Coral Gables, FL – September 7, 2016 – Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and Ocean Drive Magazine kicked off the highly anticipated fall fashion season with their much awaited ART OF FASHION event – always the most stylish soiree of the fall season. Giving back to the community is always in fashion, and this year Neiman Marcus partnered with the next generation of Miami philanthropists: PAMM Contemporaries, the United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders, and The Young Philanthropists of Baptist Health. The evening celebrated fall with a runway fashion show MC’d by Lisa Petrillo, Entertainment and lifestyle Correspondent for CBS-4. The fashion show showcased the must-have fall fashion trends, including velvets, high-shine metallics, ripe berry shades, florals, skirts that move, the bomber jacket, and the adorned shoe. Over 500 of Miami’s socialites and trendsetters laced up their stilettos for an evening of fashionably fun activities throughout the store. Guests enjoyed a braid bar by GLAMSQUAD, a red lip bar by YSL Cosmetics, a stop at the Miami Marlins pop up for a chance to win tickets and batting practice. Many also enjoyed striking a pose in the South Beach Photo Booth while wearing floral crowns by DolceFlor.com, as well as visiting the LAGUNA HOUSE lounge. Bites were graciously provided by Bulla Gastrobar, STK Miami, and Neiman Marcus’ own Mariposa Restaurant, with cocktails provided by Fleur de Lis Vodka and gold medal award winning wines awarded at Veritage Miami’s Best in Glass Wine Challenge.
Johanna Da Ru & Stephen Brunelle
Christopher Adeleke, Monica Defortuna, Kate Valois, Stephen Brunelle, Lisa Petrillo, Danny Rodriguez, Katie Henriques, & Silvia Larrieu
Christopher Adeleke, Monica Defortuna, Kate Valois, Danny Rodriguez, Katie Henriques, & Silvia Larrieu
Stephen Brunelle, Lisa Petrillo, & Jared Shapiro
Jared Shapiro, Anthony Liggins, & Courtland Lantaff
Emily & Courtland Lantaff
Alana Burstyn, Monica Defortuna, & Emily McKenzie
Lisa Petrillo & Jared Shapiro
Diana González & Lisa Petrillo
Sophia Leavell & Vanessa Fioravante
Jaime Escolero & Anthony Liggins
Jaime Escolero, Anthony Liggins, & Elizabeth Escolero
Elizabeth & Jaime Escolero
Jasmin Grant & Kate Meenan
Gabriella Gutierrez & Cristina Perez
Emily, Evelyn, & Kristen Rothenberg
Ana Obregon, Shairy Gonzalez, & Sandra Rodriguez
Ana Rivera, Miguel & Bethany Martinez
Christopher Adeleke, Gabriela Soto, & Claudia Luca
Daniela Alonso, Sheana Dagrin, Kathryn Priestley, & Anna Zarrella
Fabrice O, Lionel Solis, Khaleah Evelyn, & Windsor Rodriguez
Coral Gables, FL – February 18, 2016 – What do you get when you mix high fashion, education, philanthropic women and rose wine? A successful event that raised over $48,000 for Breakthrough Miami, a program that targets high potential, motivated students from under-resourced backgrounds and provides the tools necessary for them to graduate high school on time and attend and graduate from college. Neiman Marcus, Coral Gables hosted a sit-down lunch to benefit Breakthrough Miami. Over 70 of Miami’s most conscientious women were invited to attend by event chair, Michele King Soffer. Table hosts included, Boo Zamek, Eilah Beavers, Hayley Denman, Kinga Lampert, Lana Bernstein, Lindsay Spalding-Steven and Julie Spalding- Steven. Guests learned about the impact that Breakthrough Miami makes from Carrollton senior, Cachay Byrd and Breakthrough Miami board member Sara Herald. Guests were treated to a fashion show featuring the Spring 2016 collections from Balenciaga, Roland Mouret, Narcisco Rodriguez, Co, Tom Ford, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, and Dries Van Noten. All enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Mariposa Restaurant and rose wine by Chateau D’Esclans.
Hayley Denman, Lana Bernstein, Eilah Beavers, Michele King Soffer, Kinga Lampert, Boo Zamek, Lindsay & Julie Spalding-Steven
Hayley Denman, Lana Bernstein, Eilah Beavers, Kinga Lampert, Stephen Brunelle, Michele King Soffer, Lindsay & Julie Spalding-Steven, & Boo Zamek
Michele King Soffer, Laurence Stott, & Jennifer Kennedy
Michele King Soffer & Jeannie Lewin
Jeannie Lewin & Conny Nixdorf
Adriana Sanchez & Kinga Lampert
Amanda S Gluck & Tessa Hahn
Tessa Hahn, Michele King Soffer, Eilah Beavers, & Lydia Touzet
The day began with an outdoor cocktail reception in front of the Visitor Center. Once in the lakeside marquee, emcee Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard welcomed guests and introduced Co-Chair Swanee DiMare, who thanked the sponsors, partners, and audience for supporting Fairchild. Dr. Carl Lewis, Fairchild’s Director, spoke about the science and education initiatives that fundraisers like Splendor in the Garden help to sustain.
Stephen Brunelle, VP and General Manager of Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, introduced Ken Downing, Senior VP and Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, lauding his achievements in the fashion industry. Ken Downing took the stage to much applause by an adoring crowd. This was Ken Downing’s 5th year producing the now highly anticipated fashion show. He presented a first look at the Spring 2016 collections. The first Spring trend was lace – models graced the runway with flower crowns wearing lace and light colors accented with floral motifs. The second trend showcased denim; “denim redefined,” an assortment of wide-legged pants, jackets, and coats made from the iconic fabric. The third trend featured was red, reds in everything from solid colors to geometric shapes to intricate patterns. The finale highlighted evening looks including show stoppers, including shiny and metallic looks.
Miguel Espinoza & Troy Cannava
Frances Sevilla-Sacasa & Ken Downing
Christy Martin & Ken Downing
Lydia Touzet & Ken Downing
Swanee DiMare & Ken Downing
Christy Martin, Lydia Touzet, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Ken Downing, Swanee DiMare, Gigi Whitman, Stephen Brunelle, Marie Whitehurst, & Laurie Jennings
Coral Gables, FL – January 13, 2015 – Neiman Marcus Coral Gables welcomed Ken Downing, Senior VP and Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus to the store for an intimate fashion chat and sneak peek at the Spring 2016 Collections. Downing interprets, articulates and sets the fashion direction for the Neiman Marcus brand as well as serves as their international fashion ambassador and spokesperson. In his role as Fashion Director, Downing travels the globe to bring luxury and style to the Neiman Marcus customer. Downing presented the new Spring trends for Neiman Marcus at the Coral Gables store. Over 50 of Miami’s fashion set sat front row to hear what’s new for Spring. Among the hot trends for Spring are lace, denim everything, confident reds – all shades, the wide leg pant, the blazer redefined, shoes that wrap and tie, and top it off with a vivid matte lip.
Coral Gables, FL – August 19, 2015 – NeimanMarcusCoral Gables hosted a Collection Party for Fashionably Conscious, Miami’s beloved fashion fundraiser, during NeimanMarcus’ highly anticipated semi-annual Trend Event. Over 100 of Miami’s fashion elite attended, including host committee Maria Eugenia Baco, Ali Codina, Laura Garcia, Marcia Martinez Laas, Rima Otrakji, Darlene Perez and Christopher Adeleke. The Trend Event featured a fashion showcase of the latest styles for Fall 2015. Guests sat front row to see the latest must-have trends, including the Folklorica Trend – handcrafted, artisanal details and embellishments, embroidery, romantic ruffles, lace and fringe. The Winter White Trendgraced the runway, as well as the color Red – rich red’s, from full bodied Bordeaux to siren bright. Shoppers enjoyed bubbly and bites from Bulla Gastrobar as well as a Herradura Tequila tasting. The event served as a kickoff to the Fashionably Conscious main fundraising sale event from Sept. 25-27 at Cocowalk, benefitting Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center. For more information visit www.fashionablyconscious.org.
Ali Codina, Laura Garcia, Maria Eugenia Baco, Stephen Brunelle, Rima Otrakji, & Marcia Martinez Laas