Day One of Miami Fashion Week (MIAFW) officially kicked off Wednesday with a style-studded press conference at EAST, Miami the official hotel partner. MIAFW CEO Julio Iranzo took the stage to welcome guests and introduce Honorary President Antonio Banderas. Iranzo and Banderas were joined by famed creatives such as Rene Ruiz, Angel Sanchez, renowned runway director Sergio Salerni and artist Barbara Hulanicki. Representatives from the community were also on the panel and included Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami Dade College Director of Communications Juan Mendieta and Dr. Narendra Kini CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital, this year’s beneficiary of MIAFW. The conference was focused on the imminent global recognition of Miami as a fashion capital among New York, Milan, Paris and London since being named the second largest fashion week in the United States. Conversations also spanned topics of sustainability in the fashion industry, the evolution of Miami Fashion Week and the importance of giving back to the community.
Later that evening festivities began as over 100 designers, models and international sartorial enthusiasts filled the second level of Saks Fifth Avenue in Brickell City Centre for the official MIAFW Kick-off Party. Stylized looks from each of the eight designers showing throughout the week were staged throughout the anchor store on models and mannequins as chic onlookers enjoyed bites and beverages courtesy of Delano South Beach.
VIPs in attendance included:
- Julio Iranzo (MIAFW CEO)
- Antonio Banderas (MIAFW Honorary President)
- Rene Ruiz (designer)
- Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (designer)
- Shantall Lacayo (designer)
- Christina Ferrari (designer)
- Jorge Ramos (TV Host and eight-time Emmy winner)
- Chiquinquira Delgado (TV host, model, and actress)
- Rodner Figueroa (TV host, actor)
Looking forward, Day Two will see the first installment of the week’s Master Class series in partnership with Miami Fashion Institute at Miami Dade College with a lecture led by Antonio Banderas. The program will be followed by the much-anticipated opening runway show that will debut Silvia Tcherassi’s 2018 Resort collection.