Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

Another one bites the bullet” Andre West stated as the Fashion Show ended and the eye candy descended on the streets of Las Olas Blvd.


This was our fifth year with the Wine and Food Festivities and to tell you the truth our talent is like wine the older we get the better it produce.


Among some of the designs were The Dear Sweet Cupcake Dress designed by Christian Tinson and the Marshmallow Fondue dress Designed by Lorena Pires that placed first place. The garments all were crafted to resemble a food or to have some type of food included in the garments. The show was a success. We look forward to next year’s showing.

by Sheila Rodriguez


The Fashion Accent Art Show

The art exhibition “Fashion Accent” by Irina Ivanova was officially opened last week. The art show runs through March 31st  in the Mark K. Wheeler Gallery .Gallery hours are M-F: 8am-10pm; Sat.: 9am-5pm; Closed Sundays and Holidays. Gallery  is located on the first floor of the college at 1799 SE 17 Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316, call for info 954.308.2109.

More information about the  art-show’s website   and on the art-show’s blog

Thank you all who joined us on the opening. Please read below the article and enjoy the photos  by Louise Hendry (Fashion Merchandising Student .AIFL).

“Inspiring!” was the word of the evening on
who were there to support their favorite teacher. Many viewers told me
that she had changed the way they draw. It was refreshing to be in a
gallery full of people smiling and enjoying the art rather than
scratching their heads in confusion. In Ms. Ivanova’s art work, you
can feel the flow of the ideas from the head to the hand in her fluid
lines. Each piece has a sense of playfulness and wit. The reception
was successful and because it was so easy for everybody to celebrate
the work of someone who inspires and enlightens.

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article and photos by Louise Hendry . Fashion Merchandising Student .AIFL

More photos and more information about the show art-show’s website   and on the art-show’s blog


AOL® Latino presents Fashionista – our 2008 competition to find the next

great Latino fashion designer with red carpet creations!

Are you a designer worthy of the world’s attention?

Finalists will win a trip to New York City to compete in a fashion design

challenge to be broadcast online. The winner will get the chance to dress

a celebrity for a red-carpet event* and will be featured in the pages of

People en Español.

Between February 5th and March 3rd, you can submit your designs by

logging on to:

Make sure to check out AOL Latino to learn more about this great opportunity!

If you are waiting to be discovered, become a Fashionista 2008 contestant!

Only at AOL Latino!

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 UnitedStates

including the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older.

Professional designers whose principal source of income is derived from work

as a head fashion designer for brands that they control are not eligible to enter.

Contest begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on February 5, 2008 and ends at 12:00:00 PM

(Noon) ET on March 3, 2008.

For complete Official Rules, go to

Void where prohibited.

*Subject to timing and availability

If so, submit your designs now!

South Florida’s Project Runway

As reported in the Sun-Sentinel…

Designer wannabees, your time has come!

The 10th anniversary of Miami Fashion Week will open with an up-and-coming South Florida designer showcase.  As Beth Sobel, founder and president of the event states, “We’re trying to give the younger guys or the new guys a chance to have a show”.

Miami Fashion Week will be held at The Soho Studios Wynwood Pavillion in Miami’s new Wynwood Arts District April 9-13, 2008.  The deadline for entry in the designer search is February 15, 2008.  Ten (10) designers will be chosen to show two outfits each in the opening showcase.  Designers will be charged a fee to cover the cost of models.  One designer will be chosen as the Best New Designer in South Florida and presented an award at the closing of Miami Moda & Music Awards show on April 13, 2008.

Designers specializing in women’s wear (day and or evening), menswear, swimwear from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties are eligible.  The designer must have been in business for a minimum of two (2) years continually designing collections with a minimum of four (4) collections in total or two (2) collections per year.  Each collection must have a minimum of ten (10) pieces.  The label must be sold in at least one (1) store.

Designer hopefuls must submit six (6) photos of actual garments (NO SKETCHES) and a biography to:  All designers submitting photos will be invited to attend the show and the seminars on business and trends hosted by Global Purchasing Group and Citibank during the fashion week.