Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony Concluded MFW at Warner Brother Studios

Written By: Jordan Ligons Metropolitan Fashion Week

Fashion is a world-wide love, and style is a universal language. At this year’s Metropolitan Fashion Week closing gala awards ceremony and fashion show, there were beautiful representations of just that; From international designers to MFW founder, Eduardo Khawam, sharing his inspirational immigration story, the blue carpet was illuminated with amazing avant-garde and costume designs throughout the evening at Warner Brother Studios in Burbank.

We started the show with Ricardo Soltero taking us to Mexico as grand costumes strutted to the booming beats of maracas and Mariachi music. Next, designer Erick Bendana brought his costume designs all the way from Nicaragua; They were glitz and glam and besides the over-the-top feathered looks that were his final pieces, a ready-to-wear blush jumpsuit with a floral detailed shoulder cape was awe-striking.

SuitFellas walked the catwalk next with tailored blazers and printed pants to match. My personal favorites were the polka dotted black and white number and the showstopping red snakeskin-sequin blazer. Cirque du Soleil accepted the Fashion Excellence award at MFW so they showcased a design from each of the shows that are running in Vegas. Dirty Diana made an appearance from Michael Jackson One and Sgt. Pepper from The Beatles LOVE. The exquisite attention to detail made this award very deserving.  

Other notable designs were OTT Dubai’s Mama Africa collection, which had bright colors, bold prints, and eye-catching headwraps—all paying tribute to the beauty of continent. The second annual MFW Dylan’s Candy Bar Costume Contest winner Jennifer Perkins also showed off her unique Elizabethan-era inspired design. (Psst, it had over 3, 000 candies on it!)

Swimwear hit the runway, from men’s swim trunks to women’s glam one-pieces by designers Adicora Swimwear and LASC. Hat designer Arturo Rios displayed couture head pieces while Shokra closed the show with a stunning high-fashion segment, per usual. You may have seen Shokra’s work here as she has designed Ellen DeGeneres’ Halloween costumes for the past two years.

The awards ceremony was highlighted throughout the show with notable winners like The People vs. OJ receiving the award for Outstanding Ensemble for Makeup and Hair Stylist and The Avengers Civil War’s Judianna Makovsky being awarded Costume Designer of the Year beating Star Trek Beyond and The Legend of Tarzan.

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado was in attendance Saturday evening, announcing the winner of the Costume Designer of the Year. Machado has been has made national news lately for her outspoken remarks against Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Thank you to everyone for supporting me, ” Machado said as the crowd roared.

Metropolitan Fashion Week was a breath of fresh air in this fashion season, highlighting the often overlooked art of costume design. The international touches paired with LA native talents made for a spectacular show.

MetroFW Winners
Fashion Program of the Year Ru Paul’s Drag Race
Costume Designer of the Year, Live Performance: Thierry Mugler of Zumanity Cirque du Soleil
Costume Designer of the Year, Motion Picture: Judianna Makovsky of The Avengers Civil War
Outstanding Ensemble for Makeup and Hair Stylist: The People vs. OJ
Costume Designer of the Year, Television: American Horror Story Hotel
Fashion Blogger of the Year: Dulce Candy
Fashion Stylist of the Year: Micaela Erlanger
Fashion Commentator of the Year: Jomari Goyso and Jeannie Mai
2016 Metropolitan Fashion Excellence Award: Cirque du Soleil
Metropolitan Fashion Week 2016