Joy Cioci's Magical Mermaid Moment

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SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMERS HAVE NEVER BEEN SO STYLISH. For Spring 2013,Joy Cioci took us on a deep dive into the majestic Gulf waters. Inspired by aquacades of the 1920s and 30s, the exceptionally talented designer channeled a sense of retro leisure at its finest. Models stood with the sand beneath their well heeled toes in a mix of swimsuits and eveningwear; nostalgic bathing caps made for magnificent moments. Lovely lace, rich textures, and ethereal silhouettes fused to evince a sense of piscine perfection.

For Cioci, who grew up by the beach and is perfectly comfortably in the water, it was a coming home of sorts. And any designer who can bring a bit of the shore to Lincoln Center is tops in our books. Cioci had the vision and creativity to take the modern mermaid out of the water and transport her into a bustling metropolis and we so want to be a part of her world. Consider her collection your New York Fashion Week treasure chest.