The Trend Event Party

Neiman Marcus Coral Gables hosts first fashion event of the season

Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and kicked off the fashion season with a Fall 2013 Trend Event at the Village of Merrick Park. Guests were among the first to preview this fall’s hottest trends and they enjoyed trunk shows throughout the store, including Ippolita and Christian Louboutin, as well as a fashion show in the CUSP department. This year the trend event supported Fashionably Conscious, an annual fashion fundraising sale at the Village of Merrick Park that benefits Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center, an organization that provides free after school and summer camp programs for children with financial and domestic hardships. The host committee collected gently worn designer items during the event.

Check out these four host committee members modeling some of the latest fall looks.

Iva Kosovic

  • Belt: Valentino
  • Dress: Alice + Olivia
  • Earrings: Lanvin
  • Ring: Lanvin
  • Makeup: Chanel

“Last year was my first year with Fashionably Conscious and this year I decided to step up,” said Croatian born Iva Kosovic.

Kosovic is the director of development and special events at the New World Symphony and serves as an executive co-chair of Fashionably Conscious. She has been living in the United States for 13 years and was originally a pianist before earning her master’s degree in art management. Kosovic learned about Fashionably Conscious a few years ago after reading about it and loved the idea of helping children through fashion.

Ali Codina

  • Dress: MQ McQueen
  • Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent
  • Earrings: David Yurman
  • Makeup: Chanel

Fashionably Conscious originated with Ali Codina, board member of Coconut Grove Cares. Codina is a Miami native and attended Carrollton School, which is where her alliance with Coconut Grove Cares began through volunteer work. Following college, Codina became a board member and learned that due to budget cuts at state and local levels, the services the organization provides to families free of charge were in serious jeopardy. From that knowledge, Codina began the fundraising initiative Fashionably Conscious with friends Marcia Martinez, Liza Walton and Annette Lopez. To date, Fashionably Conscious has raised close to $200,000.

Alex Cohen

Shirt: Lanvin
Shoe: Prada
Jacket: Tom Ford
Pants: Gucci
Pocket square: Tom Ford

Alex Cohen is on the executive committee for Fashionably Conscious. In business, Cohen works with distressed real estate acquisition, futures and equities trading, plus several entrepreneurial ventures. In addition to the time and funds he donates to Fashionably Conscious, Cohen works with the New World Symphony (NWS), Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) and Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

Lourdes Jofre Collette

Sweater & pants: Brunello Cucinelli
Necklaces: Brunello Cucinelli
Shoes: Givenchy boots
Makeup: Giorgio Armani

Lourdes Jofre Collette is one of Miami’s fundraising queens and serves on several boards. Her greatest passion currently is the Baptist Cardio and Vascular Institute.

Jofre Collette became involved with Fashionably Conscious several years ago by donating clothing to the cause. Since then she has taken on more responsibility.

“Fashionably Conscious contributes to the best thing we can do for our kids, which is afterschool help,” she said. “Plus, it deals with fashion, which I absolutely love.”

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