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Above Photo: Franca Sozzani, Carlos Miele and Bianca Brandolini pose for photographers


When I received an invite to the Carlos Miele and Vogue Italia event during Paris Fashion Week I was devestated that I could not attend but only for a split second until I realized that I had a former style intern studying abroad in France. I quickly recruited, Peyton Sandler to take my place and get the scoop on this lavish fashion fête! Here she reports on the who's who, the happenings and everything in between:

With a personal invite from the person I refer to as my  "fashion mama", Ayoka Lucas, I was able to attend a MAJOR Paris Fashion Week event on October 1st. Italy and Brazil took over the Paris fashion scene on this particular Friday, at the Carlos Miele and Vogue Italia event. The collaboration celebrated the limited edition t-shirts designed by Italian industrialist Lapo Elkann and Brazilian model Bianca Brandolini to benefit Rainforest Foundation US. Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, and Brazilian designer Carlos Miele hosted the event at the designers showroom located in the 1st arrondissement on one of the most fashion packed streets of Paris, rue Saint-Honoré.

Jewelry designer, Delfina Delettrez, is welcomed by a mob of photographers

The décor was chic with exotic flowers, ornate gowns and stacks of magazines. Carlos Miele’s SS2011 collection hung throughout the showroom and contrasted perfectly against the glossy, white walls. Guests flipped through the latest issue of Vogue Italia, snacked on hors d’oeuvres, sipped on bottomless caipirinhas and danced to the DJ while photographers snapped photos (myself included) at the door. The most glamorous element of the décor turned out to be the t-shirts themselves!

The Rainforest Foundation US t-shirts hung throughout the showroom and were folded on display tables for guests to view and purchase. The purpose behind the t-shirts is to raise funds for the The Rainforest Foundation US, originally founded by Sting and Trudie Styler. Elkann and Brandolini incorporated cultural symbols into the nature inspired designs. Elkann's image included a soccer ball, a symbol that unites Italy and Brazil. Brandolini chose to include religious medals and crosses because of the significance in Brazilian culture. During the event both collaborators posed with the t-shirts for photographers and guests.

Bianca Brondolini and Lapo Elkann (center) pose with their designs

While the rain poured down outside, guests managed their way into the packed event (thanks to the gracious doorman holding an umbrella). Some attendees included fashion editor of L’Uomo Vogue Giovanna Battaglia, editor of ACCESS-FASHION.COM Sabina Emrit, actress Alessandra Negrini, jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez, bloggers Melissa Ladd, Alice Phiffer, and Sania Claus, London based designer Ada Zanditon, Giseli Francine, Matthew Zorpas, Melanie Choron, and LA based designer Bryden Lando of Future Heretics. I felt like I was brushing shoulders with the kings and queens of fashion. My favorite part of this night was witnessing all of the  models, editors, bloggers, designers and photographers from all over the world united for one cause, to help the Amazon ...and that is always in fashion!

Street Style was MAJOR (I mean, its PFW, what do you expect?). Make sure to click on the gallery to view my favorite street style moments from the event and a little something I like to call "feet style" (pics of shoes, of course!).

Interested in getting your hands on your own t-shirt? The shirts retail for 30 euros, or $35, and are available at the Carlos Miele stores in Paris, New York, Miami and São Paulo. Visit the Carlos Miele website for store phone numbers and contacts

- Peyton Sandler