WINTERFEST

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On Friday night, October 28, 2011, one could say glitz, elegance and star sophistication was the overall mood in the Ocean ballroom of the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The commence of the 40th annual Winterfest celebration kicked off what was a fitting opening event to introduce the Grand Marshall (Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees) for the annual Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat parade. The theme for this years parade is “Rockin’ Boats and Holiday Floats” which will take place on December 10, 2011.
There was a huge variety of food and beverages provided by an array of sponsors as well as the Art Institute culinary department and music by Sixth Star entertainment, as well as performances by vocalist: 10 year old singing sensation Julie Dale. The party was hosted by Celebrity MC morning show personality Paul Castronovo of BIG 105.9 FM. The mood was light and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and following the theme of the night “eat, drink and be merry”. To top off an amazing evening the Art institute of Fort Lauderdale was honored to participate in a Fashion show presentation shown by AI Fashion Department, who provided stunning garments that wowed the crowd. It could not have been a success without the dedication of the project managers who saw to the success of the show, Fallon Roy and Kayley Stewart (in addition to the rest of the honors department for their help and contribution).

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Aveda Fall-o-Ween Event

Designed by Valerie Sanchez. Makeup and hair by Aveda students. Model: Kelly Holt

Designed by Valerie Sanchez. Makeup and hair by Aveda students. Model: Kelly Holt

The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale teamed up with the Aveda
Institute South Florida for Fall-o-Ween, a family fun day inspired on
Halloween. The event was on October 23rd, 2011 it was filled with
excitement from a fashion show, food, and a bounce house to a haunted house.
The purpose of the event was to raise money for breast cancer awareness.  Fashion design students from The Art
Institute of Fort Lauderdale provided the garments for the fashion show, which
the fashion honors group organized directed by their instructor Chrisa Tatakis
and the Fashion Chair department Andre West.
Aveda supplied the makeup and hair styling that was inspired by the
designs of the garments.

Model: Christina Mora wearing a garment of Veronica Ramirez with a Mohawk hair style.

Model: Christina Mora wearing a garment of Veronica Ramirez with a Mohawk hair style.

Palm tree garment designed by a Fashion student from the Art Institute

Palm tree garment designed by a Fashion student from the Art Institute

Sawgrass Mills Role Models

Sawgrass Mills, the largest retail outlet Mall in The United States hosted the ROLE MODELS event that was held on Wednesday October 26, 2011 from 6:30 to 9pm. This event was held at The Colonnade Outlets. This was the closing event for the month long celebration of breast cancer awareness. There was a special appearance by Miss America Teresa Scanlan who hosted the event. The tickets for ROLE MODELS were $50 per person and 100% of all the money made was given to participating local charities. Guests enjoyed cocktails while watching the award ceremony and fashion show. The fashion show featured what’s hot for fall at Sawgrass. Retailers such as The Outlet Store-Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue off Fifth, Betsey Johnson, and many more provided garments in the fashion show. The fashion show was put together by our very own Fashion Honors Group at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. It was at this event where they announced the winners of The Pretty in Pink Design Challenge. Ten student designers were challenged to create high fashion looks using the color pink as a tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, shoppers logged onto Sawgrass Mills’ Facebook page to vote for their favorite design. The Facebook shoppers choice award went to Ariadne Quezada. Third place winner was Maria Nunez. Runner up design went to Aline Bastien. The winning designer of The Pretty in Pink competition was Bri Sharpe. All the winners received cash prizes.

Miss America Runway

The winner Pretty in Pink garment made by Bri Sharpe student of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

The winner Pretty in Pink garment made by Bri Sharpe student of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Caption: Second Place for the Pretty in Pink Contest. The designer is Adriadne Quezada another student of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Caption: Second Place for the Pretty in Pink Contest. The designer is Adriadne Quezada another student of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

The third place for the contest is a Maria Nunez

The third place for the contest is a Maria Nunez

Fashion Merchandising students from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale accessorized the garments for the show.

Fashion Merchandising students from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale accessorized the garments for the show.