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Item Brings the Wellie Wagon to Miami

A Twitter campaign launches to bring the Tretorn Wellie Wagon to Miami this summer.

April 12, 2011

Fashionable kids around town are already familiar with the beautiful beach boutique Item. Though originated in Provincetown, this ocean-loving shop is all about representing the M.I.A. Today they’ve launched a Twitter campaign to bring the Tretorn Wellie Wagon to Miami this summer. The wagon—a navy blue van with racy sayings like NEED RUBBERS? and MY OTHER RUBBER IS A WELLIE painted on the side—drives around its host town selling wellies, sneakers and accessories. Given Miami’s wet summers, a pair of these boots is a perfect option. Do your part to bring more rubbers to Miami by following Item on Twitter and tweeting at the Tretorn Wellie Wagon using hashtag #WWMiami.


One-Year Anniversary: Coco DeVille

Coco DeVille in the Gansevoort Miami Beach celebrates a birthday.

April 11, 2011

It’s hard to believe that Coco DeVille, the intimate bar/lounge housed inside the Gansevoort Miami Beach, is just celebrating its one-year anniversary. Some of the most noteworthy guests who have partied at Coco include Lebron James (who celebrated his first Miami-based birthday here), Drake (who was on the mic wishing James a happy birthday), Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Ne-Yo, Kate Hudson, Lil Jon, Sean Penn, Spike Lee and Passion Pit.

Tiffany D’Aurizio, The One Group’s marketing manager, explains their formula for success: “We have built a fun, intimate hide-a-way in the middle of South Beach," she says. "Not only do we spoil our guest with treats at the bar, but we have creative mixologists who can make liquor taste like candy, a great line-up of DJs that really have the ability to transform the small space into a mini dance club and an attentive staff that make you feel like a VIP.”

Speaking of VIP: The most popular beverage at Coco is Champagne—bottles and bottles of Champagne. And as for the sweet treats at the bar? Swedish Fish and Tootsie Pops are the preferred means to a sugar high. Coco de Ville, 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-6545


New Store: Gucci

A new Gucci store is reason for celebration.

April 11, 2011

The new Gucci boutique at the Bal Harbour Shops; the Riva by Gucci collection

celebrated the reopening of its new store at the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami last week. Plenty of familiar faces came out to toast the new and even more luxe boutique. The 6,512-square-foot space, conceived by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, offers the newly launched children’s collection and the new Snaffle Bit bag, as well as a series of exclusive Riva by Gucci accessories (arriving later this spring). As part of Gucci’s 90th anniversary celebration, the house has partnered with Miami Beach’s Wolfsonian museum to support the future installation of its “Italian Double Parlor (1900-01),” designed by Agostino Lauro. Also in honor of Gucci’s ninth decade is the premiere of the 1921 collection, which will be available at the shop in June. Gucci, 9700 Bal Harbour Shops, 2nd Floor, Bal Harbour, 305-868-6504


Pantone: A Classic Case

Outfit your iPhone or iPad in colorful cases from Case Scenario’s new Pantone collection.

April 08, 2011

Case Scenario's Pantone collection iPad covers in red and gray, and iPhone covers in green and yellow

Pantone has long been the authority on color for designers and the world. Now thanks to Case Scenario’s new Pantone collection, you too can rock the insider-y brand via its iPhone 4 ($35) and iPad ($45) covers. Choose from a rainbow of nine colors for your phone, including a lemony yellow, hot pink and no-fail classic black. iPad users are limited to a cool foursome of black, gray, blue and red. The Pantone collection is sold exclusively at The Webster. 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899


Artist Watch: Benjamin Hollingsworth

Benjamin Hollingsworth debuts new works at The Workshop Collective.

April 08, 2011

Large-scale drawings by artist Benjamin Hollingsworth

Artist Benjamin Hollingsworth grew up a soccer star. At 27 he was playing professionally until an injury changed the game plan. He turned to art, traveling to Paris and moving to New York to focus on developing his newfound passion. It was during this time that his stepfather was diagnosed with cancer, prompting the Charleston native to return home. “I lived in an empty building in the middle of downtown Charleston and started producing new work for an idea I had for a solo exhibit,” he says. In May 2009, he took advantage of the empty space for the exhibition, which put him “on the map.” 

“Since then things have taken off,” he says. “Art saved me, and helped me get over a very, very tragic event in my life.” Hollingsworth’s artwork was last seen locally during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. This weekend Hollingsworth returns to Miami with a show at the Workshop collective. His solo show marks the debut of some never-before-seen works including gigantic eight-by-10-foot drawings on paper and smaller pieces “done on top of vintage Life magazine covers.” Opening night is Saturday, April 9. The Workshop Collective, 171 NW 23rd St., Miami


A Green Tote

Ecoist pairs with Miami-based architect Chad Oppenheim for an eco-friendly tote bag.

April 07, 2011

Locally grown Ecoist has partnered with Miami-based green architect Chad Oppenheim to create limited-edition handbags. In the past, Ecoist handbags have been made from recycled candy wrappers, food packages, soda labels, subway maps, newspapers and other waste-bound materials. But for this line, the label is using Oppenheim’s award-winning architectural blueprints for a tote ($275) that is handmade by artisans in Peru. All proceeds benefit Trees For the Future, an organization that helps communities around the world plant trees.


Film Watch: Bill Cunningham New York

The new film about legendary style photographer Bill Cunningham is a can't-miss.

April 07, 2011

Bill Cunningham shooting on the streets of New York

When it comes to Bill Cunningham, the iconic style photographer for The New York Times, Anna Wintour sums it up best: “We all get dressed for Bill.” Cunningham, 82, has spent three decades behind the lens, documenting everything from person-on-the-street fashion to society events. And now he’s the subject of a new film called Bill Cunningham New York. “The best fashion show is on the street,” Cunningham once said. “Always has been, always will be.” The film opens in Miami later this month. Check out the schedule below.

April 21–26: O Cinema

April 22–24: Cosford Cinema @ University of Miami

April 2228: Miami Beach Cinematheque

photograph by Manny Hernandez


New Restaurant: Makoto

Bal Harbour welcomes Makoto.

April 06, 2011

The tony shopping mecca of Bal Harbour is now home to renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr’s latest project, Makoto. The latest addition to the Starr Restaurant family—others include Buddakan, Morimoto and Steak 954—the eatery is led by executive chef Makoto Okuwa. Look for a variety of bold flavors in dishes like foie gras gyoza with yuzu marmalade and steamed black edamame with sea salt and spicy garlic; chicken tsukune meatball with sansho pepper; and quail egg and frosty Kobe fried rice with foie gras, chichi and jidori egg. Guests will also be able to enjoy seating options perfect for solo dining or larger groups: There’s a 12-seat sushi bar backed by an opaque glass-enclosed kitchen, seating for al fresco dining on the restaurant’s terrace and seating for 20 in the bar and lounge area located in the shops’ courtyard. Makoto, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-864-8600


Openings: Juicy Couture

A look at the brand's first Miami outpost.

April 06, 2011

Upping Lincoln Road’s style quotient is the newly opened Juicy Couture boutique. The new location will stock the brand’s much-loved sundresses, shorts, bikinis and sweats, as well as lifestyle offerings such as surfboards, coffee table books and exclusive artwork—a first for the brand. Also exclusive to the South Beach location are limited edition flamingo T-shirts with “Viva Miami” scrawled across the back. “It’s the perfect location for Juicy Couture to live and to offer our clients a new shopping experience,” remarked the brand’s president and chief creative officer LeAnn Nealz. 1111 Lincoln Road 

Photographs by Manny Hernandez


Top 5 Swimsuit Trends

Look hot this swim season in the best of the trends.

April 06, 2011

Bathing suit season is officially here and these five trends will keep you looking like the ultimate beach goddess both in the water and on the sand.


Tribal: Channel your inner Amazonian with earthy-chic looks featuring tribal prints with geometric shapes, lattice detailing and neon hues. Fashion-forward tree huggers can pay homage to Mother Nature in bikinis and one-pieces from Mara Hoffman (LEFT) and Lisa Blue.

Mixed Prints: We all know opposites attract, and it’s especially true when it comes to this season’s swimwear. Festive motifs like fruits, flowers, hearts and polka dots create the perfect balance, and labels like Salinas, Thayer, Poko Pano (LEFT) and Juicy Couture prove that you gotta mix things up to have fun in the sun.

Citrus Shades: Honeysuckle is the It Color of the season for apparel, but in the swim world citrus tones are making a big splash. Vibrant orange and lemon tints look refreshing on tan skin—score the look with Aquarella, Luli Fama and Crystal Jin (LEFT).

High Waists: Back in the day, donning high-waisted bottoms à la Bettie Page was the look du jour. Today the retro glam style is for the trendsetting diva who wants to make a statement. Go vintage-y with Marysia Swimwear (LEFT), VPL and Diane von Furstenberg.

One Shoulder: The ideal way stay feminine and bring in some edge is to go for the one-shoulder look. Perfect for a pool party or for cruising on a yacht, this style can be found in either a full-piece or bikini. Find it in a variety of sorts from prints and color blocking to minimalist shades. Check out brands Kooey (LEFT), Cia Maritima and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

—Annie Vazquez
photographs by Ed Kavishe/Fashion Wire Press

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