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A Two-Piece for Two Years

The W South Beach celebrates its second anniversary with a limited-edition bikini.

July 06, 2011

The W South Beach is celebrating its two-year anniversary in style with a limited edition Melissa Odabash bikini available through July. The classic cut bandeau design features a signature Odabash print over a white base, ruched detailing, gold rings and removable straps. “I loved doing this collaboration with W South Beach—it’s my favorite place to stay because it mixes fashion, art and music all in one,” says Odabash. “It’s a lifestyle brand like mine, and I designed something in my trademark style and animal African print that suits both mine and their clientele.” 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3000


 

Taste Test

A trio of new eateries with singular personalities makes an impression.

July 06, 2011


Naruto from Little Lotus

Restaurant: Little Lotus
Cuisine: Asian
Details: This is one of those small, hidden, knock-your-socks-off restaurants normally found only in major food cities. The chefs come with an impressive backstory, which includes familiar names like Morimoto and North Miami’s Yakko-San
Dishes to try: Crispy baby bok choy; 8 Crazy Night roll; kek lapis (an Indonesian layered cake)
Address: 22 NE First St., Suite 7, Downtown Miami, 305-533-2700

Restaurant: Catharsis Restaurant & Lounge
Cuisine: South America meets The Caribbean
Details: This small, white-washed spot offers a subtly sophisticated taste of Miami. The service is impeccable, and the food is delightful. Comes here for a low-key date.
Dishes to try: Empanadas; corvina with carrot mash; dulce de leche crêpe
Address: 1644 SW Eighth St., Little Havana, 305-479-2746

Restaurant: Eternity Coffee Roasters
Cuisine: Coffee (and all the extras)
Details: While it may not have Blue Bottle Coffee (yet), Miami is upping its caffeine game and Eternity is generating a lot of buzz. Steeped in coffee culture, it is a perfect morning stop for a cup of joe.
Drinks to try: Espressos; Colombian coffee
Address: 117 SE Second Ave., Downtown Miami, 305-609-4981


 

Le Nouveau Cirque

Cirque Éloize comes to town with a charming style all its own.

July 06, 2011


Cirque Éloize

You’ve heard of Cirque du Soleil, but chances are you’re not yet familiar with Cirque Éloize. Both troupes are engaged in a long-term relationship based on common creative visions and internationally entertaining appeal, and this summer South Florida hosts both: Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria in Sunrise, and Cirque Éloize’s iD at the Adrienne Arsht Center (July 26–August 7). iD combines awe-inspiring acrobats, contortionists and dancers with break-dancers, rock and hip-hop music and a one-of-a-kind video trampowall. “Cirque Éloize iD explores the concept of identity and how people from different backgrounds get along in a clan,” explains founder and artistic director Jeannot Painchaud. “Each artist represents a unique character that highlights the human spirit and the diversity of the human condition.” Ziff Ballet Opera House, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722

photograph by 2010 Theatre T & Cie/Valérie Remise

 

LV Makes a Move

Louis Vuitton opens a temporary shop in Aventura as it prepares for its new permanent space.

July 06, 2011

After three decades the Louis Vuitton Bal Harbour boutique closed its doors last month in preparation for the unveiling of a new store in 2012 in Aventura Mall. Until then LV devotees will be treated to a temporary location, also located in Aventura Mall and opening this month. “We are delighted to be bringing our Miami home to Aventura,” says Geoffroy Van Raemdonck, president of Louis Vuitton North America. “Louis Vuitton has been an established presence in the region for several decades, and we felt it was time we were able to respond to the evolving needs of our customers by offering them a significantly enhanced environment. Louis Vuitton Aventura will enable the Miami community to experience all the innovation, artistry and creative excellence this culturally sophisticated city deserves.”

Although a temporary space, the shop will display the same commitment to luxury, culture and the arts as a full-fledged store. One can’t-miss feature? A gallery like exhibit space dedicated to showcasing renowned artists—the first of which is Vik Muniz, whose collaborative work with Brazilian landfill workers was the subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary Wasteland. Aventura Mall, 19595 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-931-3887


 

Hot Ticket: Miami Swim Week

Suit yourself at one of the largest gatherings of hot new swimwear.

July 06, 2011

An entire week dedicated to swimsuits? Sounds perfect for Miami—and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim delivers. Runway shows and special events begin July 14 (8 PM) with the official kick-off party at The Raleigh. The exclusive shows continue through July 19 and include first-time appearances by Sonia Vera and Wildfox Swim as well as veterans Beach Bunny, Kooey, White Sands Australia and Miami’s own Red Carter. One of our favorites is diNeila Brazil from designer Neila Granzoti Rudden. The São Paulo native is launching a capsule collection with Sport Illustrated supermodel and Ocean Drive cover girl Chrissy Teigen called Chrissy Teigen for diNeila Brazil.

You can also catch fashion shows and special events throughout South Beach at nearby hotels like The W South Beach, The Setai and The Standard and venues like The Webster and the Miami Beach Convention Center. By the time the festivities end, more than 12,000 journalists, photographers, buyers and VIPs will have descended on Miami. The only thing hotter than the fashion will be the parties, so make sure to get on some lists and keep your eyes open for invites from Ocean Drive.


 

Film Watch: Page One: Inside The New York Times

A fascinating documentary looks into the The New York Times and the people who make it.

July 05, 2011

Andrew Rossi’s riveting documentary Page One premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has since made its way to Wynwood’s O Cinema (July 8–10). The film goes inside the newsroom of The New York Times, focusing on the transformation of the media industry as mainstream newspapers struggle to survive in the age of the Internet and iPads. Think of Page One as a drama with real life rebel characters—like Times’ star columnist David Carr—who are fighting to keep reliable news reporting alive. 90 NW 29 St., Miami

—Vanessa Martin

 

Fitness Find: Camp David

David Barton Gym introduces a boot camp that gets results.

July 05, 2011

Shake up your workouts this summer with David Barton Gym by abandoning the treadmill and weights in favor of sand and sea at Camp David. That’s right—these challenging summertime drills are held beachside. Recruits up for the challenge meet at the Gansevoort Beach Club Wednesday evenings at 7 and on Saturday mornings at 8 for an hour-long boot camp session. Intervals focusing on cardio drills, agility training and core strength will keep you moving, guessing and sweating. David Barton Gym South Beach, 2323 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-2660

—Damaneke Santiago

 

Quattro’s Summer Success

The restaurant’s executive chefs celebrate a win on Rocco’s Dinner Party and a new summer menu.

June 30, 2011


FROM LEFT: Nicola and Fabrizio Carro

Helmed by the dashing chef Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Dinner Party, Bravo’s latest cooking competition, calls upon promising chefs to whip up a fantastic dinner party for a discerning group of guests. This week’s episode challenged contending chefs to create a family-style Italian meal. Miami audiences were no doubt cheering for Quattro executive chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro. Nicola was eliminated in the first round but Fabrizio pulled through and won it for the Carro family. Although the two are overjoyed by the win, what they’re really excited about is Quattro’s new summer menu. Some of their favorites include grilled Mediterranean octopus atop chickpea purée; handmade strozzapreti pasta with shrimp, green Castelvetrano olives, oregano and marinara; vanilla panna cotta with strawberry soup, berries and lemon sorbet; and Campari gelatin with white chocolate crema, lychee granita and yogurt gelato. 1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


 

New Store: Madewell Miami

Madewell’s first Florida store makes a splash on Lincoln Road.

June 29, 2011


FROM LEFT: Lattice lace tank ($168) and checked paperboy shorts ($59.50)

This week Madewell and its preppy vintage-style fashions will debut in Florida on Miami’s Lincoln Road. Staying true to the brand’s commitment to reflect the neighborhoods of each of its stores, Madewell Miami will incorporate pieces sourced from the area and Miami-inspired décor. Throughout the store you’ll find a lighter color palette and white clay sculptural works, as well as a Beach Shop that’s ideal for picking up sand and surf essentials. Don’t miss the official welcome party on Thursday, July 7 (7 to 9 PM), where shoppers can indulge in complimentary cocktails, 20 percent off of all jeans and sway to tunes spun by cohosts Nektar De Stagni, Autumn Casey, and Nicole Irizary. To attend the welcome party, RSVP to yes.please@madewell.com. Then save the date for Saturday, July 9 when the shop will host a Hometown Heroes event and treat shoppers to 12 hours of perks.

Hometown Heroes Hourly Perks

11 AM - Mandarin Gourmet Donut Shoppe
12 PM - Tarot card readings by Natasha Lipshtick
1 PM - I Luv Lace Nails manicures
2 PM - Hair feathering
3 PM - Caricaturist
4 PM - Sugar Yummy Mama Truck
5 PM - Snowcaps Truck
6 – 8 PM - Photobooth
8 PM - Madewell Mojitos
9 – 11 PM - Cool DJ Tunes

714 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


 

Travel: Mind-Expanding Destinations

Find aesthetic inspiration and cerebral invigoration at these two stimulating hotels.

June 29, 2011


A suite terrace at the Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

This summer consider swapping long, languorous days at the beach for two exciting, mind-stimulating getaways that cater to the aesthete. The Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, offers all the comforts of a high-design boutique hotel—a nearly 5,000-square-foot spa, luxuriously appointed rooms with sensational views of the historic colonial town, a sexy bar and celebrity chef Bernie McDonough—with an added bonus: cutting-edge, boundary-pushing contemporary and classical Mexican art.

Exhibited throughout the property’s four recently constructed buildings, the art includes works by photographer Spencer Tunick that have been reproduced on wallpaper, and each guest bedroom features original art by the likes of Bosco Sodi, Daniela Edburg and Aldo Chaparro. Hotel Matilda owner Spook Stream, from Nashville, Tennessee, claims family ties to an art legend: Diego Rivera painted his mother Matilda when she was 15 years old. A reproduction of his portrait of Matilda hangs in the library of the hotel, which is her namesake.

“My family had collected art for several generations,” says Stream, “particularly Latin pieces stemming in part from the friendship of my great aunt, Matilda Gray, with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, as well as from my mother posing as a model with Diego as a teenager.” In selecting the location for his hotel, Stream found in San Miguel de Allende a hub for generations of ex-pat artists who have formed a tight community—and who show their works in the town’s 62 galleries. Both local and international artists are represented in Hotel Matilda’s ongoing curatorial explorations. “As I added to our Latin collection,” says Spook, “I began to see the importance of the contemporary influence on Mexican art, leading me to begin collecting contemporary art from around the globe. This experience led me to the discovery of the young Mexican artists who are represented in the Hotel Matilda.”

Thinking Big in London
From appreciating fine art to developing the fine art of conversation, an aesthete-cation will fortify your worldliness while you unwind. If you’re planning a trip to scout the location of the 2012 Olympics in London, why not book a room at a five-star hotel that offers both the ultimate in West End high style and a dose of cerebral play? The Sanderson has all the features of the very best in modern London luxury accommodations—interior design by Philippe Starck, an Alain Ducasse restaurant, a dreamy Agua Bathhouse spa and its famed Purple Bar (this opulent oasis of cut-glass mirrored tiles, violet fabric and raw stone offers a dual-edged martini menu with both classic martinis and modern variations).

 
The Purple Bar at the Sanderson  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Recently introduced into this perfectly hip milieu is the Minibar for the Mind from The School of Life, an organization which bills itself as “a ground-breaking enterprise which offers good ideas for everyday living.” One choice offering is Conversation Starters, a box of 250 cards ($56) that supplies guests with questions, quotations and provocations that draw upon philosophy, psychology, literature, the visual arts and sciences for the purpose of enhancing repartee. The Sanderson (and other properties in the Morgans Hotel Group, including the Hudson in New York and the Ames in Boston) treats guests to a Daily Aphorism card with turn-down service (like this offering from Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”)

A Conversation Menu provided with meals offers a selection of prompts to keep talk on par with the ambiance of Morgans Hotel properties: sparkling, chic and captivating. “The topics can be controversial, like parenthood and politics, or more lighthearted, like what you would do if you won the lottery. A variety of guests use them,” says a concierge at the Sanderson, who adds that her favorite quote in the Minibar for the Mind is by Mark Twain: “‘Be yourself’ is one of the worst things you can say to people.” Now there’s a topic for discussion.

—sue hostetler

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