Swim Week 2014

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 - The Mannequin Party

The hottest time of the year for fashion in Miami is right now. That’s right, it’s time for South Beach’s most iconic hotel, The Raleigh, to turn the chic dial way up and be the official home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim (July 17-21). If you’ve never been before, here’s the skinny: MBFashionWeek gives the fashion industry the opportunity to loosen up, show some skin, and put a spotlight on the best swim and resort wear designers. And if things weren’t haute enough, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the global swimwear event. Let’s party.

As always, most of the fashion showcased is for women, BUT there are few designers that incorporate awesome looks for men. Brazilian designer A.Z. Araujo is one of them so make sure not to miss his show. Even though the fashion is slim for the boys, that does not mean I do not die over the shows dedicated to the ladies – Mara Hoffman, Red Carter and Wildfox Swim are some of my all-time faves. But this year, the Beach Bunny featuring The Blonds show is destined to be the IT collab of the week…and there are very few things that I love more than a seeing the iconic Blond bombshell strutting down the runway!

AZAraujo 4 - The MANnequin Party

Photos courtesy of http://mbfashionweek.com/.

Before I continue getting you all excited please note Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim shows and events are strictly Invite Only. So that leaves you with two options: Start hustlin’ ASAP or take advantage of the amazing Swim Week events I’m about to tell you about.

Splashion 2014 Miami Magazine - The MANnequin Party

This Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MIAMI magazine will host its 6th annual SPLASHION soiree highlighted by the first South Florida performance by Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, whose current single “Am I Wrong” is in the top 10 on the Billboard 100 Chart. The one- night affair, taking place at the iconic Fillmore Miami Beach, is known as the unofficial kick-off to the upcoming Swim Week festivities. SPLASHION will include a fashion show featuring looks from Kareena’s, Kriado, La Martina, My Bestfriend’s Closet and Vizcaya Swimwear, modeled by the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders. Additionally, guests will interact with partners like South & Vista BMW, Cayman Island Department of Tourism, Adrienne Arsht Center’s H2OMBRE, Dry de Luxe, NAILREPUBLIC, and Plum Flower Creations.

Tickets to SPLASHION range from $25 to $100 and may be purchased here, but you have the opportunity to go for FREE by entering the contest on The MANnequin Party’s Facebook page. Check it out and make sure to enter. Winner will be announced Tuesday, July 15.

Escape Miami Style Lounge 2014 - The MANnequin Party

The next event I’m excited to tell you about is on Saturday, July 19! Hosted by The National Hotel Miami Beach, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and my blogger sister, Annie Vazquez aka “TheFashionPoet”, Escape Miami Style Lounge is a fashion and beauty retreat with a poolside fashion show, complimentary cocktails and bites, spa and beauty treatments, such as haircuts and beard trims for the guys, and mini manicures and beach waves for the gals. Attendees can also sign up for tattoo application, get sketched by a fashion illustrator or take a DIY flower crown making class.

Aside from games and the chance to shop at various local and national pop-up shops, there’s a cool new gentlemen’s corner added this year where guys can hang out, have a brew and play a game of poker or dominos – so Miami, right?! Plus, be sure to check out a few of the Magic City’s top fashion bloggers (including YOURS TRULY) in a photo exhibit called “Our Summer Stories” photographed by Alexander Tamargo at the National Hotel. The event is complimentary to attend. RSVP a must to ESCAPEMIAMI2.EVENTBRITE.COM. Must be 21 or over to attend.

Before I leave you, here’s a sneak peek at my shoot with ALTA Images at The National Hotel. Enjoy your week, MANnequins!

The MANnequin Party - Gino R Campodonico by Alta Images 1

Penguin Blazer and Shorts / Superga Sneakers / H&M Sunglasses

The MANnequin Party - Gino R Campodonico by Alta Images 3

The MANnequin Party - Gino R Campodonico by Alta Images 2



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  1. I love this oh-so much!

    • Gino R. Campodonico says:

      Why are you sweetest angel ever, Maria? Love you, boo! X

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