Sunday, April 7, 2013

Fashion & Philanthropy | Who's NEXT in Fashion? Runway Shows

Fashion Designers Expo Florida® (FDE Florida) excitingly announces they are now partnered with the World Fashion Organization seeking the best emerging talent all from all over the Sunshine State. The phenomenal schedule of events for this Emerging Industry Fashion Week takes place at the Sofitel Miami Luxury Hotel on Thursday April 18th to Saturday April 20th. The opening night will be a formal dinner celebration at 8pm with the "Who's who in Fashion and Philanthropy!" Friday evening's fashion show with complimentary wine and hors d'oeurves will be poolside featuring luxurious swimwear; ADORO by Top Model and Designer Maytee Martinez, ranked #8 on the web for Top Model of the World 2013, and Top Emerging Swimwear Designer Jennafer Ashley. Both days build anticipation for the "cause-focused and entertaining" FDE Florida Emerging Designer Runway Shows on Saturday April 20th making it the BIG Finale. Now partnered with the World Fashion Organization, FDE Florida has selected designers from all scopes of fashion to represent "Who's NEXT in Fashion!" This 3-day event will be filled with Fashion and Philanthropy.

April 18-20 at Sofitel Miami Luxury Hotel, FDE Florida and non-profit Let the Runway Meet the Cause, Inc. (LRMC), are calling all Politicians, Celebrities, Socialites, News Anchors, Athletes, Radio Personalities, Fashionistas, Press|Media, Bloggers, and Florida Residents to show that WE ALL DO CARE about our communities. Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are claimed to be #1 & 2 in the NATION for the spread of HIV/AIDS! WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING! Be a part of supporting the emerging fashion talent in your community as well as saving lives.

Join FDE Florida and LRMC during their Emerging Industry Fashion Week as they fashionably educate our communities about the AIDS epidemic taking over. "We have to start the conversation, says Karine Melissa, co-founder and CEO of FDE Florida and LRMC. Life is a RUNWAY. Let's WALK RED. Let's TALK RED! Let the Runway Meet the Cause!" Sponsored by Balloon Rush, there will be an artistic balloon display in tribute to the cause and special performances by A.S.P.E.C.T. with his live band and Recording Artist Ashlee Keating. Blossoming from her Radio Disney days, Ashlee has opened for pop sensations Demi Lovato and Disney's Raven Symone and is currently endorsed by Gibson Guitar. Ashlee will perform during the Let the Runway Meet the Cause segment of the show featuring kids and teens in our community and "Kids in the Mix."

Once again the community has come together to support the emerging fashion industry tied to a worthy cause. Sponsors and Supporters include World Fashion Organization, Sofitel Miami Luxury Hotel, Miami-Dade County, Youth of America, CCWC Network Corp., Opulent Image Models, J-n-L Eventz, HLPR Group, Simpson Photography, Mandingo Condoms, and Balloon Rush.

There will be special guest appearances and fabulous hosts. See the schedule below for details about each night of events. Visit for tickets and to get involved!
Schedule of Events to ALL take place at Sofitel Miami Luxury Hotel:

Thursday April 18 - 8pm

-Opening Night Dinner Celebration presented by Let the Runway Meet the Cause, Inc.

-VIP guests will gather in the Paris Ballroom for a formal dinner filled with Fashion & Philanthropy Featuring Guest -Speaker Dr. Doblecki-Lewis & International Spoken Word Poet and Activist Emonde "Mi Corazon" Prosper.

-By Invitation Only. To request an invitation, email Karine Melissa

Friday April 19 - 8pm

-An intimate and exclusive Poolside Fashion Show sponsored by HLPR Group featuring "ADORO" by Top Model "Maytee Martinez" & Jennafer Ashley Swimwear.

-Complimentary Wine and Hors d' oeurves. Spoken Word Poet and Activist Emonde "Mi Corazon" Prosper Hosted by two of the most sought after models in the industry! The beautiful Model/Actress Trishauna Clarke and gorgeous male Model Lloyd Dickenson.

-Limited tickets available online.

Saturday April 20 - 5pm

Runway Shows featuring Top Emerging Designers from around the world AND Let the Runway Meet the Cause runway finale in support of AIDS Awareness

5pm - Poolside Fashion Lounge presented by CCWC Network Corp.

-Red Carpet & VIP Complimentary Wine and Hors d' oeurves
-Special Guests include: Dr. Deborah Holmes, Miami Dolphins Player Jimmy Wilson, Owner of South Street Miami Restaurant Amaris Jones, Aspect and the Band, Ashlee Keating, 99Jamz Radio Personality Miss Kimmy, and Spoken Word Poet and Activist Emonde "Mi Corazon" Prosper
-Vendors include: IMJ Travel Services, Dreams by Me Clothing, Pepe Marinade, and more.

6pm - Top Emerging Designers at the FDE Florida TENT Tickets begin at $25 online.
-Runway Designers include: Kel Fashion and Designs, SUSY WHO, Wild Child Collection, Kri8ed, Yasser Faraco, Abnormal Ariginals, and more.

-Let the Runway Meet the Cause designers include: Bella Fashions, J'Rod Designs, and a presentation by Kids in the MIX!



About Fashion Designers Expo Florida

Fashion Designers Expo Florida is an exciting Internationally Cultured Emerging Industry Fashion Week designed to show the world new fashion superstars, showcasing the best emerging talent from all over the world. FDE offers the excitement and exposure that emerging fashion talents need to bring their dreams to reality. FDE is committed to showcasing REAL fashion by keeping its runway freshly filled with Models and Designers representing ALL cultures from around the world. Now that's REAL fashion! "It's more than just another Fashion Event; it's giving the emerging industry a secure platform to bring their dreams to reality while using the power and glamour of the runway in support of nonprofit organizations to impact our world." -Karine Melissa, CEO and Co-Founder

About Let the Runway Meet the Cause, Inc.

Let the Runway Meet the Cause Inc. (LRMC) is a non-profit organization created to bridge the irresistible glamour and power of the Fashion Industry and the HEART of top non-profit organizations to impact the world and bring dreams to reality. Each season FDE selects an organization to team up with to "friend-raise" and/or bring awareness to the community about a pressing cause. LRMC has collaborated with the following charities throughout the year.

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