I've always loved that Miami gets to have its very own Fashion Week, dedicated to what the city knows best - swimwear. This is an event to which I look forward every year, blocking my calendar, making sure that my travel plans skip July and picking out my outfits weeks in advance. I've been around for the big changes in The Week, and I've enjoyed hundreds of shows, parties and pop-ups. Based on years of experience, I can honestly tell you the secret behind a successful Swim Week. The key to success is not being front row, it's not being on every guest list and it's not being the "prettiest" or "skinniest" in the crowd. The secret? Having a solid group of friends with whom you can run around.
Like any Fashion Week, Swim Week is a great mix of work and play. With fun comes the stress; constantly making sure your timing is right, the weather isn't too hot or rainy and that you're choosing the right event to attend - especially because so many inviting events overlap. I'm not going to lie, Major League FOMO drives me to be everywhere at all times. I tend to get frustrated easily when there are lines or issues with transportation, guest lists, or other glitches. This year's Swim Week definitely challenged my patience, but at the end of the day, because I was with a group of my faves every step of the way, I had an amazing time.
In keeping with our Swim Week tradition, once again Christine and Gant joined me. Our little squad was enhanced with Rachael, AKA Summer of Diane and Arden. It was the perfect mix of friends, all creative, passionate, ready for anything and, of course, constantly looking for the perfect picture for Instagram.
We took shelter from Miami’s version of global warming at the Shore Club, my favorite South Beach hotel, within walking distance from the shows and parties, and stuck together until Monday morning. It was a fun and exhausting week of activities.
While I'm so happy to be getting back to reality (and rest), I already can't wait until next year.