By Phillip D. Johnson
Runway and Other Images photographed by Sheldon Baldie and Inta G. Waylett/Staff Photographers
Other Images Provided by Miami Fashion Week/A Sobol-Perry Fashion Production Inc. Event
Beth Sobol and Miami Fashion Week 2013 celebrated its 15th anniversary this past March by honoring Brazilian designer
Carlos Miele (www.carlosmiele.com.br who used the occasion to showcase his 2013 Fall/Winter collection otherwise seen during New York Fashion Week) with the International Designer of the Year Award for “his continued innovative vision and contributions to the fashion industry,” as well as presenting the collections of designers from over 25 countries (including Peru, Nigeria, Canada, Columbia, Israel, Pakistan, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Dubai, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Africa, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Jamaica, Ecuador, Venezuela, Algeria, Chile, West Indies, Bolivia) and the United States. Miami Fashion Week 2013 plays an important role in the international fashion week calendar because, with fashion having become a global entity in and of itself, it affords young designers in countries off-the-beaten path (and on-) to show their work in a very important marketplace (the United States) and gain some experience on the circuit. Rosa Clara (www.rosaclara.es) was also honored as the International Bridal Designer of the Year.
“This year marks our most successful yet,” says Bethe Sobol, Founder and CEO of Miami Fashion Week. “Our relationships with the world’s most influential media, buyers and personalities are stronger than ever, allowing us to cultivate an ideal platform for these internationally recognized designers, while unveiling their latest collections to consumers. It is truly a celebration of emerging fashion, art, cuisine, music and style from across the globe.”
The three swimwear collections shown at Miami Fashion Week 2013 were all noteworthy and newsworthy. Tantrik Swimwear Collection by Cady Ann Brown (Jamaica) was fearless in her designs and I was most impressed in the way she incorporated the color of the Jamaican flag in her designs. ShaLaJa Swimwear by Shaquoya Jackson (USA) used metallics and multiple patterns to create a vibrant mosaic of beach beauty we can all appreciate. Sambarela by Katiuska Encarnacion, a Brazilian luxury swimwear brand created for fashion-forward bathing beauties, showed sophisticated designs in flower and optical prints as well as beauties in black & white.