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More than 1,000 members of the fashion industry elite
gathered on Saturday to celebrate Irene Marie Models’ unprecedented 25th
Anniversary in Miami Beach. The exclusive VIP gala was part of the launch of
the new state-of-the-art venue LIV Nightlife at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Guests including Latin music sensations Willy Chirino and wife Lissette
Alvarez, Harry Wayne Casey of KC & The Sunshine Band, popstar Jesse
McCartney, baseball superstars Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa, Telemundo network
president Don Browne and celebrity models Vinci Alonso and Adam Senn, were
treated to an audio-visual spectacle, a unique fashion retrospect, and an
All-Star Rock & Roll performance.
Irene Marie, accompanied by her husband Patrick Marie and
their five children, was greeted on the red carpet by Miami Beach City
Commissioner, Jerry Libbin. Commissioner Libbin presented Irene with an
official proclamation and announced December 13th, 2008 as Irene Marie Models
Day in the City of Miami Beach. Following her gracious acceptance of the
proclamation, Irene and her guests were ushered inside where they were met with
a multimedia presentation featuring giant images of Irene Marie Models past and
present including Kimora Lee, David Fumero, Amber Smith, Beverly Peele and
Cindy Taylor, The World’s Sexiest Host, kicked off the
night with a warm welcome to her fellow models, agency staff, and local and
national fashion clients. Following her greeting, Cindy introduced and was
joined on stage by news reporter, author and Women of Tomorrow Mentor and
Scholarship Program (WOT) president, Jennifer Valoppi. Jennifer publicly
acknowledged Irene’s contribution to the WOT and presented the founding mentor
with a special congratulatory award.
After an hour cocktail soiree, E! personality Michael Yo,
introduced the first of its kind Miami Fashion Retrospect. The vintage chic
spectacle was produced by top stylist Danny Santiago, with hair styling
provided by Vidal Sassoon and makeup by Sephora. The procession of forty Irene
Marie Models dressed in vintage attire provided by C. Madeleine’s concluded
with Irene’s first supermodel, Niki Taylor. Immediately following the show,
Irene Marie appeared on the stage to thank her guests and to present her
husband and children to the audience. The Marie family was dressed in
complimentary silver outfits by local designer Renato Armijo of Ever After
The evening, which was produced by Miami Beach resident
Patxi Pastor, concluded with an All-Star Rock & Roll performance featuring
Christina Christian of American Idol, Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Saxman Alto
Reed and legendary guitarist George Terry.
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