Bal Harbour Shops brought the best of Fashion Week to South Florida with a collective runway fashion show unlike any other in the Southeastern United States. The Resort 2009 collections shown previously in New York, Milan and Paris was revealed at a benefit luncheon with all proceeds going to Project: New Born
, an organization founded in 1973 by Schatzi Kassal
that maintains and supports the Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital. This year's venue, The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, was the backdrop to view six looks in a collaborative fashion show from each of these top luxury brands: Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Saks Fifth Avenue, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent.
Following the show, the coveted "Lola" award, named after noted philanthropist Lola Jacobson
, was given to Cheryl Stephenson
, marketing director of Bal Harbour Shops, for her tireless efforts on behalf of the premature babies that Project: New Born saves. The Founders Award was given to founding babe Peggy Banick
and her husband Richard Banick
, a prominent Miami Lawyer.
Stay tuned for SocialMiami's SocialEyes coverage of this premier South Florida event.