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The limelight on Miami Fashion Week is gone along with models, designers and the glamorous celebrities… Time to reflect on a multi-billion industry from a sustainability perspective. By Matilda Kalaveshi.

Downtown NEWS
Jun 16 · 8 min read
Miami Fashion Week Gala Benefit. Photo, courtesy of MFW.

Sustainable Fashion

If you are, however, interested in improving your scholarship of fashion, bringing a more erudite and academic bent to this raucous event was a superb educational summit that took place at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College. This two-day experience featured remarkable individuals with inspiring initiatives within the sustainable fashion world. Given the nature of our politics, it is unsurprising that sustainable fashion is very much in vogue these days. It refers to manufacturing practices that take into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects. Points of convergence include maximizing recycling, careful use of natural resources, working with easily biodegradable materials and improving overall working conditions throughout the production chain.

Stefan Siegel and TV host Andrea Minski. Photo,

Plastic. Sustainability. Miami in Fashion’s Future.

Stefan Siegel: I spent two hrs on the beach today and I’ve never seen so much plastic. Even though I am staying at one of the nicest hotels in town, it is covered in plastic. Comparing it to California and how clean it is, it is a little shocking to see… Unfortunately, life goes on. I feel like the summit is handled the same way. We preach to people and some hear it and most don’t. I think it is imperative to incorporate the summit together with the shows and use the platform to reach the masses.

Neliana Fuenmayor, Andrea Minski, Antonio Banderas and Stefan Siegel. Photo, Santiago, PHOTOSHOOTS.

Takeaways from Miami Fashion Week

As I left Stefan, I started thinking about our interview. On a local level, Miami Fashion Week should work towards making some crucial changes. Creating a more inclusive experience while expanding platforms like the Fashion Summit is a good start. For example, one could have all events take place at the same venue so that fashion knowledge and initiatives better reach the masses.

Matilda Kalaveshi.

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