Miami Fashion Week 2017 is going to be legit. Seriously.

Designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada presented her resort collection last year at Miami Fashion Week. She and seven other internationally known designers return with new collections for Miami Fashion Week May 31-June 4. Miami Fashion Week

Miami Fashion Week 2017 is starting off on a high note this year.

Taking place Wednesday, May 31st through Sunday, June 4th, the annual series received new partnerships, never-seen-before-collections, celebrity status (Antonio Banderas serves as MIAFW’s Honorary President) and Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) recognition.

Set among the Magic City’s sun-drenched days and balmy nights, it’s no surprise the focus for Miami Fashion Week is resortwear. Miami Fashion Week CEO Julio Iranzo says, “Miami Fashion Week is a runway event exclusively for resort collections. When we analyzed the various possibilities, we quickly came to the conclusion that there was no better city in the world for it, and therefore resortwear was the best collection to show.”

Eight designers — Silvia Tcherassi, Shantall Lacayo, Custo Barcelona, Fisico, Yirko Sivirich, Rene Ruiz, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Angel Sanchez — will debut their Resort 2018 collections at Ice Palace Film Studios. Miami-based Designer Rene Ruiz says, “Guests in attendance can expect glamorous and sultry evening gowns in a color palette including metallics, platinum, corn flower blue and white.”

For the first time since its inception roughly 20 years ago, Miami has earned a coveted spot alongside New York, London, Paris and Milan on the important dates fashion calendar from the CFDA. “This completely changes the perception of Miami in the world — especially the fashion industry,” Ruiz says. 

“The city has changed a lot in recent years. My opinion is that Miami is totally prepared to host a fashion week at the highest international level and MIAFW will certainly offer the quality that this city requires,” Iranzo adds.

A spate of parties, dinners and brunches will be peppered throughout the city. The highlights? On Friday, June 2, Banderas will host a charity gala supporting Miami Children’s Health Foundation and Banderas’ personal charity Fundación Lágrimas y Favores at the Alfred DuPont Building. Tickets are $1,000 to $10,000 and are available for purchase here.

On Saturday, June 3, Argentine crooner Diego Torres will be performing at the Bash located at Ice Palace Studios. Tickets are $50 to $180 and available here.

There’s an educational component, too. Open-to-the public Master Classes — diving into topics from sustainable fashion to designing to law — will be held at Miami Dade College from June 1-3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Tickets cost $45 and are available for purchase here.

“I hope to create a great event known around the world, and desire for others to recognize Miami and Miami Fashion Week as the capital for presentation of resort collections by the industry,” Iranzo says.

With so many new facets to Miami Fashion Week, one thing’s for sure: The 305 is revving up to be a bona fide fashion tour de force. 

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