Miami Swimweek Review: Filthy Haanz
Montreal-based street- and swimwear brand Filthy Haanz — the second word is deliberately misspelled to emphasize that the line isn't just for anglophones — looked overseas for the inspiration behind its 2016 swim collection, which was presented at 1 Hotel South Beach.
Bollywood played a central role in the 23-piece show, with Creative Director Wilber Tellez explaining that he was inspired by his travels to the Far East, taking design notes from the vibrance of city life in India. How'd that translate to the runway? Models sported fresh orchids in beach-wavy hair, as they showed off pieces channeling three distinct aspects of the urban experience: The Graffiti pieces played on the artwork found above Mumbai's streets; the Gold mini-collection struck a more sophisticated tone, with pure whites and gold embroidery. The Vibrant section, meanwhile, channeled exactly that attitude, with bold, bright colors: Kelly green, sun yellow, turquise and hot pink — a combination of colors seen in design throughout India.
Women sported monokinis, bikinis, maillots and wraps, as men rocked barely-there trunks. Even color-blocking made a welcome appearance in the collection, proving that sophistication and fun can go hand in hand. “We’re tapping into a new and exciting market, which is driven by young professionals.” Tellez said. “Filthy Haanz designs for the work-hard, play-hard consumer.”