Miami Style Awards

Style Steals the Show

© Sandra Silverstein / MFb

Thursday night at the Miami Style Awards, worshippers of all things sartorial got together to celebrate fashion, the fashionable, and their charitable causes. It was a windy yet vibrant Miami night where fashionistas lounged poolside at the W South Beach sipping bubbly under a blue sky.

The event was organized by Beth Sobol, the founder of Miami Fashion Week, and hosted by Miami Beach’s Model for Elin Healy.© Sandra Silverstein / MFbModel for Elin Healy.vivacious diva, Elaine Lancaster, who was larger than life in a bright red evening gown. Local clothing designers including Julian Chang and Viviana G showed off their latest creations, and auctioned pieces to help raise funds for fashion design scholarships. Other exciting pieces for auction included classic Tiffany necklaces, and Gary Longordo paintings of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

Guests were also treated to an insider’s look at the latest from local jewelry and handbag designers, who set up booths around the pool displaying their inspired creations. Some of the jewelry highlights were Charles Albert’s statement necklaces and Ankora’s modern, architectural gold earrings and rings. Also on display where Colombian newcomers, Zunco, who showed off their playful, colorful plastic patched handbags.

Social and political activist, Abigail Pollak drew gasps and wows in a flowy, romantic red Valentino dress. Greeting guests at the entrance were international models Donna Preudhomme and Heather Davis. Honorary awards were given out to philanthropist Lea Black for raising millions of dollars for at risk youth, to shoe designer Lisa Pliner for the work she's done through Peace for Children, and also to Venue magazine editor Alexia Echeverria, and beauty and fashion entrepreneur Loren Ridinger.

Showing off their beauty and brains were Miss Fire Andrea Simeoni and Miss Gulf Coast Lauren Goodman in eco-friendly dresses made out of blackout curtain by Franovik Designs and Miss Earth, Kelley Saks in a curve-hugging red dress by Stage at Lincoln Rd.

Guests also showed off their Miami style with a slew of colors, prints and patterns. Some of our favorites outfits worn by guests were an open back Armani dress, a pink lace Trina Turk dress, and a breezy orange dress by Alexis for Coco Polanki.

While it's true that on any given night in Miami you can head out and find beautiful people dressed to kill, rarely do you find them all in one place.

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