Mighty, that’s the word I would use to describe the four days in Miami known as Miami Fashion Week. Mighty tends to be a word used to describe events that are small, but just as mighty as other examples in a specific category. In my undoubted obsessions with the ultra-fab fashion weeks that everyone knows and loves, New York, Paris, Milan and London, there comes a lesser known, but not to be over looked, #MIAFW.
For the 2017 shows, I was lucky enough to be invited to all four nights of events. In typical Miami fashion, I know someone who knows someone who knew that fashion-loving Lauren would greatly appreciate going to all of this fabulous week’s runway shows, so my name landed on the guest list. I guess you can say, I’m pretty cool. Spending my summer in Miami means one of my focuses is definitely on what’s trending in Miami style this year, so I was beyond into attending. The invitation this special week in Miami came into my inbox about two weeks before the shows’ kick off on May 31st. I immediately removed everything from my not-so busy beginning of the summer schedule in order to be available for the shows that would be taking place the evening of May 31st to June 4th. All eight of the shows took place at the very cool Ice Palace Film Studios near Miami Beach. The designers included in the fabulous Colombian, Miami-based designer Silvia Tcherassi, Nicaraguan designer Shantall Lacayo, Spanish Custo Dalmau, the brand, Fisico by Cristina Ferrari, Peruvian designer Yirko Sivirich, Cuban Rene Ruiz, Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, and Venezuelan designer Angel Sanchez. The Miami feeling was definitely in full affect through the diversity of Latin designers whose collections took the runway over the four days of shows.
Each night began around 6:00 with cocktails at the outdoor bar and mingling area. Press, along with other Miami fashion influencers were in attendance. I was completely in awe of the gorgeously put together outfits. With the events starting at the beginning of the summer, it was totally inspirational as an in-person collection of summer style and pieces. From lots of gingham to off the shoulder everything, big hoops, and bright colors, it was quite the summer scene.
The shows typically began around 7 PM. Seats are taken in six different rows around the center runway. The music began and the lights went down, and then my absolute favorite sensation of all time, an addiction that I have been and will be chasing for years to come: the following of faces to each and every model’s look. Each head turns at the same pace as the model. A crowd of people sharing observations and admiration to the designers’ work and creativity is 100 percent irreplaceable.
Each show was very different from the one before. The Agatha Ruiz de la Prada show was definitely my absolute favorite. Known for their bright, fun colors, I was in awe of the live versions of the vibe that Agatha, age 56 keeps up for her shows. The models all seemed to live in that de la Prada world. Big childlike hearts and stars in reds, yellows and bright pinks give me the inspiration to not take life so seriously. The finale was a big set of white heart shaped balloons attached to the last model’s outfit. It was beyond cool. The music and life of this show was the one of the most fun and exciting 20 minutes I have experienced. Each show was special in their own ways. The Fisco show was also very glitzy and excitingly fun. Silvia Tcherassi was another favorite of mine because its looks were very wearable and exceedingly on trend. The last show was the brilliant Angel Sanchez whose elegant dresses were a dream for anyone’s next black tie occasion.
After the conclusion of that show, Antonio Banderas the Honorary President of the event, gave inspiring words about the future of Miami Fashion Week. He expressed his gratitude toward the handwork of the designers and models, the turnout of press and guests (wink, wink like moi), and all of the great sponsors of the event. the main sponsors were Saks, WordPress, Silestone, and EAST Miami. Other notable sponsors were BOGA Style Home, Miami International Airport, Estrella, Miami Dade College and the Miami Fashion Institute, along with MG Events, and the Knight Foundation. Banderas’s words were inspiring to the believers of Miami. He shared his faith in Miami’s ability as a city to become more of a fashion hub than it already is and his great support for the growth of Miami Fashion Week. As a Miami native, I was moved by the progression of Miami as a fashion city and all that does entail. It was interesting for me to see the growth from the perspective of someone actually making strides toward making Miami an even greater city for fashion.
I absolutely loved being in attendance of the show and hope to stay involved with this set of shows along with other Miami fashion events to come. Thank you for reading about my experience with #MIAFW. Here’s to a summer of fashion and Miami-loving for me.
Lots of Love,
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