62nd Annual Vizcaya Ball
East Meets West: The Silk Road to Vizcaya

Vizcaya Ball Committee: (Bottom row) Gladys Rustan Hernando, Ariel Penzer Milgroom, Sonia Gibson, Silvia Trinidad, Joel Hoffman, Pearl Baker Katz, Bronwyn Miller, Jennifer Montoya, Linda Levy Goldberg; (Middle row) Leyla Portela, Alexa Wolman, Nicole Lozano, Timothy Walker; (Top row) Christy Martin, Roxana Garciga

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens' 62nd Annual Vizcaya Ball, "East Meets West: The Silk Road to Vizcaya," was a resounding success, bringing the estate's Eastern influences to the forefront of this grand event.

Presented by Chopard, the Vizcaya Ball was held at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, raising funds to support the preservation of Vizcaya, a National Historic Landmark.

As one of the most celebrated affairs in Miami, the Vizcaya Ball began with a majestic entrance through a traditional Chinese gate, with guests being greeted on a golden carpet by ladies from the Confucius Institute of Miami Dade College in elegant Chinese gowns and dancers coordinated by the South Florida Chinese Business Association and the Chinese Cultural Education Foundation entertained everyone before entering the Main House for an impressive Asian- and Eastern-inspired cocktail reception.

Inside, Presenting Sponsor Chopard's boutique shined with elegant watches and jewelry while models featured Fashion Sponsor NAEEM KAHN's designs. Before the scrumptious bayfront dinner by Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design, guests were enthralled with a Lion Dance in Vizcaya's gardens. NBC 6's Roxanne Vargas welcomed and thanked guests for their support. Dinner entertainment included Persian dancers, the Danny Beck Band and a spectacular fireworks display.

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Silvia Trinidad, Joel Hoffman and
Pearl Baker Katz

Arman Hakobyan, Omer Sezer, Defne Sezer, Leyla Portela
and Jean Baptiste Maillard

Naeem Khan with fashion models

Roxanne Vargas and Danny Rodriguez

Nicole and Edgar Lozano

Carolina Tundidor, Bronwyn Miller, Swanee DiMare, Silvia Trinidad, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Sarah Egan

Sonia Gibson, Shawn Khosravi, Cecilia Ann Dumitru and Cathy Jones

Susan Rutrough and Dennis Sierra

Gladys Rustan-Hernando and Gladys-Katherina Hernando

Alexa and Adam Wolman

Christy and David Martin

Kevin Dougherty and Lourdes Almagro Aranjo

Todd Rubenstein and
Danielle Gonzalez

Roxana Garciga and
Cammy Richards

Linda Levy Goldberg and
Sid Goldberg

Remedios and Fausto Diaz-Oliver

Lesli Brown, Danie Gomez Ortigoza and Bronwyn Miller

Carolina Lindo, Andrea Salazar, Maria Claudia Gonzalez, Tamar Tzubeli and Ariel Penzer Milgroom

Jenni Coba, Victor Diaz
and Asha Elias

Laurie Evans and Ian McCluskey

Maura Kobusch, Richard Kobusch, Jennifer Montoya and Somy Ali

Leyla Portela, Sheila Khiantani,
Ricardo and Alicia Calderon

Arlay Regueiro, Sonia Gibson and Randy Brostek

Alexa Wolman, Marisa Toccin Lucas and Suzy Buckley Woodward

Matthew Lieberman and
Timothy Walker

Dancers entertain guests upon arrival

Persian Dancers from M.E.C.A Dance Ensemble

Carolina Tundidor and
Silvia Trinidad

Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez

Richard Roer, Lourdes Tudela, Elvira Pupo, Ariel, Sotolongo
and Mayda Cisneros

Miriam Salazar

Braman Miami Bentleys on display at Vizcaya's Main House

Pearl Baker Katz and Marcus Katz

Traditional Chinese Gate Entrance

Pearl Baker Katz and Silvia Trinidad served as co-chairs of this year's event. Vizcaya Ball Committee members were Jenni Coba, Victor Diaz, Swanee DiMare, Roxana Garciga, Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Gladys Rustan Hernando, Cathy L. Jones, Marile Lopez, Nicole Lozano, Christy Martin, Ariel Penzer Milgroom, Bronwyn Miller, Jennifer Montoya, James W. Murphy, Susan Rutrough, Timothy Walker and Alexa Wolman.

The Vizcaya Ball's Presenting Sponsor was Chopard, with NAEEM KAHN as Fashion Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Republic National Distributing Company, Braman Miami, Neiman Marcus, NBC6, M.E.C.A. Dance Ensemble, #FUNKSHION, South Florida Chinese Business Association and Chinese Culture Education Foundation, and the Confucius Institute of Miami Dade College.

The Vizcaya Ball took its inspiration from design themes found at the historic estate, including the water channels in the Fountain Garden, reminiscent of Moghul garden design in Rajasthan; life-size sculpted peacocks in the Marine Garden symbolizing India; the O-bridge in the same garden inspired by similar bridges in China and Japan; and the Casba, the tiled, domed folly making playful reference to the Middle East. In the Breakfast Room, 18th century terracotta French sculptures of a man and a woman, and the mantle over the fireplace designed by Chalfin, clearly suggest China; the maritime landscape by French painter Adrien Manglard depicts a busy seaport, referencing trade between Europe and the Far East. The décor in the Cathay guest bedroom most effectively illustrate Chinoiserie, the style based on European interpretation of Chinese and Asian art and décor. Chalfin aptly named the room Cathay, the old name for China, popularized by Marco Polo.

Save the date for the 63rd Annual Vizcaya Ball to be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Photos by Manny Hernandez and WorldRedEye.com