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
Designers to Watch, Spring 2009 Fashion Show
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: email@example.com
Nature's Energy Custom Designs Share Healing Vibrations for Making Strides
PINK TOTES & LAPTOP BAGS for “MAKING STRIDES”
have been intentionally designed to share the healing vibrationsÂ of nature’s magical energy.Â Each PINK design has been created from an original photoÂ of theÂ ‘Wild Pink Orchid’Â which grows in the grassy swamplands ofÂ Florida’s Everglades.
NOTE: For every PINK “Making Strides” bag purchased, Cortese Designs will donate 20% toÂ Making Strides
See all three new PINK Cortese Designs at:Â https://www.debracortese.com/pinkbags_makingstrides.html
………………………I’ve just created several new Nature’s Energy designs for my line of bags and want to announce that the bags are selling Â so well I’m now able to produce these at a lower cost and am happily passing it along to my buyers!
This laptop style that was originally selling for $190. is now Only $129.95 and that includes a removable padded computer sleeve and free shipping in the continental United States!
All of the bag styles and new designs are online now at Cortese Designs
AND…I welcome requests for custom works and any collaborative projects that promote positive and joyful vibrations in the world.Â (amÂ particularly fond of projects that benefit the environment, animals and children.)Â For samples and information on CUSTOM ART or DESIGN for your business or organization, see myÂ CUSTOM ART page.
Cortese Designs 5 fashionable styles of Nature’s Energy Bags: Laptops, Totebags, Petite Totes, Backpacks and Dopp Bags
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February 2008 Monthly Giveaway This Classic Totebag featuring “Cocoplum and Cattails”
This is a nature’s energy reflection image ofÂ the cocoplum bushes and cat-tail grassesÂ that accent my front walkway.
The original photo was taken at twilightÂ when the most magical light entices the fairiesÂ and devas to dance and playâ€¨regardless of who may be watching! Vibrant and subdued hues of violet, purples,â€¨greens and rich, golden yellows make thisâ€¨an elegant and fashionable bagâ€¨forÂ evening or casual dress.
See my newsletterâ€¨for drawing date and details.
Â If you would like to purchase this bag,Â or a different size or design,Â visit myÂ designer handbag pagesÂ where you can shop safely and securely online.
All orders process through my PayPal account,Â orâ€¨you can order by phone or mail.
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You can also see theÂ EXCLUSIVE HANDBAG DESIGNSÂ that I created forÂ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.Â These are available only fromÂ The Shop at Fairchild,Â located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL.
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