Halloween wasn’t just about costumes this year – it was about philanthropy and fashion. On October 31st, men and women walked down a black carpet at the Little Haiti Cultural Center wearing masquerade masks, ready to indulge in an evening of music, food, and fashion. Amongst them were local fashion designers and local musicians who brought this “Saints and Sinners” themed event to life.
Runway models from CatWalk Pros, a fashion show production and model management firm, flaunted unique, one of a kind designs crafted by the hands of established local designers. Two of the designers featured that night were Alexandra Lin and Mariapia Malerba.
Italian artist Malerba’s designs graced the cocktail reception when a group of models walked out and posed as the centerpieces of the room while wearing dresses comprised of recycled material. Malerba had a long, winding love affair with fashion starting with her upbringing. She was raised in a family where there was a prominent fashion atmosphere. Practicing on dogs and on herself to becoming an established designer, Mariapia Malerba has come a long way.
Lin, on the other hand, recently began her fashion career. Although she always had a passion for fashion, she was a teacher before ultimately achieving her dream at the age of 45. Lin now has a studio based in Sarasota where she finds joy in creating pieces that mold into its wearers’ personalities.
“It’s not about the clothes,” she said. “It’s about wearing something that enhances one’s character.”
Funds from the event will go to an organization that recognizes and rewards Miami youth for noble deeds, accomplishments, and model behavior—otherwise known as Do the Right Thing of Miami, Inc. (DTRT). The money raised from the event will also benefit the Miami Police Athletic League (Miami PAL), whose goal is to create a strong relationship between the City of Miami Police Department and the young people of the local community of Miami.
“This [event] is a great way to mix art and fashion while supporting two great community organizations,” said Vernet Pegues, CatWalk Pros Vice President.
Story, Photos, and Video By Edysmar Diaz-Cruz