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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013-Delores Cortes

Delores Cortes

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013-Delores Cortes
By TFAS Correspondent Josh Ratliff

Delores Cortes

Bright bold eye liner, big hair and bright vibrant colors. Just a few of the many amazing details from the Dolores Cortes show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show Friday night held at the prestigious Raleigh hotel. Upon arrival, and after enduring the extremely hot South Beach weather, I was refreshed and energized by the Dolores Cortes show. The collection highlighted sexy two piece swimsuits in brightly colorful assembles in neon green, neon yellow and hot fuchsia pink. Innovative cutouts on multiple swimsuits gave a flattering appeal on the body. Also to appeal to the boho chic swimmer, the collection featured multicolored/printed and maxi dresses and flowy voluminous cover ups that were paired with bold statement piece jewelry. Along with the bright colors and prints came a fun, edgy kick demonstrated by the metallic belts, chunky metallic bangles and the finale look, which included a spiked gold metallic bikini top. The collection was perfect for the edgy/sexy swimmer that looks to continue her high fashion style at the beach as well as in the city street. Check out the gallery of images below!

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A. Z. Araujo MBFW SWIM 2013

Yesterday was the finale for MBFW SWIM 2013. One of the collections that showed yesterday was A. Z. Araujo.The beautiful tropical inspired collection had something for men and women. While the collection was full of prints-a major runway trend- the men’s collection featured speedos and teeny tiny shorts. The women’s collection covered up a little more, but not much with skimpy bikinis and cut-outs. Thanks Josh for helping me cover MBFW SWIM 2013. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Red Carter MBFW SWIM 2013

The Red Carter show was gorgeous! I wish I could have been there in person, but Josh is really helping me out with these visuals! The Red Carter swimwear gave me Brazil and Rio de Jeneiro Carnival! The line looked fun and exciting. There weren’t any bland moments. I also loved the prints and the use of yellows, golds, reds, and oranges. Those colors look great on every skin tone. This show had some great monokinis as well. I guess I really need to jump on this trend.


The L*SPACE show was another great MBFW SWIM 2013 show. There was a swimsuit and dress that looked like they had some piping on them which was really interesting. I liked that look a lot because I haven’t seen that on many swimsuits recently. The coverups and maxi dresses were really cute too. I like how some of the swimsuits and dresses had prints on them. I also noticed that the color orange was used again, so look out for orange swimsuits next year. My favorite part of the collection were the high waisted bikini briefs. I love a good old retro bikini. High waisted bikinis are great because you can wear a bikini and get a little more coverage… just like a monokini. I have been seeing a lot of high waisted bikinis the past few seasons, especially this summer. This might be a trend you’ll want to try before the summer is done!

Chloe Spring 2013 at MBFW SWIM 2013

When I got the email yesterday that they were going to show the Chloe Spring 2013, I knew I had to get my Miami correspondent down there. The show looked absolutely gorgeous! My personal faves were the maxi skirt and off the shoulder white tee combos. That is something I can totally try now. I can’t wait!

Aqua di Lara at MBFW SWIM 2013

The Aqua di Lara show was a really cute show. I liked that the designer incorporated geometric color blocking and strategic cut outs in her swimwear. I am seeing a lot of monokinis in the shows. One of my best friends loves monokinis. They have all the sexiness of bikini, but they cover up like a one-piece. These monokinis from Aqua di Lara have great cut outs in the front and back. The geometric color blocking designs show on the front. I’m in love.

MBFW SWIM 2013- Lisa Blue

I am so lucky to have my friend stylist extraordinaire Josh Ratliff cover MBFW Swim 2013 for me. Last night he sent me a few clips from the Lisa Blue show. The swimwear was so gorgeous, and the show was fantastic. It was full of salsa dancers, surfboards, and crazy head dresses. I love the cut of the swim bottoms. They showed just enough skin to be extra sexy, but they weren’t over the top skimpy. Some gals want sex appeal with coverage. One of my favorite swimsuits was a white and gold Grecian Goddess looking one piece with flowing sleeves. I wish I could be in Miami right now!

USC Fashion Week 2012 Student Designer Competition

Last night I went to the USC Fashion Week 2012 Student Designer Competition held by the USC Fashion Board. Each year, USC Fashion Week gets better and better. They come up with great programs and events to showcase their students and local boutiques. This year they added something different to the line up. They had their first annual student designer competition with actual fashion industry judges. Hunter Bell from clothing line Hunter Dixon, Emma Mahon (who was also tonight’s featured designer with her Emma Graham collection), and fashion stylist Josh Ratliff were the judges. All of the designers did a great job. I loved all of their enthusiasm and their joy for fashion. Jessica Argoe won tonight’s competition. Argoe will move onto Thursday’s Sponsor Show featuring local boutiques and present the rest of her collection.

James Matthew Teague
Southern Beaus
Meghan Holst
Jessica Argoe-Winner
Amber Rae Engel
Forever Dertermined

Featured Designer:
Emma Graham