Luli Fama Runway Report: Electric Energy
Miami is pure energy. Salsa music, teeny tiny bikinis, and model-like physiques all compete for attention. Designers Lourdes and Augusto Hanimian channeled this electric energy into their "Miami Nice" collection for Luli Fama this Sunday evening, and we were there to bring you the highlights.
Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Lourdes—along with her brother-in-law Augusto—has created a universally flattering brand that always brings great vibes to the runway. Sunday night was no exception.
Their seventh Miami Fashion Week Swim was star-studded, with LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian, model Kaitlynn Carter, and Shabazz Napier all claiming first-row access.
Inspired loosely by Miami Vice and the culturally-rich "Magic City" landscape, the Hanimians seamlessly mixed pastels and neons, delivering pieces that looked nothing like the '80s—in a good way.
Parrot-like clowns on stilts flanked by pink and orange dancers made their way down the runway first. Latin music played as vibrant colors flashed, spawning an energy that would later be harnessed in the swimwear.
A remixed version of Gloria Estefan's "La Conga" sparked the show, and models took to the catwalk in fringed bottom cover-ups and headbands worn like crowns. Tropical-print bandeaus and bikinis in peaches and pinks adorned bronzed beauties with barely-there makeup and simple beach tousled hair. The dresses were stunning, in fun prints, only outdone by palazzo pant halter top rompers.
Neon wasn’t the only color du jour on Luli Fama’s electric runway. Metallic prints also made cameos in everything from bandeaus to bottoms. Another interesting edition were the bright pastels—it sounds cliché, but we saw best of both worlds. Luli Fama has mastered it.
As the dance music grew in intensity, so did the models' attitudes as they tousled their hair, winked and smiled at the crowd.
The mint green pieces were a favorite. As show goers tapped their feet to the music, bikini tops with braided neckline detailing made their way down the runway. Mesh inserts added sex appeal to otherwise girly pieces, and deep v-neck caftans elicited “oohs” and “ahhs.” They were not only stunning, but oh-so wearable.
Monokinis with mesh—what a novel idea! But not in the way you might imagine. Models strode in what seemed like two-piece bikinis, but as their backs turned, monokini-style lace backs were revealed. Curve-accentuating tops and bottoms in ikat prints and flirty balconette bandeaus made an apperance. We just couldn't get enough of this already 20-minute long runway show.
And as a dance remix of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" blared, a model rocking a sparkly monokini and a floral crown emerged, sensually giving her back to us and moving slowly away before the lights came back on and she graced the runway for the grand finale.
A standing ovation followed—the first we'd seen at swim week. It was completely deserved.