Vanidades magazine hosted its 6th Annual ‘Magia de la Moda’ fashion event on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 during Funkshion Fashion Week. Over 200 of Miami’s most fashion savvy attended the event at the design districts famous Moore Building. Most of whom sipped on specialty cocktails next to internationally familiar artists including Mexican actress Marlene Favela; Miami Local designer Julian Chang; Latin singer Alex Wayne; luxury handbag designer and founder of El Diario de la Moda Adriana Castro; Puerto Rican-American singer and songwriter Elijah King; TV host, model and actress Chiquinquirá Delgado; Mexican rock and jazz musician Alexander Otaola; Mexican actor and TV host for Vida Miami TV Christian Carabias; Latin actressPatricia de Leon and actor Willy Martin.
The award presentation, emceed by Lourdes Stephen, co-host of Univision’s Sal y Pimienta, began on the ground floor, where Fashion Group International honored Vanidades Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Blanco and International Editor Mari Rodriguez Ichaso; former Regional Director of Fashion Group International Christina Martin and President & COO of Terra Group David Martin. Isabel &Ruben Toledo were presented with a lifetime achievement award.
Followed by a U.S. debut runway show for Cuban-American fashion designer Isabel Toledo’s showcasing her Spring-Summer 2012 collection. Isabel has been in the fashion industry for over 25 years and is best known for her lemongrass dress and matching coat worn by Michelle Obama on inauguration Day.
The inspiration for the collection comes from the style and grace of the Caribbean woman. The collection is best described as Parisian girl meets island chic. The construction on the dresses was remarkable; some details were almost hidden with a minimalist approach. The palette of saturated corals, indigo, red, pinks and crisp white illuminated the room like a bowl of tropical fruit. Only glimpses of metallic were seen in accessories. Isabel’s designs create a lot of panache and movement while remaining statuesque. It is clear she has evolved the short suit, many times punched up with loose multi colored tassels, expressive hats, cinched in waists and espadrilles. The layering and bow belted effect was so refined seemed like something Coco Chanel herself may have created for a South of France look. Toledo’s work is a product of endless refinement; each collection is different, but seamlessly eloquent.
Thanks to title sponsors Covergirl and Pantene this event brought Miami fashion to a higher level.