Miami's been criticized way too much for our sense of style. We mean sure, we're known for our Latin flavor. Tourists too often get instant culture shock when they spot locals wearing barely there, second-skin-style dresses. South Florida is slowly making its way up the fashion food chain, though, with our burgeoning local street style and celeb sightings during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. We love to troll Miami International Fashion Week (MIFW) come March to see what's hot here and on the other side of the globe. But now we're taking it up a notch with the First Annual Miami Style Awards. Tonight, they'll take over the poolside at WET in the W Hotel South Beach at 7 p.m. What's more, it's co-hosted by MIFW founder Beth Sobol and fashion designer Julian Chang.
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Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Albita will take the stage, too. The night honors two of he cast members of the Real Housewives of Miami: Lea Black and Alexia Echevarri. Will there be a camera crew? We don't know. But with top fashion designers and industry insiders honoring Real Housewives of Miami stars, celebrity emcee Elaine Lancaster, shoe designer Lisa Pliner, social and political activist Abigail Pollak, and beauty and fashion entrepreneur Loren Ridinger, there might as well be. If that isn't enough name dropping for 'ya, food will be provided by Solea, complimentary wine and Champagne from 7 to 9 p.m., and the night's festivities will include presentations by some of Miami's top designers, as well as a trunk show filled with jewelry and accessories.
Thu., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., 2010