Amsterdam Fashion Week Day 1 and 2

Day 1&2 AFW

The 17th edition of Amsterdam Fashion Week kicked off yesterday, and for the opening night, two dutch designers had the honor of presenting their collection. Claes Iversen starting the festivity with a sober-to-overflowing happiness presentation. Out of a turning mirror, we firstly saw minimalistic looks, some of which in a padded shiny fabric and featuring large rounded sleeves, a trend which seems to be confirmed (this season for the first time, the oversized shoulders coats showed a couple of seasons ago were worn by editors and bloggers!). As soon as the first flowers appeared on the catwalk we felt the warm air of spring and summer filled the Westergas area and the romanticism of the flowers embellished dresses to move us.

It was then Marga Weiman’s turn to present her collection for the first time in Amsterdam, after exhibiting during many season in Paris. Cities and architecture were the main inspirations of this meaningful collection. Handcuffed to metallic rolling structures, the models presented extravagant and voluminous dresses in black and white graphic prints as well as ochre coats and jumpsuits. To add even more height to the outfits, square-wood platform shoes were created and worn by the models (and designer at the end of the show, proving they can really ve worn!). The highlight of this collection, a black dress presented in total darkness, surprised everyone: asked to call a cell number given at the beginning of the show, the audience soon realized they were in a way designing the dress themselves: their call provoked the dozens of cell phones hung under the dress to light on, creating a super visual effect!

It’s great for young designers to be given some space to present their job with the presence of professional buyers and journalists, and Amsterdam Fashion Week enables that. Dorhout Mees was the first one to show her collection: willing to come back to a saner and more simple life, most of the outfits featured nature-related elements, such as moss prints on sateen jumpsuits and green elegant pure lined skirts and jackets.

How good is it to feel this incredible security that the young designer whose show you are attending has got a great future ahead of him. It was the case of italian designer Domenico Ciuffi’s collection, who handled tailoring and sportswear inspirations as a maestro and presented a fantastic collection. Inspired by ancient Greece, he extracted the symbols of the Mediterranean  culture and mixed them with sports codes. The result, grey, off-white, pink A-line coats, dresses and strict jumpsuits is astonishing, such s the shapes and fabric were under control, enabling a subtle and chic sporty collection.

Roya Hesam’s classic collection will surely be a success in stores and the details she developed on the shoulders of her dresses and coat proved the capacity of the designer to go onto a more original path, breaking with the safe fashion show she presented.

Fabric innovation was at the heart of Melissa Siegrist collection: linen men’s sleeveless T-shrts presented in tone of beige and then gold! Even a padded linen jacket was showed. The proof that technology and fashion can be best friends.

Rebecca Ward’s collection was a bit similar to Iris Van Herpen’s style, the dutch designer who now shows in Paris and get one of the best press critics during Couture week. Structured skirts with round extensions at hips’ level were worn with transparent tops, enabling the rock inspired print in light salmon and grey to occupy the whole space.

A great initiative was presented during this second day, Individuals is a project which gathers 13 young designers who work together on the collection. Their SS13 one was primitive, featuring almost wide human beings dressed in large white blouses, short pants and their silhouette shortened by the fabric covering their heads, while golden jewelry made their wrists and necks shiny.

The day was closed with the Lichting competition, during which fantastic young talents were revealed. The work on fabrics, textures and shapes were stunning!

Stay tuned fore more AFW news, still three amazing days of fashion shows and trends!

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Photography by © PETER STIGTER


Dolores Cortes at 2013 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim

Spanish designer Dolores Cortes debuted her 2013 swimwear collection on Friday evening, July 20th, in the Cabana Grande at Miami’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. A popular European and Latin American swimwear designer, she is known for her meticulous attention to fit and detail as well as her fun and vivacious color palettes.  Cortes is continuing a family business which started over 50 years ago when her mother, also named Dolores Cortes, began designing handcrafted swimsuits. The younger Cortes grew up immersed in the design and production of swimwear and took over the family business in the 1980’s, also choosing to expand the brand along the way. Building on what her mother had established, Cortes took the business to new heights by beginning to design swimwear with an eye towards fashion and design rather than just a practicality for swimming. The revamped company had their runway debut at the Carmen Fashion Show in 1999 and has been growing ever since.

Models strutted the catwalk Friday evening in fun, bright neons perfect for the beaches of Miami or Brazil. Cortes showed not only swimwear but also some colorful cover ups including a patterned caftan, a long, strapless jumpsuit and a short romper. Complementing the colorful fabrics and patterns, models were styled with bright green, blue, red and purple neon stripes in the front of their teased hair. In addition to bikinis and one pieces in bright patterns, there was also a solid color cerulean blue wrap bikini, a strapless, magenta, gradient color one piece and a neon green bandeau bikini.

Dolores Cortes swimwear

Dolores Cortes swimwear

Perhaps the strongest standout piece though was a bright neon green crocheted halter one piece; a suit likely to turn heads at any pool or ocean.

Dolores Cortes swimwear 2013 Line

Ending the show on an adorable note, Cortes came out for the finale with her newest little cover model, ten month old Valentina Guerrero, who was born with Down Syndrome and will grace the ads of Cortes’s children’s line, DC Kids.

Cortes’ swimwear can currently be found all over the world including countries like Spain, France, Portugal, Andorra, Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Czech Republic, Russia and Germany. Currently, her line is available in over 70 department store locations throughout Spain, Portugal and Mexico as well as almost one thousand retail shops in Spain and other countries. If you live in the states or anywhere else where the line is not as readily available, the collection is also offered online through her website.

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CaffĂ© Swimwear’s 2013 Collection Brings The Heat to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

On the third day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, in the Cabaña Grande of the picturesque, Raleigh Hotel in South Miami Beach, Caffé Swimwear presented their amazing 2013 collection.

Born in Cali, Columbia, Caffé designer, Paula Saavedra, brought the flare and flavor of her South American roots to life through her astounding collection. Caffé Swimwear first burst onto the scene in 2004 and has been turning heads ever since. Its popularity has spread like wildfire; and is offered for sale internationally, in 38 countries. After earning her degree in Marketing and Advertising from Emerson College in Boston, Paula joined the creative team of McCann Erickson, a leading global marketing communications company in Miami. She worked in advertising for a few years and ultimately identified the need for a high-end, yet wearable swimwear line. Having always had a love for fashion and drawing, she and a friend channeled their creative energy into realizing the feat of launching a luxury swimwear line. Two years later, in 2006, Paula bought her partner’s participation and is now the sole owner of Caffé Swimwear. Her quality designs are influenced by current fashion trends and the rich culture and beauty of her beloved country, Colombia. She designs with the belief that women strive to look and feel confident and sexy , and can do so in her comfortable, hand-crafted, yet glamorous swimwear.

The Caffé, 2013 collection featured a stunning presentation of vivid, tropical shades and unique, lively patterns. Each look was figure flattering and styled to perfection – the essence of sexy chic. The vibe was breezy and refreshing and never compromised style and comfort. Beachy-glam ensembles all paired with classic gold accessories, and models donning gorgeous sun-kissed makeup, sleek ponytails, and toting straw and crocheted beach bags highlighted this striking presentation.

 Fun, embellished, silk kaftans sporting delicate beaded accents and coverups, topped flower printed bandeaus combined with classic black bikini bottoms, two and one-piece numbers with alluring cutouts in a plethora of brilliant shades of coral, aqueous blues, yellows and hints of animal print. Dazzling, flowing summer dresses in fluid fabrics were refreshingly effortless and transported  the audience to a far off tropical destination. Looks also included various resortwear suited for the poolside, beach or a summer stroll in the city. My personal favorite look, which Paula Saavedra wore, was a lovely printed, chiffon dress splashed in countless hues of blue and sprinklings of black and white, complete with tassel tie – GORGEOUS! The superior craftsmanship and precise fit also did not go unnoticed. Hand-crafted in Colombia, these pieces are made in a mix of Brazilian and American cuts, with flawless seamless stitching, and made to withstand extensive sun exposure and repeated wear, without fading or losing its original, immaculate fit. An added bonus for  Caffé’s fashion-forward customers, is that it offers edgy, reversible numbers which add support and provide maximum comfort.

 The Caffé 2013 collection was impressive, beautiful, and exuded radiance. Every creation showcased will surely add just the right touch of opulence to every woman’s summer wardrobe and epitomizes the brand’s trademark style – “Laid Back Luxury”; in short, mesmerizing.

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Cia.Maritima’s Collection at Miami Fashion Week 2013

Considered the hottest and most sought after swimwear line in Brazil, Cia.Maritima was launched by Benny Rosset in 1990. The line features embroideries, hand detailing, crystal beading, and intricate lace, making it high end and high quality.

During the show at Miami fashion week 2013, prints were absolutely stunning. Multicolored and blended to look almost like a gorgeous night sky, pieces were anything but ordinary. One pieces were cut on the sides to add an element of sexy, and prints were tropical and unique. With palm trees, mod-prints, and summery hues, this swimwear turned heads. I loved a yellow bikini with a tie and ruffle bottom and tiny triangle top. Leopard print is one of my favorite styles, and with an ultra-small leopard bikini, the model looked fierce and ready for a day by the pool.  On top of the basic triangle and one-piece suits, some were higher waisted and belted on the side which was interesting and different than many suits that were shown at MFW. The same styles were spotted again in tie-dye prints, snakeskin and beautiful bold hues that were stunning and showed off the hottest colors of summer. I especially loved the suits that had added ruffles and the sets that were printed with a detailed floral print.

Cover-ups were another story, because the lines cover-ups were much more than just something to wear over a swimsuit.  To start, a short dress with a long train was literally one of the most beautiful dresses I saw at fashion week. Short in the front with a train in the back, it was multi-colored and even featured a turquoise belt with a sparkling buckle in the middle. Following it was a short and belted long sleeve floral dress that was paired with ankle-strap heels-this would be perfect for a night on the town in Miami. Another cover up was completely open in the front, only connected by a yellow belt that allowed the model to show off her flawless figure, but still be somewhat covered up at the same time. Featuring bold, beautiful hues and a dazzling print, the model wore a pink bikini underneath, color blocking perfectly.

It’s no wonder that some of the most prestigious models in the world love to walk in Rosset’s shows-his collection was absolutely jaw-dropping.

Aqua di Lara’s 2013 Collection at Miami’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Aqua di Lara premiered their 2013 swimwear collection on Saturday evening, July 21st, at Oasis for Miami’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim. Under the creative direction of Reyhan Sofraci, Aqua di Lara specializes in taking inspiration from both lingerie and high fashion to create designer swimwear. The collection uses only high quality European fabrics from their atelier in Montreal to construct their garments. Each suit is sewn using only the latest techniques with the ultimate attention to detail. Designed to enhance the feminine form, the designs are constructed to be worn both in and out of the water and fit like a second skin. Each collection is inspired by Sofraci’s world travels and it has been said she uses materials on the female body like a painter uses paint on canvas. In 2007, Sofraci was even awarded Fashion Designer of the Year by the Institut de Design Montréal for her innovative work.

Aqua showed both their White Label collection and Black Label collection together on the runway. The White Label was comprised of pastel looks, rich colors and detailed prints while the Black Label showcased metallic prints and two black dresses perfectly suitable as evening wear. Opening the show with a dual toned red and gold bikini with a silk like sheen, the lingerie influence was strongly seen in the first few pieces sent down the runway.

As was the trend throughout the week of shows, many of the suits were monokinis, meaning one pieces with cut outs. Tan lines aside, the suits offer a nice alternative to bikinis and Aqua showed some great options in beautiful copper, blue and gold tones. Retro, art deco influences were also seen in the color and shapes of the fabrics, particularly in a red and gold one piece with a bodice like halter top. Other highlights included an animal print halter bikini and a monokini made of a watercolor like multi-colored fabric.

Aqua di Lara is available online and at high-end boutiques and luxury stores throughout North America, Europe and The Middle East.

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Poko Pano 2013 Collection – MBFW/Miami Fashion Week Swimwear

Designer Paola Robba showcased her line, Poko Pano at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami and the crowd was in awe of her gorgeous collection. Going along with the Brazilian way of thinking, the brand likes to mix and match tops and bottoms from the collection, making each get-up unique and its own. Models also walked the runway in unique and interesting necklaces that added extra oomph to the suits.

With a line full of swimsuits and separates, many pieces stood out to me while watching this stunning show. I absolutely adored the tiny bottoms that tied only on one side-the prints were beyond fabulous. Also, even her simple pieces (no patterns) were unique in their own way, whether it was because of their beautiful hues or because of the shape and way that it tied. On top of the beautiful nature-inspired prints, Robba used metallic colors in some of her styles, and although it was basic, the styles made them exceptional. I was impressed by the Missoni-stripe style pieces as well, they appeared in numerous shapes and styles, and the colors they were comprised of worked beautifully. My absolute favorite suit was a simple white one piece with crème colored birds in flight on the front. It was simple, but so beautiful at the same time. – it was also shown in a two-piece with a higher cut bottom and a crisscross top.  With simple hues, intricate detailing, bows, ruffles, and crochet, this collection is suited for any woman, any where, that is any size- it truly is universal.

Cover-ups were beautiful and unique as well. Robba used florals, coral hues, and sunny, bright colors to make her designs stand out, and even included a mod-style white dress linked with white discs. Her cover-ups were so fascinating that rather than being worn to cover-up a bikini, they could be worn out and for so much more. A white jumpsuit in particular, stood out to me. It was low cut, with a metal-style belt on the front and was beyond beautiful with the models simple makeup and pulled back hair.

Poko Pano’s collection was deserving of all the attention in the world. The line was beautiful, well constructed, and put together with perfect jewelry, and basic makeup and hair, allowing the collection to really standout…which it definitely did.

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Red Carter Resort 2013 Swimwear Debutes at Miami Fashion Week

Miami Golden Boy Red Carter debuted his 2013 resort swimwear line this past weekend at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Miami.  The party started once model’s dressed in Red’s electric designs hit the catwalk. This designer knows how to capture the attention in the room and put it in the form of a bikini. The geometric shapes, tribal patterns, and animal prints all blend in perfectly with this season’s hottest trends.  The sultry Brazilian vibe is also included in this collection with feathered headdresses.  Not to mention the bold statement jewelery and out of this world hair cones that also caught viewers attention

Red Carter originally launched his namesake brand in 2004 just after moving to Miami, Florida.  With no specific look to his collections, Red is allowed to be extremely creative each season, pushing the boundary lines of the swimwear industry.  Infusing the bright lights and glitz of a disco ball into this year’s line shows the kind of design genius that he can put together.  Although he has the mentality of a serious designer, he has the ability to keep a modern “fun in the sun” approach to his swimwear line which very easily reflects in his sexy bikinis.

Originally a California native, an aquatic athlete, and graduate of OTIS/Parson School of Art in Design in Los Angeles, Red Carter knows a thing or two about designing swimwear for sport or for fashion.  His designs tend to incorporate important aspects of swimwear design that others often leave out allowing his line to be functionally superior .  Red has also worked for well-known fashion brands such as: Esprit, Guess Jeans, Rampage, Mossimo, Victoria’s Secret and Oscar de la Renta. Red is currently working on his next line in New York City and partnered with Amerex Group as creative director to bring the world another dose of his talent in fashion.  This acquisition also includes a partnership in New York’s Salon9 Showroom.

Carter also included cover-ups in his 2013 resort collection.  These beautiful pieces flowed down the runway as if the fabric was caught by the ocean breeze.  Each one could easily be worn from day to night, over a swimsuit or individually.

Red Carter’s creations are currently sold online, in stores or via catalogue. His line is not only available in the US, but also across the globe in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Greece, Aruba, the Bahamas, Lebanon, St. Barths and the US Virgin Islands.

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