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Miami Beach International Fashion Week: Third Annual Humanitarian Awards

Miami Beach International Fashion Week hosted the “Third Annual Humanitarian Awards” and official kick-off party to benefit the Miami Fashion Week Foundation at Shelborne Hotel, located at 1801 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, on March 8th, 2012.

This year, the organization honored 10 respected philanthropists that have made a difference in our community. They were: Michael Gongora (Miami Beach City Commissioner); DJ Irie, (Official celebrity DJ of the Miami HEAT); Anne Owen (Philanthropist and Publisher of Miami Magazine); Tracy Mourning (Owner of Honey Shine); Irene Korge (Philanthropist); Jennifer Diliz (FL Marlins Director of Foundation Development); Maria Alonso (Bank of America); Nicole Wilson Lozano (Philanthropist); and Leonor Anthony (Expressionist Artist).

The ceremony was hosted by television and radio celebrities, Orlando Leon and Ileana Garcia, in addition Miami’s top fashion designers showcased their collections and the music was by DJ Vertigo.

Beth Sobol & Lissette Rondon..


What was hot, cool, good and best?
Hot: The swimwear designs Zella Machado Swimwear. The young designer, Bruna Santana is coming back to MBIFW 2012 with more daring designs with her Latin style as her signature.
Cool: Celebrities, models, editors, photographers, among others, were gathered with their best outfits, giving the atmosphere a fashionable taste.
Good: Five stars to the organization of MBIFW- every guest was able to meet the designers in person while they were showcasing their collections. Fabulous Job!
Best: The designers as always. Our 3 top favorites:
1- Miami’s Top designer, Viviana Gabeiras and her line “Petit Pois”-her designs in light fabrics with a lot of movement are always fashionable “IN”. Gabeiras also gave us a little sneak peek of her collection that will be presented on March 21st. The talented designer was inspired this time by English musician, singer and songwriter, Florence Welch and the way Welch gives a message through her songs, motivating feelings about the earth and nature- the perfect colors of Gabeiras’s designs.
2-Eduardo de las Casas gained a lot of attention with his beautiful muse, Silvana Camargo. De las Casas showcased very elegant “haute couture” designs in animal prints and dark colors.
3-Emerging Jewelry Designer of 2011, Maria Hamilton, came back this year with elegant and classic designs in metals, diamonds and exotic stones that took everybody’s breath away. The launching of Hamilton’s collection called “Evolution” will be on March 21st to 24th, 2012.

Viviana Gabeiras & Lissette Rondon.





Alex Montague, Maria Alonso (Honoree) and Steve Marcus.


Daphne Lansvelt and Wendy Day.


Charlotte Libov and Lissette Rondon.


Roberts Eva and Diana Gozolowska.


Tatsiana Yarashevica, Yulia Betancourt and Tania Saderi.


Daniela San Miguel.


 Silvana Camargo modeling a design by  Eduardo de las Casas


Lissette Rondon and Bruna Santana..


Mr. and Mrs. Sugarmen.


Kate Dryganova and Tanya Borsch.


Lissette Rondon and Eduardo de las Casas.





 Viviana Gabeiras and Ricardo Gabeiras.



Maria Hamilton, a model and Lissette Rondon.




Jennifer Heegard and Lissette Rondon






Michael Foster and Lissette Rondon.






Lissette Rondon and Samy Gicherman.


Julian Chang and his models.



Jessica Rafaloswki.