Miami Swim Week by FWO

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By: Jennifer Agress

In a place where it feels like summer all year round, it’s only natural that Miami would host the swimwear industry’s biggest event of the year, Miami Swim Week by FWO. From July 11-16, all the major labels and fashion houses in swim and resort wear design—as well as new designers and soon-to-be household names—will come to Miami to put their collections within eyesight of the world’s fashion elite. In addition to hot runway shows and fashion pop-ups, there will be VIP parties, celebrity concerts, red carpet appearances, glasses overflowing with Champagne and paparazzi everywhere you turn. Taking place at different venues across Miami, this week of fashion, frivolity and bikinis lets Miami celebrate what it does best.

Read below for the events you don’t want to miss during Miami Swim Week 2019…

Miss Bikini United States

This three-day extravaganza kicks off Miami Swim Week with a weekend of fashion shows and events featuring the top bikini models from the United States and Canada. From July 12-14, these models will do photoshoots, walk down the catwalk in swimwear from the latest up-and-coming designers and compete in a final runway show (a la the Victoria Secret Fashion Show) in swimwear, evening gowns and more. All events will take place at the Grand Beach Hotel Miami Beach.

At the end of the Miss Bikini United States competition, four women will be crowned “Miss Bikini Model,” “Miss Bikini Fitness,” “Miss Ocean” and “Miss Bikini United States.” In addition to the title, all winners will get a modeling and appearance contract, a magazine cover in The Platform Magazine and opportunities to represent the United States at pageants all over the world. There will be a pop-up shop all weekend where attendees can shop the latest swim styles. Come see who gets crowned!

Ticket prices vary per event and can be purchased here. Grand Beach Hotel Miami Beach is located at 4835 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.

Art Hearts Fashion

From July 11-15, Art Hearts Fashion—a leading national platform for designers and artists to showcase their latest collections—will take over Faena Forum. These five days of cutting-edge runway shows and events will feature curated collections of swim and resort wear from some of the top designers and fashion houses in the world: like Trina Turk, Vichi Swim, Saks Fifth Avenue, Liliana Montoya, Carmen Steffens, Mister Triple X, Vilebrequin, Joseph & Alexander, Luxe Isle, J Squad, Waikiki Swimwear and many more.

Ticket prices vary per event and can be purchased here. Faena Forum is located at 3300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.

Swim the Globe

This wellness-focused fashion event aims to heal your mind, body and soul. From July 11-14, Swim the Globe will take over the Sagamore Miami Beach with sexy fashion shows, world-renowned DJs, philanthropy, fitness and more. Start your Friday, Saturday and Sunday with yoga and a morning wellness retreat. In the afternoon, electrify your spirit at “Move the World Project,” an event centered around a curated mix of the best electronic music from Roland Clark, Frank Delour and more. Each night will end around a tented runway, where fashion shows and VIP parties will put the 2020 swim and resort wear collections from top designers in the spotlight. Proceeds from this four-day activation will benefit PAW.

Ticket prices vary per event and can be purchased here. Sagamore Miami Beach is located at 1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Nu Wave Swim

Please note that this is an industry-only event.

For the first time ever, Miami Swim Week 2019 will welcome Nu Wave Swim, an experiential multi-day platform for emerging and established brands to showcase their latest swimwear collections. From July 11-14, this event will completely transform Miami Beach Botanical Garden into a tropical, high-energy setting with immersive wellness activations by The Sacred Space Miami and Barry’s Bootcamp, runway shows, fashion presentations, cocktail parties, after parties and more.

Attendees can look forward to collections from Vitamin A, Tori Praver Swim, Gottex, Revival, Red Carter, Bleu Rod Beattie and Parke & Ronen. Soho Beach House will host a Miami Swim Week edition of its popular “Fashion for Breakfast” series with designer panelists like Tori Praver, Amahlia Stevens, Red Carter and Rod Beattie. Bar Bevy by GROOT Hospitality will turn the Banyan Room at Miami Beach Botanical Garden into a VIP Lounge, and food offerings from James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz will ensure that attendees never go hungry.

Industry professionals must register to attend here. Miami Beach Botanical Garden is located at 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Here is a list of all other industry-only events that are part of Miami Swim Week.

Morphew Trunk Show at Faena

From July 13-17, the international lifestyle brand, Morphew, will showcase its latest resort, vintage and sustainable collections from celebrated designers at the Morphew Trunk Show at Faena Bazaar. Fusing the past with the present, Morphew offers fashion that incorporates important global style trends from the past with what we see on the runways today.

This trunk show can be viewed by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling (212) 564-4331. Faena Bazaar is located at 3400 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.

Swim Lounge Pop-Up

Attendees who want to browse the latest fashions can stop by the Riviera Hotel South Beach for this pop-up shop and lounge, which will feature swim, resort, beauty and accessories collections from 20+ emerging and established brands. From July 12-14, Swim Lounge will bring together industry, designer, model and consumer audiences alike to shop and network in a high-energy setting with photoshoots, art activations, music and more.

This event is free and open to the public. All attendees must RSVP at Riviera Hotel South Beach is located at 318 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Miami Swim Week Gala

Celebrate all that is Miami Swim Week with a late-night fête at E11even Miami! Starting at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, this gala will have models and Miami’s finest alike partying all night long with bottle service, dancing and a live performance by singer, songwriter and rapper Jeremih.

Entry is priced at $20 per person and can be purchased here. Guests must be 21+ and show valid ID. E11even Miami is located at 29 NE 11th Street, Miami, FL 33132.


Enjoy a night of fashion for a good cause! As its name implies, Caliente is one of Miami Swim Week’s hottest runway fashion shows. Taking place at Pier 19 Residences & Marina on July 11, this event will have models, celebrities and influencers alike walking the catwalk in swim and resort wear by Praia, Diane von Furstenberg, Swogger and more. Guests can arrive by car or boat, making it one of the most exclusive events of the week. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter.

Ticket prices vary per event and can be purchased here. Pier 19 Residences & Marina is located at 1951 NW South River Drive, Miami, FL 33125.

Miami Swim Week Powered by The Society

Hosted by The SOCIETY, one of the world’s top fashion companies and producers, Miami Swim Week Powered by The SOCIETY is an exclusive, weekend-long touring fashion experience at Nautilus by Arlo. Running from July 12-14, this event will feature red carpet appearances, fashion shows, pop-up shops, live entertainment and star-studded VIP parties. The onsite “Fashion Village” will host designer shops and showcases, and the Official Kick-Off Party and Official After Party will keep A-list guests from across the globe partying in style.

Ticket prices vary per event and can be purchased here. Nautilus by Arlo is located at 1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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