Fashion:Latinas Celebrate Style and Distinction

Mrs. AdrianBy Melanie De Vito

The 6th Annual Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity Luncheon was held on Friday, August 17, at the Signature Grand to honor outstanding Latinas in the South Florida community and, for the second consecutive year, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion show was a tremendous hit.

Proudly showcasing their unique designs on the runway and being inspired by their own Hispanic heritage, seven of AiFL’s Fashion Design students were highlighted during the afternoon’s festivities. With famously festive Latin music jazzing up the ballroom and exciting the crowd of over 900 and with faculty instructor Mariella Adrian providing commentary, students Vivian Ruiz, Kyra Jachode, Ana Rodriguea, Jorge Alor, and Nicole Arellano, and graduates Sheila Rodriguez and Maria Solis, showcased their creative collections on the runway.

In addition to the full page complimentary ad and acknowledgmentLatinas Celebrate Style and Distinction

The designer’s collections were each inspired by their very own Hispanic roots. Kyra Jachode, a native of Puerto Rico, incorporated her country’s unique organic landscaping into her garments. “I wanted to create a collection that integrated the natural beauty of the countryside with the youthful flare of the city life,” said Jachode. Her collection featured empire waistlines, bellowing silhouettes, pleating detailing, unique shirring, and smocking effects.

“Many of us live in South Florida because of its diversity and bringing students together from different parts of the world to work on a project like this really shows that the community can not be divorced from its surroundings,” said Andre West, Program Chair for Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising.

in the event program, promotional cards featuring the college’s designers and Passion for Fashion competition were placed on all the tables.


2 Responses

  1. Hello,

    I represent an organization called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles which helps to trrain advocates for abused and neglected children in foster care in Los Angeles County.

    We just had our 7th annual Glamour Gown event held for any young women in foster care who is going to prom. We gave over 450 girls dresses and all accessories for their prom..

    For info please contact me at (323) 526-6316.
    Thanks for your time and consideration.
    Lourdes Lopez

  2. Hi..
    I saw the show ansd would love to be a model for the show

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