Designers Showcase Highlights At Miami Fashion Week – Spring 2009

Design by Carlos de Moya
Design by Carlos de Moya

Miami, FL (CNS) – Miami Fashion Week® artfully blends global culture and style, attracting designers, entertainers, celebrity jet-setters and fashion royalty from throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The fashion shows and after parties have earned a well deserved reputation as the places to be among this elite crowd of bold face names.

Dominican Republic surprised the onlookers of industry elite with some designs that looked to be straight out of the New York or Paris Fashion Week.

Gutierrez Marcano, Cinthia Avelino, Damaris Rubio, Carlos de Moya, Magaly Tiburcio and Belkola, the winner of DominicanaModa Best Designer

Designs by Damaris Rubio
Designs by Damaris Rubio

2008, all showcased their latest collections at Miami Fashion Week to audience acclaim. Cinthia Avelino showcased designs that were whimsical and playful yet wholly chic, with layers upon layers of detail and fanciful touches like an oversized top hat. Gutierrez Marcano showcased myriad ways to make a black dress look classic, yet adding twists in detail to make them entirely new. Carlos de Moya took traditional inspiration to new heights with his designs, including a long, flowing pearl dress with added detail which gave the model a majestic look.

Damaris Rubio’s collection was a mix of both old and new, such as richly designed dresses and ruffled tops complimenting a high waisted short which is both appropriate for Dominican weather and shows off legs for days. Rubio’s mix various influences such as Spaniard and Caribbean patterns and fabrics.  Magaly Tiburcio and Belkola featured inventive cuts and patterns with eye-popping detail on their designs.  Belkoa’s designs have been showcased by social and artistic personalities such as Juan Luis Guerra, Zoe Saldaña among others.

From Spain, we saw notable Jewelry Designer Cristian Lay’s collection represented by his son Miguel Angel Leal, Director of Marketing.  Cristian Lay Jewelry designs has become the greatest manufacturer of custome jewelry in Europe.  Operating from Spain and in more than 13 countries including Portugal, Morocco, Mexico, Puerto Rico among other.  “With this event begins the ambitious project of expanding markets for Cristian Lay, including various strategic tactics,

Miguel Angel Leal for Cristian Lay
Miguel Angel Leal for Cristian Lay

such as a new campaign of communication focused on social and

Jewelry by Cristian Lay
Jewelry by Cristian Lay

fashionable media, associating our name to recognize national and international celebrities of the fashion world, art, design, and movies who will design exclusively for our brand” stated Leal.

Also from Spain, special guest designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada, whose exuberant, brightly colored and bold patterns creations garnered her the 2004 fashion Oscar in Italy as best foreign designer.  In the early 1980s, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada burst onto Spain’s fashion scene in Madrid, and soon became one of the main promoters of the movida madrilne, a sociocultural revolution which took place in the city. She later incorporated

Designer Agatha Ruiz del Prada
Designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

her signature boldly-colored designs into household items, furniture, stationery products, technological items, jewelry, toys and more, as well as clothing for men, women, children and babies.  She will have a special retrospective exhibition at La Piscine de Roubaix in France later on this year.

Another outrages collection was that one of Designer Michael Cinco from Dubai. He had richly detailed evening gowns, full of elegance and glamour.  His design looked perfectly fitted for European and Middle East royalty.    Cinco collections showcased extraordinary soft silks, tulles and organzas, such as his white and gray wedding gown, with detailed diamond beads on the chest and neck area.

Design by Michael Cinco
Design by Michael Cinco

Entitled Impalpable dreams, Cinco introduced the Hispanic crowd to some sunny fare.  The collection is called Impalpable dreams. Through my clothes I want to shout out to the world that it is OK to dream in these tough times. Dreams are one thing which does not cost money. After all, there may be credit crunch, but not couture crunch. My muse is like an Arab princess who flies out of Dubai in the morning, reaches St  Tropez and then jets off to Paris for dinner. My clothes would look great on a sophisticated jet setter. The ’50s style can never go out of style. The small hips, the big waist will always be in vogue”, states Cinco.

Among the key sponsors and supporters of this year’s Miami Fashion Week® are: Copa Airlines, Fiji Water, Red Bull, AMC Liaisons with Rain Vodka and El Dorado Rum, Barefoot Champagne and Wines, Samy Style Salon, MOCA Museum, Gibson Guitar, Stella Artois Beer, Avis, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., Global Purchasing Group, among many others. Civic and industry organizations lending support include: the City of Miami, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Miami Tourism Development Council, World Trade Center Miami, and the International Alliance of Specialty Fashion Retailers. Hotel partners and special event planners are: Eden Roc, Gansevoort South, The National Hotel, Karu & Y, and E Squared Concepts, the official decorator and opening night party production company. Global media sponsors include: Mega TV & Romance Radio, Venue Magazine, Apollo Male Models Magazine, Level Magazine, The Welcome Channel and 944 Magazine.

Chabeli, Julio Iglesias, Jr. en el desfile de Cristian Lay
Chabeli, Julio Iglesias, Jr. at the Cristian Lay show

Among those in attendance were: American actor Vincent De Paul from the movie Poseidon and the original cast of Hairspray, Mexican actress Angelica Celaya, and South Florida drag diva Elaine Lancaster, Grammy Award winning singer Albita; actress Sofia Comparini; singer Ricardo Montaner; singer, actress Patricia Manterola; actress Elsa Pataky; supermodel Elena Tablada; singer Lizette Santana; noted journalist Chabeli Iglesias; singer Julio Iglesias, Jr; stage, movie and television star Alejandro Chaban; actor Gabriel Porras; television personality María del Carmen Sojo; celebrity hairstylist Samy; celebrity make-up artist Ethian Hugo; Miss España 2006 and top model Elisabeth Reyes; and actress and former Miss Panama Patricia De León, among many others. Romance radio personality Ileana Garcia and MEGA TV host Alan Villafañe emceed all the excitement.

Source: Anthony Jones – Celebrity News Service Contributor,, Miami Fashion Week press releases and Designer’s sites.



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