By: Kathleen Ross
Today, Thursday March 3rd, kicks off Miami Beach International Fashion Week at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  Tonight’s events feature a lingerie/swimwear showcase, and some ready-to-wear collections from return MBIFW designers-- including Petit Pois and Nicolas Felizola.  Before I venture into this years extravaganza, I cannot help but reflect on my favorite moments from last year.

The metallic animal prints trend for swimwear was perfectly showcased by Trefle Designs by Kristin Frazer.

Brightly colored geometric-shape prints from Petit Pois. The soft, lightweight mesh fabric is perfect for the South Florida summer months!

My personal favorite-- designer Eduardo De Las Casas showcased his flawless collection of eveningwear. Truly a show stopper! Note: Look out for Eduardo De Las Casas in the March/April issue of Boca Raton Magazine.

Last year proved to be a fantastic event full of fashion-forward designs.  This year’s designers have a lot to live up too!  I am looking forward to the new collection from Petit Pois, and also keeping my eye on international eveningwear designer Patuna Bushyhead, from the Republic of Georgia--showcasing March 4th at 6:30pm.

I am excited to see what this year’s designers have in store for Miami Beach fashionistas! For more information on this year’s events and schedule please visit

Special Thanks to photographer Humberto Vidal (!