Expect Grand things, that is what the Year of the Dragon tells us. And grand it was last night at the Kick off for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. The Grade Cabana was the hottest place on South Beach with Lisa Blue Swim 2013. Lisa showed a huge collection of swimwear. It actually looked like 4 collections with entertainment spliced in between. There were the stately Blues, like the elegant Blue Whale to open, then the Flamingo Dancers in ruffles danced down the runway and got everyone clapping and tapping. Next came the “Call of the Whale” collection with everything from pure white Grecian style to ruffly Flamingo dancer enchanting suits in rich colors of plum and fuchsia. There were even the retros Pin-up Girl styles from the 50s with flirty polka-dot ruffled bottoms and travel postcard silk screen scenes. Then the lights went down and drums started as Lisa Blue introduced her Year of the Dragon Swim Collection starting with a real Oriental Dragon that swirled and floated down the runway, held aloft by a skillful dance troupe. Legend tells us that The Year of the Dragon is the year to make your dreams come true, the year of the return to prosperity and fortune. The the final collection paid tribute to the Oceanic cultures that live with the sea. Staggeringly tall women wore the headdresses of those many cultures paired with a stunning array of swimwear and swim dresses. The best part is Lisa donates 25% of her profits to help save the Whales. The entire night was an unexpected surprise. This is what a show should be to Kick of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.