Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach - Fall/Winter Collections Runway Shows

It should be no surprise that a leading trend market like Miami Beach has proven a need for a fashion week to call their own. As with every year, FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach fuses music, fashion like no other city in the world could do.

Mena Suvari, left, speaks with Russell Simmons and girlfriend Porschla Coleman backstage at FUNKSHION, after Simmons had just debuted his new Argyle Culture line in an impressive runway show - Photo Credit: Mitchell Zachs / Courtesy of 10 Cane Rum


Porschla Coleman, musician/model Fabian Hernandez and American entrepreneur and record producer.Russell Simmons waiting for the D'Amore by Marceau show to start at FUNKSHION 2008 Fashion Week Fall/Winter collections in Miami Beach, Florida Saturday, March 29, 2008. Simmons had debuted his new Argyle Culture line Friday night - Photo Credit: Mitchell Zachs / Courtesy of 10 Cane Rum


"Miami really is the fashion capital. They say that it is New York, but really, all of the energy is here and all of the new ideas are here," said Russell Simmons about Fashion Week Miami Beach. Simmons was in town to debut his new line: Russell Simmons Argyle Culture.

Emerging Designer Luciana Scarabello featuring ELLE Jewelry - Photo Credit: Mitchell Zachs / Courtesy of 10 Cane Rum


William Rast Runway Show: Justin Timberlake's new line, designed by Trace. Models are wearing ELLE Jewelry - Photo Credit: Mitchell Zachs / Courtesy of 10 Cane Rum


Sponsor ELLE Jewelry also outfitted a number of the top designers with its new collection available in high-end retail locations nationwide.  The high-polished sterling silver collection offers a distinguished look and edge that is chic, modern, and bold. Each piece is trademarked with a genuine signature ruby logo a symbol of strength and inner beauty.

Designer Richie Rich of Heatherette,left, and friend Kiera Smith


Funkshion - Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrated its 10th season with one of the most impressive line-ups in recent years. The state of the art fashion pod was built on the sand at 11th Street and Ocean Drive in Lummus Park in Miami Beach. The venue featured three unique venues with a large court yard for sponsor activations in the center of it all. The event opened on March 26th at the Setai Hotel with a presentation of an official Proclamation of FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach by the newly inducted Mayor of Miami Beach Matti Bower. The Proclamation ceremony was followed by a spectacular showcase by Jennifer Lopez's high end line Sweetface.

Mena Suvari, left, with boyfriend Simone Sestito


In the days following opening night, FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach moved locations back to the Setai only once to host world renowned designer Fisico by Cristina Ferrari from Milan Italy. The show took place at the Setai Hotel with an amazing runway built directly over the pool.

Russell Simmons Argyle Culture


Russell Simmons Argyle Culture


Caroline D'Amore, left, and Laurent Planeix fashion designer for D'Amore by Marceau at FUNKSHION 2008 Fashion Week Fall/Winter collections


Other highlights in the tents on Ocean Drive were Justin Timberlakes clothing line, William Rast, the debut of Russell Simmons new Argyle Culture line, as well as Puma, Parish, Caroline D' Amore, and Marithé et François Girbaud. Closing nights show in the tents featured Heatherette (that chose this year to do only FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach over NY and LA's Fashion Weeks) as well as and the Jockstarzz Fashion Show Benefiting the Kevin Everett Foundation, which brought some of the nations biggest National Football League (NFL) players together to tackle the runway for a one-night-only charity event and fashion show. During this charity show, super producers Cool and Dre mixed it up on the runway as they debuted their clothing line Dirty Royalty.

Le Jean De Marithe Francois Girbaud Runway Show


Le Jean De Marithe Francois Girbaud Runway Show


William Rast Runway Show: Justin Timberlake's new line, designed by Trace. Models are wearing ELLE Jewelry


As with every season, Fashion Week Miami Beach supports new and emerging designers with the Emerging Designers Award. This year, David Sugarman, CEO of Miami based Management Company Sugartime Productions and Shultz hosted the emerging designers event, and along with Fashion Group International, awarded the winner with a cash prize and free representation for one year. The panel of judges were made up of media elite, trade industry VIP's, designers, celebrities and members of Fashion Group International. FUNKSHION also announced the partnership with Sugartime Productions and Lorette Ambrozewicz in creating the most unique competition for emerging designers inspired by the story of Ms. Ambrozewicz. The goal is to promote the usage of organic materials in Fashion Industry. Emerging designers competed for a cash prize by designing outfits using only organic materials.

Puma Runway Show


Sponsor ELLE Jewelry outfitted looks for Funkshion's top designers with its high-polished silver collection.  All makeup for FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is provided by MAC Cosmetics. All hair by Cosmix - All Funkshion T-Shirts provided by Alternative Apparel. Guests will be able to re-fuel in Red Bulls Energy Station and enjoy Hennessy, Belvedere, 10 Cane rum and Knights Head beer.

Le Jean De Marithe Francois Girbaud Runway Show


The shows were broadcast on Livevideo.com so viewers at home could watch, chat via video and even vote on the favorite designers, styles and shows at Livevideo.com/fashionweekmiami

Akademiks Runway Show


FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a four day/evening long event that provides an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive, established, and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers, and select style makers. FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrates the energy and substance of style across classes and cultures. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands. Designers integrate music into their shows, many personally selecting their favorite celebrity DJs to preside over their runway spectacles FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach has harnessed the curiosity and support of established and emerging talent from the international fashion and lifestyle arenas.

Photo Credits: Mitchell Zachs

For more information: www.funkshion.com






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