6th Annual Splendor in the Garden
Fashion and Philanthropy in Style at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Honorary co-chairs Frances Sevilla Sacasa and Swanee DiMare introduces event co-chairs Barbara Hevia and Lydia Touzet

More than 300 fashion-forward guests attended the 6th Annual Splendor in the Garden held at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The event was presented by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay with sponsorship from Eighty Seven Park/Terra Group. This year’s Fairchild Philanthropy Honorees were Susan Abraham, Silvia Fortun, Felicia Knaul, Marile Lopez, Daysi Johansson, Marisa Toccin Lucas, Brittany Lopez Slater and Ana VeigaMilton.

The day began with an outdoor cocktail reception sponsored by Dall’Armellina Vineyards and Sunset Corners. Guests then walked to the lakeside marquee, where emcee Beatriz Canals of ABC welcomed everyone and introduced Fairchild Board of Trustees President Bruce Greer. Honorary Co-Chairs Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla Sacasa along with event Chairs Barbara Hevia and Lydia Touzet thanked the sponsors, former honorees, and audience for supporting Fairchild. Fairchild’s Director, Dr. Carl Lewis, spoke about the many science and education initiatives at the Garden that fundraisers such as Splendor in the Garden help to sustain.

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Splendor 2017 Philanthropy Honorees

Barbara Hevia, Criselda Breene and Ravneet Chowdhury

Model in bold stripes and tassel earrings

Kim Wood and Laura Buccellati

Kristin Ducote, Oscar Carvallo and Erin Newberg

Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing

Raphael Bastian, Bunny Bastian and Kateri Boink

Frances Sevilla Sacasa and Swanee DiMare

Models walk in runway finale

Bronwyn Miller, Susannah Shubin and Brittany Slater

Elysze Held and Susannah Shubin

Daysi Johanson, Colleen Schiff, Jacclyn Woodworth, Laurence Aquilina Stott, Lydia Touzet and Silvia Boschell

Felicia Knaul and Julio Frenk

First look

Guests arrive at Splendor

Iliana Masor and Daisy Casuso

Irene Korge, Maria Rogers and Mayra Joly

Jennifer Kennedy, Catherine Anne Markert and Amanda Church

Kristy Martin and Kristin Ducote

Ken Downing and models backstage

Laurence Aquilina Stott, Silvia Cubina, Yolanda Berkowitz and Jennifer Kennedy

Male Model

Model in bold stripes

Model in sequin dress and hat

Model struts down the runway

Models in prints

Splendor centerpieces

Stephen Brunelle, Swanee DiMare, Ken Downing, Lydia Touzet, Barbara Hevia

Swanee DiMare and Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard

Trish Bell and Leslie Miller Saiontz

Zayda Hernandez, Lourdes Almagro and Lourdes Tudela

Bronwyn Miller and Lesli Brown

Stephen Brunelle, VP and General Manager of Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, introduced Ken Downing, Senior VP and Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, who took the stage to much applause and mentioned how he loved returning to Fairchild every year because the Miami ladies were among the most enthusiastic

Ken then presented a first look at the Spring 2017 collections, which featured ruffles and flounces, stripes and a focus on neutral with a splash of olive. The finale highlighted peekaboo shoulder and leg trends, head-turning earrings and a bold, pink lip.

After the event, Neiman Marcus then opened a Backstage Boutique where guests shopped for the hottest Spring 2017 styles fresh off the runway.