Sunday, June 1st, 7:30 The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale featured the Scarlet Affair fashion show in benefit of the American Heart Association. Showcased were graduate student designer collections and attributing to the event were red garments. Among featured graduating students was Kyra Jachode, featuring a red knit hooded swimsuit along with her designer collection of organic women's ready to wear separates.
To the left Keeley Sproc models a hooded outfit by design student Kyra Jachode. (Humberto Vidal / June 4, 2008)
The 10th annual Miami Fashion Week returns with an exciting scope of events (February 2008) Miami, Florida – This year’s 10th Anniversary of Miami Fashion Week® proves to have all the right ingredients for success. Seasoned designers, top-notch sponsors, Miami’s elite and international jet-setters are fashionably assembling to support an exhilarating round of the Spring/Summer 2008 collections and spectacular surrounding events. Miami Fashion Week® is a five-day series of fashion shows, educational seminars and parties featuring an array of some of the most promising and reputable designers from around the world. Miami Style Showcase: Student Designer Compeition Winners: Kyra Jachode - A.i. Fort Lauderdale University of Art and Design.
Kyra Jachode is no fool. She can see past South Florida's SUV-clogged freeways, past its landfills and pollution-degraded Everglades. Someday, she thinks, even the clothes horses who gallop between the Galleria and the Aventura Mall will be inspecting labels not for trendy names but for trendy — and eco-friendly — fabrics.
OK, so that future may be a long way off. Fortunately Jachode only just turned 21. She recently won a berth in the South Florida Student Designer Competition, becoming one of six invited to show original designs to the international audience that gathered for last Wednesday's opening night of Miami Fashion Week.
Jachode chose a babydoll dress and matching vest, both made of hemp, bamboo, and silk, with wooden buttons in back sewn with Egyptian cotton. None of those oil-based synthetic fabrics such as polyester. And no materials from Indonesian sweatshops. "When I started researching eco-friendly materials, it led me to bamboo and hemp, and that led to learning about fair trade and environmentally conscious manufacturing," the young Fort Lauderdale designer says.
This keep-it-real sensibility led her to name her ready-to-wear line, "Ergostalio: Organic." There's a booming international market for clothing with eco-snob appeal, but it's yet to wash ashore in the Sunshine State.
"Florida is behind in being environmentally conscious," says Jachode. "There are a couple of boutiques which specialize in [eco-friendly attire], but they have to sell through the internet to international customers." After Jachode graduates from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale next month, she'll prepare a debut collection for the Scarlet Affair in Fort Lauderdale, followed by a ribbon-cutting for her own internet boutique. Then it'll just be a matter of waiting. As the polar icecaps melt and the Atlantic Ocean begins swallowing the mainland, sales are bound to improve.
2007 HISPANIC WOMEN OF DISTINCTION CHARITY LUNCHEON PRESENTED BY LATINA STYLE MAGAZINE, BANK OF AMERICA,CO-PRESENTED BY THE SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL PAYING TRIBUTE TO 12 LATINAS WHO HAVECONTRIBUTED TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND HERITAGE BENEFITTING THE MARCH OF DIMES& WOMEN OF SPANISH ORIGIN SILENT AUCTION, COCKTAIL HOURWITH COMPLIMENTARY MOJITOSLATIN ENTERTAINMENT, LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW.
The 6th Annual Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity Luncheon was held on Friday, August 17, at the Signature Grand to honor outstanding Latinas in the South Florida community and, for the second consecutive year, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale..............by Melanie De Vito