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Music Marches On In the Heights

In the Heights will have you dancing your way out of the theater.

March 02, 2011

Lexi Lawson and Joseph Morales star in In the Heights  

With non-stop energy and all the elements needed to be considered a contemporary Broadway classic, In the Heights—currently playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center—is not to be missed. The winner of four Tony awards in 2008, the musical tells the story of a bustling community in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. There are hopes, dreams, romances, conflicts and a lot of singing and dancing. (The unbridled enthusiasm will be familiar to most Miamians.) But at its core it's a tale of family and never forgetting where your real home is. Hurry—the show runs through April 3. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722


In the Swim

Strong Boalt board shorts are ready for the water.

March 02, 2011

Fish scale, red flying fish and blue flying fish prints from Strong Boalt

Amanda Boalt grew up in Palm Beach, arguably one of the stalwarts of tropical, preppy style. Mix in some time spent working for Ralph Lauren’s menswear division, and it all adds up to a winning combination for setting sail her own ocean-inspired line of men’s swim trunks. Strong Boalt board shorts bring the classic men’s shorts back with a modern burst of bright colors and patterns inspired by the sun-kissed, sandy lifestyle experienced on the beaches of Florida and the Caribbean. This is the second season for Boalt, whose latest line was inspired by a trip to the Bahamas. “I was not finding any inspiration for prints until a last-minute trip to one of my favorite places, Cat Cay," she says. "The ocean and the Bahamas will always be a source of inspiration for me. Check out more of the collection on March 5 (9 PM) at a Strong Boalt fashion show held at the Mondrian South Beach. (RSVP to SunsetLounge.Rsvp@MorgansHotelGroup.com.) Mondrian South Beach, 100 West Ave., Miami Beach


Tennis, Anyone?

The Sony Ericcson Open brings tennis back to Miami.

March 02, 2011

Andy Roddick

The Sony Ericcson Open tennis tournament sets up shop at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park March 21–April 3, marking the 26th time the two-week tournament has called Miami host. Awarded Tournament of the Year honors by the ATP in eight of the last 10 years, it’s one not to miss. (The more than 300,000 guests who attend the festivities every year would agree.)

Want to get in on the volleying action? On March 22 the nearby Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is hosting the second-annual All Star Charity Tennis Event (4­–8 PM), which supports the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation. The event includes a Champagne reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, exhibition matches with top stars, a pro round robin, and the King of the Court challenge match that pits the pros (like Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters) against the amateur round robin winners. The action is open to the public by reservation and is limited to the first 150 spectators and 33 players who phone The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center (305-365-4300) or contact Mark Chellas. Tennis Center at Crandon Park, 7300 Crandon Blvd., Miami


Jaie Laplante’s Favorite Flicks

The Miami International Film Fest director shares favorite Miami-made films.

March 01, 2011

 Fernando Trueba's Chico & Rita

The 28th annual Miami International Film Festival opens on March 4 with auteur Fernando Trueba’s Chico & Rita—an animated tale of jazz musicians in and out of luck and love from Havana to Manhattan. The fest also has a new director, Jaie Laplante, at its helm. Here, Laplante tells Ocean Drive about his own favorite made-in-Miami movies:

1.  Absence of Malice (1981, directed by Sydney Pollack) “It’s always great to see the city you love used so unapologetically in a major feature film. Sally Field plays a reporter for Miami’s largest daily newspaper who investigates Paul Newman on faulty murder charges. Great acting, and a fascinating look at what Miami looked like in 1981.”

2.  Any Given Sunday (1999, dir. Oliver Stone) “I love Scarface just as much as any Miamian, but I tend to go for the underdog—so I wanted to give my Oliver Stone made-in-Miami slot to this vastly underrated football flick. It really captures the fever of this sports-crazy town, it’s a loving ode to the Orange Bowl and I’m ready to move into the luscious digs that played Cameron Diaz’s home anytime!”

3.  Balseros (2002, dir. Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domènech) “This devastating Spanish-produced documentary about Cuban rafter refugees puts a lump in my throat every time I see it. The scenes where refugees are housed temporarily in Miami before being sent to other parts of the country are particularly affecting.”

4.  Catch Me If You Can (2002, dir. Steven Spielberg) “In my 13 years in Miami, I’ve spent my fair share of time at MIA, and I loved how Spielberg made the airport look like a ’60s-era dream in this film. What a great place to arrest Leonardo DiCaprio! Of course, it was actually filmed in Ontario, but who cares—it makes our city look like a class act for its time.”

5.  Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road (2005, dir. Eric Smith) “This 23-minute short follows, over nearly a decade, a pixie of a woman in her twilight years whose eccentric and colorful costumes caught everyone’s attention—with various degrees of appreciation (or not). What results is a wonderful ode to a bygone era.”



Oscar 2011: Accessories Report

The best bags, baubles and Swarovski studded heels on the red carpet.

February 28, 2011

Twitter, which has been so rapt with Oscar conversation that it remains a trending topic almost 24-hours later, was abuzz over the notion that there were few statement necklaces adorning A-list décolleté. But the bling that was on display? Make no mistake, it was major.

Cartier captured attention for the $1.35 million in emerald and diamond jewelry seen on Amy Adams, the green an artful match with her purple L’Wren Scott gown. Helen Mirren also opted for Cartier, a vintage platinum necklace with diamonds and pearls from 1907 that she paired with her taupe Vivienne Westwood gown. Van Cleef & Arpels outfitted Cate Blanchett with a diamond tassel bracelet from 1946 and oval fancy yellow-diamond earrings from 1981, while Marisa Tomei (wearing a 1950 Charles James gown from LA’s Lily et Cie) likewise chose estate pieces from the jeweler, a bracelet and earrings set from 1960 crafted of diamonds, emeralds and sapphires.

An estate necklace from Bulgari found its way onto Celine Dion with her Armani Privé, while Louis Vuitton’s high-jewelry collection also received red-carpet attention, as Gwyneth Paltrow chose a ring, earrings and brooch (the latter worn on the hip of her Calvin Klein gown) in diamonds and gemstones on white, yellow and rose gold. Tiffany & Co. also offered up a pair of talked-about looks: the $10 million Lucida Star diamond necklace with matching diamond earrings and ring worn by Anne Hathaway on the red carpet, and the rubellite and diamond tassels that danced on the ears of Best Actress winner Natalie Portman.

  Anne Hathaway in Brian Atwood pumps

Of all my tweets last night (and there were many), the one retweeted most had to do with Anne Hathaway’s shoes. One pair, to be exact, worn with her Lanvin tux (the third of her eight looks for the evening): Brian Atwood’s black-satin Fiona pumps, adorned with 8,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals. Atwood scored well at the Oscars, also outfitting Paltrow in gold leather Martina pumps and Mandy Moore in silver metallic Maniac pumps.

Not to be outdone, Christian Louboutin offered up his signature red soles, with Halle Berry choosing his Hyper Prive in nude with her Marchesa gown, while Scarlett Johansson wore his Lili Marlene with her lace Dolce & Gabbana. And Tamara Mellon’s Jimmy Choo likewise was much in evidence: Jennifer Lawrence wore the New Lancer platform sandal with her Calvin Klein, Penelope Cruz wore the Crown platform sandal with her L’Wren Scott, and Sandra Bullock chose the Vita platform sandal to go with her Vera Wang. And to pair well with Marisa Tomei’s vintage midnight-satin gown, Mellon designed a custom navy satin sandal adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Finally, an unexpected shoe is always a great surprise, which is why I loved the coral peep-toe Pierre Hardy sandal Nicole Kidman chose to pair with her white beaded haute-couture gown by Dior.

Something tells me a.) Helena Bonham Carter once again will not fare well in Monday morning Oscar fashion quarterbacking and b.) she once again will not give a flying fig. Opting for a custom dress by Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, a black-velvet affair that indeed resembled something from the Harry Potter set, Bonham Carter did score points with me for her bag choice, the embroidered black satin Lulu Guinness Sophie Fan bag, named after Sophie Dahl.

Unlike so many clutches, it looked large enough to hold your phone, your keys and your lipstick—not that an A-list actress has to worry about any of this. Jennifer Lawrence, meanwhile, carried Judith Leiber’s diamond box clutch in gold, while Marisa Tomei carried Cartier’s Panthere Art Deco clutch and Hilary Swank sported a Roger Vivier clutch with her Gucci Premiere. And with her utterly sweet Marchesa dress, Hailee Steinfeld chose Salvatore Ferragamo, a silver metal clutch and nude satin peep-toe shoes.

—laurie brookins, TWITTER.COM/stylewriternyc


Oscar Red Carpet Report

Editor in chief Suzy Buckley gives her picks for the best and worst dressed at this Academy Awards.

February 28, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein got a best-dressed nod; Amy Adams in L’Wrenn Scott missed the mark

Last night’s Academy Awards had its share of winners and losers on the red carpet. Editor in chief Suzy Buckley gives us her take on the good, the bad and the overall trends.

The Good

  • Jennifer Lawrence: In a red Calvin Klein tank dress she looked relaxed and confident—the way a young, up-and-coming starlet should look.
  • Anne Hathaway: In a red archival Valentino gown on the red carpet, she exuded timeless glamour.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow: In gold Calvin Klein with Louis Vuitton jewels she looked healthy, modern and fresh—almost like a gold statuette.
  • Cate Blanchett: She took a chance in her Givenchy dress (a lovely color) and the addition of canary colored earrings was perfect.
  • Halle Berry: She got it right in her Marchesa number.

The Bad

  • Amy Adams: Her blue L’Wrenn Scott dress was too reserved and didn’t showcase the dazzling jewelry she wore.
  • Scarlett Johansson: She has a fantastic figure, but her Dolce & Gabbana dress wasn’t flattering. Her hair didn’t help, either.
  • Melissa Leo: Her Marc Bouwer dress looked like doily met aluminum foil just in time for the mother of the bride to wear it.
  • Marisa Tomei: Her Charles James gown, though vintage, was simply too much.
  • Nicole Kidman: She looked like she should have been sitting atop a wedding cake in her Dior Couture gown.


The Overall Trends

  • Men with spotty beards: Mark Wahlberg, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Downey Jr., Justin Timberlake
  • A blue shade of red: Anne Hathaway in Valentino, Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang, Jennifer Hudson in Versace
  • Big emerald-green earrings: Annette Bening, Reese Witherspoon


The Miami Housewives Debut

The Real Housewives of Miami is off and running.

February 23, 2011

The cast of The Real Housewives of Miami on a photo shoot for Ocean Drive (FROM LEFT): Alexia
Echevarria, Larsa Pippen, Marysol Patton, Lea Black, Cristy Rice, and Adriana De Moura

The much-anticipated The Real Housewives of Miami premiered last night on Bravo. And as with many out-of-the-ordinary phenomenons (train wrecks, tornadoes) we couldn’t pull our gaze away. We were introduced to all the ladies—Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice, Alexia Echevarria, Adriana De Moura, Marysol Patton, and Lea Black—and then there was Miami, with the familiar sand, lush landscapes, water views and stereotypes.

Most recognizable aspect: That Miami accent, especially from the "Cuban Barbie," Alexia Echevarria.

Most commented-on fact: That Larsa Pippen doesn’t live in Miami. Ft. Lauderdale isn’t Miami. Ask someone.

Most talked-about character: Elsa Patton, Marysol Patton’s mother, who apparently does have the magic touch. Move over Allison DuBois (the psychic from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).

Strangest cameos: Rick Ross and Dennis Rodman. (Yes Lea Black, you’re down like that.)

Overall, the show’s first episode didn’t leave us hungry for more. But scenes from the next episode seem promising of better Housewives moments to come.


Get Fit with Fast Twitch

Push your fitness level up a notch at Fast Twitch Performance Training.

February 22, 2011

Even if you're already in great shape as thoughts turn to swimsuits and beach time, a bit of one-on-one attention can take your training—and your body—to the next level. If you’re looking for a new challenge, jog over to Fast Twitch Performance Training—a unique, no-frills fitness facility focusing on highly specialized and customized training techniques. Founded by former college football players, Fast Twitch prioritizes coaching and push-it-to-the-limit training in each one-hour session. The space itself consists of a 4,200-square-foot indoor and outdoor area with a 50-yard artificial turf training lane topped with state-of-the-art, sport-specific training equipment. Pay a visit—your body will thank you. 7327 North East Fourth Ave., Miami, 305-751-8901


Dylan Lauren's Sweet Side

In Miami to promote her new book, Dylan Lauren talks candy and confections.

February 18, 2011

Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren and founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, is in Miami this weekend discussing her new book, Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life. In it she discusses craft and entertaining ideas, how to celebrate with candy, and personal memories of sweet moments in her life.

Lauren is holding two book signings this Saturday—one at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale (1 PM), and the other at Books & Books in Bal Harbour (5 PM). We caught up with her to talk candy trivia, Willy Wonka, and what she loves about Miami.

Is this your first time in Miami?
Nope, I love this city and hope to open a Dylan’s Candy Bar here. It has the perfect energy and charm.

What are you most looking forward to when you're here?
A run on the flat, long beaches in the warm sun, especially because New York is freezing and snowy now. I also love walking by all the
shops and restaurants on Lincoln Road. 

What was your first favorite candy?
Cherry lollipops and cherry licorice.

Do you prefer chocolates, sweets, or sours?
Gummy sweets are top of my list, and anything with marshmallows.

Any fun candy trivia you can share?
Dylan’s Candy Bar has over 7,000 types of candy and carries the largest collection of rare and nostalgic candies. We are also the launching pad of many new and old products, recently Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy, Astro Pop, Ken and Barbie candies and even Star Wars candies.

Amazing. Do your friends bring back candy for you when traveling?
I always learn about new products while traveling—it's a great way to get fun new ideas. Last summer we had a "candy around the world" tour in our stores, which feature candies from all over the globe including Japan, Italy, Spain and many other countries.

You’ve probably tasted thousands of sweets. What is the strangest candy you've ever had?
Gummy boogers and ear wax—the flavors are very distinct.

What do you consider eye candy?
Any attractive and eye-catching object or person that emanates brightness, energy and charm.

You've mentioned that Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is one of your inspirations. What’s your favorite scene from the movie?
When Wonka lets everyone first inside the factory and he sings “Pure Imagination.” That song in itself has got lyrics that I abide by. I state that in my book. I love the emerald-green lawn with a chocolate river flowing through, the giant gummy bear and candy cane trees, and the edible buttercream in the gargantuan red mushrooms. The set with the oversized candy fixtures inspired my design of Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Which do you prefer: Old Willy Gene Wilder or New Willy Johnny Depp?
Both creatively played the part, but I prefer the original as that’s who inspired me: Gene.





Weekend Watch

Take it from us—start planning this weekend's activities right now.

February 16, 2011

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's C. Stamatiou, R. Robinson and M. Rushing in Alvin Ailey's Revelations

What: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
When: Thursday, February 17–Sunday, February 20
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
Why: An after-party hosted by the Green Room Society with complimentary Bombay Sapphire cocktails. (RSVP mandatory; 786-468-2040 or greenroom@arshtcenter.org)
Tickets: $25–$120; arshtcenter.org

What: 48th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival
When: Saturday, February 19–Sunday, February 21 (10 AM–6 PM)
Where: The streets of Coconut Grove (along McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive)
Why: Art, food, music, and day drinking
Tickets: $10 per person

What: MOCA Bash Surf’s Up
When: Saturday, February 19 (8 PM–midnight)
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami)
Why: This year MOCA’s annual cocktail and dance fête celebrates Miami’s surfing culture
Tickets: $175; mocanomi.org

What: Miss Yip’s Grand Opening
When: Friday, February 18
Where: Miss Yip (900 Biscayne Blvd.)
Why: Complimentary cocktails, snacks, and music
RSVP: missyip@cm-publicrelations.com

What: Brunch N Bazaar
When: Sunday, February 20
Where: Cafeina (297 NW 23rd St.)
Why: Table-side, made-to-order Bloody Marys, an open-air market curated by Launch Arte, and your choice of two menus: One offering a healthy start, the other a list of comforting hangover cures. Music by duo Ess + Emm.
RSVP: Just show up with a case of the brunchies and bask in the glorious Sunday vibes.

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