Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach

Funkshion venue at the Collins Park

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrates its 20th season! From October 10-13, Miami Beach will be the center of fashion attention around the world. As with every year, FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach, will fuse music and fashion like no other city in the world could do. This is Fashion Week, Miami Beach style!

FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach will utilize locations including a state of the art tent built in Collins Park between 21st and 22nd street in Miami Beach and Studio 743 at 743 Washington Ave.

Partner/Founder of Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach Sale Stojanovic with Custo Dalmau and Romero Britto at Custo Barcelona Fashion Show during Funkshion

FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a four day/evening long event that provides an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive and established designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers, and select style makers. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands. Designers will integrate music into their shows, many personally selecting their favorite celebrity DJs and bands to preside over their runway shows.

Nicole Miller will open the Fashion Week in Miami Beach by receiving the LIFE TIME ACHIEVENT AWARD from Fashion Group International. FGI was established by Edna Woolman Chase, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Eleanor Roosevelt and a few other prominent ladies in 1928.

Inside Funkshion tent during Silvia Tcherassi Show

Director of FGI Margaret Hayes, will come from NY to present the award. Following the award presentation, Nicole Miller will open her retrospective exhibition at the state of the art venue in Collins Park.

In the next few days designers such as Custo Barcelona, Andrew Hilfiger, and others will showcase their new collections. As with every season Funkshion supports local charities. This time American Heart Association will host their 5th Annual Red Dress Show where famous designers such as Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta, Silvia Tcherassi, Nicole Miller, Diane Von Furstenberg, Perry Ellis and other donated unique red dresses for the show with celebrities wearing them on the runway.

Every year Funkshion organizes a competition for young designers and this year Funkshion partnered with Peroni for their worldwide competition where the finals were held in Milk Studios during the NY Fashion. In the past seasons, Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach brought to our town collections and designers such as Betsey Johnson, Nicole Miller, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Ted Baker, Russell Simmons, Custo Barcelona, True Religion and many others. Some of the designers even opened their showrooms here, such as Italian brand Met In Jeans, who made their debut show during Funkshion on the rooftop of Gansevoort South. Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach received three Proclamations from City of Miami Beach Mayors as well as the Key to a City. This year Funkshion received the Creative Design Award from the Beacon Council. In order to promote Fashion Week in Miami Beach, Funkshion hosts events in NY, Milan-Italy, Barcelona-Spain, Berlin- Germany and few other cities around the world. Funkshion happens three times a year in March, July and October. For more information and most updated schedules, please go to www.funkshion.com.

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