Sunday, January 28, 2007


FTL MODA is the launch of a fashion week in Ft. Lauderdale! It began on Thursday with a toast to the host country, Italy--the country they would honor over the four days by presenting its culture, food, music and fashion. The first night held an impressive crowd at the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. There was music--the Mandolin Brothers-- art, education and fashion all in one. The lecturer talked about 16th century Italian art by women painters but, unfortunately, was drowned out by an excited crowd waiting for one thing--fashion. A few designers gave a sneak peek at their collections and one model after another marched out-- both men and women.

The treat was that the talent was new. These were new faces, some shorter than the average. Their attempt at introducing not only new designers but new talent as well.

Friday night, China White in Ft. Lauderdale was the place to be, where the ultra-cute band Studio 3, the "boy band" of Italy had their United States debut. With personality and panache, these three hotties gave it their all to an intimate and receptive crowd.

On Saturday, the party moved to Nikki's Marina at the Westin Diplomat. This is when the fashion show really began. Some stood on their yachts, others sat or mingled nearby as the designers' models strutted their stuff all day long in the hot sun. They also had a presentation of art by Massimo Sansavini (sculptural paintings).

Sunday, was also a fashion show and a concert performance by I Solisti Veneti. The after-party on Saturday and Sunday was again at China White.

Overall, FTL MODA was a huge success.

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