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Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach is Fashion for the People

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The velvet ropes, the blistering heels, the lists, the headaches, and the skinny bitches. Oh, fashion. (Or any night at any club on Miami Beach.) But not Funkshion.

Funkshion is a rare breed of fashion event; it's open to the public. All you have to do is RSVP on their website and boom, you're on the list. How refreshing.

But don't let the fact of its free access fool you. Designers show off their most fabulous pieces on Funkshion's runways. And though this year's gotten off to a rocky start, with a last-minute venue change to The Moore Building, we're keeping our fingers crossed for greatness.

Think of Funkshion as Fashion Week for the people. Don't expect models

prancing down the runway with sourpuss faces in layers of tulle

and silk. Instead, Funkshion kicks off tomorrow night with the Miami International University of Art & Design student showcase, including the designs of Valentina Delfino, whose flowy, mermaid-inspired aqua gown graced the Oscars red carpet this year, worn by actress The Artist Missi Pyle. On Friday, designers will make the case for Haiti's fashion renaissance at Haiti a la Mode, featuring a handful of designers from the island nation. And during Funkshion's run Thursday to Saturday, plenty of individual showcases and runway shows will also take place, including reversible swimwear by Emily Brown, and TV host Pachi Lake's new line.

Funkshion announced Monday that its events were moving to the Moore building in the Design District, a change from years past (and from plans earlier this year) for shows to take place across the causeway. Still, while the

"Miami Beach" in the name is a bit confusing, at least getting in

should be a breeze.

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach runs March 15-17. Don't forget to RSVP at funkshion.com.

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