Miami has always been known for its beautiful white sand beaches, colorful Art Deco architecture, and its exuberant nightlife. In recent years the artistic increase has been remarkable. You could say that Miami is becoming recognized and respected worldwide for art, music, theater, and thanks to Metropolitan International Fashion Week Miami, fashion is quickly moving to the top of this impressive list.
Saturday, April 30, 2016, Metropolitan International Fashion Week Miami (MMIFW) produced the event of the year with “A Night of Fashion”, featuring the latest trends by fashion designers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United States, and Uzbekistan showcasing the up and coming and well established designers’ latest fashion collections of men and women’s swimwear, daywear, and eveningwear. Complementing the runway fashion rising talent Summer Wright and CJ Fam dazzled guests with their musical performances.
The extravaganza took place at the legendary Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater; a venue that has housed famous performances by celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, and Jack Benny since 1950, and aired iconic shows such as The Dick Clark Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and early Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.
Now in its third year, fashion designers, celebrities, and media alike have regularly flocked to Metropolitan International Fashion Week Miami, organized by director and co-founder Maxine Viktor, for its consistent quality productions and unique variety of designers. Among the celebrity guests were Telenovela actress and model Alexandra Pomales, international Latin musician Daniel Peña, personality Con Estilo TV Telemundo 43 Silvana Camarago, and award winning Latin musician Tito Puente Jr.
Known for being the first to introduce established foreign designers to the U.S. market, MMIFW is proud to consistently debut established foreign designers such as Laila Wazna (Saudi Arabia), Agragrami Fashion House (Singapore), Nigerian Fashion Council (Nigeria), Dancing Dolls (United Kingdom), Beautiful People Couture by Sakina Mohsin (United Arab Emirates), Kimii LOO (Argentina), MOHIT Swimwear (Brazil), Al Shakour Designed by Suhailia Niazi (Canada), Elena Milberger (Uzbekistan), and OMAGUA (Argentina); and the first to show emerging U.S designer Cuban Rice by Cristy Rice (Real Housewives of Miami).
“A Night of Fashion” was hosted by Viktor, Brazilian plus size model and K.B. Mídia personality Karina Moutran, and Angela Posillico, CEO of Ms. World International Organization. Recognizing Viktor’s tireless public service, Posillico presented Viktor a plaque to commemorate her “Outstanding Contributions to the Community”. It is that professionalism, responsibility, and enthusiasm that makes Viktor stand out among many.
Music producer Tony Choy was the DJ for the evening and “A Night of Fashion” opened with Sandbar Collection (women’s swimwear) designed by Peruvian transplant Ana Araujo, followed by Kimii LOO (women’s daywear) by Argentine designer Lorena Avalos whose collection is defined by her interchangeable accessories and use of leather and suede. Brazilian women’s swimwear designer Loren Prado showed her latest collection MOHIT Swimwear, New York fashion designer Vanessa De La Torre showed women and men’s street wear from her collection Catwalk Generation, featuring structured and sophisticated pieces.
U.S. men’s swimwear designer CJ Golden, originally from Germany, flaunted his new “Just Call Me a Spaceman” collection, featuring bold metallic fabric, galactic prints, and sheer mesh and was followed by equally edgy designer Susan Panter with her collection Evelli by Susan Panter (women’s daywear).
Famous Canadian designer Suhaila Niazi showcased the softer side of fashion with her line Al Shakour, featuring jewel-tone silk kaftans, women’s swimwear, and linen resort wear for men. Elena Milberger, a womenswear designer from Uzbekistan known for her use of the batik technique, presented her self-titled collection of vibrant, hand-painted women’s silk dresses, followed by Argentine designers Lucia Beramendi and Priscila Tartaglia with OMAGUA (women’s swimwear and active wear). Rosaura Sias-Pipenburg closed the show wowing the audience with her collection RSP Fashion (women’s evening wear).
The hard work of MMIFW’s production team was apparent in every show. Each model casted by MMIFW, on behalf of the designers, looked impeccable with hair and makeup perfectly executed by Beauty Schools of America and O.P. Makeup Studio.
“We are incredibly excited to have organized MMIFW S/S 2016,” says Maxine Viktor. “MMIFW gives emerging and foreign designers an opportunity to expand their collections in the United States fashion market. It is an honor to be able to be part of each designer’s journey.”
Notable media outlets Con Estilo TV/Telemundo 43, My Lifestyle Magazine, Nuestro Diario, New York Style Guide, and Miami New Times were several of the many in attendance to support MMIFW and get the scoop on the latest fashion trends.
The Miami Metropolitan International Fashion Week was made possible with the generous support of presenting sponsors Providence Worldwide Travel Corp. and Clark Alvarado State Farm Insurance Agency; hair and makeup sponsors Beauty Schools of America; official sponsors Gersten & Muir, P.A., LoFaro Photography, Ms. International World, Vita Coco, Enerbee, French 27, Shoe Haul, and Unique Grounds; official partners Tesla Motors; media partners We Are Beautiful Magazine, Platform Magazine, and Con Estilo TV Telemundo. Gift bag sponsors included GBS the Beauty Store, Kiss and Tell Pro Cosmetics, Forever Flawless Skin Care and Cosmetics, Inspira, XOXO Stylish, NailBar & Beauty Lounge and European Wax Center.
Photography LoFaro Photography
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