It’s no surprise that a place which boasts year round sunshine would also be the home of the most important swimwear fashion show in the world. Every year, Miami hosts the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, giving owners of Miami Beach real estate and thousands of visitors at peak at what will be hot on the beach and around the pool in the coming year. While many of the events are invitation-only, savvy residents can find soirees that are open to the public. Here a look at what is happening.
MB Fashion Week Swim at the Raleigh Hotel
The Raleigh Hotel is one of the most iconic art deco institutions in South Beach, and it provides the perfect backdrop to this stunning runway show happening from July 17th-21st. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the show that features the resort collections of both famous and up-and-coming swim designers. In the past, over 200 designers have paraded their creations to upwards of 100,000 attendees, making this the hottest party in town. See the latest from Wildfox Swim, Suboo, 6 Shore Road, Poko Pano, We Are Handsome, Mikoh, Luli Fama and more. In addition to all the beautiful bodies on display, Mercedes Benz will have a fleet of 2015 C-Class cars lining the intersection of 18th Street and Collins Ave.
Where to Get the Best Views
No fashion event is complete without red carpet receptions, poolside parties and late night fetes. While you’ll need to be a VIP to get past the velvet rope at some of these events, there are still plenty of places to go to enjoy the hubbub. Both the lobby and the surrounding pool at The Raleigh are open to the public and are great places to check out the models in bikinis as well as the celebrities who are sure to flock to the show. If seeing all these beautiful people makes you work up an appetite, you can also dine at their in-house restaurant, helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz.
There are often satellite events happening all over South Beach and Miami during Fashion Week Swim, and many of these parties are open to the public. While there’s no official list of exactly what’s going on around town, in the past places such as the Sagamore Hotel, the SLS South Beach, the Freehand Miami, and the Standard Miami have all hosted events. A little sleuthing (a phone call or web search), should score you the information you need to scope out a party or two.
If the nightlife is your calling, head to any of the trendy bars and clubs in South Beach over the weekend. With so much action in town, these places have booked some of the best DJs to spin for parties thrown by the coolest brands. You’ll likely spot a swimsuit model or two and perhaps score some awesome giveaways.
Miami Beach is THE Place for Fun
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