The Miami Style Awards Marks the Return of International Fashion Week to Miami Beach

Commissioner Michael Gongora, Albita, Elaine Lancaster and Beth Sobol, founder of Sobol Fashion Productions

Enchanting Affair Benefitting Miami Fashion Week Foundation Also Honored Five Legendary Women The inaugural Miami Style Awards at the W South Beach was as memorable as it was elegant as guests honored five exceptional South Florida women and were thrilled to learn Miami International Fashion Week would be returning to the beach in 2011 and be rebranded as “Miami Beach International Fashion Week (MBIFW).” Organizers for the largest Latin American and international fashion production in the U.S. that draws innovative designers from around the world said the production will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center March 3 – 6, 2011.
“Last year we had more than 58 international designers from 22 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Lebanon, Europe unveil their latest collections in women’s evening wear, prêt-a-porter, swimwear, men’s wear, jewelry and accessories,” said founder and President Beth Sobol of Sobol Fashion Productions. “Overall, it’s estimated that Fashion Week contributes about $14 million annually to the local economy as participants spend money on hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and transportation.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the Miami Beach International Fashion Week back to the island and the Miami Beach Convention Center,” said Bob Balsam, Global Spectrum’s General Manager at the Miami Beach Convention Center. “Our venue and Miami Beach’s international flair make it the perfect host location for an event of this caliber and prestige. We are confident this is the beginning of a very successful and long-term partnership with the MBIFW.”
During the Miami Style Awards, the five honorees chosen for their grace and elegance as well as their extraordinary community service were socialites and philanthropists Lea Black, Abigail Pollak, and Alexia Echevarria; renowned shoe designer Lisa Pliner; and successful beauty and fashion entrepreneur Loren Ridinger. Later in the evening, Grammywinning singer, producer and composer Albita took the stage for an amazing performance. “It was an incredible evening” said Jason Loeb, Chairman of the Board of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. “We are very proud that Beth has decided to bring this world-class event back to Miami Beach”.
Co-hosted by celebrated fashion designer Julian Chang and MIFW Founder & President Beth Sobol, the event was a spectacular evening of fashion, food, music, and cocktails benefiting the MFW Foundation. Celebrity emcee Elaine Lancaster co-hosted with Brian Andrews, former WSVN and WFOR anchor and Director of English News at RCN TV Colombia, and Ileana Garcia, host of Alfombra Roja on Romancé Radio.
The clothing designers who presented collections during the Miami Style Awards were Julian Chang, Nicolas Felizola, Viviana G for Petit Pois, Andres Vieira for Sewing Souls, Zebra, Erin Healy and Luca Luca. The jewelry and accessories designers included Amaloa Art to Wear, Shannon Saint Clair, Ankora Jewelry, Musa Jewelry, Charles Albert Jewelry, Cyclus, and Zunco Accessories. Tiffany & Co., W Hotel South Beach, Morracanoil, The Miami Institute for Age Management & Intervention, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Cravings Magazine, Laser Cosmetica, and the Capponi Group were sponsors for the event. Solea restaurant provided catering with music by DJ Frank Delour.

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