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!
Britney Wilson is a fashion stylist, interior design consultant and lifestyle blogger based in Toronto, Ontario. Before launching Pretty Little Hangers as a creative outlet to showcase her personal style and vivacious personality, she was working in television production in Los Angeles, California producing content and managing talent for major television networks like E! Entertainment and Nickelodeon.