Let’s not Forget the Last Day, Day 4, #MBFWSWIM 2014!!



I’ve written posts, summarizing my fave looks for Day 1, Day 2, & Day 3 presentations for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. So of course I can’t leave Day 4 hanging out in the cold! Remember, you can check out each designers full collection by checking out the MBFWSWIM’s Gallery page. But for now, let’s take a look at some of my fave pieces from each Day 4 designer’s showcase.


MIA Marcelle’s 2015 collection is one where almost every piece I love! And how could you not with the use of my fave color, bold royal blue, intricate details such as side cut-outs, and of course some amazing menswear pieces (male models) — love that for any runway!!

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Toxic Sadie swimwear has it all — eye-catching silhouettes, bold colors, very stylish pieces for any daring woman who wants to bring some drama to her beach or pool lifestyle!

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AQUARELLA SWIMWEAR — Click here to view the entire collection

Ahhhhh! The intricacies of Aquarella’s swimwear collection for 2015 is just so mind-blowingly phenomenal — the prints, the cuts/silhouettes, and the bold hues.

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These are such special pieces Aguaclara Swimwear has designed & created — eye-catching silhouettes, and of course, a little, shimmer, shine, and sparkle!

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INDAH SWIMWEAR — Click here to view the entire collection

Indah Swimwear’s 2015 collection is filled to the brim with exotic appeal and vibrancy, looked to be a fun show as well!

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MINIMALE ANIMALE — Click here to view the entire collection

Minimale Animale for 2015 has designed and created an out of this world collection & runway show, black & white pieces to the extreme!

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LILIANA MONTOYA SWIM — To view the entire collection, click here

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Basic & wearable swimwear, but still with eye-catching details & a luxe feel, that’s Liliana Montoya Swim for 2015!

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Sauvage has created some truly amazing pieces for 2015 — passionate-filled attention paid to even the tiniest of details.

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A.Z. ARAUJO — To view the entire collection click here

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For A.Z. Araujo 2015 we have menswear, resortwear, intricate one-pieces, bikinis, & more, the brand has it all!

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What Did Day 3 Look Like At #MBFWSWIM 2014?!?



Four full days were set for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, each day with even more in store! There were over 50 designers who showcased their 2015 collections in Miami Beach over this past weekend. You can check out each designers full collection by checking out the MBFWSWIM’s Gallery page. But for now, let’s take a look at some of my fave pieces from each Day 3 designer’s showcase.


WOW — No denying Luli Fama’s presentation was the runway party to be at — dancers, bright colors/hues, bold/exotic prints, head to toe looks, intricate cuts, & more!

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SUBOO — Click here to view the entire collection

Suboo is the swimwear brand with a great deal to offer — daring one-pieces, innovative bikinis, and trendy jackets as cover-ups.

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For 2015, check out Profile & Blush by Gottex, and the brand’s signature work with a great mix of basics & fun prints.

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CAFFE SWIMWEAR — Click here to view the entire collection

Caffe Swimwear has some great prints in store for 2015, with use in different cuts & silhouettes. And of course, there are some “Can’t Miss” solids, all in bold blues, sunkist oranges, & sunshine yellows.

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6 SHORE ROAD BY POOJA — Click here to view the entire collection

Playful silhouettes, edgy cuts, exotic prints, & more, that is 6 Shore Road. The brand has so much to offer with the basics in swimwear, but also great options for beach cover-ups.

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Out of this world swimwear, just use your imagination with Jankele Swimwear.

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No surprise that a brand like Gottex, who has been in the swimwear business for over 50 years, can put out pieces such as these eye-catching prints & silhouettes.

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BELUSSO — Click here to view the entire collection

Belusso is presenting the brand’s signature style of a luxe & laid-back lifestyle at its best for 2015 — metallic silvers, exotic prints, & soothing, sunset prints.

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MEEGAN ELIZABETH HAWAII — Click here to view the entire collection

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Beachwear, seeing the essence of an Hawaiian lifestyle, that is what you find with Meegan Elizabeth Hawaii for 2015!

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#MBFWSWIM 2014 — Day 2 Presentations



Looking at the various designers for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim makes me very excited about the swimwear to come for 2015! Miami Beach was definitely the place to be this past weekend. Over 50 designers presented their 2015 collections and you can view any designer’s full collection by checking out the MBFWSWIM’s Gallery page. But for now, let’s take a look at some of my fave pieces from each Day 2 designer’s showcase.

MAAJI SWIMWEAR — Click here to view the entire collection

Maaji’s runway presentation was I’m sure a “Can’t Miss” — pieces for both men & women (so basically great looking models workin’ it on the catwalk!), trendy pieces, bold prints, & looks that just scream “fun”! How can you beat that?!?

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MARA HOFFMAN — Click here to view the entire collection

If you are in need of daring, bold, dramatic, or statement-making prints for your swimwear needs, I’m sure you instantly think of Mara Hoffman’s swimwear pieces.

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CM CIA.MARITIMA — Click here to view the entire collection

Cia.Maritima, a brand with pieces where it’s hard to deny true passion, love, and inspiration, a very celebratory & inspired line.

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It’s hard to imagine how intricate design fits into minimalism, but Mikoh has struck that creative balance — simplistically chic & minimal swimwear, but eye-catching intricacies to be found in each piece!

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L*Space’s presentation was head to toe, a full-on and spectacular swimwear presentation — knits, bikinis, one-pieces, cover-ups, pearl jewelry accessories, & more! Everything was just thought of so creatively, even the tiniest of details.

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RIP CURL — Click here to view the full collection

Rip Curl is the brand that perfectly infuses trendy swimwear with that of activewear or sportswear, and does so quite amazingly with this 2015 runway presentation.

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Caitlin Kelly’s work for 2015 is just immaculate — stunning prints, gorgeous silhouettes, & bold color choices!!

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Day 1 Runway Presentations for MBFW Swim 2014!!



Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is ongoing & I’m ecstatic to be looking thru each designers’ 2015 collections — ahhhh, if only I could have been there, Miami Beach, in person! If you are just as excited as I am, but are also unable to be there in person, you can keep up with everything online thru MBFWSWIM’s Live Social page. And to view any designer’s full collection, you can check out the MBFWSWIM’s Gallery page. But for now, let’s take a look at some of my fave pieces from each Day 1 designer’s showcase.

WILDFOX SWIMFor backstage & front row photos click here

This is a collection that you just have to peruse & enjoy altogether and for yourself. Each piece is different, bold, stunning, and unique, but most importantly, it becomes an instant fave! These are just the type of fun, flirty, and statement-making pieces you would want to be in for a fab day at the beach.

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The dynamic husband & wife duo have done it again — innovative and imaginative designs for some bold swimwear choices. Each piece looks great and offers something new, very eye-catching.

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POKO PANO — Click here to check out the full presentation!

It was very hard choosing a few Poko Pano faves from this 2015 collection — lots of great choices!! I enjoyed the collection’s unique appeal, from dramatic silhouettes to bold prints.

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I’m not sure if with Beach Bunny Swimwear if I’m going to the actual beach, or maybe instead, a concert. But one thing I know for sure — you can’t deny these looks are sexy, kick-ass, hot, rockin’, and would definitely grab the attention of every passer-by or onlooker at your chosen destination.

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CLOVER CANYON — Click here to view the full collection

What an inspired collection?!? Clover Canyon is generally all about imaginative journeys and you can definitely see how this collection represents the brand’s mantra; it really sticks to the Clover Canyon aesthetic, all the while offering even more options for the brand’s customers.

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FRANKIE’S BIKINIS — Click here to view the full collection


When I think of Frankie’s Bikinis, I think chic minimalism, but with a twist. The pieces are wearable and stick to the basics of what swimwear should be, but there are intricate details that really set the brand apart.

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Finding the perfect bikini or 1-piece for your fun day at the beach or the pool is of course essential, but so is finding the perfect cover-up. Sinesia Karol is the brand that can help with both of those needs!

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Dolores Cortés

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Dolores Cortés‘ 2015 presentation looks to be a celebration of fun, a non-stop party. There are some intriguing fabric manipulations and cuts — very innovative.



An Up Close Look at Monstruosité & More on Nolcha Fashion Week




So my first couple of posts are up for Nolcha Fashion Week, introducing the fashion week event & continuing the countdown with even more designers set to present. There are a couple of more designers added to the line-up and I will get to them at the end of this post. But for now, let’s take an even closer look and get to know even better one of the designer brands presenting at NFW — Monstruosité.


Monstruosité was launched in 2010 by designer and creative director Dolly Donshey, with a clear vision and mission of being a high fashion millinery brand. The main focus was to look beyond the actual design, to bring the concepts to life by integrating music, art, and theatrical elements. Monstruosité pieces have such a keen eye to the details and are always pushing the boundaries by experimenting with the unexpected. The company releases two lines seasonally, a couture line of statement pieces especially created for celebrities, stylists, and fashionistas around the globe, and a ready-to-wear collection for the everyday woman to look both confident and sexy.

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 Again, the creative eye and visionary talent behind Monstruosité is Dolly Donshey. Dolly studied the art of hat-making under renowned milliner Jan Wutkowski. As far as Dolly & Monstruosité being a part of Nolcha Fashion Week, here is what she has to say — “My team and I are so excited to be a part of Nolcha Fashion Week because this event truly embodies the energy and creativity of independent designers and gives us a platform to share our vision to the world.”

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There is a likely unknown, yet fun fact about Monstruosité that I’m sure you would be surprised to know — I certainly was! The concept for every collection is conceived and solidified within about & ONLY 15 minutes. WOW! It of course takes time to then bring the concept to life and full form, but rarely is there a deviation from the original concept or design plan. Make sure to check out all of the brand’s previous collections, from “Frostbite” to “Cycles” to “Lola.”  You can also check out and enjoy some fun fashion films about the brand. And there are also several categories you can shop from if you see some pieces you enjoy — “Statement”, “Casual”, “Matrimony”, “The Races”, & “On Sale” pieces. Or you can take part of a full one-on-one special process and place a “Custom Order.”

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 Monstruosité has received quite a bit of featured press, from celebs such as Carmen Electra donning one of the brand’s creations to major features in publications such as Zink, Gothesque, Vogue, Coco, En Vie, & more! The brand truly does create some very unique pieces. It would be hard not to stand out as a major fashionista in a Monstruosité original. Make sure you keep fully updated with the brand thru social media — you can check out its Tumblr page, Like on Facebook, or Follow on Twitter.

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So remember, as Monstruosité would say, THOU SHALT BE MONSTROUS!!

And now, let’s check out 2 more designers who are in the line-up to present for Nolcha Fashion Week.

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Haupt speaks to a casual elegance, a designer brand focused on high quality and wearable shirts.

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The Katty Xiomara woman is Elegant, voluptuous, poetic, idyllic and romantic.

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#MBFWSwim 2014 Part 4 — 1 Day Away!!



Here we are, last post, 1 day away from MBFW Swim 2014, and introducing the last batch of designers set to present their 2015 collections. Don’t forget to check out my previous posts — Day 2, Day 3, & Day 4. Again, here is the full list of designers and the entire schedule. But who is presenting on the last day — check out the designers, previous work images, & a little bit of brand information — ENJOY!!

SAUVAGE — July 21st, 6 pm, Cabana Grande

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Sauvage is a true family-owned business, all who work tirelessly, and with a passion for the apparel being created.

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AGUACLARA SWIMWEAR — July 21st, 6 pm, Cabana Grande


The team behind Aguaclara has not only great enthusiasm, but a clear vision to design custom-made swimwear.


AQUARELLA SWIMWEAR —  July 21st, 6 pm, Cabana Grande

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The Aquarella brand, it’s all about fun & fashionable swimwear with a little sophisticated sexiness on the side.

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MIA MARCELLE — July 21st, 6 pm, Cabana Grande


MIA Marcelle swimwear, designed in Napa Valley, made in the U.S.A., is a brand that reflects the Cali lifestyle — the elegance, beauty, sensual nature, and free-spirited, yet focused demeanor.


TOXIC SADIE SWIMWEAR — July 21st, 6 pm, Cabana Grande

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Toxic Sadie is a luxury swimwear line for fashion forward and style savvy women.

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A.Z. ARAUJO — July 21st, 7 pm, Oasis

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The sexiness of Brazil + the chic modern presence of a NY consumer =’s A.Z. Araujo Designs.

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LILIANA MONTOYA SWIM —  July 21st, 8 pm, Cabana Grande


Rethink the boundaries of your imagination when it comes to swimwear, that’s what Montoya Swim has done!


MINIMALE ANIMALE — July 21st, 9 pm, Oasis

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Yes, even swimwear can have a minimalistic quality and that’s what Minimale Animale is all about.

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INDAH — July 21st, 10 pm, Cabana Grande

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Indah IS an enigma, beautiful, exotic, genius, made by hand, and created with love.

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MBFW Swim 2014 Part 3 — Even More Designers Set to Present!



So Day 2 & Day 3 posts, with designer information and images, are up regarding MBFW Swim. Again, here is the full list of designers and the entire schedule. But what about Day 4 — let’s check out those designers, their past work, & a little bit of brand information!

PROFILE & BLUSH BY GOTTEX — July 20th, 5 pm, Raleigh Pool

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Profile & Blush — made for you, as consumers, to enjoy! The brand invites you to find the perfect fit, basically, to have fun with the pieces by mixing & matching.

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GOTTEX — July 20th, 5:30 pm, Raleigh Pool

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When you think Gottex, think iconic, quality, fashionable, & glamorous — it has been that way since the brand’s inception — 1956, over 50 years in this business!

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CAFFE SWIMWEAR — July 20th, 6 pm, Cabana Grande

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Caffe Swimwear is the Perfect Blend, from the exquisite use of luxurious materials, to the sexy & undeniably chic style, and finally to the flattering fit provided by each swimwear piece.

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BELUSSO — July 20th, 7 pm, Oasis

If you are into a laid-back, luxe lifestyle, then Belusso is the brand for you with an uncompromising fit, use of luxurious fabrics, & the ability to marry current fashion trends to resort-wear.


MEEGAN ELIZABETH HAWAII — July 20th, 7:30 pm, Penthouse

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A specialization in versatility, limited edition swimwear, & free-flowing island beachwear — that’s Meegan Elizabeth Hawaii!


LULI FAMA — July 20th, 8 pm, Cabana Grande

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So what is Luli Fama known for — a universally flattering fit, immaculate designs, eclectic mix of vibrant hues, bold prints — just to a name a few.

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SUBOO — July 20th, 9 pm, Oasis

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Suboo swimwear & cover-ups are all about a masterful construction, while still maintaining wearability. You will find within this brand — fusing clean lines, signature prints, and bold colors.

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JANKELE — July 20th, 9:30 pm, Penthouse


Jankele transcends the code of a physical existence; it goes beyond the belief of what is ordinary.


6 SHORE ROAD BY POOJA — July 20th, 10 pm Cabana Grande

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6 Shore Road is a playful brand, but still with subtle edgy silhouettes — the pieces can be worn from dusk til dawn!

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MBFW Swim Part 2 — The Countdown Continues…



So yesterday I posted about the 1st batch of designers who are showing on Day 2 for MBFW Swim. Here is the full list of designers and the entire schedule. But now, let’s check out what’s in store for Day 3!!

CAITLIN KELLY DESIGNER SWIMWEAR — July 19th, 5 pm, Penthouse

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Caitlin Kelly is bringing quality, technique, and love back into the garments consumers buy — designer swimwear at its best.

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L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE — July 19th, 6 pm, Cabana Grande

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Monica’s global travels provide her with endless inspiration. From the beaches of France, Mexico, and Bali to all points along the So. Cal. coast — pieces of these faraway places can be seen in each L*Space look.

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MIKOH — July 19th, 7 pm, Oasis


Mikoh swimwear brand is that of a very specific lifestyle — it’s swimwear for a confident and modern woman, unique & wearable no matter where she is.

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RIP CURL — July 19th, 7:30 pm, Penthouse

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Rip Curl is more than just swimwear — it’s versatility, accessories, surfing, menswear options & more!


MARA HOFFMAN SWIM — July 19th, 8 pm, Cabana Grande

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Mara Hoffman, a brand that always delivers, bold, statement-making prints with each design — never disappointing!

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MAAJI SWIMWEAR — July 19th, 9 pm, Oasis

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Maaji is inspired from a magical surreal story — a true collaborative effort. The brand is a whimsical world full of eclecticism & attitude, seeking to create surprise and magic within each piece.

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CM CIA MARITIMA — July 19th, 10 pm, Cabana Grande

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The details, the intricacies, you can clearly see the passion behind CM CIA Maritima. And not to mention the ability to design and stay true to the brand’s Brazilian heritage.

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MBFW Swim 2014 Part 1 — It’s Just Days Away…



That’s right! In just a few short days Miami Beach will be hosting the annual fashion extravaganza for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, July 17 – 21. Tons of talented swimwear, accessories, and resortwear designers will be in sunny Miami Beach showcasing their 2015 collections. The first day of this major fashion event is July 17th, which is all about celebrating 10 years of #MBFWSWIM. The party will be at The Raleigh Hotel. So Day 2, July 18th, is when the actual runway presentations kickoff. Here is the full schedule, but for now, let’s check out what designers are set for Day 2 and take a look back at some of their past work!

POKO PANO — July 18th, 5 pm, Raleigh Pool

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Poko Pano is about whimsical, fashion-forward styled swimwear, all while staying true to the brand’s Brazilian heritage.

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DOLORES CORTES — July 18th, 6 pm, Cabana Grande


The Dolores Cortes brand has over 50 years of experience in the swimwear business — clearly, they know what to do & what they’re doing when it comes to swimwear!



FRANKIE’S BIKINIS — July 18th, 7pm, Oasis

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Seamless, simple, & sexy bikinis — that’s Frankie’s Bikinis. It’s So. Cal’s coast style, infused with the Hawaiian shoreline.

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CLOVER CANYON — July 18th, 7:30 pm, Penthouse

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Clover Canyon invites women to join them on a journey of the imagination — Where do you want to go?!?

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WILDFOX SWIM — July 18th, 8 pm, Cabana Grande

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Wildfox means vintage, iconic, dreamlike quality, and ultimately, pieces that tell a story, including the brand’s swimwear pieces. ENJOY!!

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WE ARE HANDSOMEJuly 18th, 9 pm, Oasis

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Who knew behind this bold & daring swimwear brand was a dynamic duo, actually husband & wife — what a team!! No wonder We Are Handsome seems so creatively in sync.

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SINESIA KAROL — July 18th, 9:30 pm, Penthouse


Sinesia Karol seeks to infuse fashion & art together, when it comes to her work and swimwear pieces.


BEACH BUNNY SWIMWEAR, Featuring The Blonds — July 18th, 10 pm, Cabana Grande

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The brains, beauty, & body behind Beach Bunny Swimwear is former fashion model Angela Chittenden — so from swimsuit model to swimwear maverick is just one of this brand’s mantras!

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Countdown to Nolcha Fashion Week Continues………………Sept. 2014




That’s right, the countdown continues, and now, there are even more designers set for Nolcha Fashion Weeks’s line-up. My first Nolcha Fashion Week piece from last week introduced the fashion extravaganza and some of the designers who are ready to showcase their amazing talents and work. And let’s not forget about the amazing sweepstakes that’s ongoing for NFW, from partnerships with Biovea, Adrian London, & Neulook. You can check out my full piece on the Biovea giveaway here, but here are the basics — ENTER & here is what you win —

  • a $3000 Visa gift card
  • 2 VIP passes to Nolcha Fashion Week
  • & tons of other goodies!

But now, let’s check out some more designers set for NOLCHA FASHION WEEK —

CHARLES & RON                                                       charles-and-ron

The Charles & Ron brand invite you, to be a part of the brand’s Mediterranean lifestyle — feminine silhouettes & modern graphic prints.


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This is not Mariana Valentina’s first time at Nolcha Fashion Week, but the brand is back, 3rd year in a row, & ready to empower women with its bold & confident pieces!


RINAT BRODACH                                                          rinat-brodach

The Rinat Brodach brand seeks to inspire women to lead from the heart, and to feel confident, secure, and sensual.


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Sofia Arana pieces are all about whimsical and classic silhouettes — different cuts, details, and flares to develop picturesque designs.


Nolcha Fashion Week is growing each year, and this year will no doubt be a huge success! The event has received some major press over the past couple of years, such as Good Morning America, US Weekly, The NY Times, Lucky Magazine, The Huffington Post, Glamour, and more! And of course no event can experience any level of success without a strong team to put the pieces altogether. And this includes work and help from Event Sponsors, and Nolcha Sponsors are of course top-notch: Skinny Girl Sparklers, Adrian London, Air Europa, Fashion Beauty Monitor, Neulook, Bellaforma Wine, Mahnanny, Franciacorta wine, Smart Water, AOF Makeup, DonQ rum, Kusmi Tea, and Zico Coconut water.