By Jen Herring
Silk, shimmer and sky-high stilettos dominated the runway during the 12th Annual Miami International Fashion Week.
About 700 people, including press, buyers and audience members came out to support designers from all over the world in Miami’s Art District from March 18 to 21.
“This was my first time at Miami International Fashion Week,” Indian designer Michelle Salins said. “I was totally overwhelmed at the fabulous response my collection received.”
On Friday, March 19, the audience piled in, leaving many guests standing against the back walls to catch a glimpse of women’s swimwear by Columbian designer Antonia Saenz.
“What’s better than beautiful women with clothes that fit so well?” said model Wayne Patrick.
As the models strutted down the runway in bright, colorful bathing suits to the French song “Baby, Baby, Baby” by Make the Girls Dance, the audience cheered.
Metallic fabrics, sequins and high heels with lots of straps seem to be a reoccurring theme with many of the designers, such as Franco Montoro. Montoro chose to use high slits, several straps and cutouts.
Many dresses were made of a light, sultry silk with bold black lines. Thick bracelets and accent clutches accompanied the outfits.
Men’s clothing designer Arcadio Diaz from the Dominican Republic stole the show when one of his models walked out on the runway with a baby as an accessory.
“We tried our best to create something interesting for Miami Fashion Week,” Diaz said.
His clothes were light and airy, and consisted of blue, pink and yellow pastels. Diaz chose to design “guayaberas,” light linen shirts worn in some Latin American countries.
“It’s a line for elegant men,” Diaz said.
Designer Nicolas Felizola won the 2010 Miami International Fashion Week Men’s Style Award with his fitted silk suits and soft scarves.
“[The brand] creates a lifestyle that’s more than just fashion,” Felizola said. “This lifestyle is for people in the real world — people who have children, executives and people who understand fashion.”
Aside from fashion, the event featured a variety of performers. Surrounding the main event, tables were set up showcasing jewelry from Latin-inspired designers.
“I like the show and I think it’s getting better and better every year,” Patrick said.
Many local celebrities came out to show support, including Ariel Stein of Bravo’s “Miami Social;” and Vincent de Paul, a Versace model and actor in AMC’s “Mad Men.”
Former model Beth Sobel, founder of Miami Fashion Week, told NBC Miami, “New York Fashion Week is only three years older than us.”
Although New York reigns supreme when it comes to fashion, Miami is certainly catching up.