Miami – Peroni Nastro Azzurro, one of Italy’s leading brands and the world’s No. 1 premium Italian beer, joined Fashion Group International (FGI), FUNKSHION and Italia Independent in hosting the 3rd Annual Emerging Designer Series contest during Miami Swim Week.
Key Miami fashion influencers joined event judges Barbara Hulanicki (Fashion Icon, Designer and Founder of the retail stores Biba), Annie Vazquez (Fashion Blogger) and Rachael Russell (Fashion Stylist) during a two-date event to announce the 2014 Emerging Designer Series winner. To apply, designers were chosen after submitting a design that best illustrates their view of Italian style.
Festivities kicked-off on Tuesday (July 15) at the Soho Beach House for a cocktail reception and preview with the contending designers. This year’s participating and contending designers include Carolin Autenrieth, Carolina Benoit, Catherine Malvicino, Gustavo Alonso, Melida Salcedo, Mimmy Begazo, Nastassia Bauta, Parker Trumble Pilar Tarrau and Valentina Delfino. All were onsite to discuss their collections with the Emerging Designer Series judges and attending guests. There was a shoe-bar courtesy of Italian brand Superga as well as a photo chalk-board booth courtesy of Italia Independent.
The designers went on to showcase their designs during a fashion show and showcase at the 3rd Annual Emerging Designer Series fashion show at SLS South Beach on Wednesday (July 16). During the event attendees were treated to fashion shows with designs from last year’s Emerging Designer winner Kim Nguyen and her line Quyen Dimension, as well as KH Swim Wear. The final show included a runway show with this year’s design contenders. A crowd of around 800 guests watched in anticipation as judges Barbara Hulanicki, Annie Vazquez and Rachel Russell selected Carolin Autenrieth as the 2014 Miami Swim Week Emerging Designer. Carolin will be awarded a trip to New York Fashion Week as well as a complete runway production showcasing her full line at Swim Week 2015 in Miami.
Guests at the event were treated to bars featuring Peroni Nastro Azzurro Italian beers, as well as a shoe bar by Superga, a sunglass bar by Italia Independent, decor by Balloon Express, a watch bar by Mulco watches, and a display of Fashion Poet blogger Annie Vazquez’s jewelry line “Lil Miss Miami.” Guests also enjoyed Kryo pops from Kryogenifex.