No Lifeguard on Duty at Soho Beach House was the most unique and impressive show I attended during Mercedes-Bens Fashion Week Swim 2014. As promised the show was a good wet mix of music and fashion for designers Jacques Smith and Bianca Coletti. I sat with my fellow media friends as we were surprised by a party on the runway! I love parties!!
DJ Emm of Ess and Emm opened for the Bianca Coletti show with a soft melodic tune to compliment her beautiful 2015 collection – inspired by a sailing trip through the Caribbean. I loved the colors and beautiful fabrics that glided across the stage. The show was quickly interrupted by a blast of Kryogenifex and a surprise live performance by Hearts Revolution who set the tone for the colorful swim wear designs Coletti is best known for.
I had a chance to speak with Coletti before the show and she mentioned that she aims to use eco-friendly products for her designs – when possible. As a local Miami designer – she wants to keep all production in Miami in order to maintain local jobs and has been working with the same production team for over a decade. I fell in love with her colorful designs and business practices. This show convinced me that she is one of the best swimwear designers in Miami.
Following the finale, Ess continued with a mix of disco for designer Jacques Smith’s reconstructed custom one-of-a-kind embroidered suits who’s inspiration was part space meets nautical for his army of co-ed models including dance songstress Anabel Englund. His debut for swim did not dissapoint. And the models strutting and “teasing” the runway were not only entertaining, but wore the swim line beautifully.
The show’s finale ended with models and a few “crashers” from the audience jumping in the pool. It was epic!
Overall this show provided a traditional yet fun twist on swim fashion. Bianca Coletti’s tropical sunset inspired designs coupled with Jacques Smith’s eclectic nautical space cadets, proved to be a show to remember. I especially loved sitting poolside drinking Desperados watching the show. I felt like I was on a cruise drifting away to both designers’ inportation destinations.