So long New York Fashion Week. Arrivederci Milano. Bienvenidos Miami.
March 18 – 28 is Miami’s time to shine in the fashion spotlight with a pair of major productions — Miami International Fashion Week and Funkshionably Loud. Here, my fashion darlings, is the inside scoop on each globally diverse event.
Miami International Fashion Week (March 18-21)
The veteran event, this season marks Miami International Fashion Week’s 12th year in existence. Being staged t the Shops of Midtown, Beth Sobol spearheads the production which is touted as the largest International and Hispanic fashion event in the U.S.
“We represent the top emerging and established fashion designers from around the world who want to enter the U.S. market and designer competitions in support of student and young designers starting their careers,” said Sobol, President of Sobol Fashion Productions.
New this year for this particular event is Mayor Tomas Regalado’s recent declaration making Miami International Fashion Week the official fashion week for the City of Miami. Sobol says of the honor, “We estimate that MIFW participants and guests pump more than $4 million into the local economy for our luxury hotels, travel industry, fine restaurants, retail outlets and exciting nightlife. I’ve always worked with the Mayor’s office from the different administrations over the years and the event is now established enough that the city officials want to help and support MIFW to continue growing. MIFW is the fashionable equivalent of what Art Miami and the South Beach Food & Wine Festival means and brings to the City of Miami.”
A celebrity chef tasting by Top Chef: Las Vegas’ Ron Duprat and live music performance by Panamanian Benitez are also de rigueur. Glimpse into the collections of Julian Chang, Arciado Diaz, Munib Nawaz, Jaime Luna, Mikieda Franklin and more.
Tickets: Browse over to www.miamifashionweek.com. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 for certain shows. Expect increased ticket prices at the door where only cash is accepted.
Funkshionably Loud (March 24 – 28)
Formerly known as Funkshion Fashion Week and then Funkshion Miami Beach, this event wraps things up and coincides with Winter Music Conference. Taking place at a venue being built on the beach at Lumus Park (11th Street and Ocean Drive), Heien says, “Expect a much different vibe and crowd then you will see at FASHIONmiami. For instance, at Funkshionably Loud, you could wear shorts and a Tee to the events. For FASHIONmiami, I would suggest dressing up — or frankly, you might not get in.”
Expect daytime events, nighttime shows and a temporary basketball court on the beach for charity matches. Designers for Fashionably Loud include Parish Nation, Buffalo Jeans, Pitahaya Swimwear, Met in Jeans and LV Clothing.
Tickets: All events are free but reserving a spot is a must. Do so by simply logging on to www.fashionmiamishows.com for more info and RSVP by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.