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Modest Yet Sexy Swimwear

Côte d’Or makes sophisticated swimsuits with serpentine edge.

January 24, 2012

Serpiente one-piece by Côte d'Or

Last Spring designers were obsessed with dreamy pastels and bright neons, but this season the emphasis is on serpentine prints splayed across everything from clothing to accessories to swimwear. Local brand Côte d’Or translates the trend for Miamians with this serpiente one-piece ($300), which proves that a modest cut suit with a sophisticated belt can be just as sexy as a string bikini. 

—Annie Vazquez


New Fragrance: Eau De Lacoste L.12.12

Lacoste’s first men’s fragrance collection is a trio of refined, crisp fragrances for Spring.

January 24, 2012

Eau De Lacoste L.12.12

Lacoste’s new trio of colognes, dubbed Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 ($62) is proof positive that good things come in threes. Why three, you ask? The French sportswear brand created three scents so that wearers could express their mood through fragrance. Blanc is pure, crisp and citrus-imbued, Bleu is powerful and aquatic and Vert is fresh and relaxing with notes of fresh bamboo and violet leaf.

—Annie Vazquez


Dispatch: The 2012 Cayman Cookout

On the beach with Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Schwartz and more.

January 23, 2012

Anthony Bourdain slices his porchetta at the Cayman Cookout beach barbecue

Three days of exquisite meals, beachside cooking and cocktail demonstrations and endless champagne. Such was the fourth annual Cayman Cookout, a culinary getaway hosted by Eric Ripert of New York’s venerable Le Bernardin and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. It was a weekend that flew by fast thanks to nonstop tastings and a memorable lineup of chefs and gastronomes—Anthony Bourdain, Michael Schwartz amd François Payard, to name a few.

On day two of the cookout, Schwartz and April Bloomfield, of New York’s The Spotted Pig, paired up to cook a five-course dinner at the Camana Bay outpost of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Every seat in the house was claimed, and the warm weather allowed for plenty outdoor seating. The dinner, aptly titled Genuine Bloomfield, was a perfect cross section two chefs’ culinary styles. Schwartz brought his passion for fresh, local ingredients to the table while Bloomfield lent her earthy, almost rustic English style of cooking. We devoured local wahoo crudo matched with a spicy ginger purée and Cayman-grown sweet radishes. Scotch bonnet pepper aioli topped a tender hunk of slow-roasted pork shoulder and a pitch-perfect grilled lamb scottadito and local Cayman rabbit with fresh ricotta crespelle rounded out the meal. Dessert was a sweet and salty peanut caramel bar.

A post-dinner chat with Bloomfield and Schwartz revealed that the two planned the entire menu via email and phone. (They met for the first time just two days before the dinner.) We also asked Schwartz about the difference between Michael’s Genuine Miami and Michael’s Genuine Grand Cayman. The answer? The Cayman location offers “the same values of the original Miami restaurant,” but in Cayman they’re working with “a smaller palette and different eating style.” Thus, the menu features an emphasis on local Caribbean ingredients, such as triggerfish, conch and snapper. 

Earlier that morning, Bourdain and Ripert held a confab on The Ritz-Carlton beachfront. No subject was off limits for the outspoken Bourdain. On the subject of Martha Stewart, Bourdain bluntly stated, “She hated me.” On his culinary chops, he commented “I’ve worked in a good [restaurant], but never a great one in my professional career.” As for his new television show, The Layover, he explained, “It was a way to make a show that previously took eight days to shoot in two days. And in every episode I’m blind, drunk and bloated.” He was surprisingly soft on Rachael Ray: “She sent me a fruit basket and she’s a huge New York Dolls fan. She looks like [Auguste] Escoffier compared to the others on Food Network.” And we all know his feelings on the subject of Paula Deen.

—Kathy YL Chan


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

—Maria Argüello


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.

—Maria Argüello


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.

—annie vazquez


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. 

—annie vazquez


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

—maria argüello


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.

—annie vazquez


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 Repellerspent 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.

—maria argüello

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