In early January, the Fashion Industry Insiders held a casting call to review the work of various member designers and the turn out was outstanding! Designers were critiqued on quality, design, being on-trend, and wearability. While castings were being held, FII members had the chance to network among themselves, exchanging ideas and admiring each others’ work.
The designers chosen from this casting are the official “FII Designers To Watch.” As part of a new FII initiative, twice a year (Spring and Fall), member designers will be chosen to participate in this elite group, leading up to the year-end “FII Designer of the Year.” The two groups of designers will have the opportunity to participate in an FII-produced fashion show at a local venue, presenting specific pieces of their lines to their peers, buyers, media and clients. Our goal is to provide a platform for our designers to launch a full-scale business. This initial platform will offer exposure and open doors to magazine editorials, new industry contacts, purchase orders and the ability to grow to the next step of their career. The designer who best takes advantage of these opportunities and continues to grow as a designer, as well as in their business, will have the potential to become the “FII Designer of the Year.” This title is given to the member who best exemplifies quality artistry with a mix of business saavy.
Congratulations to our Designers To Watch, Spring 2009
Apparel: (brand name – designer or member)
Miranda M – Margarita Miranda, Brazilian swimwear
Olivia Lucas – Miriam Carnase, resort
Voluptuous You – Desiree Fleming, plus size resort
Doni Designs – Diana Moyet, evening resort
Eliane – Stephanie Camputaro (Sales Rep), resort
Passeig Barcelona – Sara Martinez, resort
Float Designs – Ramona Senese, resort
Elite Clothing – Jared Braverman, graphic tees
Accessories and Jewelry:
Romaly – Pilar Rodriguez
Cortese Designs – Debra Cortese
Gem Couture Inc. – Melody Saleh
Fevi Reyes Designs – Fevi Reyes
Belle Pour La Vie – Eva Estime’-Polynice, Yvette Estime`
Celestial Designs – Sofia Amadi
INVITATION TO “RESORT WEAR”
Please join us on Thursday evening, February 26th at the “FII Designers to Watch, Spring 2009” Resort Show. Appetizers and mingling start at 6:00pm; show starts at 8:00pm. Mix Ultra Lounge, Hollywoods newest Martini Bar, will be hosting this event and offering guests free appetizers and one free drink. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. FII members and their guests can RSVP at www.meetup.com/Fashion-Insiders. Non-members can RSVP by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Polo Ponies Playing on Miami Beach 2008 photo by Debra CorteseÂ
Took my copy of Alyson Stanfield’s to Miami Beach and was all too easily distracted by the Polo Ponies, fabulous beach and great people watching. Will have to catch up on my reading elsewhere! Grab your copy of this outstanding artist’s resource book: I‘d Rather Be In The StudioÂ
Visit my website at: www.debracortese.com
‘My Spirit Guides’, an original acrylic painting on canvas. Sorry, original is not for sale, but limited edition prints are. Great art/energy in celebration of our environment and the magical devas that are its keepers.
Please contact me for limited edition price and size info. email: email@example.com
Share the Magic of Nature’s Energy everyday when your favorite image is right there on your office or living room wall! –See more of my art right here! Just in time to celebrate Earth Day!
Had a glorious south Florida day with my friends, Kim and Barbara at the 6th Annual International Orchid Festival atÂ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.Â
Hard to imagine a better setting to catch up on reading Alyson Stanfield’s “I’d Rather Be In The Studio”(Â although definitely not the case here) Took a break from shooting orchids and couldn’t resist capturing this PR moment!
Back in the studio today, and much happier since getting out to enjoy my favorite inspirational place. More images coming soon of Botero’s, the orchid devas and new artworks.
Excited now to get back to creating more art!