07/19/2013 12:01 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 Kick-Off Party At The Raleigh Hotel (PHOTOS)


Even Thursday night's epic torrential downpour did not get in the way off the official kick-off party for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014.

Perhaps it helps that it was all in celebration of waterproof fashion.

Models, designers, and chefs gathered poolside (under umbrellas) at South Beach's Raleigh Hotel -- made famous as the backdrop in silver screen movies of glamorous swimmer-actress-bathing-suit-designer Esther Williams.

Models donned curious leggings and bandeau bikini tops in the Roxy PopSurf Runway Show, while nearby, Mercedes-Benz Presents designer Mara Hoffman added color to the already bright scene by wrapping the official Swim Week car in a never-before-seen print.

Model Chrissy Teigen, perhaps made insane by the 305 endless rain, tweeted out this pic, proving that she has the Miami lifestyle down pat:

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Click below for photos from Thursday's Swim Week 2014 Kick-Off Party: