Shoe Find: Louis Vuitton Leaves Us Breathless
Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2012 shoe collection is dainty, girlish and happy.
January 23, 2012
As seen in its runway show last year, and once again in its new ad campaigns, Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 is decidedly pretty and ladylike. Here are ten shoes we’re lusting after that are making their way onto the shelves at Louis Vuitton, Aventura as we speak. 19595 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-931-3887
Day Trip: Hop the Ferry to Fisher Island
A fantastic destination is mere minutes from Miami yet a world away from it all.
January 20, 2012
If you’re contemplating time away from Miami, consider instead a day trip to Fisher Island. Situated just off the coast of Miami Beach, the island allures with storied exclusivity and extravagance.
How did this small, triangular patch of land become such a coveted destination? In the early 1920s, real estate developer Carl Fisher, the then owner of the Fisher Island, offered the island to William K. Vanderbilt II in exchange for Vanderbilt’s prized 250-foot yacht. Having fallen under the siren spell of the island while yachting to the Florida Keys, Vanderbilt happily agreed to the trade. In 1925, Vanderbilt went about constructing a Mediterranean-style winter mansion that now serves as the focal point and landmark of the highly exclusive Fisher Island Club.
Though the property made the transition from private residence to flourishing resort community, the Fisher Island Club retains plenty of early 20th century charm. Exclusivity continues to reign supreme: One can only access the island via boat or helicopter and amenities now include a championship golf course, world-class spa, 18-court tennis facility, gourmet dining and a private white Bahamian sand beach. One of the biggest treats you’ll find is a bevy of five-star dining options from casual to upscale helmed by Fisher Island Club executive chef Stephane Caporal.
Evolution is continuous at the island hideaway, which is nearing the end of its latest “Renaissance Project”. Now in its final phase, the project encompasses a total transformation of the club’s spa and the addition of a town center and community magazine. And yet, the island maintains a soothing sense of calm. (It's not out of the ordinary to see peacocks strutting around.)
Offering a private and posh hotel experience, the Fisher Island Club suites, villas and luxury residences provide guests the opportunity to luxuriate in the island’s extraordinary lifestyle. Here’s how we suggest spending a day at the iconic club.
- Settle in with a Fisher Island Sunrise (a frozen pina colada with light rum, mango and a splash of Midori) at the Beach Club bar.
- Schedule a spa treatment and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the waterfront restaurant.
- Take a dip in the pool or ocean and then jump in a golf cart and spend some time exploring the island. If you're an animal lover, the aviary a nice stop.
- Settle in for dinner at the Sardinian-inspired Café Porto Cervo and dine on fennel pollen-dusted branzino and fennel risotto with blood orange sabayon.
- Cap the night with a moonlit stroll on the beach.
The Best Dress for Spring
Dresses with asymmetrical hemlines hit it big for spring.
January 20, 2012
Claudia Cuff dress ($495) by Elizabeth and James; silk dress ($2,375) by Jason Wu
Many refer to it as the “mullet dress,” and others prefer to call it the “hi-low dress,” but regardless of its name, the frock with an asymmetrical hemline—short in the front, long in the back—is the look du jour for spring. Countless designers have created their own versions in various fabrics and prints, from the edgy cranberry colored Claudia Cuff dress ($495) by Elizabeth and James to Jason Wu’s classic airy polka-dotted silk dress ($2,375). Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Jewelry Trend: Neon
An eye-catching necklace by Dannijo radiates color.
January 20, 2012
This spring is all about neon colors. The can’t-miss color palette might seem a tad pubescent for some, but in the Dannijo jewelry line—the brainchild of Florida natives Danielle and Jodie Snyder—it has graduated to grown-up status. Take for instance their silver-plated Capucine neck piece ($445), which features a hint of various highlighter hues finished with a bold clasp of Swarovski crystals.
Pop-Up Restaurant Preview: Eating House
Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli presents winning surprises at his new pop-up eatery.
January 19, 2012
You may have caught Miami’s own chef Giorgio Rapicavoli winning big on the Food Network’s Chopped. If you missed his dazzling demonstration of culinary skill, fret not: You can pay him a visit at his new pop-up restaurant Eating House, which debuts in February. The temporary restaurant is calling Coral Gables home and will be located inside Cafe Ponce. Expect a revolving menu of local ingredients and creative thinking. According to Rapicavoli, the “menu will change daily according to what we are buying that day. The menu will [consist of] about twelve to fifteen dishes and a few desserts.” So far we’re enticed by the menu, and look forward to what appears to be a winning formula. Eating House, 804 Ponce de Leon Blvd., 786-942-7881
Bag of the Moment: Cambridge Satchel’s Fluoro
Carry this bright bag straight into Spring 2012.
January 19, 2012
The Cambridge Satchel Company's Fluoro bag ($149) first caused a commotion at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Spring 2012 shows when plenty of attendees showed up toting it around. Thanks to plenty of street style photographs circulating across the Internet, the British bag instantly became the It Bag for spring. With a vintage messenger look, the Fluoro—short for “fluorescent”—comes in four eye-catching colors and is a joy to carry.
Cocktail with Style: The Man Repelling
A cocktail worthy of fashionista, and writer of The Man Repeller blog, Leandra Medine.
January 18, 2012
The Man Repelling cocktail
Bespoke libations may not be a novel concept, but Miami is now home to some of the most desirable drinks in fashion. Chic new cocktail consultancy Global Mixology has been crafting designer drinkables since Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, creating drinks for the likes of Pringle, Pantone and DelToro. As we mentioned last week Leandra Medine—the writer behind the witty (and super-stylish) blog The Man Repeller—spent the weekend soaking up a little Miami color and doling out styling tips to locals. In honor of her visit, Junior Fajardo, founder of Global Mixology, teamed up with Kanon Organic Vodka to create the Man Repelling Cocktail for Miss Medine.
Man Repelling Cocktail
1½ oz. Kanon Organic Vodka
½ oz. Triple Sec
1 part fresh pear Juice
1 part cranberry Juice
Mix all ingredients. Add a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Garnish with a lemon twist and a cherry.
Shoe Trend: Saddle Shoes
Men’s footwear is having a ’50s moment with the return of saddle shoes.
January 18, 2012
Saddle shoes might seem like a thing of the past, but come spring more men will be slipping into the iconic ’50s footwear. You can blame it on hit TV shows like Mad Men or the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but the retro look is back with a modern twist. Instead of the classic black and white oxfords, try Nordstrom’s 1901 Saddle Up collection ($99 each) which features cotton candy hues like baby blue and bubble-gum pink as well as eggplant and toffee tones. Available at Nordstrom
Eyewear Obsession: Lindberg at Edward Beiner
Face it—four eyes have never been chicer.
January 17, 2012
Frames designed by the internationally renowned luxury Danish eyewear firm Lindberg are a sure way to look smart. Lindberg fans include architecture gurus, design enthusiasts and Danish royalty, and on Saturday, January 21 (11 AM–4 PM), South Florida’s Edward Beiner will host a trunk show at its South Miami flagship store spotlighting Lindberg. The event will highlight the latest Lindberg offerings including the award-winning Horn collection. 5817 Sunset Dr., South Miami; RSVP to 305-661-1205 or email@example.com
Limited-Edition Dior Nail Polish
Dior unveils scented nail lacquer for spring.
January 17, 2012
FROM LEFT: DIor Vernis polishes in Waterlily and Forget Me Not
Flowers have been a favorite theme in the House of Dior dating as far back as 1947 with the couture brand’s Corolle line. This Spring, ladies will lacquer with the label’s limited-edition scented nail polishes, which, once dried, release a rose fragrance. The Dior Vernis polishes called Forget Me Not and Waterlily ($23 each) are part of the brand’s Garden Party collection, which also includes makeup. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue