Proceedings get started on Wednesday with a press conference at the Kimpton EPIC Miami, followed by a kick-off party at Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell and a designers’ dinner in the evening.
Thursday opens with the first session of the third annual MIAFW Summit, which takes place at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Entitled “Sustainability & Technology”, this year’s event looks to address some of the most pressing issues currently facing the fashion industry and is supported by the Miami Fashion Institute and the Knight Foundation Fund.
The first of the fashion week’s runway presentations, which will once again be held at Miami’s Ice Palace Film Studios, will be given by two returning labels: Rene by RR and Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, who will be breaking in the catwalk later on the same day.
On Friday the MIAFW Summit draws to a close, while Daniella Battle will be taking over the runway at 5:00PM – the brand’s second MIAFW participation – followed by newcomers Herminas Reea and Vero Díaz. Saturday’s shows include Dash, the Miami Fashion Institute, Colombian womenswear label Glory Ang and punchy LA-based brand Fernando Alberto.
Sunday will pay tribute to this year’s guest country, the Dominican Republic, with a special fashion show featuring the collections of Giannina Azar, Jenny Polanco, Arcadio Díaz, Jacqueline Then and Monica Varela.
MIAFW’s honorary president Antonio Banderas will be present at a number of the events taking place throughout the week and will host the third Miami Fashion Week Benefit Gala on the evening of Friday, May 31. This year the event supports the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation and the actor’s own charitable organization, Fundación Lágrimas y Favores.
Relaunched in 2016, Miami Fashion Week is currently recognized as the second largest fashion event in the US, after New York Fashion Week.
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