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Tcherassi, Felizola & Julian Chang receive Top Awards at MIFW

Mar '10
Miami International Fashion Week, the largest Latin American and international fashion event in the U.S., has wrapped up its 12th annual event with the ever-fabulous Miami Moda & Music Awards show featuring celebrity hosts Ileana Garcia and Orlando Léon; Special Guest Designer Silvia Tcherassi received the 1st annual Victoria Puig de Lange International Style Award; and 500+ guests were entertained with a special live performance by international recording star Marala.

Declared the official fashion week for the City of Miami by Mayor Tomas Regalado, MIFW took place March 18–21 at the Shops at Midtown in Miami's trendy Wynwood District and was presented by Wellaflex, Stella Artois and Copa Airlines. Celebrities who attended this year included music legend Emilio Estefan. The Awards presenters included actor/model Vincent De Paul, Bravo TV's Sandra Madiji and Pablo Hernandez, Tiffany & Co.'s Henry Gonzalez, and popular personalities Elaine Lancaster, Rodner Figueroa, Sixto Nolasco, and Hamlet Garcia.

In addition to dozens of Spring collections revealed on the runway, MIFW held international competitions in fashion, photography and graphic arts with entries and finalists from all over the world.

“There is no doubt that this was our best year ever,” said MIFW Founder and President Beth Sobol. “We had more than 58 international designers from 22 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Europe, who revealed their latest collections in women's evening wear, prêt-a-porter, swimwear, men's wear, jewelry and accessories. The judges had a tough time selecting this year's winners.”

The following is a complete list of the 2010 Miami Moda & Music awards recipients:

• International Student Designer of the Year - Fatima Mohammed
• Student Fashion Photographer of the Year - Emily Marie
• Student Graphic Artist of the Year – Eric Clapper
• Emerging Designer of the Year – Prashant Sudha
• Prêt-A-Porter Style Award – Julian Chang
• Excellence in Eveningwear Award - Jad Ghandour
• Men's Style Award - Nicolas Felizola
• Victoria Puig de Lange International Style Award – Silvia Tcherassi
• Designers Choice Award – Nicolas Felizola
• Top Model of the Year - Ivana
• Celebrity Style in Music - Marala
• Tiffany Jewelry Design Award – Ankora Jewelry Designs
• Creative Accessories Design Award – Vanessa Boulton Handbags
• International Rising Star – Deepak Perwani, Pakistan
• International Rising Star – Kanchana Thalpawila, Sri Lanka

MIFW also presented MIFW Humanitarian Award co-hosted by Tiffany & Co. to the following recipients: Florida Marlins President David Samson, WPLG News Anchor Laurie Jennings, Miami Beach Entrepreneur Michael Capponi, Gallery Owner Gary Nader, Yolanda Berkowitz, Michelle Bernstein, Jessica Goldman-Srebnick, Ami Glottmann, Abigail Pollak, and Stephanie Sayfie-Aagaard.

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