How the City of Miami Inspires Fashion DesignersMay 15, 2021
When we think of fashion capitals, Paris, Milan, London, and New York most often come to mind. Yet Miami is most often the place where global trendsetters and fashion industry insiders come to experience a renaissance that has transformed the city over the past 10-years. Of note is the rise of Wynwood and the stunning walls, the Designs District, and the expansion of Brickell. Art Basel is a major event where visitors from around the world descend on the city, at least pre-pandemic, to experience art, fashion, food, and culture. This is the energy that has changed Miami’s reputation from a wild South Beach party scene to a world-class center of design and art.
The always warm and sunny temperatures feed into a fashion mecca that embraces color and ignores much of the runway rules that is dictated by the seasons. It is part of the reason why Donna Leah, founder of Donna Leah Designs, attended New York City’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology yet decided to plant her roots in Miami. The city is full of opportunities for the creative set who wish to turn dreams into reality in the areas of fashion, art, design, and food. The pristine beaches have an influence on the culture, bringing the pace to a more thoughtful and sustainable tempo that allows brands to explore, experience, and grow without overwhelming pressure. The timing of fashion collections are more attune to influences from various cultures and come across in unexpected ways.
Because Miami is an international attraction, everywhere you look has an influence of exotic beauty, luxury, and glamour. One look at Donna Leah Designs and there is no question that the colors in her evening gowns, loungewear, denim jackets, and accessories are inspired by the Magic City. People are not afraid of color and welcome bright hues in architecture and in what they wear. Devotees of Donna Leah Designs welcome the mix and match elements of her collections and love to have fun with trends and textures.
Miami is defined by the beach and the ocean not only in geographical terms, but in the colors that are everywhere that you look. Buildings are in a range of pinks and blues, and fashion is colorful with prints that are the perfect mix of the tropics and glamour. Sun, sand, and palm trees are a constant influence and those colors are found in each new Donna Leah Designs collection. She embraces the blues of the sky and ocean, greens of the breathtaking foliage, pinks of the sunsets, and yellows of the bright afternoon sun.
On one hand the vibe of Miami is relaxed yet people expect the highest levels of excellence, which speaks well to Donna Leah Designs as a luxury brand. Her focus is always on extravagant fabrics, flattering designs, and attention to details that create a truly special look. If Miami speaks to people that embrace their confidence, culture, courage, and a desire to enjoy life, then Donna Leah Designs is there to dress them every step of the way.