Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim -- which wrapped up July 23 -- saw some of the industry's biggest names including Mara Hoffman and Cia.Maritima descend on Miami Beach, Florida to present their Spring/Summer 2013 beach collections. Here is a roundup of five of the biggest trends to look out for next year, including color blocking, cut outs and jewelry adornments.
There was a rainbow of patterns on display during the five-day event, with floral, tie-dye and tribal among the most prevalent. Xtra Life Lycra Brand and Red Carter were two of the biggest purveyors of prints, while Eclairée and Poko Pano both made an impact with their color block swimsuits. The latter favored pink, yellow and green geometric shapes, while Eclairée introduced a touch of color with horizontal blocks of pink and beige.
Jewelry is going to play a key role in swimwear next year, with gold detailing adorning yacht-ready creations at Nicolita, Cia.Maritima and Dolores Cortés. At Sauvage, a star fish brooch sparkled just below the navel, while gold adorned models' necks. Gold studs were seen at Agua Bendita, while sheer kaftans were enhanced with jeweled embellishments at Mara Hoffman.
Ladies not confident enough to don the skimpy string bikini bottoms regularly seen on the Miami Swim catwalk will be pleased to hear that high waists are going to be a major trend for Spring/Summer 2013, with labels including Luli Fama, Poko Pano, Mara Hoffman and ANK embracing the look. White Sands presented ultra girly floral and frilly varieties, while L*Space showcased a sleek gray and black pair -- both prevented theirs looking frumpy by teaming the bottoms with youthful bandeau tops.
Good news for women well endowed up top is that bras incorporating swimwear were also big news on the catwalk. L*Space's sporty bandeau tops had under wired support, while at Luli Fama bra tops were prevented from looking dull thanks to bow adornments. Aqua Di Lara and ANK favored lingerie-inspired bustiers, with fitted white cropped tops being contrasted with high-waisted black bottoms for a monochrome appearance at the latter.
And finally -- perhaps not ideal for optimum tanning -- the cut-out trend is going nowhere for Spring/Summer 2013. At the Dolores Cortés presentation, show-stopping neon creations featured stomach cut outs ideal for showing off toned abs, while cut-out detailing was also big at Mara Hoffman and Eclairée -- where swimsuits featured daring sheer vertical panels. One of the highlights on the Xtra Life Lycra Brand runway was a yellow and purple cut out one piece with capped sleeves.