A Fashion Week Without Fashions, How Dreadful



Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach kicked off last week with A*MUSE by Richie Rich, and alongside him, his muse Pamela Anderson. How designers like Lacroix are filling for bankcruptcy protection while Richie Rich continues to get funding for his lines -- first Heatherette, and now A*MUSE -- will forever be a fashion mystery. Better designs and talent were on display at the Carol City flea market than at that spray paint fest. The only A*MUSING part of the show was how Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson chose to ignore her age and the effects of gravity and instead took her turn on the catwalk to squeeze into her fit-in-1992 Baywatch bathing suit. Thankfully, later that evening Pamela Anderson held court at The W South Beach's PETA benefit more appropriately clothed.

The main event of day two was the Red Dress show, held at The Setai. The Red Dress show was presented by Go Red For Women through the American Heart Association, which educates women about heart disease. Loren Ridinger played host while various Miami socialites walked the runway including Katrina Campins from the soon to be defunct Miami Social and Anchal from America's Next Top Model (It's good to see the girl working, but I wonder how long she can keep that bit going).

Funkshion provided an intelligent route for emerging designers through their show with Fashion Group International at the Bass Museum of Art. Mariano Lumbi, winner of last year's Emerging Designer award, showed a full collection of avant garde dresses that were expertly tailored and adorned with intricate geometric details. Abi Ferrin followed with "Fashion with a Purpose." I love the purpose to this collection, but I wish she also delivered some design. The collection was simply too "Miami" and filled with pastelly florals for Spring. Really groundbreaking stuff.

Back at The Setai for Spring 2010, Nicole Miller showed how it's done with a recession proof collection filled with must haves such as a double lapel jacket, an updated little black dress, an asymmetrical roushed dress and a flirty romper. Hopefully the other designers were in the audience taking meticulous notes.

Closing day started at The Bass Museum of Art with Rio Soul, a collection of graphic filled sportswear pieces with a Brazilian twist, and it was like watching a car crash between Christian Audigier and Lulu Moon. The collection was beyond pointless and should remain a wholesale business. Please, no more runway shows when you have nothing to show. Liquid Metal followed with a bold and sensual collection, lots of leather, chain mail-like tops, high waist denim and an overkill of liquid metal accessories.

Honestly, Funkshion should have started and ended with one show -- Fragolina Pompadour. Her presentation surpassed all expectation and was was actually able to capture the spirit of a New York Fashion Week. The models, hair, makeup, music, production, setting all came together for the second actual fashion show of the week after Nicole Miller. Fragalina Pompadour showed a superb collection of swimsuits worthy of the finest sand in St.Tropez. The collection brought us back to the '50s but with a modern twist, colorful yet whimsical in design.

After 13 seasons on the sand and some competition from Rock Fashion Week, it may be time for Funkshion to re-evaluate its position, maybe take a season off, and come back refreshed as this season was the worst to date. If you missed it, check out the videos on Funkshion's YouTube channel to judge for yourself.

-- Posha Paris

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9 comments
Rick Charles
Rick Charles

FUNKSHION IS HOLDING A NICE GRIPE IN THE FIELD OF FASHION INDUSTRY INFACT IT IS A SPRING BOARD PLATFORM FOR THE UPCOMING DESIGNERS AND PERFECTLY MATCHES WITH THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THE SAME ASIAN AMERICAN CULTURE PROMOTIONAL CHARITABLE GROUPS IN THE PRESENT ADVANCED WORLD WHICH ARE LEAD BY SEVERAL PHILONTHROPHIST PERSONALITIES LIKE Charles Wang

Jay
Jay

I agree 100 percent with you.

Iz @ Very Pashmina
Iz @ Very Pashmina

So Pammy's still trying to squeeze into that red swimsuit and jogging along the beach, hey!

Miami Girl
Miami Girl

Posha, do us all a favor and take a break from writing... forever!!!

Posh London
Posh London

You are one angry lady... Good thing is you know about fashion... Miami New Times should be ashamed of you... it is so brave to sit behind the keyboard and trash other people... get a life girl... these guys worked hard to make this happen and they are killing it... this was the best Funkshion...

K. S.
K. S.

What happened? You did not get a free drink? That's why you are mad at them... They did a great job with Fashion Week. This was better then IMG shows in summer.

Brian Zimmerman
Brian Zimmerman

Posha, you are kidding, right? This was the best Funkshion ever. Who else can bring all these designers to Miami if not Funkshion. Keep trashing and we will loose the little we have in Miami. We will be stuck with endless fake night club and mall shows...

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