Neiman Marcus Trend Event

Spring forward with the gang from MCM

On Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30 to 8:30pm, Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour and SocialMiami, along with Miami Children’s Museum will host the first kick-off event of the spring season – THE TREND EVENT. Event hostesses Lauren Cohen, Ana Kasdin, Erika Koopman, Aileen Lavin, Melissa Netkin, Amber Toback and Deborah Spiegelman (CEO/Executive Director of Miami Children’s Museum) will join guests as Neiman Marcus highlights the new resort/spring trends for the season, as well as the upcoming 2014 Be a Kid Again gala “Studio MCM” and “Play After Dark” after party. Those in attendance will enjoy the best of fashion, cocktails by Ketel One Vodka and Friends Fun Wine, as well as tasty treats while supporting the Miami Children’s Museum commitment to maintaining its position as a leader in innovative and interactive education for children and their families throughout South Florida. RSVP to

Photography by Manny Hernandez.
Styles by Neiman Marcus.

Ana is a school teacher at The Cushman School and is currently taking a one year sabbatical. This free time has provided her the opportunity to chair Studio MCM with husband, Neisen Kasdin.

Outfit: Etro printed dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo pointed black sandal

Make-up: Tom Ford Beauty


“I believe in play, creativity and imagination and the Miami Children’s Museum has all of that,” she said. “So, when Debbie Spiegelman asked us to chair, Neisen and I were delighted.”

Ana looks to the heavens for her style. “I am a Gemini and very capricious,” she said. “Some days I’m in red and some days black. I also love prints and fun pieces of clothing.”

Deborah Spiegelman

Debbie is the CEO and executive director of Miami Children’s Museum. An innovative leader, she works closely with the board of directors and Studio MCM gala committee to ensure a successful signature fundraiser. Debbie has been with MCM for 22 years and director since 2000.

On the fashion front, Debbie goes for classic sophistication that can easily go from daytime to night.

Outfit: Tom Ford black long sleeve dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo black and silver patent leather sandal

Make-up: Tom Ford Beauty

Just prior to Erika’s photo shoot, she attended her child’s elementary school career day as a mom.

A mother of two, Erika understands the importance of early childhood education and feels the Miami Children’s Museum’s mission, programs and exhibits are objectives she wants to support. In her role as a board member, Erika introduces her friends to the institution and relishes the responsibility of helping to plan the museum’s future.

Fashionably speaking, Erika loves classics and basics, and although she defines her style sense as traditional, she admits that every now and then it’s fun to stretch out and wear something that is unexpected from her wardrobe.

Outfit: Herve Leger red dress

Shoes: Tom Ford silver pointed pump

Make-up: Tom Ford Beauty

Amber Toback

Amber is the field marketing manager for Diageo South Florida and is co-chairing the Play After Dark after-party. As co-chair, she is working with committee members to secure sponsorships and organizing a top-tier after party. Guests can expect great cocktails provided by Ketel One Vodka, Johnnie Walker Black and Don Julio Tequlia. Entertainment will include some of Miami’s best DJ’s accompanied by electro violinist Dave Damage. There will also be light bites and a raffle.

Amber’s style choices are dependent on her mood, but she usually wears a lot of black, grey and white with a pop of color.

Outfit: Vince printed blouse, Dawn Levy pink leather jacket and Emilio Pucci black skinny leather pants

Shoes: Saint Laurent studded black pumps

Make-up: Tom Ford Beauty


Aileen Lavin

A new mom, the Play After Dark after-party is Aileen’s first go-around as a committee member. “I love the museum,” she said, “and am excited to introduce MCM to other young moms like me.”

Aileen is a partner in Luxe Realty Group, a real estate firm that specializes in luxury residential properties. Aileen has recently brokered deals with several professional athletes and is moving her business more into the direction of servicing that clientele.

She admits to liking fashion and clothes a lot and says that she stays on top of the latest trends. She has an affinity for Missoni, Phillip Lim, Helmut Lang and Prada.

Outfit: Cushnie et Ochs white dress

Shoes: Alexandre Birman nude sandal

Make-up: Tom Ford Beauty

Melissa Netkin

Melissa has been involved with Miami Children’s Museum as a volunteer for the past five years and is serving as Studio MCM’s silent auction chair. Additionally, she is an executive member of MCM’s board of trustees and chair of the exhibit task force committee.

Melissa has two young children and became involved with MCM to serve an institution where her children can learn, grow and have fun.

Melissa’s fashion sense has evolved over the years. She defines it as classic with a little bit of an edge, and although she wants to be comfortable, she understands the importance of being on-point.

Outfit: Victoria Beckham orange dress

Shoes: Jimmy Choo pointed pump

Make-up: Tom Ford Beauty

Lauren Cohen

Lauren is on the Play After Dark after-party committee and is excited to serve the event’s mission of introducing young professionals and future parents to the institution.

A local girl, Lauren graduated from MAST Academy and the University of Miami. Having earned her degree in film and theatre, Lauren currently writes movie reviews for and theatre reviews for SocialMiami.

For fashion, Lauren gravitates toward contemporary looks and likes Alice & Olivia.

Outfit: Amanda Uprichard pink dress, Iro leather jacket and Yeprem nail/veil ring and double diamond ring

Shoes: Her own shoes

Make-up: Tom Ford Beauty

Amber Toback, Erika Koopman, Ana Kasdin, Vice President/General Manager of Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour Frances Esquenazi, Melissa Netkin, Deborah Spiegelman, Aileen Lavin and Lauren Cohen


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