Miami, a fashion city

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Major events, fashion shows and catwalks in Florida

Miami is a fashion capital as well as being home to golden beaches, nightlife and luxury leisure. The most innovative and dynamic metropolis in the United States has been rapidly establishing itself as a hub for international fashion, attracting the best designers, models and fashion houses in the world. All this is above all thanks to the city’s growing flair for design, style and beauty and several major events and appointments capable of catalyzing the attention of the industry, including fashion shows and catwalks.

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Miami Fashion Week

Miami Fashion Week is one of the most important fashion events in Florida and the Americas, after the New York Fashion Week. It is held once a year just before the start of the summer season, from the end of May to the beginning of June, and is aimed primarily at the Central and South American public and professionals. This event draws hundreds of stylists, designers and artists to Florida’s capital city each year and has given a major boost to the development of the fashion industry in Miami.

More than 200 media outlets cover the Miami Fashion Week which attracts some 6,000 total guests and more than 1.5 million users worldwide connected in live streaming. The 2022 edition of MIAFW featured the likes of fashion designers Angel Sanchez from Venezuela, Benito Santos from Mexico, Naeem Khan from India, Agatha Ruiz De La Prada from Spain, and René Ruiz from Cuba, as well as many other emerging designers from the Caribbean and South America. Their fashion houses have for years been a brilliant example of the common thread that unites U.S. and Latin American fashion, crossing over from garments to contaminate music, art, culture and lifestyle.

Exceptionally, Miami Fashion Week 2023 is scheduled in the fall, during November, and it promises to focus more explicitly on the community aspect of fashion, to innovate and further boost the development of the fashion industry in Florida and serving as a hub for creating new opportunities and showcasing emerging talent.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami

Not to be confused with MIAFW, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami is the twin event of New York Fashion Week and an integral part of the side events scattered around the world by the same organizers. It takes place in the summer at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Miami Beach and anticipates trends in the swimwear world. Miami, with its gorgeous golden sand beaches silhouetted against the ocean waters, is synonymous with active outdoor, sun-kissed living to be experienced in a cool and fashionable way, possibly winking at luxury.

The Miami hotel headquarters of the event hosts fashion shows, parties and events to launch and present new summer collections, featuring world-renowned stylists and designers and leading international fashion brands. The beachwear that everyone will be sporting on the trendiest beaches in Florida and the United States is presented here, in a glamorous setting.

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Miami Swim Week

Miami hosts Miami Swim Week, another annual must-attend event for swimwear and beachwear enthusiasts in July. Established in 2002, Miami Swim Week attracts exhibitors, designers, influencers and visitors to showcase the latest trends in swimwear, with a series of events, fashion shows and activities throughout the Miami Beach area, a decidedly fitting and almost unique setting for a close-up look at the most glamorous swimsuits, new bikini lines and must-haves of the summer.

The Miami Swim Week 2023 is scheduled for July 4-10 and will gravitate to the Miami Beach Convention Center, the destination of an annual event that models, industry insiders and swimwear brands simply cannot miss.

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Miami Fashion Film Festival

One of the events in Miami dedicated to fashion is the Miami Fashion Film Festival, which looks at this world from a different point of view through the camera lens. The MIAFFF takes place annually in March and hosts retrospectives, feature films, reviews and short films dedicated to fashion, with a strong innovative and experimental character that also opens participation to young and independent filmmakers without neglecting the big names in the industry. In the past, stars such as Almodòvar, the Cohen brothers, Spike Lee, Sofia Loren, Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone, Demi Moore and many others have trod the red carpet of the Miami Fashion Film Festival.

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In short, from designer boutiques to shopping malls home to the outlets of major international fashion brands, such as Aventura Mall north of the capital city, and in conjunction with runway events, fashion in Miami occupies a privileged place all year round on par with design (discover the Miami Design District), architecture, and culture and is an integral part of the concept of luxury that permeates all-around life in Florida.

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