With the artistic vibes of Wynwood as the backdrop for first time, the fall/winter season of Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach got off to an amazing start last night.

The day began with a spirited show by the design students if Miami International University under the fearless direction of Charlene Parsons and the dedicated instructors, Miami got a first hand glimpse into the future of the fashion industry.  Keeping with the theme of industry, The Fashion Group International (r) of South Florida hosted a “Designed in Miami” panel featuring internationally renowned fashion designers based in Miami.  They shared their insights on Miami as a fashion capital and what it takes to thrive in the rapidly changing environment.  Pamela Fuertes, Vice President of Beacon Council moderated the discussion with Alessandra Gold – Creative Director of Kruzin, Simonett Pereira – Founder and Creative Director of Style Mafia and Fabrice Tardieu – Founder and Designer at Fabrice Tradieu.  The designers shared their success stories and explained how to effectively design and produce in Miami, and how to leverage the city as a backdrop for all things fashion, while building a sustainable business.




Alessandra Gold presented her F/W 2016 Kruzin footwear collection in a high-energy, expertly choreographed show.  This season she offered a fusion of East meets West, a collage inspired when I am observing people and the streets of places she encounters on her travels around the world,  especially Asia.  Kruzin is where athletic comfort meets urban fashion elements, bringing enough edge to sneakers.


Simonett Periera’s Style Mafia FW16 presentation was all about redefining the classics. Models showed off ruffles, bell sleeves in black and white and hues of pale pink and powder blue, ladylike off the shoulder tops and overextended hems and thinning the line between loungewear and ready to wear.


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