Over the course of five days, Miami proved itself a force to be reckoned with as an international player in the competitive fashion world as it opened Miami Fashion Week at Ice Palace Studios in Wynwood. The anticipated event brought in more than 700 of Miami’s greatest fashionistas and fashionistos, eager to see the newest collections from world-renowned designers including Silvia Tcherassi, Shantall Lacayo, Custo Barcelona, Fisico, Yirko Sivirich, Rene Ruiz, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Angel Sanchez. Miami Fashion Week honorary president Antonio Banderas helped create the hype as he was present at each one of the week’s events, from the kickoff evening to the daytime Master Class programming events on the business of fashion at Miami-Dade College and the high-fashion runway shows, as well as the evening events including a concert by Diego Torresand his own charity benefit gala.
While this wasn’t the first time Miami Fashion Week took place in the Magic City, this year’s event was significant for a few important reasons: 1. It was included in the CFDA Official Fashion Calendar—if you are a true follower of the fashion world, the CFDA calendar is like the bible to all fashion shows, meticulously choosing the best of the best around the world, of which Miami was selected as one of the top five shows, alongside New York, London, Milan and Paris; 2. It has earned the title of the second-largest fashion week in the United States, following New York; 3. The production was anything but ordinary—the same production genius that was famous for creating Kendall Jenner’s Trevi Fountain for the Fendi Runway Show created the setup of Miami Fashion Week; 4. Vogue Mexico was Miami Fashion Week’s media partner and live-streamed all of the shows on vogue.com; 5. It was the top international fashion week out of anywhere in the world, including top designers from Spain, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua and Miami.