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By Jennifer Lima

      In a spectacular showcase of talent, Gen Art promoted six of the hippest upcoming designers in its 4th annual Styles Miami Fashion Show at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on July 14.

      Styles Miami '05 kicked off its night of fashion with a cocktail reception featuring the dazzling designs of Lulu Frost with music by DJ Hottpants. Frost stirred up quite a bit of talk with her one-of-a-kind jewelry: antique-style accessories made by combining odd objects, such as lost keys and steel buckles, with gold and precious stones.

      Julie Brown and Jay McCarroll of Bravo TV's Project Runway hosted the runway presentation. The audience was graced with not only gorgeous clothing, but by Jay's quirky sense of humor.

      The six fabulous designers were: The Avant from Spain, Omar Kashoura from England, Ashley Reid from South Carolina, Karolina Zmarlak, Frost from New York and Anrealage from Japan.

      The Avant, a style put together by five designers from around the world, sent their models down the runway wearing nothing but socks on their feet. They took everyday clothing and pushed it to an everyday fashion statement, giving average business skirts a hip new cut and allowing women to show off those legs a bit more.

      Kashoura, who comes from a British and Jordanian background, uses this to his benefit by bringing his originality to the classic British design, giving them a funky new edge. Anyone in his clothes, especially his marvelous silver jacket, will be the center of attention where ever they go.

      The designers that stood out the most were Anrealage with his exceptionally detailed designs and Zmarlak with the pure elegance she brings to the fashion world.

      Zmarlak, who is inspired by modern art and an ever-evolving world, definitely managed to show it with her sophisticated eveningwear dresses. She showed classic femininity with the sexiest design of the night: a pearl-white, tank-like dress topped off with a perfectly fitted bow in the back. It's just the kind of dress that turns heads, no matter who you are.

      Reid, the winner of the Perrier Bubbling Under Award, made the worldwide debut of her one-of-a-kind nature friendly design on the Styles Miami runway. She was awarded $10,000 for her fashion illustration representing this year's natural theme.

      The runway presentation was immediately followed by an after party at Miami's first boutique nightclub: The Pawn Shop where the designers, models and even the host mingled. The club was a 1930's cover up for very bad behavior, but now its one of Miami's hottest clubs.

      Gen Art is an organization dedicated to showcasing and supporting the hottest rising stars in fashion, film, visual arts and music. They are also the leading arts and entertainment organization in the nation. Their mission: to shine a spotlight on international talent and help further their careers by offering cash grants and the opportunity to present their designs on the runway in multiple U.S. markets.

      The event, presented by Nova University's Fischler School of Education and Human Services, displayed an amazing group of talent from around the world. The designers were chosen at the Styles International Design Competition and Fashion Show held by Gen Art this past May in New York. The panel of judges included designers Jill Stuart, supermodel Maggie Rizer and Emmy-winning stylist Rebecca Weinberg.

      To find out more about Gen Art, visit then at www.genart.org

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