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Be the First to Shop: Madonna's "Material Girl" Collection launches at Macy's in Miami

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Madonna is back and hotter than ever! The American Icon is finally launching her first clothing line, "Material Girl," along with her daughter, Lourdes (a.k.a. "Lola"), at Macy'sDadeland Mall. If you haven't heard the recent buzz about their new juniors collection, then start marking your calendars! On Tuesday, August 3rd, the first 200 shoppers to line-up and walk the "Pink Carpet" to shop the new collection will receive a Material Girl bandeau and a Macy's gift card to use that day. Arrive at Macy's by 10 a.m. for your chance to win additional prizes including Material Girl tees autographed by Madonna and Macy's gift cards up to $500!Material Girloffers funprints, accessories and embellishments for every Miami trendsetter. All of the merchandise including apparel, footwear, handbags and jewelry retails from $12 to $40. You can choose from funky tutu dresses, over-sized boyfriend sweatshirts or studded combat boots. Whether you'r…

Special Interview: Tori Praver debuts her 2011 Resort collection during Miami's Swim Week

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This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Tori Praver, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model, surfer and designer, at the W South Beach to preview her 2011 Resort collection. This Hawaii native (pictured on the right) has an amazing taste for swimwear since she grew up on the pristine beaches of Maui. Today, Tori travels the world to find inspiration for her unique swimwear line while modeling for international brands. You may have seen her gracing the covers of magazines like Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Elle. To view Tori's entire 2011 Resort collection, make sure you visit her website. This season, Tori has added full-coverage boy briefs and high-waisted bottoms to her line. I sat down to speak with Tori about her new swimwear, her inspiration and her future projects.

MBS: When did you realize you wanted to shift from the modeling industry into your new career: a swimwear designer?
TORI: Well, I grew up in Hawaii so the beach culture and the ocean is second nature to me. I always had a …

Final show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: Australian Beauties & a HOT Lifeguard!

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim has officially come to an end in Miami. It has truly been an amazing experience to attend this prestigious international event full of talented designers and breathtaking runway shows. On Monday, July 19th, I attended a group show at The Raleigh Hotel featuring Lisa Maree, Kooey Swimwear Australia, Aquarella Swimwear and Lisa Blue. The night kicked off with an energetic vibe thanks to a special guest on the runway: Lisa Maree's Lifeguard (pictured above). It was definitely a clever way to grab everyone's attention! Throughout the show, each designer presented their 2011 swim collection by adding their own exciting element to the night. Check out my photos from the evening:

Top Left: Elaine Lancaster struck a pose for MBS at The Raleigh Hotel. Top Right: Derek Girdhani and Taryn Hipwell before they entered the Mercedes-Benz show.

Top Left: Suzie Ketcham and Royce Reed from VH1's Basketball Wives sat in the front row to preview the 2011 swim col…

Mara Hoffman presents 2011 Resort Swim collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

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On Saturday, July 17th, New York based ready-to-wear and swimwear designer Mara Hoffman presented her Swim Resort 2011 collection at this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. At The Raleigh Hotel, guests enjoyed viewing Hoffman's colorful prints and intricate designs. Miami trendsetters now have an exclusive insight into the line's newest beach bags, sun dresses and swimwear. The theme of the collection was inspired by a mystical journey through the jungle. There were lots of interesting shades of highlighter yellow, red, mint, neon pink and black. My favorite look is pictured above: a one piece bathing suit with a criss-cross lattice detail along both sides. GORGEOUS!!! To find a local boutique that carries Mara Hoffman, visit the designer's website and click on "where to buy."

I am obsessed with Mara Hoffman's newest swim accessory: a fabulous new printed canvas beach bag with brown leather detailing! It has such a cool and unique pattern. A…

Ed Hardy brings an eclectic and edgy mix to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2011

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On Friday, July 16th, designer Christian Audigier presented his new Ed Hardy collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at The Raleigh Hotel in South Beach. Ed Hardy maintained its tattoo edge with a stellar line-up of funky art patterns and neon colors. Models were adorned with extravagant feathered hair pieces to complete each swimwear look. There were many new tie-dye combinations with shades of lime, mango, hot pink and blues on the catwalk which added a nice tropical flare to the 2011 collection. During the show, the DJ played the hottest hip-hop songs to heighten the show's edgy theme. It was a very fun show to watch!!! Did I mention Snoop Dogg's oldest son, Corde Broadus, and Chris Brown's girlfriend, Jasmine Sanders, modeled at the show?

Top: The fabulous Lisa Pliner (wife of Donald Pliner), Evelyn Lozada (star of Basketball Wives on VH1) and Aliza Sudry sat in the first row to view Ed Hardy's 2011 swimwear collection.

Top Left: Fabian and Martina Basabe, owne…

The Kardashians arrive at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim for Beach Bunny Swimwear

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On Friday, July 16th, the Kardashian sisters arrived at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach to watch the debut of the 2011 Beach Bunny Swimwear collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney sat in the front row to watch "Kardashians for Beach Bunny" (their special line for the brand) hit the runway for the first time! Kim Kardashian (photo on the right by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz) also sat next to Selena Gomez from the Disney Channel. It was definitely a star-studded night in Miami! The designer of Beach Bunny, Angela Chittenden, showcased her fashion forward designs with a whole new level of glam, embellishments and colors. During the show, the audience saw some of the world's sexiest supermodels including Sports Illustrated's Jessica White, Chrissy Teigen, Dominique Piek and Lisalla Montenegro. Did I mention I sat right behind the Kardashians during the show? Yes, I have some great photos and a fabulous video to share. E…