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Raleigh Hotel MBFW Swim
Raleigh Hotel MBFW Swim

This past week marked the hottest days of the year when models hit the runways in Miami for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014.  An opening party at the famed Raleigh Hotel in South Beach kicked-off the festivities last Thursday night, where heavy rains only kept the waterproof designs in their element.  The next four days followed with a full runway line-up at The Raleigh, chocked full of oh-so-sexy beach bodies and sizzling celebs.  Here are some of my favorite looks that embody the best swimwear trends of the year.

BCBGeneration's RTW collections are know for appealing to younger fashionistas, and beachwear is no exception.  I L-O-V-E love, however, that this collection is a surprising departure from the typical surfer-girl look that seem to be the designated uniform of poolside teens and 20-somethings.  Instead, this collection features pieces that are mod-inspired with an air of European chic in flattering cuts.  Definitely a much more stylish alternative to the (horribly unforgiving) string bikini!

BCBGeneration MBFW Swim 2014
BCBGeneration MBFW Swim 2014
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A more sophisticated yet equally as fresh flavor was brought in the Mara Hoffman collection.  Elaborate patterns created from rich, lively colors were the foundation for these pieces.  These suits are so luxe, they're perfect for pairing as separates in a glamourous Summer ensemble -- or just rock them with some sandals and accessories if you have a glam enough body to match (and you're actually near the beach).

Mara Hoffman MBFW Swim 2014
Mara Hoffman MBFW Swim 2014
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If your idea of a day on the beach includes nothing less than absolute decadence, look no further than Maaji Swimwear. While the looks may be waterproof, they're certainly not washed-out.  This show had models styled from head to toe with flamboyant headpieces and eye-catching accessories.  You may not wear a cape to an afternoon dip in the pool, but even on their own these suits are sure to make a statement (like "I eat, breathe, and swim fashion").  I especially go crazy over how Maaji's suits aren't teeny-sleazy but still scream sex appeal!

Maaji Swimwear MBFW Swim 2014
Maaji Swimwear MBFW Swim 2014
Maaji Swimwear MBFW Swim 2014

It was ruffles and bows galore in the Nicolita collection.  Oh so flirtatious and girly, polka dots on bright candy colors have a totally retro pin-up girl vibe.  If you're a modern-day Annette looking for your Frankie, you'll be playing beach blanket bingo in no time with these suits.

Nicolita MBFW Swim 2014
Nicolita MBFW Swim 2014
Nicolita MBFW Swim 2014

Lolli Swim followed - ahem - suit, with more ruffles and bows, but for the girl who's a little less sugar and spice and a bit more edge.  Featuring punk patterns and modern cuts, this swimwear is a perfect mix of infinitely cool attitude and just a hint of disarming sweetness.

Lolli Swim MBFW Swim 2014
Lolli Swim MBFW Swim 2014
Lolli Swim MBFW Swim 2014

For the ultimate surfer girl, Suboo featured board shirts so appealing they'll have the waves chasing you.  Totally fitting to the Miami setting, bright neon colors are complemented by bold colorblocking and contrasting outlines.  With everything from non-fitted sleeves to exposed shoulders, these suits will transform your board into a runway.

Suboo MBFW Swim 2014
Suboo MBFW Swim 2014
Suboo MBFW Swim 2014

While all of these suits will have you ready to dive in, a more modest approach is often times more appropriate for other poolside activities.  Covering up in style is a must, and the collection from Caitlin Kelly was full of inspired ensembles.  These looks are both practical and stunning, and will have you getting looks of envy instead of disapproval while noshing at that swanky beachside restaurant.

Caitlin Kelly MBFW Swim 2014
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Now, to get to the gym...

All photo credits: www.miami.mbfashionweek.com