CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: With Fendi North America President Stacy Van Praagh at Juvia, celebrating the brand’s collaborative design series with Belgian industrial designer Maarten De Ceulaer; Bruce Weber and Ocean Drive Senior Managing Editor Ken Rivadeneira, celebrating Weber’s new book, All-American Volume Twelve: A Book of Lessons, at The Standard Spa; Martha Stewart partyhopped a lot during this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach. Here we are at the Valentino party on the Webster boutique’s rooftop; Charlotte Dellal and I had drinks at the Soho Beach House the night before she debuted a limitededition collection of hand-painted Dolly heels for her Charlotte Olympia line at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour
In the mid-’80s, my family flew from Chicago to Florida for vacation. We’d always visited the west coast of the state, but this time decided to drive over to Miami Beach to see the Art Deco District. “So where is the real Miami Beach, you know, the part everyone wants to see?” my dad asked a waitress in a dilapidated Art Deco hotel. “You’re here, folks,” she sighed, and she told us things in town were actually on the upswing. But we had Miami Vice on the brain and expected to see sexy convertibles blaring synthesized pop and sparkling, sun-splashed pastel buildings. The lack of a Don Johnson sighting aside, I’ll never forget the electricity I felt that afternoon, and swore I’d be back one day. I moved to Miami in 1993—the same year Ocean Drive magazine launched—and never left.
This month marks Ocean Drive’s 20-year anniversary, and I couldn’t be more proud of how far we’ve come and where the magazine is headed. I thought sifting through old issues would make me nostalgic, but there was nothing sad about it. Not only do most of our regularly featured boldfacers somehow look far better in 2013 than they did 10 or 20 years ago, but I’ve also met a tremendous number of close friends through my work on the pages (both in the office and through the hundreds of subjects I’ve interviewed over the past 15 years). And while the magazine has always dreamed big, scoring supermodel covers and interviews with the likes of Gianni Versace and Madonna, the quality of our coverage and design has increased exponentially: We’ve been the first to discover the next big things—in fashion, film, music, food, business, and beyond—and celebrated them all to the hilt. The magazine has always been a reflection of hip Miami Beach; early on, the city embraced our perception of itself and seems to have mirrored Ocean Drive right back. Did it involve a little wishful thinking and smoke and mirrors sometimes? Of course. But we created our own reality, and brought our readers along for the ride.
SUZY BUCKLEY WOODWARD
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DIRK DESOUZA (STEWART); JOHN JOSEPH LIN (DELLAL); LOU IACOVELLI (WEBER)
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