HoffmanBenzBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 

South Beach will once again come alive this July, as the swimwear industry’s most highly anticipated event returns for the ninth year. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim will heat up the sands of The Raleigh Hotel with five days of designer runway shows, presentations and parties beginning on July 18 through July 22. IMG Fashion is proud to present an extensive list of incredible designers who will be presenting their latest Collections including: AGUA BENDITA, POKO PANO, DOLORES CORTES, WILDFOX SWIM, BEACH BUNNY, NICOLITA, AQUA DI LARA, MARA HOFFMAN SWIM, VIX SWIMWEAR, CIA.MARITIMA, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, GOTTEX, OAKLEY, L*SPACE BY MONICA WISE, A.Z ARAUJO, LULI FAMA, CAFFE SWIMWEAR, MAAJI SWIMWEAR, SAUVAGE, ZINGARA SWIMWEAR, 6 SHORE ROAD, A.CHE SWIMWEAR, AGUACLARA, AQUARELLA SWIMWEAR, CAITLIN KELLY SWIMWEAR and MINIMALE ANIMALE. To kick-off this exciting event ROXY will be showcasing their designs and celebrating 25 years in the industry with ROXY Pop Surf at the Raleigh pool deck on Thursday evening. Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express, TRESemme, Smashbox Cosmetics, Ipanema, The Raleigh, Ocean Drive Magazine and Getty Images; for the official schedule visit:   http://miami.mbfashionweek.com/home.   FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach SWIM On July 17, FUNKSHION Fashion Week Miami Beach will swim into its 24th season in Miami Beach. Debuted in 2003, FUNKSHION has brought Miami to the forefront of the South Florida Fashion World, working with designers from Miami, Latin America, New York City, Milan and Paris.  FUNKSHION offers an opportunity for designer collections to come to life, merging the worlds of fashion and music.  As with every season, since the inception of Funkshion, most shows are open to the general public free of charge.  Potential guests do need to officially rsvp at:  WWW.FASHIONWEEKMIAMI.COM Or  WWW.FUNKSHION.COM.




On Friday, July 19, stay stylish by giving back! To kick-off Miami Swim Week, Style Saves will host an exclusive event at the ultra-chic Soho Beach House, Miami, coordinated by In House Ideas. STYLE SAVES SWIM presented by Schick Quattro For Women Trimstyle, will celebrate the launch of CABANA, the beachwear trade event. For the third year, Style Saves’ Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser will gather 400 of Miami’s most recognized and influential people together to support Style Saves’ mission of “building confidence through clothes and giving a fresh start through fashion” to local underprivileged students in South Florida. In collaboration with The Miami Foundation, Style Saves’ mission is to imbue students with the self-confidence and assurance they need to succeed, both academically and personally. The event will feature three back-to-back designer fashion shows, sponsored open bar and sounds by DJ RUEN. FORD models will strut the runway showcasing designers from CABANA, the beachwear trade event and looks from swim retailer ATRIUM. To open the show, Venezuelan men’s swimwear line Crasqi will make their Swim Week debut. Guests will enjoy cocktails by Belvedere Vodka, Peroni Nastro Azzurro beer and Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, plus sweet treats from Stella’s Sweet Shoppe. The Funclick interactive photo booth sponsored by Metro 1 Properties will let guests capture memories to take home using the hashtag #stylesavesswim. Presenting sponsor, Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle is the perfect partner to the swim theme, encouraging gals to get bikini-ready with the only razor and bikini trimmer in one. Fashion magazine Vogue Brasil and lifestyle publication Haute Living will cover the event as media sponsors while World Red Eye shoots as the official photographer.Tickets are $150 in advance and $175 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit: http://stylesaves.charityhappenings.org/; To learn more about Style Saves visit, www.stylesaves.org.


paradiseOne year after the launch of The Paradise Fund: Miami, join for a night in historic 1957 Havana in grand “Paradise” fashion. Havana in the early 1950′s was a top tourist and nightlife destination. Havana, in its heyday, became known as the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean. Swanky Hotels, Cabarets, Nightclubs and Casinos could be found in abundance. This year, guests will be transported back to Havana’s glory days! Come enjoy tropical cocktails, seasonal bites, freshly rolled cigars and live, Cuban music from the era. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Paradise Fund’s Haiti-based education and development projects. Individual tickets are $150



2nd Annual Youth Fitness Clinic

On Saturday, July 20 Little Lighthouse Foundation is calling all volunteers to participate in the 2nd annual Youth Fitness Clinic at Ansin Sports Complex hosted by Rosenhaus Sports and participating clients. From 9AM – 12PM, 250 youth will participate in outdoor activities with twelve drill stations highlighting simple athletic movements. Each station will be equipped with volunteers, featuring cones, tackle dummies, ladders, passing, and more. Past NFL participants include Plaxico Burress, Jared Odrick, James Pruitt, and Robert Bailey. The Youth Clinic is free of charge and beverages and a commemorative t-shirt will be provided to all participants. If you are interested in volunteering or know youth interested in participating, contact Reed at Reed@v2rgroup.com or 305.417.8553 for a registration waiver.  


tasteTaste of the Nation

South Florida  Share Our Strength, the country’s leading anti-hunger organization and producer of the highly respected annual nationwide culinary benefit, Taste of the Nation, dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the fight to end childhood hunger across America, is getting ready to roll.  Now called Taste of the Nation South Florida and bigger than ever, this year the region’s premier culinary benefit is showcasing more than 50 fabulous restaurants from both Dade and Broward counties, the finest wines and spirits, and an impressive array of auction items.  The much-anticipated event will take place Thursday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., in the spacious main ballroom of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Tickets, priced at $125 per person as well as VIP tickets priced at $250 per person and providing access to the event an hour before the doors open, are available at: www.tasteofthenation.org. One hundred percent of ticket sales go to Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger.