Friday Night Headlining Designer: Nicole Miller
Known for her signature graphic prints and innovative silhouettes, Nicole Miller is an iconic American designer with a modern, ageless aesthetic. With a degree in fine arts from The Rhode Island School of Design and a degree from l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne in Paris, Nicole Miller combines her art training with couture technique. Nicole Miller’s creations have garnered a loyal following of celebrity fans including Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, and Blake Lively, amongst others. Nicole is a CFDA board member, and has been the recipient of numerous industry awards such as the Legend of Fashion Award (2006), Fashion Group International Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), and the Visionary Woman Award (2014). To see her 2017 Spring Collection being showcased at ULFW, click here.
Born in Colombia, Nina Garcia is the Creative Director at Marie Claire. To many, she may be best known as the unerring, formidable fashion judge on the hit show, "Project Runway," now on its 15th season and viewed in over 13 different countries. Nina is also a New York Times bestselling author of four books on style: The Little Black Book of Style, The One Hundred, The Style Strategy, and Nina Garcia's Look Book. Responsible for covering the designer fashion markets of New York, Milan, and Paris, Nina is an elite authority of the industry.
She is the recipient of the 2010 Oracle Award organized by the NGO Fashion Group International (FGI). Prior to her work with Marie Claire, she worked as Fashion Director at Elle, and at Perry Ellis and Mirabella after graduating from the famed Fashion Institute of Technology.
Saturday Night Host: Susanne Bartsch
Susanne Bartsch has been the queen of New York City nightlife since the 1980s when she became renowned for creating spectacular parties where she and a diverse mix of individuals—uptown, downtown, gay, straight, multiracial—all dressed up in their own versions of high fashion, street style, drag & Mardi Gras extravaganza. Last year Susanne was honored by an exhibition at the renown Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in an exhibition entitled: "Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch."
Susanne will be descending upon Fort Lauderdale with an entourage of performers and one of her favorite DJs from New York City to host the Closing Extravaganza Finale Party taking place in the ArtsUP! Warehouse in F.A.T. Village (arts district). Read about Susanne in recent VICE article.
Angela George (Alice & Trixie)
Drawing upon her vast knowledge of the market – following her studying at F.I.T., being head buyer at a top NYC boutique, and running her own showroom – along with her appreciation for color, pattern, and shape, Angela created Alice & Trixie in 1997. The collection was named as a playful tribute to the heroines of the 1950’s sitcom, The Honeymooners.
Alice & Trixie is a celebration of Angela’s obsession for exploring vintage stores and global marketplaces, her appreciation for style icons of the past, and her passion for art. The essence of the collection is bohemian glamour that is reflected in unique vibrant prints and rich solid hues in effortlessly chic silhouettes. Angela believes that when a woman is wearing something that she loves, she radiates. She designs for the woman who is feminine, chic, sexy, and most of all confident. Angela splits her time between New York’s SOHO district and East Hampton.
Descendant of Thieves
Founded by Dres Ladro (Creative Director & Designer) and Matteo Maniatty (Owner & President) Brooklyn based Descendant of Thieves offers innovative, unexpected, yet functionally designed menswear. Known for its razor sharp slim ﬁts, distinct engineering, surprising ‘quiet’ details and limited edition runs, on average of 150 units of each item are produced, with a max of 440 per style, the unique brand is for men who want to subtly differentiate themselves.
Descendant of Thieves’ history is rooted in art and independence. Dres’ interest in design can be traced back to his childhood when he would steal, de-seam and reengineer his father’s shirts to create his own style, unlike anybody else at school. When Dres’ father discovered his son’s mischief he called him “Ladro” [Thief in Italian]. The viliﬁed nickname stuck creating a moniker that pays homage to his creative processes which descend from these younger years of independent expression.
SAUNDER is a New York based clothing company that walks the line between the feminine and the edgy. The clothes are celebrative and luxurious, embracing color and unique fabrics from around the world. Born in New York City to British parents, Emily Saunders spent her early years growing up in Greenwich Village. She returned to New York after college and stint in Europe to gain an Associate’s Degree in Fashion from Parsons School of Design. After working at Marc Jacobs and Perry Ellis, Emily launched Saunder in 2011, and with a great concern for quality craftsmanship and a love for her city, the collection is produced (start to finish) in the Garment District.
Zoey Reva is taking Miami’s fashion world by storm with her made-in-the-USA line of contemporary, must-have pieces that provide a feminine and effortless sensibility. She’s a self-taught designer, who quickly became an expert in intricate designs. Born and bred in Miami, she comes from high fashion ilk – her mother is president and founder of modeling agency. Zoey had long dreamed of being a stylist, and she saw that to fruition when she began dressing and styling all her friends for events. She then transitioned into altering and tweaking pieces in her closet, before realizing that she simply had to start creating her own designs. And ZOEY REVA was born. She perfected her designs over the last two years, and was ready to launch in 2016 and Underground Lauderdale Fashion Weekend will be the label’s debut presentation.
Casey Caldwell Design is a costume and fashion design company based out of Brooklyn, NY. We specialize in experimental design using unconventional materials to create striking and conceptual pieces. Our goal is to create work that pushes boundaries and blurs the lines between costume and fashion, gender binaries, and reality and fantasy.
Devin Kelly is a twenty-something NYC based designer. Blending grunge with art pop, this young prince of the night painted his way into New York's fashion scene with a bang. Devin managed to gain momentum through NYC's club scene with his outlandish, punk grunge fashions. On where he draws inspiration Devin says, "I always describe my aesthetic as if Leigh Bowery had a super bratty only child and Jeremy Scott was my godfather. I call my style Grunge Pop. I like to blend textures and fabrics with simple silhouettes. It's very laid-back, loose but always has an impact." Devin has managed to build a name for himself with his successful T-shirt line. Utilizing his illustrations and paintings, Devin creates one-of-a-kind tees at affordable prices. He says, "I wanted to actually see people wearing my clothing."
Fetish Factory opened its doors in 1995 and since then it has revolutionized both the South Florida and international Fetish Communities. What began as a passion of Glenn & Donna's grew into an unstoppable force of freedom, acceptance, and sexual exploriation. Quickly, FF became a beacon in the night, and attracted the curious and adventurous who looked for something more. Giving Birth to a community that caught the world's attention.
A performance artist turned designer, Karelle Levy of KRELwear is widely regarded as Miami’s most buzzworthy young designer. Since its inception in 2005, KRELwear has cultivated an astonishingly loyal following, rapidly gaining international repute for innovative, eye-catching knitwear. A two-time Style Wars champion recently featured in the New York Times, Karelle Levy has also been named Best Local Fashion Designer in the Miami New Times in 2010 & 2005, Daily Candy's Sweetest Thing 2008, and showcased as a Gen Art Fresh Faces of Fashion, KRELwear has garnered exceptional praise in Art in America, The New York Times, Metro New York, Art Info, Ocean Drive, Women’s Wear Daily, Lucky, 944 Magazine, The Miami Herald, Beautiful/Decay and Metro Pop, amongst other fine publications.
Susanne Bartsch Presents 'art-a-porter'
There will be a 4th vignette in the avant-garde designer presentation that will be overseen and styled by Susanne Bartsch herself. The vignette will include looks from fashion as art designers Graham Tyler, Claire Fleury, SAGA NYC and Muffinhead.
DJ Amber Valentine
Amber Valentine has been DJ-ing all over NYC since 2006, from the diviest spots to the best clubs in the city, like Output, House of Yes, and Le Bain. She has opened for Boy George, M.I.A., and The Knife, was a featured DJ at the 2013 GLAAD Awards, hosted by Madonna and Anderson Cooper, and has played at the legendary Life Ball in Vienna. She throws a monthly party with JD Samson called "Pat" that draws world class DJ talent and a crowd so fun they don't stop dancing til the lights come on. This year she was voted best DJ by Go Magazine NYC. She loves playing parties for Susanne Bartsch and is excited to play at Underground Lauderdale Fashion Weekend!
Photographer: Amber Gray
Amber Gray is a conceptual photographer and director based in New York City specializing in beauty, fashion & advertising photography. She created the photos utilized in Underground Lauderdale Fashion Weekend's branding materials. Amber has developed a distinct visual style. Her imagery straddles the fashion and art genres, sale playing on dreams and fairytales in a non-literal way, and presenting a feminine take on fantasy with a touch or humor and magic. Her commercial clients include: Shiseido, Nespresso, Avon, Mary Kay, W Hotels, Moen. Celebrities: Beyonce, Penelope Cruz, Selena Gomez, Grimes, John Turturro, Nina Hagen, Courtney Love, Maria Sharapova.