Credit: Hope Wilkos from Examiner

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach, which is one of the longest fashion events of its kind is making another grand entrance in Miami Beach from November 4, 2015 through November 7, 2015. Hosting this unique event is the upscale Setai Hotel Miami Beach located on Collins Avenue. Funkshion Fashion Week can attest to now 12 strong seasons of fashion events, shows and parties with a designer lineup that includes seasoned names mixed with emerging talent, ripe and ready for the exposure.

Some of the highlights of the four-day program include SUNO, the 2013 Winner of the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Womenswear, who will be hosting a pop-up and show with Co-Founder and Creative Director, Erin Beatty. Also taking place will be the Celebration of Hope event, where Fashion Group International of South Florida will honor philanthropist and Planet Hope Co-founder Kelly Stone with the Legacy Award of Excellence. Keeping it all in the family, Kelly’s sister and Planet Hope Co-Founder, Golden Globe winner, Sharon Stone, will present the award to her. The Fashion Group International will also honor designer Rene Ruiz who will show a 20-year retrospective of his work.

For the first time ever, Funkshion Fashion Week will partner with Argentina Fashion Week (ARFW) to showcase new and notable South American designers like Javier Saiach and local Wynwood-based label Style Mafia will present for the third consecutive year. Style Mafia will be the finale to a unimaginable four days of unexampled fashion. The final evening will also be the time to celebrate at the after party.

The show kicked off on Wednesday, November 4th, with a show by Miami-based menswear designer, ETNOS. Celebrity guests included designer Dario Arbina, Leeann Standish, and Jack & Tara Benmeleh.All of the attendees enjoyed cocktails and fitting music for the event all throughout the hotel’s luxe, zen-like courtyard while enjoying the presentation by designer Ivan Sanchez atop a floating runway. ETNOS statement pieces, flowing tops and jumpsuits fluttered in the light breeze down the water locked runway, characteristic of this warm and inviting locale.

ETNOS is the brand for the contemporary men of the world who are unafraid to try new experiences and have decided to live life as an endless journey and seek to discover new phenomena and meaning. Striving to achieve both casual sophistication and functionality, all ETNOS collections are one of a kind and limited edition, making each of the pieces in this designer collection even more desirable.

On Thursday evening, November 5, 2015, an awards ceremony was held recognizing The Cabrera Family of McDonald’s for the Ronald McDonald House and Juan Lopez, Vice President and General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland.

South Beach is excited to have this bright presence amongst the many fashion enthusiasts crowding the city. For updates on events, designers and shows, visit and become a Funkshion follower on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #funkshionfw.

Making a name for itself, Funkshion Fashion Week has partnered in the past with Lanvin, Chloe, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Missoni, BCBG Max Azria, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, Nicole Miller, La Perla and many more. This 12th season is possible because of the support of official sponsors PERONI, LOGIC PREMIUM ELECTRONIC, JETBLUE, HSI PROFESSIONAL, MAVEN COCKTAILS, SUJA JUICE, BOXED WATER, HEALTH WARRIOR, MODERN OATS.

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach will be returning in 2016 for all its fashion enthusiasts, followers and fans.

Posted by Up Close With Sam

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