Haute & Holy SS23
The Haute & Holy event presented by Mana Fashion Services on Monday, September 12th was a monumental success. The event brought together over 120 fashionistas from varying religious denominations to celebrate the intersection of individual style and faith and examine the role of garments within our current culture.
Two panel discussions were held back-to-back with questions created by the iconic Iris Apfel and moderated by Hayvi Bouzo, co-founder of Yalla Productions.
The first panel included Kate McGuire, a British sustainability consultant and founder of Converted Closet; Norsham Mohamad Garcia, founder of Miami Modest Fashion Week; and Aviad Arik Herman, an illustrious Israeli fashion designer known for his work with the Miss Universe pageant.
Participants in the second panel were Tobi Rubinstein, best-selling author of The House of Faith and Fashion: What My Wardrobe Taught Me about G-d; Muna Hamedi, a culture and fashion consultant; and Sandra B. Wilkins, retired Chair of the Fashion Department at Qatar VCU.
Panelists wore jewelry by Holy Gems the world’s only jewelry inlaid with never-seen-before, extremely rare, natural precious gems, mined exclusively from the Holy Land adorned the panelists.
The tour de force of the day was the modest fashion runway show featuring the work of six designers from around the world. Each collection highlighted how gorgeous and modern designs can meet the spiritual and stylistic requirements required by many Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women.
As Tobi Rubinstein looked around the packed house of guests from all denominations riveted by the fashion show, she commented, “G-d is in the building. Fashion unites us all!”
Designers participating in the runway included Donna Leah Designs, Melanie Brandon Designs, Aviad Arik Herman, Converted Closet, and a selection of global brands curated by MMFW.
Mana Fashion Services is a community created to support sustainable and innovative fashion business development in Mana Common neighborhoods, starting in Miami. Mana Fashion services will connect apparel and accessories brands, manufacturers, showrooms, retailers, and suppliers.