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I've been backpaddling, doing my best to salvage all of my Fashion Week Swim notes and lookbooks while fondly reminiscing about my favorite Swim Week moments.

One of the grandest nights at the Cabaña Grande tent was on Friday night, July 17th when the chosen Mercedes-Benz Presents designer of the season - L*Space by Monica Wise debuted her dazzling 2010 swim collection.

If you haven't heard, L*Space is the new MySpace...minus the swimming in spam. With over 500 amped up guests in attendance, all the flirty and fashionable folk were bouncing in their seats, thrilled to view looks from the designer who has won the hearts of Hollywood starlets from Jessica Alba to Cameron Diaz, while scoring countless choice magazine covers. Known for extraordinary silhouettes and flattering fits, Monica did not disappoint with fringed out and fabulous one-piece and two-piece styles, chokered one-pieces, plunging necks, hot jumpers, V-neck tunics and glamorous mix and match print designs that travel from sandcastles to the Shore Club, easier than a dip in the pool with water wings.


ghd (Good Hair Day) glammed out the bright lipped beauties with sky high hair accented by chic hats, fun fedoras and jewelry provided by Citrine by the Stones that only added the cherry on top of Monica's picture-perfect collection. The evening offered an unexpected treat when the house lights dimmed and a duo of African drummers whose sweet beats signified the introduction to L*Space 's exclusive 16 piece swim collaborative collection with humanitarian fashion company OmniPeace. Models shimmied, pranced and swayed down the runway to Bob Marley’s “Could you be Loved”, with all of us loving what they were wearing.

*Celebrity Sightings* - The tall, non-fat Grande celebs were all there at the Cabaña Grande, in fact I sat in the row behind (2 seats to the left) of the reigning King of Dancing with the Stars and Sex and the City eye candy, Gilles Marini. Gilles looked dashing in white and I kept expecting him to break out into a rumba, but he kept a rather low profile, keeping his mad dance moves to himself. My girl Whitney Port arrived a little late to take her front row spot, enjoying guest status the night before working the Mara Hoffman show. Other celebrity sightings - Real Housewife of New York Kelly Bensimon, 90210 cutie Adam Gregory, E! News’s Catt Sadler, Jason Kennedy and taking a break from filming in the Miami heat was Burn Notice’s Jeffrey Donovan.

If you want to score any of Monica's hot swim looks for yourself, L*Space by Monica Wise is available at Saks Fifth Avenue and specialty boutiques around the world.

Thank you Monica, for allowing me to invade your personal L*Space.

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Samara Sanchez

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Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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