All eyes were on Miami as another successful season of Swim Week SS/17 hit South Beach. We caught up with former Sports Illustrated model, Tori Praver, who closed the season with her namesake line. This season she showed her 2017 Resort Collection entitled "Royal Castaway" which takes inspiration from Greek architecture, tiles, and white ocean rocks. Filled with earth tones balanced against black and white as well as limoncello and chili pepper hues. Tori Praver is available at Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Anthropologie.
We took a moment to chat with Tori about how she keeps Swim Week Stress away, stays healthy, continues to be fit on the road, and spending time with her family during one of her biggest weeks of the year.
ATHLEISURE MAG: What is the inspiration behind this year's collection?
TORI PRAVER: I was inspired by travels through Greece and European cliffside beaches. We've also introduced a new range of coverage for bottoms this season that speaks to our youthful and mature customers. I'm also thrilled to offer some new styles for our separates - fit and form and very important to me, and are the cornerstone for everything I create.
AM: What does it mean to show at Swim Week?
TP: As far as being a swimwear designer goes it’s what you wait for all year – it’s a very special place to be able to showcase your collections and it’s also a lot of fun at the same time. I get to reconnect with my fellow designers and see everyone again from years past.
AM: How do you stay fit on the go?
TP: I try to eat clean whenever possible and keep up my workout regimen while on the road. Luckily my family and I had the privilege of living at the Penthouse Residences for the week at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. The property really promotes a healthy lifestyle and offers a wide variety of healthy dining options by Chef Tom Colicchio, as well wellness and fitness classes throughout the day from SoulCycle to Spartan training, rooftop Yoga and more.
AM: Why is eating organic important to you?
TP: I’ve always been cautious about what I eat but now that I have two children, it has made me that much more aware of what we put in our bodies. There are so many hidden ingredients / chemicals in the food people eat every day without even knowing. Eating organic makes you feel healthier and better overall, and it’s important to me for my kids to also be aware of these things.
AM: How did you combat Swim Week Stress?
TP: Living in the Penthouse Residences at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach was a stress relief in itself. My daughter Ryan was always entertained around the property between the four ocean front swimming pools, children’s activities and more. I was able to escape in the mornings as well to the SoulCycle studio on property and spun out my stress. It was really fantastic having everything I love in one place and made my life during Swim Week much easier.
AM: Now that you completed your show, what are you up to for the rest of the summer?
TP: I’m going to relax, spend time with my kids and not be stressed! I’m looking forward to staying in one place for a while.
AM: What lessons did you learn as a Sports Illustrated Model that have assisted you in balancing your time, being successful as a designer, etc?
TP: It wasn’t necessarily what I learned as a model, but the individuals that I’ve met along the way and the connections that I made were a huge advantage when I decided to start my own swimwear line. Every person you meet comes with their own life experiences and I’ve enjoyed getting to know and learn from so many different people throughout my career with all different backgrounds.
Tori Praver pictures courtesy of Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for 1 Homes South Beach and Funkshion Swimweek pictures courtesy of SimonSoong Photography