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Highlights From Fashion Week Swim

For the seventh year, thousands of fashion industry professionals and fans migrated to the sands of Miami Beach for one of the largest swimwear trade shows, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Miami Swim runs from July 14 through July 18.

This year, color and prints replaced last year's black and white. Designs were inspired by Aboriginal art and floral themes. There also was a large international presence of swimwear designers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, France, and Peru.

"The swimwear industry is such a rapidly growing market worldwide and we are happy to provide a platform for designers to travel from across the world to show their collections,” said Christina Neault, executive producer of the event for IMG Fashion.

Some of the designers who presented their Spring 2012 collections, include Diesel, LUXE by Lisa Vogel, White Sands Australia, Poko Pano, Beach Bunny Swimwear, Crystal Jin, Norma Kamali Swimwear, Caffé Swimwear, Dolores Cortés, Mara Hoffman Swim, Aqua Di Lara, A.Ché, Red Carter, Cia.Marítima, Luli Fama, Lisa Blue, diNeila Brazil, A.Z Araujo, Aguaclara, Aquarella Swimwear, Kooey Swimwear Australia, Nicolita, and Sonia Vera Swimwear in three different venues.

In addition, a lingerie category was added to the show this year.

Click ahead to see the newest swimwear trends for 2012.

By Jessica Naziri

Posted 19 July 2011

Photo: Getty Images