It was day 3 of the events but for me,day 2. After learning the process of getting your media passes from the previous day everything else went smoothly, except I had only gotten 6 hours of sleep and a couple of hours of R&R, not much time for some fun right? Well I traveled for a purpose and that was to be
without missing a beat…There were 3 shows on the night of 3/5 surely to be fun to watch. The 1st show was 1hr late but this tends to be a normality in fashion shows, so I took my seat on the 3rd row as I thought to myself, “Not too shabby”.
Over some noteworthy tunes it was off to a good start with the Pret-aPorter Style Showcase. I decided I’d tell you about my favorites featured in the 1st show of the night, which were:
Eccentric Apparel who opened getting tons of “Awwws” from viewers when models stepped into the runway with dogs dressed in tees, shirts and dresses made for the cutest creatures we know. “Pets fight to wear them” as their slogan, it couldn’t be more appropriate for the items they were toting. I was pleasantly surprised with the start of the shows.
Ready-to-wear line, Luxxe Collections seconds the motion to cool casuals incorporating animal prints, light, breezy ankle length wraps, yoga pants that are wearable from the gym to a shopping spree; Must not forget, a very fly super wide belt. Next came the mini top hat, a new accessory trend seen since the fall season yet still doable.
Boston Proper another fab ready-to-wear line is exactly what a Florida summer wardrobe looks like. Available for purchase via catalog or online, I would highly recommend the 30something gal who cares for glamour in her life to try the white suit, variety of colors, statement necklines or classy swimwear from the Boston Proper line.
Mariella Allaix stands out from the pack bringing all woven fabricated dresses, with accents of bright hues. Different, yet fresh classy and very femme urban wear, including textured swimsuits you would not wear to just lay out in.
As some mingled at the sponsor lounges, more people arrived to catch the 2nd sold out show, Latino Showcase where Adriana De Moura, from the Desperate Housewives of Miami was going to prove that she can work a catwalk just as well as the rest of them.
Giovanni Scutaro, Venezuela begins the next set of exhibitions in very high class gowns, made in silks, satin and chiffons. The type you might catch Sophia Vergara bearing at another celebrity awards show. The preeminent array of colors of lime, blush pink, metallic, even royal blue were absolutely superlative of such a capable designer. The character of his collection representing Venus. If you spot a sudden glorious cluster of dresses in your local shops beware, it could be Mr Scutaro’s.
Claudia Bertolero, Peru followed up introducing cropped, wide leg pants yet mixing velvet & tweed into her looks.
Marcelo Quadros of Brazil drew eyes wide open due to his ever so alluring night gowns, attached to them were delicate beaded straps. But then, he marvels everyone with the famous LBD (little black dress) After seeing how haute these LBD’s were, my first thought was, “LA needs Marcelo!”
Eduardo Gonzalez, Columbia seemed he captured a love for sequin and lace channeling romance when adding the two fibers to all of his ladies’ styles; But, Frederico Visuetti created silk and velvet men’s suits with the most unexpected shades of purple and gold. For women he flaunts an entirely beaded skirt, as well as wool, open backs on dresses which are usually most flirtatious. Last, demonstrating a sheer swimsuit that covers but still allows rays to seep through for those who love to bronze.
Miamian’s (people who live in Miami, per wiki-answers) consider the night to still be young when the 3rd and last show kicks off around 11ish…
Blue Island by Madelaine Morel just about gave me a toothache when the cutest child models conquered the runway in nothing but French inspired bright and flower embellished, shift style dresses. For the boys, nautical stripes, shorts plus button downs. Clothing made for the classy, fun loving parents, oops! I mean, the kids. Not to forget the handbags, sandals and headbands to match the girl’s outfits. Do I hear shopping spree with my little princess?
It wouldn’t be a fashion week without the shoes, when Paulina Anda displays her Makiatto designs served in rich hues, from red cowgirl boots to hot purple dress sandals. A one of a kind compilation, widely recognized in Venezuela.
Ana Carolina Valencia crafted a singular type of blending textures in white based designs each knitted with fringe, beading for decor. I learned she developed her techniques involving local artisans of Columbia. However, Ana can also dominate a captivating drape on a dress that will easily entice a shopper. Finally, Paulina Bedoya shone under the spotlights when her sketches paced the foot way in this season’s flowers in conjunction to frilly frocks, saturated in satin. A great closer to one of the most fashion frenzied evenings at Miami Beach International Fashion Week.
It was refreshing to know that there’s so much more out there to choose from, allowing us to continue to develop style in correspondent to who we are. I hope to return next year for stupendous amounts of vogue fashion.
Photography by: Wil Lugo- tampabayfashion.com