On Wednesday, August 14, the Village of Merrick Park and Neiman Marcus Coral Gables hosted a Collection Party for Fashionably Conscious, Miami’s renowned fashion fundraiser, during Neiman Marcus’ highly anticipated semi-annual Trend Event.
Each year leading up to the Fashionably Conscious fundraiser, a series of boutique “Collection Parties” occur throughout the mall at different merchant locations, where Miami’s most respected philanthropists, community leaders and fashion icons donate gently worn designer clothing and handbags, creating the inventory for the fundraising sale that occurs in September. Some of the hosts of this event, who cleaned out their closets to donate to Fashionably Conscious and make room to restock it with some new items from Neiman Marcus include Iva Kosovic, Ali Codina, Steven Rodriguez, Lourdes Jofré-collett, Liza Walton, Darlene Perez, Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, Leila Samardzich Farah and Alex Cohen.
The event also served as the semi-annual Neiman Marcus Trend Event, where the latest collections and must-have items for fall 2013 were showcased. Models graced the catwalk in the latest trends including: Rocker Chic, Violet Femmes, Red: The New Neutral, Lace Noir, and Animal Magnetism. Looks were shown from designers Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Gucci, Tom Ford, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Herve Leger, Roland Mouret, Phillip Lim, and Helmut Lang, to name a few. Shoppers enjoyed cocktails and light bites with music by DJ LeeOr. Those who donated to the fashionable cause and made a Neiman Marcus purchase received a shopping incentive.
The main Fashionably Conscious three-day sale event from September 20-22 will allow hundreds of shoppers to score timeless designer pieces and vintage finds at unbeatable prices. All proceeds will be donated to Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center and offer essential unrestricted funds to support the summer camp and after-school programs, providing a safe haven for hundreds of children in the West Grove community.