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MIAMI LIVING 33 PEOPLE Vital Faces Take a good look at these people . . . and catch them if you can! Art of Shade By Kayce Armstrong www.ArtofShade.com South Florida-based, eco-friendly enthusiast Kayce Armstrong's knack for fashion design dates back to her time in high school where she restructured garments to serve as her sole wardrobe staple. From removing the inner seam of a pair of pants to function as a new skirt, her far-reaching imagination spawned into a concoction of exceptional designs. The designer's line, Art of Shade, evades traditional design techniques and trends. An avid designer and environmentalist, Kayce recycles old garments and any useable materials to create couture women's apparel. Ranging from cocktail dresses to shirt dresses, Art of Shade creates genuinely unique clothing that is an art installation of its own, in keeping with today's green movement. Following today's eco-friendly movement and a nonconformist approach, Kayce's artistry involves the creation of genuinely unique clothing that is an art installation of their own. Her constant flow of creations are made from recycled materials including secondhand clothing, fashion accessories, vintage home d├ęcor, metals, and tiles, where Kayce's handmade patterns are metamorphosed into hot new designs. Defining the core of her creativity, Kayce says, "I am inspired by the world around me in nature, politics, music, and art. There aren't any limits to the materials I find, where I am given a vision of what can take shape and provide a second life. I make it a conscious effort to collect them, because it is a great investment not only to one's wardrobe, but also to our environment." Visit her at www.artofshade.com. KEVA By Keva J www.KevabyKevaJ.com KEVA by Keva J is a debut collection of avant-garde swimwear ideal for women in tune with fashion and flair. This stylish, intricately designed line is driven by the belief that swimwear should be aesthetically pleasing and of superior quality with an impeccable fit. Edginess meets sophistication, and KEVA by Keva J holds true to its mission in creating ultramodern swim garments. Designer Keva Johnson, a Caribbean native born in the fashion mecca of New York, but raised in Miami, is a designer with a passion for creating couture swimwear. With an extensive background in apparel design, Johnson has an aptitude for uniting vivid hues, resilient texture, and elaborately cut shapes into fashion. Preferring Caribbean-inspired hues from her deep-rooted Jamaican heritage, Johnson stayed true to her exotic lineage for the debut of her Spring 2009 Rastafarian collection. From that new line, "Rasta Sunburst" is a sleek, solid white monokini with structural cutouts, and includes a halter constructed of tried-and-true Jamaican-hued ribbon to adorn your shoulder and midsection. Retailing from $150 to $350, KEVA by Keva J is sold at Eleven Boutique (Fort Lauderdale). Visit www.kevabykevaj.com for more information or call (866) 504-3041. ML

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