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Donna Karan Brings Urban Zen to Neiman Marcus

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 3 - 2011

Donna Karan Event at Neiman Marcus (1)By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore and Maryanne Salvat

Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour and Coral Gables joined forces on Thursday, January 20 to host iconic designer and philanthropist Donna Karan, who celebrates 25 years in the fashion industry this year. Over 150 guests gathered at the Coral Gables location for this highly anticipated event, as the Donna Karan Spring 2011 Collection was showcased, with each piece being described and highlighted by Karan and Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing.  The entire Fine Apparel area of the store was transformed into a runway set-up, complete with a built-in Donna Karan shop featuring the latest pieces. Karan, ever the picture of coolness, fresh from a trip to Australia where she broke her arm, donned a stylish black leather cast lined with cashmere, yoga pants, a bathing suit, stunning scarf, leather beaded necklace and Lanvin flats.

As gazelle-like models sashayed down the runway in beautiful nude silhouettes and body revealing drapings in beige and tan, Karan spoke to clients about her inspiration for the spring collection.    During the intimate presentation, she mentioned that her father was a custom tailor and so she has that in her blood- her reason behind starting every collection with a perfect jacket.   Karan commented how the fabric has a way of speaking to her and how a tailored look should compliment   a woman’s figure.  Soft neutrals, muslin, and silk creations inspired by natural elements that transcend from day to evening were featured throughout the collection, which is about “laying down and being the woman that you are, celebrating femininity and sensuality” she explained.  The much sought-after red carpet styles are intended to be naturally comfortable without sacrificing glamour and elegance.

Karan spent quite a bit of time discussing her global initiatives, including Urban Zen, which was inspired by her late husband’s struggle with lung cancer.  “I’ve spent years dressing people on the outside, I want to dress people inside.” In her intimate and moving conversation with the audience, Karan spoke about the current voids in health care and education.  She explained that Urban Zen seeks to create calm in chaos and that more care needs to be given to the nurses.  “Nursing is everything we are…as women, as mothers.”  She went on to say that people care for disease not patients and that we must look to cultures and wisdom all over the world to make changes in health care and education.  A basic tenet of Urban Zen is that when you buy a dress- you help all of the people involved in its creation-it is much deeper than just fashion but an understanding of what clothing means- the preservation of cultures- artisans -working

with hands- indigenous cultures, all of which lead to empowerment.  “The goal is to collaborate, communicate and empower.”

Following the fashion presentation, fashion aficionados swarmed the runway to snap shots and meet the designer. Throughout the afternoon guests were treated to a champagne reception and scrumptious lunch bites by Thierry’s Catering, while continuing to shop and mingle. Guests included Sue Miller, Mari Alarcon, Alexia Echevarria, Annelies de Costa Gomez, Yolanda Berkowitz, Debra Scholl, Andria Holtz, Elena Baronoff, Terry Jove, Fernanda Cisneros, and Cheryl Stephenson. 

**photo credit: Manny Hernandez

Funkshion Heats Up Setai and Bass

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 3 - 2010


Funkshion, a.k.a. Fashion Week Miami held its 15th season of runway shows this past week, drawing the usual stellar crowd of designers, VIPs, politicians, and fashion forward, who convened at, around and between the Bass Museum, Setai Hotel and Set nightclub for 5 days of shopping, runway shows and parties fueled by Wodka Vodka.  Noteworthy shows included The Red Dress show, The Richie Rich PopLuxe, Sarahi House of Fashion and Krell Wear.  Organizers and designers have already begun preparations for the March 2011 season!

One of the many highlights of Funkshion is undoubtedly Vanidades’ ‘Magia de la Moda’ fashion event, now its fifth season.  The event, which took place at the Bass Museum, was emceed by Satcha Pretto, co-host of Univision’s Primer Impacto, and showcased the season’s chicest eveningwear and accessories with a surprise finale and appearance by Luca Luca’s Creative Director Raul Melgoza.

Pretto kicked off the runway show by saying, “It is an honor to be here this evening to present the fifth anniversary of ‘Magia de la Moda.  Most importantly, we are thrilled to bring everyone together again to celebrate established and emerging designers alike, with a collaborative evening of incredible vision and talent that will certainly not disappoint.”

Trina Turk kicked-off the 70 looks, followed by Elie Tahari Bal Harbour, Ina Soltani, Jacqueline Quinn and Laundry by Shelly Segal.  Elegant handbags by Laura Buccellati and Beautiful People along with footwear by Sergio Rossi Bal Harbour and bold jewelry by Daniella Kronfle and Diane Marie Designs which completed each look.  Showcasing the looks on the runway were television personalities including Telemundo’s Azucena Cierco, Jorge Bernal and Quique Usales; Univision’s Alejandra Espinoza; Mega TV’s Angie Perez; actresses Ivelyn Giro, Jessica Fox and Martiza Rodriquez; actor and singer Melvin Cabrera; and international model Ines Rivero, who cascaded down the runway in a Luca Luca gown for the finale.

A Funkshion Preview

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 8 - 2010

Kids Fashion Week NYC 2010 (1)

By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Miami definitely had a presence during NYC fashion week this season.  South Beach-based fashion show producers and owners of Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami,(which is scheduled for the week of October 20) Sale Stojanovic and Matt Heien, collaborated to produce and publicize over 13 runway shows in the Big Apple.  From PetitePARADE, the first ever Kids Fashion Week in the USA ( , to Style 360 and the Elle magazine show, to Rajvi Mohan, one of the few men’s shows this season.  The New Delhi designer made quite the splash with her new Men’s Spring Summer 2011 collection presented by New Era. As you may have guessed, (and can see in the photos) it was hard to concentrate on the show or clothes, with all of the gorgeous male models on the runway.

Ice-Watch® Falls Coolest Accessory

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On August - 4 - 2010

Paris-Hilton-Ice-Watches-Kari-Feinstein-Golden-Globes-2010Just in time for Fall, no pun intended, Ice-Watch® has created a whole new line of arm candy sure to brighten any wardrobe all year round.  The multicolored timepieces are water resistant, perfect for dreary rainy days, and feature luminous hands with a magnified calendar, for those early winter sunsets.  The best part, each Ice-Watch® is packaged in a collectable, reusable “becubic” case that doubles as a coin bank making it both fashionable AND environmentally conscious.  Ice-Watch® is sold in over 50 countries around the world and recently debuted in the United States in December 2009. Since it’s unveiling, Ice-Watch® has become a popular accessory among celebrities and fashion icons such as, Paris Hilton, Jennie Garth, Felicity Huffman, Gilles Marini, Ali Landry, Craig Robinson, Rex Lee, and Evan Handler.  With an array of colors from pastels to fluorescents, Ice-Watch® definitely has something for everyone.  For more information visit  

Trina Turk at Bal Harbour

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 22 - 2010
ttbalharbour Miami fashionistas Amanda Fernandez-Leon, Jacquelynn Powers, Jilian Sanz and Sarah Arison hosted an intimate shopping soiree at Trina Turk Bal Harbour coinciding with Mercedes-Benz Miami Fashion Week Swim 2011. In celebration of the designer’s appointment as the Mercedes-Benz Presents designer, the event offered guests the opportunity to browse the new Swim & Spa collection as well as mingle with Trina Turk, herself. 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2011

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 22 - 2010

By: Mary Jo Shore and Maryanne Salvat

LeadMercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim descended upon the South Beach sands this weekend, with an action-packed schedule of 20 shows, featuring designs from top swimwear brands including: Poko Pano, True Religion, Mara Hoffman, Ed Hardy, Red Carter, Luli Fama and our favorite, this season’s Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer, Trina Turk, whose 60s Hollywood-glam-meets Acapulco inspired pieces received raving reviews.  The daily mix of sweltering heat and torrential rain, (c’mon, it’s Miami in JULY, what did you expect?) hardly dampened the excitement for the thousands of fashion insiders who packed the various venues at the Raleigh and trekked amid puddles to off-site shows, such as Red Carter’s at the Bass Museum and satellite swimsuit showcases such as Salon Allure and Melissa Odabash at the W; Funkshion at the Setai; and numerous events at the Webster boutique (more on these next week). Read the rest of this entry »