This year was my first time attending Miami Swim Week and it’s safe to say the week was a bit more hectic than expected and slightly more chaotic than what I typically experience at New York Fashion Week (as I type this I’m icing my knee and hoping the swelling from the many miles of walking I did this past weekend will eventually go down). If you’re unacquainted with Miami Swim Week it’s a time when swimwear designers showcase their upcoming collections down runways or present them at off-site venues.
When I confirmed I’d be attending Miami Swim Week this year I was super excited since firstly it’s in Miami duh which means beaches and sunbathing are an option and secondly you’re practically vacationing and enjoying life between the shows right? WRONG. I only spent about 45 minutes at the beach and did not have the opportunity to enjoy all that is Miami.
In hindsight, the only thing I would have done differently would be to book a hotel closer to the venue for Swim Week on Collin’s Avenue and also come a few days earlier to settle in and enjoy the city before work begins. Unfortunately, a fair amount of my itinerary ran concurrently and I found myself running late to shows and events. Since most of the shows run behind schedule during swim week and getting around in the traffic can be difficult, I missed a few and even missed some and events- major bummer. I attended three shows: Monday Swimwear, Kaohs, and Aguaclara and was really impressed with each collection but enjoyed the Western inspiration of the Kaohs runway show best. I even got a chance to interview one of the Kaoh’s designers Ali Hoffman backstage.
On a positive note, I explored a ton of really cool resorts in Miami and I think I’ve narrowed down where I’ll be spending most of my future vacations in the city. Some of my favourite hotels in South Beach are The Faena, The 1 Hotel and The W South Beach. Each of these hotel’s has its own unique vibe and aesthetic and would be a great option to stay at if you plan to attend swim week next year. I actually stayed 20 minutes outside of South Beach in an area called Brickell at The Four Seasons. This hotel is everything you would expect a Four Seasons property to be luxurious with wonderful staff; however, this particular location was to far from Swim Week and required Ubers back and forth to South Beach.
With very little time to spare I was able to squeeze in a quick jaunt to the Bal Harbour Shops which is a luxury shopping centre that has stores like Versace, Aquazurra and Cavalli to entice your wallet. I had one of the best meals at an impressive Italian restaurant called Carpaccio. This was probably one of the best meals I had during Miami Swim Week. Since there was barely much time to grab food between the shows and events (plan to be hangry) having a delicious meal and time to relax at Carpaccio was such a treat.
Miami Swim Week was a whirlwind experience but you can definitely count me in for next year!
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