Spectrum Swimwear Fashion Show

On February 22, 2014, C & I Studios hosted the Spectrum Swimwear Fashion Show, which showcased 20 swimsuits designed by The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale student and alumni designers- Alexandra Grief of Montce, Mitchell Perry of Arka Veena, Kelly de Gannes, Alisson Everett, and Alexandra Diaz. Organized by the Fashion Honors Group, Project Manager Colleen Cooper, Fashion Instructor Chrisa Tatakis, and Fashion Director Sheila Walden Spectrum stole the spotlight despite numerous simultaneous events within FAT Village and C & I Studios.

The show started and the crowd poured in. The live DJ provided the soundtrack and the crowd bussed with excitement when the first models strutted down the runway. The audience took picture after picture, as our 10 beautiful models lined up for the big finale. It was clear that the audience really enjoyed the show. The energy and the atmosphere created a positive attitude that made a great night and very successful show.

The Fashion Honors Group sends their thanks to C & I Studios for their help and efforts in hosting a fantastic evening and to the talented designers, models, and staff that made the evening unforgettable.

Written by: Colleen Cooper, Editor: Ben Ruby

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The Urban Coastal Fashion Show

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale presented the Urban Coastal fashion show at Brisky Gallery in Wynwood, Miami.

Model: Chelsea Combrink.designer: Alexandra Grief. photographer: Umberto Vidal

Model: Chelsea Combrink.designer: Alexandra Grief. photographer: Umberto Vidal

The production was headed by Ashley Lipson along with Chrisa Tatakis the professor for the fashion Honors program, and Shelia Walden, fashion department chair. Urban Coastal was a collaboration of swimwear and street wear. All of the swimwear designers were current students and alumni of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. The featured designers were Ritchy Rivière, Alexandra Grief, Alison Everett, Nicole Valera and Elaine Carne.The stylists who created the urban flair were Ashley Duch, Breanna Hutchings, Vicaya Fleming and Ashley Lipson. Hairstyles were provided by D Jones (representing Nue Studio) and Patricia Kelly, while makeup was done my Simone Starr. Musical entertainment was by M.O.M. (Mercy of Music). Jason Christopher, Humberto Vidal and Jeffrey G. Lipson photographed the event. With a special thanks to Dr. Pete West for supporting the Honors group with this event.

Model: gia longo|designer: alexandra grief|photographer:humberto vidal

Model: gia longo|designer: Alexandra Grief
photographer:Humberto Vidal

Written by: Ashley Lipson

Art in the park ft. Elease Donovan

The Arts in the Park event took place on Saturday March 10th, 2012 it was a collaboration of all departments from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale featuring reality star Elease Donovan.

Elease Donovan’s swimwear collection- pink sequined two pieces bathing suit with high waist bottom

Elease Donovan’s swimwear collection- pink sequined two pieces bathing suit with high waist bottom

Elease Donovan’s swimwear collection - multi-colored snakeskin prints two pieces bathing suit.
Elease Donovan’s swimwear collection – multi-colored snakeskin prints two pieces bathing suit.

Elease Donovan’s swimwear collection – black sequined one piece cut out bathing suit.

Elease Donovan’s swimwear collection – black sequined one piece cut out bathing suit.

The Arts in the Park event took place on Saturday March 10th, 2012 it was a collaboration of all departments from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale featuring reality star Elease Donovan. She is an upcoming swimwear designer attending the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale perusing her passion for fashion as a Fashion Merchandiser. The honors class produced a fashion show, show-casing her new swimwear collection of 12 garments. The audience responded positively to the designs, which were young and innovative with a chic style. Maria Rivas, Daniela Neira, and Kayley Stewart were project managers for this event.
Elease Donovan’s swimwear collection- multi colored one piece cut out bathing suit

Oday Shakar at the Versace Mansion

To say that Ivana S’ birthday celebration was extravagant, would be an understatement. The CEO of the Oday Shakar fashion line commemorated her 40th birthday in the life style of the rich and famous. She gathered 60 of her closest friends at the infamous Versace Mansion in Miami Beach to celebrate and show the world that age is just a number.

Designer Oday Shakar walks down the runway to take his bow along with birthday girl CEO Ivana S Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Oday Shakar

Designer Oday Shakar walks down the runway to take his bow along with birthday girl CEO Ivana S Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Oday Shakar

Model close-up wearing Oday Shakar’s sparkling black evening gown Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Oday Shakar

Model close-up wearing Oday Shakar’s sparkling black evening gown Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Oday Shakar

Long evening wear gown, Final look of Oday Shaka’s Spring 2011 collection  Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Oday Shakar

Long evening wear gown, Final look of Oday Shaka’s Spring 2011 collection Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Oday Shakar

Gray and white elegant evening wear gown by Oday Shakar’s Spring 2011 colleciton  Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Oday Shakar

Gray and white elegant evening wear gown by Oday Shakar’s Spring 2011 colleciton Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Oday Shakar

Swimwear look by Beach Candy  Photo Credits: Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Beach Candy

Swimwear look by Beach Candy Photo Credits: Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Beach Candy

 First look of the Beach Candy Spring 2011 collection walks down the runway with red balloons as a sign of birthday celebration Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Beach Candy

First look of the Beach Candy Spring 2011 collection walks down the runway with red balloons as a sign of birthday celebration Photographer: Krlos A, Designer: Beach Candy

The fashion lover not only chose the most prestigious fashion landmark in Miami as a venue for her celebration, but also topped it off by having a fashion show to entertain her guests. Beautiful models from all over the states kicked off Miami’s high season with a glamorous and over the top show.  The latest eveningwear line by Oday Shakar strutted down the dominant catwalk in the middle of the mansion’s patio. Also, a swimwear line by Beach Candy amused the guests as they savored the best dishes offered by the kitchen. Christian Laboutin and YSL shoes were sponsored to enhance the distinguished collections.


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