February 25, 2010
at the Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery
Each year, the Miami International Fashion Week fuses fashion, beauty, art, music and cuisine into a four-day event celebrating the cultures of a multitude of countries. This year, the event will bring its glitz and glamour on March 18-21st to the uber-trendy Wynwood Arts District. To kick-off the event, Tiffany and Co. co-hosted a star-studded party on February 25th that brought the glitterati a little taste of the anticipated catwalk.
Celebrities, TV news anchors, models and mere mortals flocked to the Gary Nader Gallery from 7-10 p.m. to celebrate the kick-off party. Located in the heart of Wynwood, the gallery served as an excellent backdrop for the live-action mannequin models dressed in designs from a slew of chic Latin American designers, including Cesar Rosario and Eduardo de las Casas.
I must admit that when I arrived at the party with my tattered reporter’s notebook and my cat-hair covered jacket, I wasn’t exactly the image of a fashion goddess. But as the drinks flowed and the models strutted, I found myself enjoying the show.
Celebrity chefs provided delectable fare, and there was not one but four open bars! Unfortunately, between holding a camera, a reporter’s notebook, and a free Stella Artois, I wasn’t able to sample any of the scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. And while the Miami elite snacked on their bags of chips and salsa (don’t worry; it was pretty fancy heirloom tomato salsa), models strutted around in mostly leopard-print maxi dresses or jersey knit mini dresses. Miami fashion isn’t exactly the most avant garde in the world.
But the night wasn’t all about pretty girls in skimpy frocks. For the first time in the Fashion Week’s 12-year run, Humanitarian Awards were given to several prominent members of the South Florida community to recognize the recipients’ commitment to philanthropic endeavors in and around Miami. There was also a silent auction, in which Tiffany donated glamorous baubles. The proceeds from the silent auction benefited the Miami Fashion Week Foundation Scholarship Fund, which supports the winners of various design competitions in the fields of fashion design, fashion photography, graphic arts, and filmmaking.
The evening came to an end with a beautiful performance by world-renowned pianist Julia de la Chica on the famous Baldwin “fashion” piano. I must admit that when I arrived at the party with my tattered reporter’s notebook and my cat-hair covered jacket, I wasn’t exactly the image of a fashion goddess. But as the drinks flowed and the models strutted, I found myself enjoying the show. It’s not everyday that you find yourself lucky enough to live in a city that has its own internationally acclaimed fashion week. And it’s not everyday you get to ask Laurie Jennings what kind of underwear she prefers, which she declined to answer but said they are in fact the most important fashion accessory. And as the fashionistas filed out with their Tiffany and Co. signature blue boxes in hand, I couldn’t help but get excited for the upcoming fashion bonanza that is Miami International Fashion Week.
By Sloane Solomon
Check out last year’s coverage of Fashion Week here
Photos courtesy of Miami International Fashion Week