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Just yards from the iconic pool at The Raleigh, there they stood with their sleek, sexy curves decked out in hothouse florals, Art Deco stripes or vivid graphics. If you’re envisioning bikini-clad models, think again. This particular “runway” was teeming with 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-classes, one each to represent the 10 years Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim has rolled out under the tents at The Raleigh hotel, with each wrapped in a custom print by a designer who’s been integral to the event over the past decade.

“I was thrilled to be asked,” said Red Carter amid a flurry of interviews while standing next to his C-class, which was wrapped in a bold black-and-white graphic from one of his early collections. Carter had kicked off his career as a swim designer in Miami in 2003, just a year before the launch of The Raleigh shows, so his choice of an inspirational print was an easy one. “Art Deco prints played a big role in my early designs, because I was so inspired by all the beauty of South Beach, and I still am, actually,” he explained. “I wanted to honor that as we celebrate 10 great years of swim shows.”

Photos: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

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