With the flash bulbs from photographers and music humming lightly in the background, Miami ushered in the start of the 15th year of Miami Fashion Week on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Celebrities including the Real Housewives of Miami stars Marysol Patton, Ana Quincoces, Alexia Echevarria, and Adriana De Moura hit the black carpet alongside Luis Fonsi, Gabriel Valenzuela, Adriana Cataño, and Leo Rocco to preview designs by Nicolas Felizola, Julian Chang, and Carlos Miele.
Backstage, Rimmel London makeup consultant David Stephens kept busy prepping the models for the runway in some of the hottest new products from their spring collection.
Stephens, who worked with all the Fashion Week designers for four days to create the perfect face for each collection, spoke to us about what we can expect this spring.
"One of the biggest trends this season is matte skin," Stephens explained. "It’s very different to what’s been popular the last few seasons but now everyone wants a more natural look."
"Also popular are bold lines [for the eyes] and less shadowing with a strong lip or a very dark eye and a light lip. As far as colors are concerned, we are doing a lot of peacock colors; a lot of the greens, blues and golds. Bronzers are also really hot. On lips we are doing a lot of pinks and strong reds, which I love and find very indicative of the strength and power of women."
Brazilian designer Carlos Miele explained how important makeup is to the overall presentation of his collection that highlights the colors and beauty of his native country through geometric shapes and curves. He was very hands-on when creating the look with Stephens, which featured taupe and champagne shades on the eyes, contoured cheeks and nude lips.
Singer Luis Fonsi, who was wearing his favorite designer Dolce & Gabbana, was there to receive the Humanitarian Award as well as support his girlfriend Agueda Lopez who walked the runway last night.
"This is my first time at Fashion Week and my girlfriend will be modeling tonight," Fonsi said. "I’m excited to see what she does on a daily basis and to see the amazing work by all these designers."
Miami Fashion Week ends Saturday, March 23rd and tickets are still available in limited quantities.