by Brian Lipton
Brunello Cucinelli

Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli has been selected by Neiman-Marcus as the featured designer that will showcase their Spring 2016 collection at “Destination Fashion 2016” on Saturday, March 5th at Bal Harbour Shops. This benefit for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will be hosted by Savannah Guthrie, the co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show, and feature a musical performance by Latin superstar Pitbull.

Grammy Award Winners Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who will receive the Outstanding Philanthropists Award, Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones and his wife Dawn Jones, and actor Christian Slater will join a who’s who of celebrities, philanthropic icons, business leaders, fashionistas and other South Florida notables at this special event, which will also celebrate Bal Harbour Shops’ 50th anniversary and The Miami Project’s 30th anniversary.

“Destination Fashion 2016” will also include the presentation of the Presenting Sponsor Award to Swanee and Paul DiMare and the Humanitarian Award to Stanley Whitman, Randy Whitman and Matthew Whitman Lazenby. In addition, The Christine E. Lynn Champion for a Cure Award will be given to Micky and Madeleine Arison; The Buoniconti Fund Award will go to Mark Dalton; and The Miami Project Spirit of Giving Award will go to Edie Laquer.

During the event, guests will travel their way through a progressive party that will showcase trends in fashion, movies, television and entertainment from the 1960s through the 2000s. The 2016 Women of Substance and Style will walk down the runway with their celebrity presenters. And partygoers will have the opportunity to bid on the magnificent “Too Good to Be Silent” auction items donated by many of the Bal Harbour Shops, including exquisite jewelry from Chopard and Tiffany & Co.

“Each year we are amazed by the support we receive from our many friends from around the globe, and this year will be like no other evening.” said NFL Hall of Famer and Miami Project Founder Nick Buoniconti. “It will certainly be a night to remember that will go a long way in helping us raise much-needed funds for our efforts to cure paralysis.”