Day one of Miami Fashion Week (MIAFW) officially kicked off with a style-studded press conference at EAST, Miami the official hotel partner. MIAFW CEO Julio Iranzo took the stage to welcome guests and introduce Honorary President Antonio Banderas. Iranzo and Banderas were joined by famed creatives, such as MIAFW's Creative Director Lourdes Fernández-Velasco, renowned runway director Sergio Salerni and ProColombia's Vice-President of Exports Juliana Villegas. Additionally, City of Miami's dignitaries Mayor Carlos A. Giménez and Mayor Francis Suarez, along with representatives from the community, such as Miami Fashion Institute Chairperson Asanyah Davidson and CEO of Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Dr Narendra Kin, were also on the panel.
The conference was focused on the imminent global recognition of Miami as a fashion capital amidst New York, Milan, Paris, and London since being named the second largest fashion week in the United States. Conversations also spanned topics of sustainability in the fashion industry, the evolution of Miami Fashion Week and the importance of giving back to the community.
Later that evening festivities began with the international fashion community filling the second level of Saks Fifth Avenue in Brickell City Centre (BCC) for the official MIAFW kick-off party. Stylised looks from each of the 12 designers showing at MIAFW were staged throughout the anchor store on models as chic onlookers enjoyed bites and beverages courtesy of Casa Tua Cucina.
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