Social Styles: Gala Glamour

Who Wore What to Where by Elysze Held

In South Florida, the name Elysze Held is synonymous with style. As founder and president of the Miami fashion/image consulting firm, Style Out of the City, Elysze is a veteran insider in the fashion industry, is the personal stylist to WSVN 7/Deco Drive's hosts, Lynn Martinez & Louis Aguirre and has dressed CEO's, models, super-models, celebrities, socialites & fashionistas! Based in South Florida,Elysze commutes to New York, styles national advertising campaigns and is the Fashion Editor for Palm Beach Woman Magazine. With her stylist's eye, she lets us know WHO WORE WHAT to WHERE!

There are Galas—and there are GALAS: The “Gala Season” in Miami for 2014-2015 has turned out to be one decadent party celebration after another. (no complaints here). But none proved itself to be more elegant in the inspiration of black tie dressing than The Arsht Center’s Gala featuring the iconic maestro himself, Barry Manilow.

It was a night to remember (of course, it would be Miami’s answer to the Met Ball). “In what has become an annual tradition to welcome world-class talent to the Arsht Center’s state- of-the-art stages for our Anniversary Gala, guests this year enjoyed and danced to! a blockbuster performance by the legendary Barry Manilow,” said Swanee DiMare, chair of the Gala for the third year in a row along with her husband Paul DiMare. “As an avid supporter of arts education, Mr. Manilow was the perfect choice to grace the stage, as all the money raised by the Gala will be reinvested into the Arsht Center’s robust educational programming.” Philanthropy and style-perfect match! In fashion-speak, it was an evening of cascading trains, extravagant sophistication, luxury and legacy.

A Gala can also be an intimate affair, as in the soiree for Beth David Congregation honoring Rabbi Julie Jacobs shown below.


Swanee DiMare radiates feminine luxury in Oscar de la Renta

Susannah Shubin stately and stunning in a powder blue dream of a dress from HONOR (accessorized by John Shubin)

Lourdes Lopez in brilliant brocade with an Oriental vibe by Victoria Lopez Castro (very Met Ball! inspired)

A bright jolt of joie! Monica Mancini in an Antik Batik dress, with a bag “picked up in Hong Kong”

Honorary Chair Adrienne Arsht in an Oscar de la Renta gown with the iconic Donna Shalala

The Grande Dame: Judy Weiser always elegant, in Giorgio Armani

Trish and Dan Bell, a winning combination, dressing in (the winning combination) of navy blue and black

Barbara Hevia in an intricately embellished emerald hue by Mayda Cisneros

From the Catwalk: Eilah Beavers and Lydia Touzet, both in gorgeous gowns by Mayda Cisneros

Katharine Rubino in Roberto Cavalli with Christine Martin in Rene Ruiz

Donna Robinson chic simplicity in a vintage Yves Saint Laurent

Dynamic Duo! Irene Korge in Roland Mouret with Bronwyn Miller in Rene Ruiz

Hazel Rosen in a vintage Lillie Rubin with Larry Rosen in a Tom Ford jacket


At the intimate Gala Soiree for Beth David Congregation Honoring Rabbi Julie Jacobs

Molly Thibert in dress by Bordeaux and shoes by Joie with former Dolphin quarterback Sage Rosenfels in suit by Calvin Klein and shoes by Cole Haan

Caroline Waldmann Weinstein in a dress from Lesley Clothing, shoes Via Spiga with Rabbi Julie Jacobs in dress by Eliza J, earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels, shoes by Cole Haan and Irene Caleca in vintage from Miami Twice store