September just happens to be the month wild with a frenzy of fashion. It isn't just about jetting off to New York, London, Paris and Milan but now Miami has taken a step into that original world of fashion. From September 12 - 15, 2013, the 1st Annual Miami Fashion Film Festival (MIAfff)was held at the O Cinema Wynwood located at 90 NW 29th Street.
It was more than just a cultural collaboration of style. Talented filmmakers brought us memorable films showcasing the art, culture and business of fashion not only in trend-setting Miami but internationally as well. Audiences thrilled to four days of fashion inspired films ranging from screenings such as 'God Save My Shoes' to 'Runways & BunkBeds'. A mix of documentaries, narratives, fashion shorts and even classics, could be seen on the screen. Chat series were informative and eye-opening including a Girl-Model Screening and Panel Discussion. Those looking to get more involved in some aspect of the fashion industry took part in 'Your Fashion Brand is Ready for a Close-Up' and 'Fashion Blogging 101', both educational workshops with a wealth of information for the chic-savvy fashionista. Art lovers could not help but delight to the exhibits displayed in this stylish setting. Experts in the industry were on hand as well to share some of their special experiences such as Nicolas Stipcianos who has applied his photography talent at photo shoots for Victoria's Secret, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Glamour Magazine.
Philanthropists Sonia Jacobson of Dress for Success Miami, Mauricio Laniado of Juntos Project and Liza Gallardo of Fashionably Conscious, highlighted the importance of giving back. There can be nothing more rewarding.
Besides the overlying purpose of exploring the art and culture of fashion in Miami, the main mission of this heralded event is to benefit Fashion Inspires More (FIM), a Miami-based community art organization that creates collaborative projects intermixing fashion with multiple art disciplines including film, photography, writing and design. Fashion becomes an integral extension of the arts and the community is encouraged to get involved with educational programs, events and funding. This is the event to create the next talented generation of pioneers and visionaries.
One of the partners that works with the Miami Fashion Film Festival is the 4Girls Foundation, a group that envisions our world as a place where girls and women are respected, valued and can continue to reach their full potential for themselves, their families and their community.
With supporting partners such as Perrier and hosts such as Chambord and a city as fashion-friendly as Miami, we are already planning on this becoming as traditional as New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.