EXCLUSIVE: Mod Swim 2011

By Carla St. Louis exclusively for Elements Magazine Miami's four-day fashion soiree, MOD Swim Week 2010 was a fashionista's...

By Carla St. Louis exclusively for Elements Magazine

Miami's four-day fashion soiree, MOD Swim Week 2010 was a fashionista's fantasy materialized. Hosted at the W Hotel by PR firm MOD Media, LLC. the event featured sexy collections, fierce models, and fun runway shows for Miami's fashion loyalists. The roster included swimwear collections from Keva by Keva J, Azure Swim, Betsy Moss, and Kirsti Grinna.

It's events like these that make us kick ourselves for living halfway across the world!

Day 1 kicked off the festivities with MOD Media's Gifting Suite that brought out Miami's media personalities and fashion zealots.

Mod Media Gifting Suite

Held at Bungalow 4 of the uber exclusive, W Hotel, guests received complimentary gift bags filled to the brim with goodies from Designer Skin by Australian Gold, We Love Colors, Medusa's Make-Up, Allure Salon, and many more!

Noteworthy attendees included WSVN-TV correspondent Belky's Nerey; pop sensation, Mya; the cast of Bravo's hit sitcom, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and America's Next Top Model participant and model, Anchal Joseph just to name a few.

America's Next Top Model participant and model, Anchal Joseph photographed with Jorge Perez of Betsy Moss

New York socialite and Editor-in-Chief of Social Life Magazine, Devorah Rose photographed with Jorge Perez of Betsy Moss

Shoe collection by Aily V.

A Betsy Moss piece

Betsy Moss

Betsy Moss’ resort-friendly collection included a white convertible Grecian-inspired gown, and a sleek, navy one-piece. Alluding a St. Tropez vibe, the collection displayed the label's trendy, yet sophisticated theme.

House of Jackie Brown

Day 2 featured a 90s blast from the past courtesy of House of Jackie Brown. Showcased at Nikki Beach and part of Addicted to Fashion, House of Jackie Brown's techni-colored fantasy would have made Andy Warhol proud. Using such techniques as ruching to emphasize a woman's curves, the brand's standout piece was a colorful two-piece bandeau bikini.

Sol 1 Swimwear

Sol 1 Swimwear provided the perfect wardrobe for Miami's decadent night life with a runway show that included teeny, tiny bikinis with muted, sleek fabrics. The collection focused on two-piece bikinis with full coverage bottoms and sexy monokinis. Noteworthy pieces included a black monokini with stud embellishments and a bright, red bikini.

Keva by Keva J

Various shades of pink, ostentatious fabrics like lame, and accents like ruffles were part of Keva by Keva J.'s well-tailored collection. The stylish bombshell's coveted wardrobe was replicated in the form of one-piece swimwear and strategically cut-out monokinis. A standout from the runway show included a two-piece halter and bikini set with ruffles.

Azure Swim

Azure Swim's nautical-themed lookbook featured large baubles and uber sexy one-pieces. The line used gold chains and silver metals for added flair, while models wore gorgeous jewelry from Hermosa Jewelry for a bohemeian vibe. Standouts from the line included the Halle Berry as Jinx-inspired bikini that came in various colors; a burgundy bikini with gold chain embellishments, and a one-piece black halter.

Kristi Grinna Swim

Kristi Grinna Swim focused on romance with her girlie collection of embellished swimwear and matching cover-ups. Utilizing colorful stones and beads for added romance, the collection conveyed an element of luxury and elegance. Swim, House of Jackie Brown, and Sol 1 Swimwear. vacation with Betsy Moss, and a sexy oasis from Sol 1 Swimwear.

Photos are courtesy of Jorge Perez (of Betsy Moss); photographer, Ricardo Igleasias; Leslie Davis (of Azure Swim); SOFI Magazine (on Facebook); SoulOfMiami.org, and Fashionista Latina.

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