold and timeless. Details included cheeky Brazilian coverage and ’80s-inspired high cut lines. This collection, titled Miami Heat, featured deep necklines and earthy fabrics in such tones as clay, ash, deep wine and lavender.

Lil & Emm’s Moroccan Moment collection stole the show. Influenced by spice markets, the desert, pops of color and textured materials, designers Sharee Lily Giles and Emma Knieriem added a unique twist to their pieces with ruffles, tassels and glitter. Lil & Emm provided luxury, quality pieces to the market. Their swim looks were feminine and designed for the modern woman. Their array of colors consisted of pale pinks, black and white.

Aqua Blu has been an Australian swimwear icon for decades. To close the Fashion Palette show, their collection, Euphoria, was created to give women the euphoric feeling one gets when traveling the globe. With their apparent island inspiration, these Aqua Blu pieces came packed with a lush color palette and animal prints such as zebra and peacock.

Their swim styles are spotted on the beaches of Fiji, at poolsides and onboard yachts, and would go seamlessly from beach to boardwalks to bars. The line is made to stand out. Every piece was constructed beautifully from the highest quality, luxe Italian swimwear fabrics. Their looks were feminine and modern.