Miami, FL - Fashion Designers Expo Week was more than just another Fashion Week. Excitement filled the air as Celebrities, Politicians, Athletes, Socialites, and the Community came together to "Let the Runway Meet the Cause. " Co-founder and CEO of Fashion Designers Expo, Karine Melissa said, "It's more than just another Fashion Week, it's giving the emerging industry a secure platform to bring their dreams to reality all while using the power and glamour of the runway in support of non profit organizations to impact our world." That's exactly what FDE did last week during their Spring event.
FDE's opening night at the luxurious Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel was one to remember. Even though the original poolside location was moved due to the unpredictable Miami weather, FDE didn't miss a beat. The elegance of the decor was a perfect fuse of fashion and heart; the heart of the beneficiary for the week, Outside the Huddle Foundation founded by NFL Player Kennard Cox. FDE Week featured the launch of Cox's Foundation. The night hosted by 99Jamz's very own Miss Kimmy, was highlighted by a Proclamation presentation to Cox by the City of South Miami Vice Mayor Josh Leibman. The famous quote that resounded throughout the night was what compelled Dwayne Wade Sr. and other guests to get involved. Cox says, "I'm not just teaching kids how to tackle on the field but how to tackle life." Models dressed in Yasser Faraco couture gowns mingled with the guests celebrating the occasion and enjoying sounds by M2G.
Complimenting FDE's multicultural Fashion Week, Agadir Moroccan Cuisine was the host venue for Thursday night's Live Poetry and dinner. Agadir donated a portion of the proceeds made that evening to the cause. D' Poet hosted the night while guests enjoyed sounds by DJ Bankz and poetry by Enamali and Rebacca Butterfly Vaughns. The night went on into the wee hours of the morning as FDE presented their Signature Model Party at Gryphon Nightclub in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino sponsored by The Majestic Group and hosted by Jacksonville Jaguars Mike Sims-Walker and Kennard Cox.
The Main Event on Friday night was the epitome of fashion and philanthropy. Guests had never seen anything like it. From the over-sized gobo projection of FDE and OTH logos on the wall to the extra long white covered runway, FDE set the tone for the evening. Not to mention to beautiful ice sculptures with the FDE and OTH logos finely carved in them. M2G were the guest DJ's of the night and they were fabulous along hostess Aliyah Cherrisse. Designers hit the runway to showcase their masterpieces; Francisco Azucar, Young Fresh Society by Royallayn, J-Rod Designs, Stacy Lawes International, Abnormal Ariginals, Jennafer Ashley, Julia Feng of Julia Sera Fashions managed by M. Joseph Miller II. of M & A Management and Bella Fashions who sponsored clothing along with V74 Boutique for the kids involved in the Outside the Huddle Foundation programs. The evening was highlighted by kid models all bedazzled in green to honor Kennard Cox and Outside the Huddle Foundation. Alizdair Ray also hit the runway as one of FDE's kid models. Alizadair plays a role as an innocent Iraqi boy in All Wars End. The film will begin the rounds at film festivals in July of 2012. You could feel the excitement in the air as everyone "Let the Runway Meet the Cause." To top off the evening was a fabulous performance by Hip Hop Kidz. The audience could no longer stay seated! Music filled the air and everyone was happy to be a part of this amazing event.
VIP appearances throughout FDE Week included Dwayne Wade Sr., South Miami Vice Mayor Josh Leibman, Miami Dolphins Players Nolan Carroll and Roberto Wallace, Jacksonville Jaguars Mike Sims-Walker, Celebrity Designer Tanya Marie, Tennis Pro Neha Ubeori, Canadian Artist Karian Sang, ANTM British Invasion Annaliese Dayes, 99Jamz Radio Personality Miss Kimmy, and Vice President of Raaw Foods Paul Gregg to mention a few. Guests ended the night at Club Play for the official FDE After Party.
FDE sends a special thanks to everyone who made this event possible. Please visit their website for a complete list of sponsors.
FDE, you did it again! What an amazing Fashion Week with a cause that impacts our communities. Can't wait for the FDE Fall shows on October 15-20, 2012.
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