July in Miami is a sweltering hot mess, but given the fact that the evening’s title was HAUTE NATURED, then it came as no surprise that melting into a puddle of makeup was already part of the evening’s experience. Showing at The Setai’s beautiful, open-air lounge, the night’s event combined four designers expressing their love for eco-friendly style and natural design elements using recycled and re-purposed materials. Although the amazing 50-foot “walk-on-water” runway is an architectural mind buzz in itself; the music, the lights, the models, the guests, the heat and of course the swimwear, made an evening to exhilarate all of your senses.
The four collections of the evening were ECO-SWIM by Aqua Green, Linda Loudermilk, MEADOW, and MAE Couture, all of whom are well known and respected in the sustainable fashion industry. Linda Loudermilk was recently recognized for created the world’s first “green” bikini which is fully combustible and given the opportunity (that is, bury it in the dirt), it would completely decompose within 180 days. That’s nuts!
Three collections later, the show culminated with Caroline Mae Heidenriech’s ultra-fab collection, MAE Couture. Let’s just say MC Hammer joins the military, meets Aladdin and comes back to collaborate with Caroline Mae in designing some of the coolest parachute pants, made from reused, vintage military parachutes. This, along with beautiful, flowing coverup dresses created were the signature highlight of her show. And I want them all!!
Check out the photos from all four lines…