CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Celebrating Bonnie Clearwater and the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale with an intimate dinner at S3; With Racked Miami editor Ashley Brozic, who profiled the fashion and style of the Ocean Drive team; Ocean Drive gathered some of the most influential women in Miami at Lippi restaurant along with the team from Nine at Mary Brickell Village. Here with Ana Cristina and Edgardo Defortuna of Fortune International; Spending time on set with Erin Heatherton (CENTER) and the Ocean Drive team (FROM BOTTOM LEFT): Lauren Finney, Julia Ford-Carther, and Samantha Yanks.
It’s said that you should never judge a book by its cover. However, in the case of Ocean Drive, please judge away. What you see is often what you’ll get inside: a beautiful blend of elegance, luxury, and depth, plus a peek at the South Florida lifestyle.
We’re proud to have Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton lend her beauty and grace to our annual Swim Issue. On the cover she poses right here in the heart of South Beach, while on the inside she’s modeling the hottest swimwear in honor of the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim and SwimShow—hundreds of events, fashion shows, and parties all showcasing the most beautiful designs on earth. The people in attendance aren’t too shabby, either. (No, you aren’t seeing things; that probably is a supermodel sitting next to you at dinner.)
Ocean Drive is not unlike the city of Miami itself: eye-catching and alluring on the outside but equally stunning on the inside… and growing. The foundations of the real estate boom have been laid, the groundbreakings and first digs complete with Champagne, shovels, and hard hats. It’s an exciting time we are all going to look back on fondly when the Faena District, The Residences at the Miami Beach Edition, and SLS Brickell, not to mention 1000 Museum, Marea, the Porsche Design Tower, and so many more, all inaugurate a new era of Miami luxury. It’s possible this time next year we’ll be riding up the elevators in some of them.
For now, we’ll celebrate what we’ve got: a quieter time than the coming months, when temperatures soar into the triple digits. They may be scorchers that only the locals dare enjoy, but either way it’ll be perfect weather for a swimsuit….
Enjoy the summer.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WORLDREDEYE.COM (DEFORTUNA, CLEARWATER); RANDALL SLAVIN (HEATHERTON)
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.