How These Latinos Showed Their Presence At The 2019 MIAFW Runways

If there’s one thing that Latinos are known for (besides being the life of the party, making amazing food, and putting familia first), it’s that we’re hardworking. When Latinos have dreams, we go for them. We put in the work and craftsmanship to make our dreams realities.

Take the fashion world, for instance. At the 2019 Miami Fashion Week, sponsored by Lexus, Latinos showed up and showed out. Here’s how these designers and model showed their presence and stunning craftsmanship on the runways.

René Ruiz

This Cuban-born designer emigrated to Miami in his youth. With his designs, Ruiz is able to bring together both vintage craftsmanship and a modern edge of glamour. The influence of Miami is prevalent in his work.

His collection at MIAFW was breezy and shimmery, perfect for Miami summer nights. His color palette of blues, gold, white and accents of silver captures the sexiness of Miami, but also the timeless beauty.

Ruiz’s designs are like drinking a tall glass of agua – refreshing.

Daniella Batlle

Colombian fashion designer Daniella Batlle is quickly making a name for herself in the fashion industry. Her pieces are inspired by the blending of traditional colors, styles, and textiles from different regions of Colombia. Hailing from Barranquilla, Batlle has described herself as having the beach running through her veins, which is obvious in her stunning designs and the craftsmanship of her work.

Her MIAFW collection, titled Euphoria, felt like taking a trip to a tropical island. The bright pinks, reds, oranges, and blues were the perfect pieces to kick off the summer season.

Vero Díaz

Originally from Mérida, Yucatán, Vero Díaz’s passion for fashion and culture is obvious in her creations. Her clothing line stands out and is a vanguard brand, thanks to the quality of her fabrics, craftsmanship and designs.

Her MIAFW collection was Mayan-inspired, titled Celestún Mayan Paradise. With the soft pinks, whites, black, and hits of yellow, her work perfectly captures rich cultural history, and then blends it with glamour. Her pieces are both dreamy and unique.

Mariam Habach

Fashion shows wouldn’t be possible without the gorgeous models strutting their stuff down the runway. At MIAFW, there is the “Fresh Faces” online competition, showing how a future Top Model is born. Models from all over the world with different cultural and professional backgrounds are able to participate, competing for the opportunity to open the runway shows of some of the top designers in the entire world.

There are hundreds who enter the contest, and then users vote on the Miami Fashion Week’s official website. Mariam Habach was the winner of the Fresh Faces contest.

This up-and-coming Venezuelan model strutted down the catwalk wearing René by René Ruiz. With a large social media following and drop dead gorgeous looks, there’s no denying that Habach is a top model in the making.

There was so much talent at the shows! The MIAFW theme was “Resort Cruise” – a perfect summer theme. It was inspiring to see all the different ways Latinos are showcasing their gifts and talents in fashion. Just like the craftsmanship of a Lexus, there is immense detail and care poured into every single clothing design.

But not only were clothes on display, the Lexus cars were as well.

LC 500
Photo Credit: Derek Gil
RC F SPORT
Photo Credit: Derek Gil

What’s better than a fashion show with fancy cars?

Nothing. Nothing at all.

Miami Fashion Week was sizzling with culture, glamour, and the craftsmanship of many artists. Just like the stunning new Lexus models and the Miami weather, the fashion of MIAFW was hotter than hot. Latinos are making waves in the fashion world and it’s incredibly exciting.

The Lexus 2019 Miami Fashion Week runways were on fire…and so were the cars.