Versakini x Amanda Perna

Photo Credit: Slaven Vlasic for Versakini x Amanda Perna Runway Show Presented By Ivy


Versakini, with countless combinations and versatility, unveiled their 2017 collection submerged in bold prints and radiant hues. The runway event, drawing prime industry members, media and Ivy League standouts, commandeered the W South Beach this evening with incomparable design.

Versakini is a hip, interchangeable swimwear line that focuses on the dynamic female spirit. Birthed by Shark Tank Alum Kelsey Duffy,Versakini has teamed up with lead designer and former Project Runway star Amanda Perna. Versakini’s incomparable Spring Summer 2017 collection showcased Perna’s vibrant spirit and incredible creativity.

Crowds hoot and hollered as modern songs streamed through the venue by a talented DJ and electric violinist. Lights dimmed in the packed house to reveal perfectly tanned models in bright neon and playful printed swimsuits. Colorful tie-dyes and stripes made a statement under spotlights accompanied by impeccably styled pom pom straw beach totes and glitter lipstick. Flirty kimonos and sheer mermaid pants flushed the runway. Versakini’s 2017 collection will launch the first interchangeable one-piece, which hit the catwalk in numerous prints and colors.

Versakini provides a fun and simple way for women to express their dynamic personalities by mixing, matching, and interchanging pieces of the Versakini collection to create the perfect look or to try a fresh style.

“I am inspired by life. By people, music, nature, and color. I strive to create clothing that is unique, impactful and makes a statement. I believe fashion should be fun and not take itself too seriously. I value clothing that encompasses many fundamentals of design but most importantly, color and texture.” – Designer, Amanda Perna

Crowd favorite spots were undoubtedly claimed by Miss California USA,  Nadia Mejia (@nadia_mejia) strutting the runway along with  Sam Blacky (@samblacky) “dabbing”, live selfie stick videos and a catwalk appearance by Instagram all star,  Real Diddy Kong (@realdiddykong).

About Versakini

From a pedigree that originated with TV’s Shark Tank, Versakini is a rapidly growing startup fashion brand looking to shake up the beachwear category with a fun and dynamic approach to this crowded space. From the start, Versakini has been an industry innovator with highly versatile, reversible, mix-and-match swimwear that truly redefines what a bikini can look like and how it can be worn. Versakini is both a stylish simple bikini for today’s fashion-forward woman or a fun creative expression for women wanting a new look each time they tie it on. For more information, please visit:

Follow Versakini on Social Media:

Facebook – Versakini
Instagram – @versakini
Twitter – Versakini

About Amanda Perna

Amanda attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and interned at Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein while launching her first fashion line at age 19. Rising quickly in the fashion designer ranks, Amanda appeared in Season 9 of Project Runway and then asked to return for season 14. After four years designing for Calvin Klein, Amanda launched her own award-winning label, The House of Perna, and began styling for major retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.

Follow Amanda on Social Media:

Facebook – Amanda Perna
Instagram – @theamanadaperna
Twitter – TheHouseofPerna

About Ivy

IVY ( is the world’s first Social University, created to unite thoughtful individuals through a lifetime of new inspiration and connections. IVY brings together the next generation of leading entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators to spark world-changing collaborations. Each month, in 7 U.S. cities (NY, LA, SF, Chicago, Boston, D.C. and Miami), IVY supporters are invited to a wide variety of IVY gatherings that include salon discussions with distinguished thought-leaders, art nights, cocktail and dinner parties, film screenings, fashion presentations, theater and symphony performances, fitness and wellness activities, and getaways. IVY also works with a variety of brand partners whose collaborations yield new and exciting opportunities for its culturally savvy audience.

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