MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK™ CLOSES ITS 14th EDITION


A Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions, Inc. Event

Lights, Camera, Fashion! Miami Beach International Fashion Week

Miami Beach International Fashion Week has officially ended this past Saturday March 24th, with the electrifying Miami Moda & Music Awards.

Hosted by celebrity radio and television personalities Orlando Leon and Ileana Garcia, the evening’sfestivities featured music from Supermodel Dasha Protsenko and Spain’s hottest vocal group D’Nash as well as a fashion show from celebrity designer Nicolas Felizola and a special presentation by Ema Savahl Couture.

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Featuring eminent designers, celebrities, and musicians from nearly every continent, Miami Beach International Fashion Week marked an exciting addition to the glamorous affair when it welcomed Superstar Dionne Warwick.  An idol in the music industry for over four decades, Mrs. Warwick hosted a media seminar for students and designers in which she discussed her life, her style, and advise how to succeed in your chosen passion.   Aside from Living Legend Ms. Dionne Warwick and her son, Grammy award winning record producer Damon Elliot, we were also joined by an array of celebrity stars: CSI Wes Ramsey, actor and producer Vincent de Paul and Soap Opera stars Adamari Lopez, Ezequiel Montalt, Liannet Borrero, just to name a few.

In addition to showcasing the world’s top emerging designers, Miami Beach International Fashion Week continued its groundbreaking format by offering delectable cuisine from around the world at their Culinary Style Café. This year, MBIFW’s Culinary Style Café, sponsored by Whole Foods Market, offered the creations of celebrity chef Adrianne Calvo, Chef Bernie Matz, Chef Steve Sabatino and Chef Jonathan Barnett.  During each night of fashion week, The Culinary Style Café served a unique tasting menu created specifically for a country being showcased on the catwalk.  Fashion VIPs, celebrities, buyers, and designers discussed the amazing designs they’ve seen throughout the shows while enjoying some of the best food South Florida has to offer.

Saturday marked the culmination of four days filed with celebrities, sold out shows and global media attendance, all coming together at the Miami Moda & Music Awards.  This fabulous night began with a fantastic encore presentation by Miami based designer Ema Savahl featuring her “mold to the body” couture pieces.  Award-winning designer Nicolas Felizola, who has dressed some of Hollywood and Latin America’s biggest stars, presented a selection of his Red Carpet gowns.  Nicolas has a Haute Couture style that is totally new and always fresh. His creations recently earned him the “Zanetti Murano” Prize in Italy.  This year, Nicolas was presented with the covetedVictoria Puig de Lange International Style Award.

As if the Hollywood red carpet gowns weren’t enough excitement, the energy skyrocketed when the evening’s live musical acts begun. In order to parallel the global stylings seen throughout the week, the MBIFW team brought in some of the hottest young music performers making waves around the world today. Supermodel and the face of Lancôme Russia Dasha Protsenko sang her new hit single “Prfct Girl”, and Spain’s hottest new vocal group, D’NASH also performed live. D’NASH is best known for representing Spain in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Helsinki. The group has found new fame for their cover of Ben E. King’s hit Stand By Me, which they released as a promotional single. As if the Hollywood red carpet gowns weren’t enough excitement, the energy skyrocketed when the evening’s live musical acts begun. In order to parallel the global stylings seen throughout the week, the MBIFW team brought in some of the hottest young music performers making waves around theworld today.
Supermodel and the face of Lancôme Russia Dasha Protsenko sang her new hit single “Prfct Girl”, and Spain’s hottest new vocal group, D’NASH also performed live. D’NASH is best known for representing Spain in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Helsinki. The grouphas found new fame for their cover of Ben E. King’s hit Stand By Me, which they released as a promotional single.

The true focus of the evening’s festivities, though, was to honor and announce the winners of the 2012 Miami Model & Music Awards are:

  • ·         Living Legend Award Dionne Warwick
  • ·         Victoria Puig de Lange International Style Award – Nicolas Felizola, Venezuela/Miami
  • ·         International Rising Star Award – WALLA, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • ·         Excellence in Eveningwear Award – Ema Savahl Couture by Ema Koja, Albania/Miami
  • ·         Prêt-A-Porter Style Award – Petit Pois by Viviana G, Venezuela/Miami
  • ·         Designers Choice Award – Peter Cave by Pedro Cueva, Ecuador
  • ·         Celebrity Style Award – Rosario Vargas, Bolivia
  • ·         Excellence in Accessories Award – G. Destin Collection by Garry Destin, Miami
  • ·         Top Model of the Year – Alexandra Aguilera, Next Model Management

“It truly was an amazing year. We had 55 exciting designers from 25 countries, great sponsors, sold out shows and many wonderful celebrity guests,” says Beth Sobol, president of Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions Inc. and founder of the event.  Joined in 2010 by business man and entrepreneur Aaron Perry as managing partner to build the brand to new heights, MBIFW is considered the fifth largest and one of the most important fashion events on the world’s fashion calendar.

For this edition, MBIFW 2012 announced their stellar list of returning and new sponsors. The lined-up included Stella Artois, joined by Tiffany & Co., Vanidades, Latina Magazine,  KeraGreen, Centerplate, KMP Furniture, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, SmartWater, Chantea, SX Liquors, Global Purchasing Group, Johnson & Wales University, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., Whole Foods Market, COSMIX – School of Makeup Artistry, Beauty Schools of America, Media Department II, Ecuador Love Life, City of Banja Luka, Banja Luka Fashion Fair, Gazdina Brandy and International Alliance of Specialty Fashion Retailers are the official sponsors for 2012 Miami Beach International Fashion Week with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Official afterglow parties were hosted at STK Miami and the Mondrian South Beach Hotel.

For more information on Miami Beach International Fashion Week please visit www.miamifashionweek.com. Become a fan at www.facebook.com/MiamiInternationalFashionWeek or follow us on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/miamifashionwk .

About Miami Beach International Fashion Week

Miami Beach International Fashion Week (MBIFW) is the longest standing fashion event in Miami, and has received worldwide recognition and fame for discovering and showcasing the best fashion from around the world.  Featuring eminent designers, celebrities, and musicians from nearly every continent, Miami Beach International Fashion Week promises to once again set the stage as the gateway to the world’s most innovative talents. 2012 will mark an exciting addition to the glamorous affair when it welcomes Superstar Dionne Warwick.  An idol in the music industry for over four decades, Mrs. Warwick will host a media seminar for students and designers in which she will discuss her life, her style, and advise how to succeed in your chosen passion.

About Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions, Inc.
Following a successful career as an international fashion model, Beth Sobol, visionary and founder of Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions, Inc. established Miami International Fashion Week™ in 1999.  With five Keys to the City of Miami Beach and Proclamations from the City of Miami, City of Miami Beach and State of Florida, Beth has also been honored with awards by many of her peers including the 50 Most Powerful People in Miami, Top 25 Influencers in Florida, Entrepreneur of the Year, International Women’s Day and Influential Business Women Awards.  In 2010, she was joined by Aaron Perry, business man and entrepreneur as managing partner of the newly rebranded Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions, Inc. to focus on the development of strategic business partnerships and the global expansion of the Miami Beach International Fashion Week brand.

 All photos were given by the fashion Show’s Producer

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