When you get a call with the opportunity to interview one of your favorite swim designers – you don’t just say yes – you go out and buy a new outfit for the occasion! Cali-based swimwear designer Monica Wise debuted her Resort & Spring 2015 collection of swim and apparel for L*Space during Mercedes-Benz Swim Week. And I was giddy in anticipation when I met with Monica to ask about her inspiration for the collection.
“For the show, I wanted the models to look like they were emerging from the water, with wet hair and pearls crowning their heads, ” Monica explained. The theme was The Water is Waiting and carried through all elements of the show, from the cresting ocean wave runway – to the styling of each model embellished with accessories reminiscent of marine life. No detail was overlooked – the models were adorned with scale-like tattoos customized by Flash Tattoos, emulating the scales of mermaids.
This show blew others out of the water… literally! The runway was the ocean – with cresting waves and a cool blue hue that looked like the models were walking on water. The bright flow of fabric from the beach dresses glided over the ocean runway. Ariel had serious wardrobe envy during this show.
The models looked like sirens with wet loose curls like they came out of the water – pearl headbands crowning their hair! The colorful Aztec prints and caged bikinis were the highlights of the show. I personally loved the plunging “V” cut to the cut-out suits. Because a little extra sexiness never hurt anyone!
When I asked Monica about Miami and the fashion culture here, she said “I love it! Miami is so sexy and vibrant, this is the perfect city to launch my 2015 Resort Line […] I also love visiting Miami. My fiance actually frequents Miami, and loves the Brickell area- I haven’t been and am hoping to visit. I will definitely tell him to read your blog.” Now, I am an even bigger fan of Monica Wise and…her fiance. I hope they both enjoyed their time in Brickell!