Grazia Daily headed off to Rimini, Italy this week for one of the most spectacular catwalk shows we've ever been to. Swimwear label Calzedonia hosted an epic swimwear runway show in the seaside town to showcase their summer collection, as well as their impressive line-up of unbelievably beautiful models.
Sarah Jessica-Parker wore a Vintage Amanda Galanos dress and Ke$ha performed throughout the show
The spectacular show was produced by Filmaster events, the team behind the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in London last summer - so that should give a sense of the scale of the project. And who do you think we were FROWing with? Well only our dream row-mate, and the lady we watched religiously as Carrie Bradshaw for six seasons of mis-spent youth, Sarah Jessica-Parker.
Tyson Beckford's model girlfriend Shanina Shaik and the face of Calzedonia Sara Sampaio
While totally captivated by Ke$ha's rock star performance as goddess-like bikini- clad beauties shimmied along the runway, we couldn't help but tear our eyes away for a split second of SJP- watching. Much to our enjoyment, we saw the SATC star whooping and hollering in enjoyment through cupped hands, exactly like we saw Carrie do at NYFW in the Sex and the city film. Geeky of us to observe this yes, but wonderfully reassuring too.
Amid acrobats, the irresistibly handsome Tyson Beckford, giant swings and beautiful bikini bods, we also managed to rub shoulders with fashion's coolest ladies: we enjoyed Leigh Lezark's DJ set with The Mishapes on stage and at the after party, dressed in a Pretty Woman style patent leather hat, newly blond 'do, Mr.T style chunky chains and micro shorts.
Leigh Lezark and Poppy Delevingne attended the Calzedonia show
Tali Lennox was there too, looking incredible in head-to-toe black. We caught up with her about how she would get bikini ready for a summer, and sadly she doesn't have any secret shortcuts to share, it’s all about eating right for Tali, "I’ve been drinking a litre of water first thing when I wake up,and I’m a big believer in eating well, eating healthily, never cutting down on meals I eat tonnes, but I like to eat really nutritious food. I never get sick and I think it really benefits the way you look and the way you feel. I’m a big veggie fan. I like eating food that’s good for me you know? Nature’s medicine!”
Tali Lennox and Ireland Baldwin shared their bikini body secrets with us
Ireland Baldwin came over for a chat too, looking demure and very fashion-y in a long sleeve Dsquared2 frock and slick of bright red lipstick. Freshly back from a fabulous jaunt at Coachella, we probed her on how she looked so darn perfect in all her festival snaps, "I actually did plan my outfits quite thoroughly this year, and it was really fun – it was just really hot.” And when probed further about how she looks so great in a bikini? “Eating healthy, there’s no way out of that. Working out you know? Getting your cardio in, that’s the only way to do it!” We were hoping she wouldn’t say that.