Behind the Scenes at Miami Swim Week

 
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As some of you may know, we just returned from our very first experience at Miami Swim Week! From running around rehearsals to getting caught in tropical storms to staying up until 4 am to figure out last minute details, we think it’s safe to say MSW was as crazy as everyone was telling us it would be!

 
 
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Our first few days in Miami were filled with castings, styling meetings and of course, oysters and white wine. We saw over 150 girls at our casting and brought over 60 looks to possibly be in the show – one of the hardest parts was narrowing it down to just 12 girls in 30 looks. Each day we thought the models and looks were finalized but practically every hour something unexpected happened and we’d have to scramble to make things work.

 
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Beyond all the craziness, we did have some time to explore Miami and attend some great parties. We filled up on Mediterranean style tapas by the beach, lounged at the Soho House, celebrated the official Swim Week kickoff at the Opening Night Party and made some time for team dinners (bottomless rosé may or may not have been included). Most of all, we loved being in a female-empowered environment and watching all the other inspirational brands show their collection.

 
 
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Sunday was showtime and the entire day was spent preparing for this. We styled the models' hair in either loose waves or loose pony tails with floppy black ribbons. For makeup we did a winged eye with black eyeliner, super chic! Laura and Gillian, the owners of FL&L were trying to catch all the action on Snapchat for you guys. We went around to meet all the models, took their photos for Insty and we were so excited to hear that this was their favorite show that they were walking in!

 
 
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One of our models was cast really last minute and had a size 6 shoe and all our runway shoes were size 10. Poor babe had to figure out how to walk in sky-high heels so fast in front of a bunch of people! Also, we had a model get double booked and not show up the day of the show so we had one of our other models change super fast into a new look, running totally naked across backstage to get into her next look only two looks after her previous trip down the runway. 

 
 
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Before we knew it, it was the day of the show and we were all nervous and excited. With over 300 people in attendance flooding into the venue in less than 30 minutes and backstage interviews with the founders, Laura and Gillian, happening back to back, the venue was buzzing with energy and anticipation. Everything seemed like absolute chaos until the lights dimmed and our first model started walking.  Even though the show took months of preparation and seemed to have gone by in a minute, we think it was worth every second of stress! 

 
 

We can't wait for the collection to launch on our site so we can see you in all these looks! The new swim styles will be available on our site in November.

xoxo,

FL&L