By: Jennifer Agress
Get ready for Miami Fashion Week.
In beautiful Miami, it always feels like a vacation. It is bikini season all year round, so it should come as no surprise that the Magic City has become a mecca of the hottest resort wear fashions.
Catering to its surroundings, Miami Fashion Week (MFW) celebrates resort wear. From May 30 to June 3, 2018, this coveted event will return to South Florida to debut the 2019 collections of some of the best international designers.
History of Miami Fashion Week
In a place like Miami, resort wear just makes sense – but someone had to start that trend. And who better than legendary fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld? Hosting the 2008 Chanel Resort Show at The Raleigh Hotel on South Beach, the designer sent models down a catwalk (built over the hotel’s legendary pool) in the latest Chanel resort wear. Finishing his dynamic show with a performance by U.S. Olympic synchronized swimmers, Lagerfeld had singlehandedly elevated resort wear in the Miami fashion scene, and paved the way for other luxury fashion houses to show their fun and flirty resort collections in Miami.
Fast forward to 2015, and Fashion Week of the Americas – an annual fashion event in Miami designed to profile emerging designers from Latin America – was acquired by a fashion company in an attempt to create an event that would revolutionize the international fashion scene in Miami. Just a year later, this event returned as Miami Fashion Week, the world’s first international fashion event focused on resort wear.
Heightening its popularity, that same year, Cuban actor-turned-fashion-designer Antonio Banderas was named Honorary President of Miami Fashion Week. During his inaugural MFW, Banderas debuted his first venture into fashion at an evening event at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This line was a collaborative effort with the Danish brand, Selected Homme, and included eight pieces of menswear - suits, trousers, jackets and dress shirts.
Miami Fashion Week Today
Miami Fashion Week has become one of the city’s must-see fashion events, attracting tens of thousands of international media, jetsetters, fashion royalty and celebrities. Each year, this four-day schedule of fashion shows, seminars and after parties highlights the latest cruise, resort and pre-Spring collections of top established and emerging womens’ wear, mens’ wear, swimwear, jewelry and accessory designers. Because of Miami’s connection to South and Central America, many of the collections you’ll see are largely influenced by countries like Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and more.
This year, the schedule of events will include daily master classes; an elegant Antonio Banderas’ Soiree; Andrés Sarda, Rene Ruiz, Ana María Guiulfo, Yirko Sivirich, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Alvarno fashion shows, and more.
Beyond the Fashion
Miami is often viewed as the U.S. gateway to Latin America. As the first international platform for Resort Collections, Miami Fashion Week has provided an opportunity for designers from both areas to create and distribute original fashion pieces reciprocally.
For more information about the schedule of events, visit the MFW website.
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