Runway and model photos from the Aquarella collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim by Fashion Photographer James Santiago.

A fun and fashionable swimwear brand, unveiled its freshly developed collection at Mercedes-Benz Swim Week in July 2012. Aquarellas Swim Wear Collection brought a sophisticated sexiness to swimwear fashion: a fun, fashionable and affordable luxury swimwear ensemble by giving the new collection a look that would make any woman feel as if they were living the life of a Beauty Queen. Aquarella has a clear vision of their target consumer – simply, any woman who craves youthful sex appeal in an affordable, quality swimwear brand. The Aquarella customer is much like a woman who is sexy, poised, sophisticated and lives for the moment !

It’s only natural that Miami, a place with summer all year around, would be the ideal choice for the swimsuit industry’s biggest event of the year. All the major labels come out to play and young up-and-coming designers vie for a spot to get their suits into the eyes of the fashion elite. Nearly fifty designers show off their latest and greatest in the Mercedes-Benz tents alone. Across the city dozens of designers participate in satellite events that are organized by independent organizations.

Like any fashion event, it’s just as much about the parties, models, and photographers, the red carpet and the street fashion as it is the runway. Miami Beach’s club, venues and hip eateries are packed with the jet-set crew of models, editors, photographers, writers and designers.