Forecast from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2010

Reporting from Miami... We may be in the last half of the summer, but this past weekend thousands of buyers, stylists, journalists and celebrities were already planning for next year's bikini season. As the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim un -covered,  next summer's forecast calls for partly retro with a chance of Amazon prints. Retro


The World Cup in Brazil may still be four years away but, Swim wear designers Mara Hoffman, Trina Turk and Poko Pano are already channeling Rio in their collections. Neon amazon prints, body necklaces and fishbone braids make a splash in Mara Hoffman's second appearance at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Poko Pano shares an ode to their native Brazil with hearts, vibrant prints and sultry cuts. Trina turk recalls her laid-back Palms Springs summers with bright swim pieces and cover ups.

Glam Cover-ups

Speaking of cover ups... Next bikini season will be covered in luxurious cover-ups! Gone are the days of wearing an over-sized men's shirt or denim cut off shorts. Designers stretched their creative muscles for 2011's cover-up collections.  Anything goes in  2011! Whether you prefer a glittery Toucan top like Poko Pano, romantic eyelet frock like Qiss Qiss, Native American-esque fringe vest from True Religion or satiny mini dress from Aqua Di Lara.

If this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim taught us anything it is that vibrant colors, retro styles and unique cover ups are here to stay. 2011's collection promises to make even the most fearful bikini shopper feel beautiful.

-Shelika B.