The catwalk caper "Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach" makes a runway return for its 20th season starting Wednesday night and running over four nights.
The events will be staged in two locations: Tents set up at Collins Avenue at 21st street as well as a new space in Studio 743 (743 Washington Avenue) in Miami Beach.
"Also new this year is the fact that Nicole Miller is not doing a show, but rather an exhibit of all her dresses over the last 30 years," explains Funkshion co-founder Matt Heien about the Wednesday night. "There will be Angelina Jolie's Oscar dress and that 'Vanity Fair' cover with Demi Moore, pregnant and with a dress painted on. Well it was a Nicole Miller dress that was the inspiration for that [body art] dress."
Heien goes on to say that in addition to a Custo Barcelona spring showing Thursday night, Parisienne couturier Etienne Jeanson - who has worked for Dior, YSL and Lacroix - will make his U.S. debut at Funkshion. "He knows we have the mix of Latin, European, New York and South Florida cultures all put together," says Heien. "It's an important market for him."
On Friday there will be shows from Guria Swimwear (presented by weight loss company Sensa) and the Red Dress Campaign (the campaign from the American Heart Association).
Saturday night, after a runway show of the Dieo Collection by Jnaba Diallo, there will be another debut - this one from Traver Rains, the co-creator of the now-defunct campy fashion label Heatherette, introducing his new brand T.Rains by Traver Rains. "No one has ever seen that," adds Heien.
For a full schedule go to Funkshion.com.
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