Antonio Banderas seems to be front row at most of the runway shows during Miami Fashion Week, which ran May 31-June 5 at Ice Palace Film Studios. Banderas is the event’s honorary president.
Eight fashion designers showed their resort and cruise collections for 2018. They include:
Rene Ruiz — After apprenticing with Valentino, this Cuban-born designer opened an atelier in Coral Gables.
Silvia Tcherassi — A Colombian-born designer now based in Miami.
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada — This Madrid-based Spanish noble (she is a marchioness and a baroness) has boutiques around the world.
Shantall Lacayo — A Nicaraguan designer who competed on “Project Runway Latin America” in 2010.
Custo Barcelona — Based in Barcelona, designer Custo Dalmau started the Custo Barcelona label in 1996.
FISICO — The Italian-based brand is designed by Cristina Ferrari.
Yirko Sivirich — A favorite of fashion weeks from New York to Puerto Rico, this Peruvian menswear designer added womenswear in 2015.
Miami Fashion Week started in 1999 and went through several name changes (Miami International Fashion Week, Moda in Miami) and locations before going on hiatus in 2015.
A group of European investors bought Miami Fashion Week and rebranded it last year as a showcase for luxury vacation clothes, signing on Banderas as a brand ambassador. In addition to the spate of catwalk shows, dinners and parties, there were master classes at Miami Dade College on sustainability in the industry.
Though the collections were widely disparate, some overall trends did emerge, such as metallics, sheer fabrics, white monochromatic dressing, Crayola colors mixed together and sleeve interest.