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AGUA BENDITA Military, maritime, cowboy and neon-inspired styles embellished with beads, appliques and sequins were part of the collection for Agua Bendita. Designers Catalina Alvarez and Mariana Hinestroza wanted to pay homage to the 700 men and women who work on each of the hand-made garments in Colombia. "They know how to do embroidery. They know how to do crochet. They know how to do an infinite number of things by hand that in the end brings us inspiration," said Alvarez.

Miami Swim Fashion Week: Wild styles for 2013


MIAMI BEACH -- The latest swimwear takes a nod from the past, from high-waist briefs and the pinup girl look of the 1950s to the Studio 54 and Dolce Vita eras of the '60s and '70s.
Retro-inspired looks were seen throughout the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 in Miami Beach, where more than two dozen designers showcased their latest collections. The five-day event that ends Monday also cemented some new trends, including crochet, foliage prints, ruffles and fringe.
Also making a splash next summer will be the one-piece and cowgirl-themed suits, boots and all. For the wild-chic look, snakeskin is the animal print to choose.
-- The Associated Press

A model wears swimwear from the Nicolita collection
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A model wears swimwear from the Nicolita collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 20, 2012)

A model wears a Lisa Blue swimwear design
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A model wears a Lisa Blue swimwear design during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 19, 2012)

A model wears a Lisa Blue swimwear design
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A model wears a Lisa Blue swimwear design during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 19, 2012)

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A model wears a Lisa Blue swimwear design
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A model wears a Lisa Blue swimwear design during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 19, 2012)

Karina Smirnoff wears one of the Lisa Blue
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Karina Smirnoff wears one of the Lisa Blue swimwear designs show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 19, 2012)

A model wears a Lisa Blue swimwear design
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A model wears a Lisa Blue swimwear design during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 19, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the Nicolita collection
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A model wears swimwear from the Nicolita collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 20, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the Dolores Cortes
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A model wears swimwear from the Dolores Cortes collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 20, 2012)

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A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Cia Maritima during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 21, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Cia Maritima during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 21, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Cia Maritima during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 21, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Aqua di Lara during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 21, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Red Carter during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 22, 2012)

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A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Luli Fama during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 22, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Luli Fama during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 22, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Luli Fama during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 22, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of L Space during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 22, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of L Space during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 22, 2012)

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A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of L Space during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 22, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of White Sands Australia during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 22, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Aqua di Lara during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 21, 2012)

A model wears swimwear from the collection of
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A model wears swimwear from the collection of Cia Maritima during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 21, 2012)

A model shows off swimwear from the Wildfox
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A model shows off swimwear from the Wildfox Swim collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 show in Miami Beach, Fla. (July 23, 2012)

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LISA BLUE Kicking off swim week was
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LISA BLUE

Kicking off swim week was the Lisa Blue collection, where Australian designer Lisa Burke featured five very different styles, from cowboy looks to Karina Smirnoff of "Dancing with the Stars" in a bright pink, ruffled-top bikini and a Flamenco-style long skirt. Here, a look from the Pinup group, with cheeky girl prints and blue and white nautical stripes.

AGUA BENDITA Military, maritime, cowboy and neon-inspired
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AGUA BENDITA Military, maritime, cowboy and neon-inspired styles embellished with beads, appliques and sequins were part of the collection for Agua Bendita. Designers Catalina Alvarez and Mariana Hinestroza wanted to pay homage to the 700 men and women who work on each of the hand-made garments in Colombia. "They know how to do embroidery. They know how to do crochet. They know how to do an infinite number of things by hand that in the end brings us inspiration," said Alvarez.

MARA HOFFMAN Feathers were big for the
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MARA HOFFMAN Feathers were big for the desert-theme collection by Mara Hoffman, the designer known for her boho-chic looks and unique prints."I didn't want it to overwhelm the collection, but it really does so well for us," Hoffman said backstage. "Our girl responds to a pop of color and it's a fun time to actually put those colors into your wardrobe."

RED CARTER The story of Red Carter's
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RED CARTER
The story of Red Carter's life and recent move from Miami to New York City inspired his latest collection, which included shiny disco balls and chunky geometric heels."We are giving homage to art deco in the first stanza. And then the second is going to be ethnic tribal while also adding a little disco into it," he said of the glitz and glamour of legendary night club Studio 54.

POKO PANO With pops of tangerine and
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POKO PANO With pops of tangerine and green foliage prints with gold hardware and soda tabs, Brazilian designer Paola Robba stuck to her roots for her latest Poko Pano collection. The 40-piece collection of bikinis, maillots, caftans and pants was influenced by the rhythm of Salvador, Brazil. Other influences included prints of Bonfim, the Brazilian wish bracelet, the architecture of the historic buildings, and the lush flowers and tropical hibiscus and coconut trees of the region.

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DOLORES CORTES Miami Beach was the inspiration
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DOLORES CORTES Miami Beach was the inspiration for Spanish designer Dolores Cortes, who used vitamin colors and a touch of neon in her sophisticated collection. Now in her third year showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim, Cortes said the biggest difference between the beaches of Spain and South Beach are how women wear their swimsuits. "We in Spain, we look for a lot of perfection in the top. And the bottom part, it is more covered. Here it's reverse. Here, they pay less attention to the top but the bottom is much smaller," she said.

AQUA DI LARA The one-piece made a
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AQUA DI LARA The one-piece made a big splash at the Aqua di Lara show by designer Reyhan Sofraci."Monokinis are very popular but we decided to reintroduce the one-pieces but with a different cut out, like fabrics as opposed to holes," the designer said. "We still wanted to create that sexy one-piece, so you will see that a lot in this collection."

Hot looks for après swim Don't call
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Hot looks for après swim Don't call them cover-ups. Swimwear manufacturers are extending their lines with colorful dresses that easily go from beach to dinner to dancing. Here, a model walks the runway at the Suboo show. (July 22, 2012)

A model walks the runway during the Luli
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A model walks the runway during the Luli Fama "La Dolce Vita Miami" Collection presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 at The Raleigh in Miami Beach, Florida. (July 22, 2012)

A model walks the runway at the Caffe
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A model walks the runway at the Caffe Swimwear show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 at The Raleigh in Miami Beach, Florida. (July 21, 2012)

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A model walks the runway at The Collection
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A model walks the runway at The Collection by L Space show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 at The Raleigh in Miami Beach, Florida. (July 22, 2012)

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