Funkshion along with Vanidades presented Magia de la Moda showcasing designer Custo Barcelona’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. Prior to the show CoverGirl invited us to a private event in a posh cabana at the W, to try out the new Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail color collection and got a manicure design by Mar y Sol inspired by Custo’s clothes. I had a great time in the show along with other local fashion bloggers. The whimsical and colorful models strut down the runway with fringes everywhere, mesh fabrics jackets and ornamented dresses, all expected for a Custo Barcelona show.
Mar y Sol Manicure design with Covergirl’s new Outlast Nail Polish
Once again is time day one of Funkshion‘s Fashion Week in Miami Beach showcasing collections for Spring/Summer 2013. For the first event at the tents last night there was an exhibit retrospective of the last 30 years of the fashion work of designer Nicole Miller.
I got to meet and greet the designer and introduce myself as a local Miami blogger. I told her that I owned a bunch of her dresses from the 90’s and that I had used them to go to a lot of Quinces (the Latin sweet sixteens). To which she said that lately there has been a resurge of people wanting her 90’s fashion to what I truly wished I would’ve kept some of them. I also mentioned that I am originally from Santo Domingo and asked her how was her experience last year with her show that she did for Dominican Republic’s Fashion Week, and she replied that it was great. Then my few minutes where up.
Prior to receiving FGI’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the keys to the City of Miami Beach. Margaret Hayes from Fashion Group International introduced Nicole Miller in her speech as an american designer that knows how to make clothes the french way. An indeed you can tell.
This week Neiman Marcus gave us a taste of the latest trends for this coming Fall. I took my trusty Canon camera and my lovely sister Cindy, and head out to Coral Gables. This is a season with and array of looks, mostly everything goes.
Borrowing from the boys:
One of the biggest trends this season, which I love, is the girls borrowing from the boys, inspired by menswear, layering different tweed fabrics and plaid. Boxy shapes somewhat androgynous, styled with accessories that gave us the delicacy of a lady, she is the lady that runs the world.
Redefining the idea that wearing one color is faux pas. The combo of mixed greens in different hues in one outfit made the crow wowed. A muted green leather jacket & pants by Balenciaga paired with a flowy lime green shirt and deep green Givenchy bag makes the traditional ideas not apply.
Digital graphic prints:
I’m not so crazy about the head to toe graphic prints from Prada. I do like hints of graphic prints here and there. The Stella McCartney simple graphic blue and orange dress I would go for.
Ornamented / Baroque:
Going back in time to the luxe Christian Lacroix or YSL’s of the 90’s. Has me thinking of raiding my titi’s (auntie) and mother’s closet to find some ornamented blazers, oversized jewelry necklaces and big cocktail rings to pile up together.
Minimalistic Color Blocking:
This a season of extremes from fully ornamented looks to a minimalistic simplicity. Clean and plainness from bags and sheath dresses in subdued tones are perfect to keep the color blocking trend for long.
Although not every trend was showcased, these are probably the most wearable ones. So many pretty things. I need to go out and shop and check a certain someone’s closet.
This week I got to see a showcase of Skaist-Taylor California Eccentric collection at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour, FL. This is the new collection of Gela Nash Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy, you may know them from a brand called Juicy Couture. The duo met 23 years ago. On their new venture, that Juicy girl we all know has broken out of her terry sweats and it is now a sophisticated, fun, boho chic lady.
Their clothes are flirty and young with drapping ruffles, refined fur coats and tailored textured leather jackets that show us that attention to detail & fabric selections is always on their mind.
A Q&A lead by Elysze Held, Social Miami fashion madame, showed us the playful chemistry of Skaist and Taylor, putting it on their own words, “We love clothes” said Pam and indeed we do too!
Styled with a McQueen Clutch its the perfect edgy look
For Miami Fashion Swim Week, I attended some of the Funkshion fashion shows. As a standard for any Miami event, they started you might say (using a high pitched voice) a little bit late, but all the shows I saw where worth it.
My Day 1, opening show was Liliana Montoya her runway was filled with beautiful models styled to look like mermaids, as what was her line inspired on, the bathing suits had golden and shiny sea tones mimicking warm tropical beaches, exactly what every girl needs to get in the summer mood.
On Day 2, I got a seat on the runway and saw Aqua Swim by Aqua Green this brand promotes sustainable swimsuits and cover-ups made from 100% recycled plastics fabric. The designs are a little more conservative than the craziness of South beach its more like the Hampton’s.
Day 3, Nikki Poulos and Make-a-Wish made two girls dreams come true of becoming models and walking on the runway. It was a very playful and fun show just like the clothing with vintage & funky inspired prints, the models where very lively throwing kisses at the cameras.