Fashion Loves Art

A commitment to Miami’s arts culture @BalHarbourShops

In continuing with its commitment to and support of Miami’s philanthropic community and evolving arts scene, the Bal Harbour Shops combined fashion, philanthropy and art once again during Fashion’s Night Out 2011.

In 2010, Cheryl Stephenson, VP of marketing for Bal Harbour Shops, paired each of the stores at Bal Harbour with a non-profit organization for its second Fashion’s Night Out. This strategy exposed many from Miami’s philanthropic community to each other and at the same time created an environment that played into the theme of the evening, which is to give a boost to a fashion industry that saw great decline following the economic downturn.

This year, the event grew and was bigger and better with more stores participating by offering either a cash donation to a specific non-profit, or a portion of the night’s sales.

Art played a major role in the evening. Oscar de la Renta and Debra Scholl from Locust Project presented an evening of Flamenco dance and music. Locust also displayed an installation in the storefront windows.

At Pomellato, YoungArts, a national organization based in Miami that promotes arts education, brought one of their alums, jazz artist Emmet Cohen and his trio.

The Florida Grand Opera featured two singers at Brioni. They sang opera amongst fine men’s apparel – certainly a random act of culture.

Many other arts organizations were present, including MOCA, Miami Children’s Museum, Free Arts – NYC, Friends of Miami City Ballet, Wolfsonian, Arsht Center, Citizen’s Interested in Arts and Bass Museum. The combining of these groups falls into line with Bal Harbour’s continuing objective of promoting the arts, as demonstrated through their Art Nights, produced in conjunction with ArtNexus.

In the embedded docu-short, we touch upon the correlation between fashion and art as seen through this specific event.

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