Up Late: "Barely Private" Exhibit
Casa Tua hosts the provocative photography show featuring the likes of Drew Barrymore and Kat Fonseca.
September 08, 2011
No Miami Beach summer is verifiably complete unless a world-famous photographer stages an intimate soirée at a members-only club. Sante D’Orazio’s “Barely Private” photography exhibition at Casa Tua debuted to agape mouths. Casa Tua owner Miky Grendene and the artist had scattered about enormous print works featuring Kat Fonseca, Drew Barrymore and Pamela Anderson in various stages of artsy undress. The party upstairs was certainly the spot to be, not only for the bubbly but for the social buzz. On hand? Purdy Tran, Joshua Bailer, Leticia Grendene, Tom Sullivan, D’Orazio himself and photographer Hugo Lopez.
Up Late: The Scandi Party
Matthew Miceli brings a bit of Sweden to Vizcayne.
September 05, 2011
Nicolas Intriago, Micke Pravda and Andy Krasnansky at the Scandi Party at Vizcayne
Rounding out the summer, Scandinavia won over the hearts and minds of Miami for at least five hours on the pool deck of Vizcayne, the monstrous condominium project abutting Biscayne Boulevard near Bayside. The occasion? The Scandi Party, masterminded by Matthew Miceli, he of Stockholm and lover of Absolut, Saabs and blondes. A veritable Swedish lovefest ensued, anchored by vodka and meatballs and water views, with DJ Jason Vernau spinning house music that could be heard for blocks. Speaking of blondes, the sheer number of towheaded hostesses greeting guests was mind-boggling, like a wormhole to a faraway universe non-brunette enough to short-circuit Tiger Woods. And me.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ZOLTAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Up Late: Bulgari Trunk Show
The Roman brand channels a Mediterranean Eden in Coral Gables.
September 02, 2011
Eva Hughes, Maria Michella Zarillo and Carolina Lanao
Bulgari, the Rome-based purveyor of jewels, bags and misty, nape-applied concoctions that smell very, very nice, rolled into Miami to debut its new jewelry collection, Mediterranean Eden; its Fall/Winter 2011 accessories collection; and Mon Jasmin Noir, a tasty yet civilized new fragrance. Guest Alison Brungart marveled as hostess Daniela Frewa choreographed quite the evening of excess—Champagne effervescing aside a lagoon-inspired pool, a table for 40 VIPs, impossibly beautiful white floral centerpieces, outrageously colored jewels and intricate handbags as far as the eye could see. Did I mention the party was in a $19 million, boutique-hotel-size waterfront house on Arvida Parkway in Gables Estates? I probably didn’t have to.
Up Late: Virgin Atlantic Anniversary
Sir Richard Branson and cover girl Karolina Kurkova celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s 25th anniversary.
August 23, 2011
Sir Richard Branson and cover girl Karolina Kurkova partnered with the aquatic speed demons at Cigarette Racing to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s 25th anniversary of flying its swanky London-to-Miami route. Sir Richard’s legendary daredevil prowess proved handy as he and Kurkova engaged in a cops-and-robbers-style chase around Biscayne Bay with a hundred or so bemused onlookers surveying the high jinks from the luxuriously white and red digs of the Mondrian’s Rhode Island-size pool deck. The Miami Vice theme song blared while the apparently naughty Kurkova was apprehended off Star Island, handcuffed, then hoisted on a shoulder by Sir Richard, who was media-savvy enough to jump into the Mondrian’s pool, soaking her and causing a flurry of photos and a chorus of laughter. Later that evening, the Virgin road show decamped to The Raleigh, where Branson wowed the crowd, fireworks blasting, band blaring (exceptionally performed covers, anyone?) and vodka flowing, as the throngs realized that they were in the presence not of another South Beach carnival clown, but an actual billionaire.
No Party Like a Tree House Party
Jeremy Waks' woodwork den of debauchery debuts.
April 19, 2011
|Sky Dawn and Andrea Biter at Treehouse|
On 23rd Street—overtaking the back-in-the-day Groovejet Lounge space—debuted the Jeremy Waks-owned Tree house Miami, a wooden-clad three-roomed party box, brimming with hotties, sound and enough libations floating around to kill Jabba the Hutt. Barn-like olfactory overload aside, it was a killer crowd packing the rafters, dancing, singing, smoking and drinking as if their very lives depended on it. Welcome to paradise, right?
Wild Tea Party
Absolut celebrates the release of Absolut Wild Tea at Arkadia.
April 12, 2011
Elsa Remoy Hodt, Karolina Lundberg, Valerie Wigardt, Dudu Dias, Tiago Cesar and Anna Jackson-White at the
Absolut Wild Tea launch at Arkadia
The preposterously radiant, sun-kissed tag team of Valerie Wigardt and Karolina Lundberg held center couch at the Absolut Wild Tea launch at Arkadia. Wild Tea, for the uninitiated, doesn’t remotely resemble anything Lipton currently has on the market. No, with soda and lemon, it’s sultry enough to get 400 VIPs to that happy place, all amid soulful house music, snappy photographers, bonsai-haired geishas and spine-defying contortionists. On hand? David Schultz, Leilani Toivanen, Ina Stamatina and Hugh Burkett.
Mondrian Model Soiree
Wilhelmina's genetically blessed roster invades Sunset Lounge.
April 05, 2011
Karla Acevedo, Jorge Urena, Pamela Burgos, Johnny Sibilly and Nalani Ravelo at the Mondrian South Beach
Wilhelmina Models, purveyors of the world’s top-tier, one-in-a-million genetic specimens, took over Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian South Beach for a seasonkickoff soirée loaded with six-footers of all flavors, sundry New York VIPs and local hangers-on of various ilks. Though there was nary a glass of wine in sight (models prefer the buzz-to-calorie ratio of vodka, apparently), trays of cheese, bread and meats floated in from the sidelines, eagerly scarfed down by the Others. Giggles, laser stares (though not of the “blue steel” variety) and the occasional dance move provided a good-time texture. Milling about were Erin Lucas, Beth Studenberg and stunners Karen Carreno, Anne Marie Kortright, Carly Engleton and Reanna Spaulding.
PHOTOGRAPH BY TYLER LOY/WORLDREDEYE.COM
Audemars Piguet Makes Time for Good
The luxe watch brand celebrates a partnership with Miami's Baptist Hospital Foundation.
March 22, 2011
Luxury timepiece house Audemars Piguet recently announced a five year partnership with Miami’s own Baptist Hospital Foundation of Baptist Health South Florida.
The collaboration, which also marks Audemars Piguet as the official timekeeper of Baptist Hospital of Miami, was fêted with an invitation-only dinner organized by Bryan Johnson Events.
Lourdes Jofre-Collet, a constant on the healthcare and visual arts philanthropy scene, hosted the event, where Audemars Piguet president and CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias was honored, at the private residence of Roger and Armida Jaar. Guests included Rita Cabases, Gordon Myers, Carole and Oscar Seikaly.
A Traveling Art Party
The Lincoln Center List Art Collection travels from New York to Miami for a special tour.
March 01, 2011
|Munisha Underhill, Jorge Plasencia and Adrienne Arsht at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ fifth anniversary gal|
For its fifth anniversary season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts miraculously nabbed the Lincoln Center List Art Collection, importing super-works by the likes of Jim Dine and Howard Hodgkin. A celebratory VIP cocktail reception and walking tour seemed appropriate, so Bombay Sapphire concoctions were shaken, art appreciators were summoned and civility ensued against a backdrop of twinkling lights. Lincoln Center’s Karen Davidson provided context before Barry Fellman deftly guided us through the Arsht’s fantabulous two buildings, thoughtfully explaining each work as if his very life depended on it.
The tour ended with a killer Chuck Close piece, and everyone was delightfully more enriched. Among the herd? Arsht Center CEO John Richard and wife Lynne, Ralph and Cookie Gazitua, Ricky Arriola, former Mayor Manny Diaz, Beth Boone of the Miami Light Project, Kevin and Kathy Doran, Yrak Saenz and Diane Lieberman.
Night At the Museum
Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza lights up the stage at the Miami Art Museum.
March 01, 2011
Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza
Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza temporarily installed itself on the future site of the Miami Art Museum, yellow tents soaring to the sky. The multicolored rooftop hinted at the whimsical production inside.
In a town preoccupied with cool posturing and fake laughter, Kooza elicited genuine emotions from the crowd: giggles, chortles, gasps and screams. During the danger-rific Wheel of Death—two guys running on giant revolving hamster wheels—you could see onlookers sweat with disbelief.