MIAMI MAYOR TO DECLARE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK AS THE OFFICIAL FASHION WEEK FOR CITY OF MIAMI would like to congratulate Miami International Fashion Week on achieving the status as the official Fashion Week for the City of Miami. Since many Caribbean designers present at this event this provides a major opportunity for greater exposure.

MIAMI - March 4, 2010 City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado will declare Miami International Fashion Week, the largest Latin American and international fashion event in the U.S., as the official fashion week for Miami during a press conference on March 18. Mayor Regalado will present a proclamation to MIFW Founder and President Beth Sobol. We are thrilled to have achieved this recognition from Mayor Regalado, said Sobol who recently received a 2010 International Womens Day Award from the World Trade Center and a 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.  Miami International Fashion Week has been elevating the work of amazing local and international designers for 12 years. We have grown steadily over time to be viewed as the premier fashion week for foreign designers entering the U.S. market and emerging designers seeking international exposure.

Sponsored by Wellaflex, Stella Artois and Copa Airlines, the 12th annual Miami International Fashion Week will take place March 18 - 21 at the Shops at Midtown, North Miami Avenue and NE 34th Street, in Miami’s trendy Wynwood Art District.  More than 60 international designers from throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Lebanon, Europe will reveal their latest collections in women’s evening wear, prêt-a-porter, swimwear, men’s wear, jewelry and accessories.

Among the many highlights, Special Guest Designer Silvia Tcherassi will receive the 1st annual Victoria Puig de Lange International Style Award and designer Jad Ghandour from Lebanon will unveil the ultimate dress, a stunning work-of-art consisting of diamonds and 18-K gold valued at $1.5 million.

The International Culinary Arts Pavilion sponsored by Whole Foods Market, A Joy Wallace Catering and Johnson & Wales University will feature a different celebrity chef each night who will prepare a tasting menu based on the countries the designers are showing from that evening. Each course will be accompanied with a different wine paring to further compliment the dish.

More than 500 international members of the media register each year for the event including CNN en Español, Fashion TV, Gulf News and The New York Times as well as over 400 buyers from around the world.

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Miami International Fashion Week is presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. 

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