Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: South Beach is Even Hotter Than Usual

Sexy, bikini-clad models strutting down runways. Designers from around the world unveiling their newest collections. Buyers, international press and celebrities soaking in the fun, excitement and heat of South Beach.

Swim Week brings the fabulous, daring world of swimwear to Miami Beach with an array of fashion and trade shows, parties and satellite events — all luring thousands of designers, models, retailers, fashion show producers and international press to our shores to bask in the glow of the latest designs.


Lisa Burke, a designer for Lisa Blue swimwear, and Guia Golden of Diesel, watch a model at a casting call for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in the penthouse of the Raleigh Hotel. (Charles Trainor Jr./The Miami Herald)


Models’ photos are posted backstage during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


Anastasia Raplina holds her IPAD with her photo as she waits to be interviewed by designers at a casting call for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in the penthouse of the Raleigh Hotel. (Charles Trainor Jr./The Miami Herald)


The “Official Kick Off Party Presented By SKYY Vodka” was held Thursday night. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


Kate Upton walks the runway at the Beach Bunny Swimwear show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Beach Bunny)


Kate Upton walks the runway at the Beach Bunny Swimwear show during Merecdes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 at The Raleigh on July 15, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Beach Bunny)


Models walk the runway at the Beach Bunny Swimwear show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Beach Bunny)


Rapper Theophilus London (right) and guests attend the Diesel show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


Models walk the runway for the Diesel show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)


Models walk the runway for the Diesel show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)


A model wears a Diesel swimsuit during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2011. (J Pat Carter/Associated Press)


JULY 14: Models walk the runway for the Diesel show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)


A model prepares backstage. (Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Make Up For Ever)


Models walk the runway during L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for L*Space)


A model walks the runway during L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for L*Space)


The scene at the L*SPACE show. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


Models walk the runway at the L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE show. (Getty Images for IMG and L*SPACE)


Designer Monica Wise embraces a model during the L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for L*Space)


Models pose during the Wildfox Swim after party. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


Violinist Caitlin Moe performs at the Wildfox presentation. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Wildfox Swim)


Models walk the runway for the Poko Pano show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)


Models walk the runway at the Poko Pano show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)


Designer Paola Robba and models walk the runway at the Poko Pano show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)


Models walk the runway at the White Sands Australia show. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


Models walk the runway at the White Sands Australia show. (Getty Images for IMG and Mercedes-Benz)


Models walk the runway at the White Sands Australia show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)


A model prepares backstage at the Crystal Jin show. (Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Make Up For Ever)


Models walk the runway at the Crystal Jin show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)


Models walk the runway for the Crystal Jin show. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


A model walks the runway for the Crystal Jin show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Crystal Jin)


Kate Upton attends the Caffe Swimwear show. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


A model walks the runway for the Caffe Swimwear show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Caffe Swimwear)


Models, and designer Paula Saavedra, walk the runway for the Caffe Swimwear show. (Getty Images for Caffe Swimwear and IMG)


The scene backstage at the Dolores Cortes show. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Dolores Cortes)


A model walks the runway at the Dolores Cortes show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Dolores Cortes)


Models walk the runway at the Dolores Cortes show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Dolores Cortes)


A model walks the runway at the Dolores Cortes show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Dolores Cortes)


A model walks the runway at the A.Che show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)


Models walk the runway at the A.Che show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)


Designer Amanda Che and models walk the runway at the A.Che show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)


A model walks the runway at the Aqua di Lara show. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)


Models walk the runway at the Aqua Di Lara show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)


Models walk the runway at the Aqua Di Lara show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)


Models walk the runway at the Mara Hoffman Swim show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for TRESemme)


Models walk the runway at the Mara Hoffman Swim show. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)

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