White Party

On Friday November 2, 2012 Winter Fest kicked off the season with the White Party at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort. Fashion designers; Autumn Harris, Andrea Boyle, Vanessa Cadvid, Barbara Euter, Carolina Silva-Matute, Elisa Zalewski, Stephanie Jereda, and Fiona Proserpi, created all white garments inspired by theatrical looks.

The models pose before getting onto the pedestals at the Harbor Beach Marriot Fort Lauderdale

The models pose before getting onto the pedestals at the Harbor Beach Marriot Fort Lauderdale

Caption: Tia Morrill posing on the pedestal at the Winter Fest White Party 2012

Caption: Tia Morrill posing on the pedestal at the Winter Fest White Party 2012

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Caption: Sunamys Villalba poses as she walks the catwalk during the Glavida Fashion Show.

The Fashion Honors Group, Chrisa Tatakis, Instructor, and Sheila Walden, Directior assisted in the production of presenting the models on pedestals. Models were featured at the walk way and entrance of the White Party event. For a complete theatrical look, both garments and hair were white for a dramatic and vibrant makeup looks. Overall it turned out to be an outstanding event.

Written by: Rachel Stone-Ruiz

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Earth Day

On April 14th 2012, the fashion honor students at the Art Institute at Ft Lauderdale put together a fashion show for the Sunrise’s Earth Day Festival. The Sunrise Earth Day festival was held at the Sunrise Sanctuary and started at 10am and latest till 4pm. Fashion design students were asked to redesign and construct garments from recycled goods selected from Goodwill. After our fashion show took place a $100 gift card to Joann’s fabric was given to Mercedes Brunelli, the designer that did the best job creating a garment made out of ties and bed sheets. Our project manager for this event was Emily Freedman who received praise from the city of sunrise coordinator. Aveda provided the makeup for the models and gave gift bags filled with samples for the models.

Model: Lauren Coleman | Designer: Sergio Silva

Model: Lauren Coleman | Designer: Sergio Silva

The models do their final walk through while judges take one last look
The models do their final walk through while judges take one last look
The winning garment designed and modeled by Mercedes Brunelli
The winning garment designed and modeled by Mercedes Brunelli

 

The following letter is from the Sady Diaz who was the contact person from the City of Sunrise:
Good Afternoon Andre,
Hope all is well. I just wanted to say thank you very much for sponsorship and partnership. On behalf of the City of Sunrise, thank you for making the 4th Annual Earth Day Festival a huge success. Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale was of not only an integral part of the fashion show but the was an essential part of all the great highlights the event had to offer. We were pleased with the warm reception that the community had from your sponsorship.
Also Emily Freedman did an excellent job! This was the first year we had rain and she was able to keep the models in order, the designers motivated and keep the fashion show moving. She handled everything profession, with grace and stride. Bravo to your team!
Andre, in the coming months we will begin the planning for the 5th Annual Earth Day Festival and will be posting sponsorship information on the Earth Day Website. We are looking to you again as an essential component of the event festivities and hope you will become one of our preferred sponsors.
We appreciate your partnership and look forward to working with you soon.
Sincerely,
Sady I. Diaz

Fashion at the Wine and Food Festival

On April 20th, 2012 The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Honors Group collaborated with Paula Prendergast for The Las Olas Wine and Food Festival. The pre-VIP show was wonderful and featured themed garments such as The Burnt Breakfast, Butterscotch Candy, Grapevine, Saki, Bottle of Wine, Pineapple, and The Las Olas Wine and Food Festival couple.

DJ Morph showing his love for AI

DJ Morph showing his love for AI

Models mingling in VIP. Models from left to right: Tia Morrill, Miranda Coleman, Mirissa Tatakis, Autumn Harris, Lauren Coleman, Dolly Peel. Photographer: Humberto Vidal
Models mingling in VIP. Models from left to right: Tia Morrill, Miranda Coleman, Mirissa Tatakis, Autumn Harris, Lauren Coleman, Dolly Peel. Photographer: Humberto Vidal
Models from left to right Marissa Tatakis, Miranda Coleman, Tia Morrill, DJ Morph, Dolly Peel, Autumn Harris, Lauren Coleman
Models from left to right Marissa Tatakis, Miranda Coleman, Tia Morrill, DJ Morph, Dolly Peel, Autumn Harris, Lauren Coleman

Unfortunately we got rained out because we were in the middle of Las Olas Boulevard and we were not able to showcase all of the amazing designs. Mangos Restaurant and Lounge came to our rescue as they surprised us by allowing us to go through with our fashion show on their dance floor. Dr. Andre West and Chrisa Tatakis were within the attendees and project managers included Daniela Neira, Alexandra Rouzier, Gabrielle Cohen, and Brittany Vasquez.

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).

Gaga Over Fashion

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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale was invited by Simon Mall at Boca Town Center to show off their creative fashion. Designers where to submit their designs while the public votes for the top ten. Six designers from the Art Institute where selected to compete in the GaGa over Fashion NOW Runway show. The crowd went wild to see such out the box designs come to life. Eliane Timmberman a student of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale got to lavish her creative eye for fashion and won the grand prize of $500.

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s Fashion Honors Group, with the coordinators Tenille Daily and Trisha Joseph and their professor Mrs. Chrisa Tatakis, headed this fun and challenging event.
By Sandra Lozano

Hertz Jewelers Grand Opening.

Dresses by Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale students being showcased in the new Hertz Jewelry

Dresses by Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale students being showcased in the new Hertz Jewelry

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On Friday, May 6, students from Ai’s Fashion Honors Group
participated in a very unique event.
Hertz Jewelers opened its third retail location in Boynton Beach, and
decided to combine its grand opening celebration with a fête paying
tribute to military veterans.

Owner Scott Hertz has always had a passion for honoring
America’s heroes, thus began working with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc., a
nationally-recognized organization founded by Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar that
sends care package and love to despondent soldiers fighting for our
freedom.

Hertz recently copyrighted the acronym H.A.V.E., which
stands for Help A Veteran Everyday.
Thus, the Hertz Jewelers Grand Opening & Inaugural H.A.V.E.
Fundraising Gala was set into motion.

The Art Institute’s Fashion Honors Group supplied the event
with five models wearing black cocktail dresses made by fashion design students
as a backdrop for Hertz’s jewelry designs to be worn by the models as
well.  The group also planned and
executed the event from top to bottom.

As the evening came to a close, Scott Hertz generously
provided each of the volunteers with a $100 gift certificate for all of their
hard work.  The evening was a complete
success and left everyone feeling wonderful for helping a truly great cause.

Special thanks to Scott Hertz and Moe Ginsberg for providing
our students with the opportunity to participate in the event; to John Oldham,
Community Relations Manager for the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc., for
helping students set up the event; to Lynelle Chauncey Zelnar for reminding us
to respect our military heroes; to Flower Market for providing the event with
beautiful floral centerpieces; to Alesandra Salon & Spa and Hot Heads Salon
for spending precious time on free updos and manicures; to the New York Pizza
Department for catering the event with a delicious spread;

Also, thanks to Jillian Wojciechowski for planning the event
on Scott’s behalf; to Eider Bermudez, Kahini Chandriani, Tiffany Azmouz, Bri
Sharpe, and Haley Walker for being beautiful models; to designers José
Echegaray, Dalya Vidal, Sarah Perry, and Mitchell Perry for providing us with
their gorgeous cocktail dress designs; to Trisha Joseph, Dianna Black, Hawa
Serry, Tenille Daly, Desireé Rogacki, and Elisa Santiago and to Mr. West and
Ms. T. for all of your encouragement, support, and leadership.

by Jillian Wojciechowski

AIFL fashion students at Deerfield Beach Renaissance Festival

Students of Fashion Design School of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale participated in the19th Annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach ( Florida) with own booth and presented collection of Renaissance inspired costumes.

Irina V. Ivanova, instructor of Costume  Concepts class with her students ( left to right) Tomas Tyma , Victoria Gil De Lamadrid, and  Aidjamal Baetova at the Annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

Irina V. Ivanova, instructor of Costume Concepts class with her students ( left to right) Tomas Tyma , Victoria Gil De Lamadrid, and Aidjamal Baetova at the Annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion students are participating in the parade at 19th Annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion students are participating in the parade at 19th Annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

Graduating AIFL fashion design student Lynn Batista  is showing her own design created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

Graduating AIFL fashion design student Lynn Batista is showing her own design created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

 The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion students are participating in the parade at  19th Annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion students are participating in the parade at 19th Annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach.

Pavilion of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion design students on the Renaissance Festival

Pavilion of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale on the 19th Annual Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach

AIFL fashion  students Giovanni Lopez (left) and Tomas Tyma (right)  are carrying the banner of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale  at the parade of the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion students Giovanni Lopez (left) and Tomas Tyma (right) are carrying the banner of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale at the parade of the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion design student Khrystyna Andrusyak is showing her own design created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion design student Khrystyna Andrusyak is showing her own design created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion design student George Rodriguez is showing his own design created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion design student George Rodriguez is showing his own design created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion design graduating student Cheril Levi  is showing a costume at  the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion design graduating student Cheril Levi is showing a costume at the Renaissance Festival

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion design students on the Renaissance Festival

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion design students on the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion design student Victoria Gil De Lamadrid is showing her own design created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

AIFL fashion design students Tomasina Bowins (left) and George Rodriguez ( right) are showing their own designs created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

Renaissance Festival- The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Fashion School. Costume Concept class

AIFL fashion design student Victoria Gil De Lamadrid is showing her own design created in Costume Concept class for the Renaissance Festival

photo by Andre L. Milman