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Fashion Designer's Expo is a stylish platform

caines | 10/25/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Three days of fashion and networking

Humble beginnings

It is always refreshing to see the evolution of an initiative thats created with humble yet generous intentions. For Karine Melissa, the chief executive officer of Fashion Designer Expo, the three-day-long expo was intended to give talented designers a platform to properly display their work. Melissa remembered the beginning stages of her charitable event, stating that the expo started in her home. Fast forward from 2007 to the present, the Fashion Designers Expo now has numerous sponsors and countless designers from all over the world, who are taking advantage of the opportunity to show their work. There is just so much talent out there, and they just need the right platform, Melissa said.

Featured designers take stage

The three-day Expo consisted of a blogger event facilitated by Makers shoes, a boutique opening at Style Citzn and a fashion show featuring a slew of designers. Jama Clothing being one of the stand-out collections during the Expo, had an excellent use of vibrantly colorful form-fitting pieces, which made the collection hard to ignore and easy to love. It was clear that all styles were present at the Expo. Christian Segui designed pieces that were inspired by old Hollywood while embracing the diverse nationalities that make up the Miami scene.

Fashion for a cause

Although the Expo served as the stomping ground for all things stylish and glamourous, it also made it a priority to maintain a noble objective. Melissa paired the Expo with two organizations dedicated to serving the community. Let the Runway Meet the Cause, being one of them, was created to bridge the fashion industry and non-profit initiatives. The other organization B.i.o.n.i.c. Girls Inc, is an organization dedicated to empowering young breast cancer survivors who have undergone cancer treatments. By Ju'lia Samuelsjsamuels@miamitimesonline.com