Why the 2018 Miami Fashion Week is going to be the best one yet

Antonio Banderas (center) and friends at a Miami Fashion Week runway show. Photograph by Getty Images.
Antonio Banderas (center) and friends at a Miami Fashion Week runway show. Photograph by Getty Images.

Willowy models will strut the runway in this year’s hottest resort and cruise collections at the 2018 Miami Fashion Week. INDULGE sat down with Creative Director Lourdes Fernández-Velasco for a sneak peek into all the fabulousness set for May 30-June 3.

Just in time for summer, Miami Fashion Week (MIAFW) returns to reveal stunning, luxury vacation-worthy resort collections created by established and emerging designers.

Miami Fashion Week has expanded its programming by 50 percent this year, growing from eight shows to 12. Designers represent six countries, including Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia, along with Miami and other U.S.-based designers like Rene Ruiz and Ángel Sánchez. It also welcomes notable event newcomers like Oscar Carvallo, Daniella Batlle and Lina Cantillo.

“Both Rene and Ángel typically do evening wear, but now they are creating resort collections with that haute couture component they are known for,” Fernández-Velasco told INDULGE. “People will be amazed by their vision of resort wear.”

Designer Rene Ruiz (center) with Friends
Miami designer Rene Ruiz (center) at the 2017 Miami Fashion Week. Photograph by Getty Images.

As fashion’s cognoscenti descend upon Miami, the shows will, for the first time, sell tickets to the public. Depending on the level, showgoers can access VIP seating, exclusive backstage tours and unique concierge services to get the most of all the stylish pageantry inside the Ice Palace Film Studios.

Boosting this year’s expansion is the inaugural Miami Fashion Institute show featuring the collections of its first graduating class.

Antonio Banderas at Charity Gala
Antonio Banderas at his charity gala during Miami Fashion Week. Photograph by Getty Images.

Antonio Banderas returns as Miami Fashion Week’s honorary president and host of its charity gala benefiting the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation and Banderas’ charity, Lagrimas y Favores.

“Antonio loves fashion, so he wants to support us,” Fernández-Velasco said. “He’s very involved and goes to every show.”

But MIAFW isn’t just about the shows. The fashion sustainability summit, hosted by Argentine supermodel Valeria Mazza, is back in conjunction with Miami Dade College and The Knight Foundation along with a public concert.

From Shantall Lacayo's runway show at the 2017 Miami Fashion Week. Photograph by Getty Images.

About Miami Fashion Week

Founded in 1998 and relaunched in 2016 under new management, Miami Fashion Week is the second-largest fashion event in the United States debuting resort collections of established and emerging international designers. With dates officially recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Calendar, MIAFW plays an integral role in the industry by continuing to be the first international platform for the resort season to an audience of A-list celebrities, global influencers and fashion leaders.