Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Brunelle’

The Landmark at Merrick Park VIP Opening Celebration

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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Coral Gables, FL – December 8, 2016 – The Landmark at Merrick Park hosted a sneak peek VIP celebration at the Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables. A luxury cinema, The Landmark at Merrick Park features stone and wood finishes, along with a sophisticated, contemporary bar and lounge area, presenting a full bar menu, along with classic concessions and edgier fare unique to Landmark Theatres. The Landmark at Merrick Park is an all-encompassing destination for food, drink and entertainment. Landmark Co-owner Todd Wagner and CEO Ted Mundorff were in attendance and welcomed by Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and other local dignitaries. Each of the theatre’s seven auditoriums features luxury leather seats in stadium settings, with large screens, laser projection and Dolby Surround 7.1.

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Ted Mundorff

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John Charters, Ted Mundorff, & Jeannett Slesnick

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Jeannett Slesnick, Jim Cason, & John Allen

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John Charters, Ted Mundorff, Jeannett Slesnick, Jim Cason, John Allen, Mabel Tam, Mark A. Trowbridge, & Craig Leen

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John Charters, Ted Mundorff, Jeannett Slesnick, Jim Cason, John Allen, Mabel Tam, Mark A. Trowbridge, & Craig Leen

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Ted Mundorff, John Allen, & Jim Cason

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Ted Mundorff & John Allen

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Ted Mundorff, Craig Leen, & Laura Russo

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Craig Leen, John Allen, & Jim Cason

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Pat Keon & Mark A. Trowbridge

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Pat Keon & Mark A. Trowbridge

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Emilia Stefanczyk & Betty Landa

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Ted Mundorff & Todd Wagner

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Robert Colom, Jaie Laplante, & Victor Gimenez

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Stephen Brunelle, Eddie Alford, Adriana Imbert, Michael Cook, & Katharine Rubino

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Q&A: Roland Mouret Presents Resort/Spring 2017 Runway Collection at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

Monday, December 5th, 2016
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Brittany Butler, Courtney Quinn, Maria Soler Dubreuil, Roland Mouret, Brianna Addolorato, Dashil Hernandez, & Martina Vs

Coral Gables, FL – November 29, 2016 – Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and VP/General Manager Stephen Brunelle welcomed designer Roland Mouret. Roland flew in from London to meet his adoring fashion fans. He presented his Resort/Spring 2017 Runway Collection to over 40 fashionistas, including hostess Barbara Hevia, along with Swanee DiMare, Katy Stoka, Christy Martin, Amanda Church, Carol Iacovelli, Daniela Swaebe, Ortenzia Padilla,  Valeria Simon, Wendy Safchik, Yolanda Gasalla, Mari Alarcon Grimalt, Annie Hernandez, and Gioconda Baltodana. Guests enjoyed a seated four-course lunch catered by Neiman Marcus’s own Mariposa Restaurant.

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WRE: How did you first get your start in design?

RM: I was the son of a butcher, and I used to watch him fold his apron in ways to hide the blood. I learned my technique from watching him and developed it into what I do today.

WRE: Tell us about the collection you are presenting at Neiman Marcus?

RM: The collection has a lot of volume and flare, with beautiful, intricate details. It’s modern and direct, which allows the woman to bring her own personality to the pieces. The collection is a juxtaposition of nature and power. The lines of the silhouette are simple and elegant, but they are met with bold metallic, boucle and geometric fabrics.

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WRE: Where do you look for inspiration for each collection?


RM: I don’t work to create trends and therefore have no real strategy; the process matures independently. Inspiration comes in many forms. When I drape I am immersed, focused in the moment and from this, with each fold of the material and fall of the fabric, inspiration begins to take shape and develop.

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All the skills that I use to create my collection are a sum of all my past experiences and professions.

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Roland Mouret & Stephen Brunelle

WRE: How has your culture had an influenced your brand/design aesthetic?

RM: I am a designer and a preserver of my own past. My identity, which is partly heritage and partly upbringing, is mostly the sum of the choices I have made in life. All the skills that I use to create my collection are a sum of all my past experiences and professions.

WRE: What are some things you keep in mind when designing for a woman’s body type?

RM: You know, life is fluid and this is what I try to capture through the cut and material of my pieces. It is essential the dresses I create move with the freedom of the woman who is wearing it. I’m always conscious of this, and this is why I drape. I can see immediately the movement of the fabric and its liberation.

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Carol Iacovelli, Roland Mouret, Barbara Hevia, & Stephen Brunelle

WRE: Describe the kind of person who is rocking your clothing?

RM: The Roland Mouret woman is constantly on the move, and requires a wardrobe to take her from place to place. The reason separates are so important in my collections, is that it allows for a woman to interpret and reinterpret her look, without compromising her style.

WRE: What has been the most memorable moment of your career thus far?

RM: Every actress and woman who has worn one of my dresses has given me so much pleasure. However, I will always cherish the Demi Moore moment, who was the first to wear the Galaxy in LA. She took the dress and made it her own, styling it with long strands of pearls. It was that moment in which I realized what an ‘icon’ was.

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Brianna Addolorato, Brittany Butler, Maria Soler Dubreuil, Martina Vs, Dashil Hernandez, & Courtney Quinn

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Dashil Hernandez & Martina Vs

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Martina Vs & Courtney Quinn

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Brittany Butler & Maria Soler Dubreuil

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Brittany Butler

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Roland Mouret

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The reason separates are so important in my collections, is that it allows for a woman to interpret and reinterpret her look, without compromising her style.

Roland Mouret

Brittany Butler, Courtney Quinn, Maria Soler Dubreuil, Roland Mouret, Brianna Addolorato, Dashil Hernandez, & Martina Vs

Brittany Butler, Courtney Quinn, Maria Soler Dubreuil, Roland Mouret, Brianna Addolorato, Dashil Hernandez, & Martina Vs

Brittany Butler, Courtney Quinn, Maria Soler Dubreuil, Roland Mouret, Brianna Addolorato, Dashil Hernandez, & Martina Vs

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Roland Mouret, Lilly Ann Sanchez, & Barbara Hevia

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Barbara Hevia & Daniela Swaebe

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Swanee DiMare & Barbara Hevia

Christy Martin, Vivianne Kurzweil, Swanee DiMare, & Carol Iacovelli

Christy Martin, Vivianne Kurzweil, Swanee DiMare, & Carol Iacovelli

Swanee DiMare, Carol Iacovelli, Valeria Simon, Candise Shanbron, & Yolanda Colindres

Swanee DiMare, Carol Iacovelli, Valeria Simon, Candise Shanbron, & Yolanda Colindres

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Amanda Church & Daniela Swaebe

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Roland Mouret & Carol Iacovelli

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Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre & Dolphins Cancer Challenge Host Cocktail Celebration

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

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Miami, FL – November 1, 2016 – Saks Fifth Avenue has joined forces with Dolphins Cancer Challenge, benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in celebration of the new Saks location at Brickell City Centre. Saks Fifth Avenue and the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) hosted a cocktail and store preview event at the new Saks Brickell City Centre. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to support the DCC while touring and shopping the new store before it officially opened to the public. Saks contributed 100 percent of ticket sales and five percent of proceeds from the evening’s sales at the Brickell City Centre store to Sylvester.

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Nancy Di Bernardo, Maria Saavedra, & Konrad Janus

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Ramona Messore, Jose Lopez, & Dianna Corpus

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Stuart Barnes, Reggie Brooks, & Stephen Brunelle

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Alicia Lamadrid, Paulie Hankin, & Alicia Cervera Lamadrid

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Giulia Verardi, Daniela Riveros Juliao, Alicia Lamadrid, & Jessica Juliao

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Katelin Retay, Oscar & Alejandro Vargas, & Ramona Messore

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Elysze Held, Galia Pennekamp, & Carolyn Travis

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Diana Riser, Elysze Held, & Corey Feinsilver

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Diana Riser, Konrad Janus, Corey Feinsilver, & Elysze Held

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Diana Riser & Corey Feinsilver

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Leslie Wolfson & Liz Feder

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Nancy & Jon Batchelor

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Alex Norton

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Theresa McLaughlin & Debora Overholt

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Ashley Melisse Abess & Matthew Vander Werff

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Ashley Melisse, Jayne, & Taylor Abess, & Lana Bernstein

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Caroline & Emanuel Thomas, & Stephan Philias

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Michael Bernstein & Lucio Zanon

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Sara Mesa & Eric Valinder

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Elizabeth Mackinlay, Karem Santaella, Alejandro Vargas, & Ramona Messore

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Diana Riser, Elysze Held, & Konrad Janus

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Michael Bernstein & Lucio Zanon

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Eric Feder & Stephen Nimer

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Carlos Guzman & Michael Mandich

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Michael Mandich, Ryan &, Nicole Loftus, & Eric Feder

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Sabrina Robinson & Nancy Bernstein

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Jeff Peck & Stan Rudman

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Juan Lopez & Sophia Macris

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Neiman Marcus Coral Gables & Ocean Drive Magazine Celebrate The ART OF FASHION

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

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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.

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Stephen Brunelle

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Jared Shapiro

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Lisa Petrillo

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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, Stephen Brunelle, Lisa Petrillo, Danny Rodriguez, Katie Henriques, & Silvia Larrieu

Christopher Adeleke, Monica Defortuna, Kate Valois, Danny Rodriguez, Katie Henriques, & Silvia Larrieu

Christopher Adeleke, Monica Defortuna, Kate Valois, Danny Rodriguez, Katie Henriques, & Silvia Larrieu

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Stephen Brunelle, Lisa Petrillo, & Jared Shapiro

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Jared Shapiro, Anthony Liggins, & Courtland Lantaff

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Emily & Courtland Lantaff

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Alana Burstyn, Monica Defortuna, & Emily McKenzie

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Lisa Petrillo & Jared Shapiro

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Sandra Rodriguez

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Elie Tahari’s Creative Director Fred Tutino Presents Spring 2016 Collection at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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Fred Tutino

Miami, FL – April 15, 2016 –  Neiman Marcus Coral Gables welcomed Elie Tahari Creative Director, Fred Tutino, as he presented the Elie Tahari Spring 2016 Collection.

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Fred Tutino

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Fred Tutino

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Fred Tutino

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Fred Tutino

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Fred Tutino & Stephen Brunelle

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Fred Tutino & Karen Dudley

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Rosana Coppola, Fred Tutino, & Evelyn Rothenberg

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Laura Munilla & Fred Tutino

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Liliana Balepogi, Laura Munilla, Judy Kramer, & Marile Lopez

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Rosa Coppola, Rosanna Coppola, & Evelyn Rothenberg

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Raul Rodriguez & Pamela Guilarte

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Kati Foley & Duree Ross

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Natalia Magalhaes & Renata Rebelo

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Mazerine Cruz Lima & Natalia Magalhaes

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Neiman Marcus Coral Gables Hosts Breakthrough Miami Luncheon

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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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.

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Hayley Dunman, Lana Bernstein, Eilah Beavers, Michele King Soffer, Kinga Lampert, Boo Zamek, Lindsay Spalding-Steven, &

Hayley Denman, Lana Bernstein, Eilah Beavers, Michele King Soffer, Kinga Lampert, Boo Zamek, Lindsay & Julie Spalding-Steven

Hayley Dunman, Lana Bernstein, Eilah Beavers, Kinga Lampert, Stephen Brunelle, Michele King Soffer, Lindsay Spalding-Steven, & Boo Zamek

Hayley Denman, Lana Bernstein, Eilah Beavers, Kinga Lampert, Stephen Brunelle, Michele King Soffer, Lindsay & Julie Spalding-Steven, & Boo Zamek

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Michele King Soffer, Laurence Stott, & Jennifer Kennedy

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Michele King Soffer & Jeannie Lewin

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Jeannie Lewin & Conny Nixdorf

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Adriana Sanchez & Kinga Lampert

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Amanda S Gluck & Tessa Hahn

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Tessa Hahn, Michele King Soffer, Eilah Beavers, & Lydia Touzet

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Cachay Byrd

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Galia Pennekamp, Jill Swerdlow, Hayley Denman, Arlene “Bubbles” Smolev, & Denise Lerner

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Nicole Ruiz & Galia Pennekamp

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Lucy Hassan & Betsy Steel

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Lana Bernstein, Andreea Baclea, & Eilah Beavers

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Kim Wood, Barbara Hevia, & Daysi Johansson

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Lauren Amron, Ana Behar, & Lindsay Spalding-Steven

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Marsha Soffer, Rosy Bild, & Tracey Spiegelman

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Neiman Marcus Coral Gables Fifth Annual Splendor in the Garden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Dashil Hernandez

Miami, FL – January 14, 2016 – Fashion and philanthropy were in style at Fairchild’s Splendor in the Garden Fashion show and Fundraiser. More than 300 fashion-forward philanthropists attended the 5th Annual Splendor in the Garden fashion show and fundraiser held at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Guests gathered for a fun-filled day of fashion supporting Fairchild’s programs in education, conservation science, and horticulture. The event was presented by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, and Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables with sponsorship from Ocean Drive magazine and Marquis Bank and support from Selecta magazine and Miami In Style TV. This year’s 2016 Fairchild Philanthropy Honorees were Swanee DiMare, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Lydia Touzet, Gigi Whitman, Laurie Jennings, Christy Martin, and Marie Ilene Whitehurst.

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.

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Neiman Marcus Coral Gables Spring 2016 Trend Report

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

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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.

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Dashil Hernandez

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