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Denim on Display

Cuban-American artist LEBO to perform with Hudson Jeans at Bloomingdale’s.

September 14, 2011

David "LEBO" Le Batard

Fashion and art go together like Carrie Bradshaw and Manolo Blahniks. For one of the Magic City’s coolest couplings of fashion and art, one need only pop into Bloomingdale's Aventura this Saturday (6–9 PM) as it hosts LEBO’s live denim art performance with Hudson Jeans. Miami-bred artist David “LEBO” Le Batard will bring his Crayola-colored palette to Bloomingdale’s for a unique experience entitled, “Red Hot Soul and Deep, Deep Blues.” The journey into light, sound and hue will combine LEBO’s trademark performance painting with high-tech dynamic light projection. Something tells us Bradshaw would approve of this postmodern-cartoon-expressionism-meets-dungarees diversion. Bloomingdale’s, The Men’s Store, Level 1, 19555 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura



Cool Girl On Campus

Rag & Bone scores with its varsity jacket.

September 13, 2011

School is back in session, and though we’re no longer hitting the books we are still fans of the young-forever, All-American look. Rag & Bone’s navy varsity jacket ($695), with white leather-trimmed pockets and sleeves and red, white and blue cuffs and collar, has the perfect blend of old-school Americana patriotism and fashionable flair. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899

—maria argüello


The Dutch Lands In Miami

Chef Andrew Carmellini talks about the impending arrival of The Dutch, his popular NYC eatery, in Miami.

September 13, 2011

Andrew Carmellini

The Dutch is making its way down to South Beach, and pretty soon diners will be indulging in oyster sliders and sour orange pie. (The eatery is slated to open in November.) We sat down with chef Andrew Carmellini, the man behind the restaurant, to talk about the arrival of The Dutch and his love for South Florida.

Your dad is from Miami and you’ve spent a lot of time down here.
ANDREW CARMELLINI: My dad is from Miami. He grew up in Little River. My grandfather was a GM at the Surf Club in the ’40s and ’50s. So I was in Miami three to four times a year before OD was OD and South Beach was South Beach. I have a connection to Miami and the beach. My aunt still lives in Coral Gables and South Miami. I’ve always wanted to have restaurant down here. 

What is your fondest memory of being a kid in South Florida?
AC: My grandmother’s yard was a double lot and she had sour orange trees, grapefruit trees, mangos—just so many fruits. We used to love coming down and eating all that beautiful freshness like Florida avocados. Of course fishing, the beach, Miami culture, but the food was amazing.

What do you love eating when you are here?
AC: I love Michelle [Bernstein] and Michael [Schwartz] and I’m at their restaurants at least once a year. I’ve always liked Garcia’s. I love the grouper chowder there. Casablanca fish market next door to Garcia’s is also great.

How will The Dutch Miami differ from the original?
AC: I didn’t think we were going to take The Dutch on the road—it’s so New York and looks so New York. But the idea is cooking American food and we’re going to do the same in Miami. We’re going to go local as much as possible. Latin Caribbean influence and I’m a huge fan of Mexican cooking. It’s what all of our grandmothers cooked, it’s more than burgers and ribs. The idea is to make it an everyday restaurant. You can go once or twice a week instead of a place solely for special occasions. You can come on Tuesday and bring clients and come on Friday with friends, come Saturday to party or just drop by to eat. So I want to bring that feeling to Miami.

What is one menu item you must have in Miami?
AC: Floridian cuisine definitely. For sure oyster sliders, quail with cashew-nut mole, lots of pies. I love pies. My grandmother would make sour orange and lemon meringue pies with fruit from her yard and I have soft spots for that. But it’ll be a lot of local ingredients and I’m going to hit farms in Homestead and Florida City.

I hear there will be an outdoor component?
AC: Yes, we’ll have a big outdoor space. We’re planting trees and it’s going to be separate from the lobby and a completely different environment with big windows. It’ll be brighter and more airy, with a big bar in the front and outdoor seating.

Are you serving brunch?
AC: Yes, we are. Brunch is so popular and I’m a big fan of cooking brunch, so we’re definitely doing both breakfast and brunch.

I love this from The Dutch’s website: “Our menu features choice meats, fish and shellfish, local produce and lots of honesty.” Can you explain what you mean by “lots of honesty.”
AC: It just means I’ve been cooking since I’m 14 years old and been in the business a while. I’ve done very high-end and hole-in-the-wall and we just want people to come and have a good time. We want to treat people right and serve the best ingredients. We’re serious about what we do but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. An honest approach.

—maria argüello
photograph by noah fecks


Gaga for Tata

We absolutely love the 100-percent natural skincare products from Tata Harper.

September 13, 2011

Greenies everywhere, rejoice—the non-toxic skincare line by the name of Tata Harper has landed in the 305. Adored by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, Lake Bell and Tory Burch, Harper’s line offers an organic approach to saving face. “We’re a brand-new category of beauty—our products are 100-percent natural and non-toxic but completely science- and results-driven,” says Keri Waxer, founding ambassador. Slather on the label’s signature Rejuvenating Serum ($150) for an amazingly flawless, glowy complexion. The bonus? It feels spectacular to be green. Available at Gee Beauty, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour, 305-868-3533



Restaurant Pop-Up: Phuc Yea!

A Vietnamese eatery Miami’s latest restaurant pops up in Downtown Miami.

September 09, 2011

A dish from Phuc Yeah!

For the next two months we will be able to dine at Phuc Yea!, a temporary restaurant in Downtown Miami’s Ingraham Building. The Southeast Asian restaurant is helmed by a trio of creative culinary scenesters: Anièce Meinhold, who mans the front of the house, and Cesar Zapata and Daniel Treiman, who bring their skills to the kitchen. The menu consists of mostly small plates and will feature a focused selection of 12 to 15 items that rotate on a weekly basis. The categories are broken down into “1 – một,” “2 – hai” and “3 – ba,” representing the size of the plates in that section. Try 1 một, a selection of fresh and fried “rolls” wrapped in moistened rice paper with various fillings such as Cha Gio (imperial rolls, pork, crab, shrimp, and glass noodles); 2 hai So Hap Xa (spicy steamed mussels, lemon grass, beer, herb butter, chiles, crusty bread), and 3 ba five-spice pork belly. As for the name, “phuc” in Vietnamese seems to stand at a crossroad of meanings between “prosperity,” “happiness,” and “fortune.” Phuc Yea!, The Ingraham Building, 19 SE Second Ave., 305-494-0609

—maria argüello


Recap: Fashion’s Night Out

Miami’s version of Fashion’s Night Out was a star.

September 09, 2011

Fashion's Night Out at DVF

Fashion’s Night Out
 (FNO) festivities caused quite a stir last night. Though local shopping destinations like Bal Harbour Shops, Aventura Mall and even the Design District brought in the big guns with open bars, catered food, celebrity appearances, DJs and beauty product sampling, we went after even more kick for our FNO marathon.

Cue Merrick Park. Though an obvious choice because of Ocean Drive’s partnership with Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, plenty of stores pulled out all of the stops. Getting through the massive crowds—though worth it—was a bit daunting at times, but once we finally arrived to cocktails with catchy fashion-themed names like Cashmere Pear (a concoction that included Grey Goose La Poire vodka that tasted like cinnamon cookies), it was hard to not get in the spending spirit. Manicure touch-ups with Deborah Lippmann colors like Birthday Party kept the party going, while a photo booth captured all of the fun for a take-home keepsake. There was even an arts-and-crafts table where guests were able to custom create a pair of Hanky Panky underwear and have the details stitched on by an expert.

Ocean Drive editor-in-chief Suzy Buckley revealed the magazine’s pop-up shop, which included looks fit for a night out, a gala and a leisurely weekend. And Neiman Marcus presented a runway show with fall fashion trends straight from the contemporary department (furs, color blocking, sparkle). We are shopped out just thinking about it.

—Christine Borges


Gene Therapy

P. Scott Cunningham and Timothy Stanley partner to perform the literary-geared Gene Hackman at Miami’s Bas Fischer.

September 09, 2011


Timothy Stanley and P. Scott Cunningham

This weekend, spend some time with Gene Hackman in Miami. Well, not the Gene Hackman, but the creative writing process brought to life as P. Scott Cunningham and Timothy Stanley perform live literary criticism of the other’s work at the art space Bas Fischer.

How did this project begin?
P. SCOTT CUNNINGHAM: The project began when Tim and I met at Art Basel Miami Beach last December. We hit it off right away and it wasn’t long before we started talking about collaborating. Both of us are writers who are interested in performance, so the idea for [Gene Hackman] came out of looking for ways to write and perform together.

TIMOTHY STANLEY: Scott and I met in Miami during Basel last year. He called me up a couple months ago and told me he was doing a performance in Miami and asked me if I wanted to do something as well. We started talking and it turned into collaboration. We wanted to do something visual and performative while still keeping writing as the focus. Jim Drain and Naomi Fisher were great enough to let us use Bas Fisher and the venue and we took it from there. Still, it wasn’t until the days before we started that we knew what it would look like. 

I love Gene Hackman as much as the next girl—Lex Luther in Superman, Royal in The Royal Tenenbaums—but what is with the name?
Mostly it has to do with the sound of the syllables. It’s a beautiful name.

TS: God, I really have no idea. I’m in love with it, though. We’ve been watching motivational clips from Hoosiers lately, but there isn’t really a reason for the name. 

Do you feel like you are writing on a daily deadline?
PSC: Yes. For this project we’re reading things we wrote the day of, so in order to read something you have to write it that day. It’s part of the fun.

TS: Absolutely. I’m trying to write a full-length novel in the three weeks I’m in the space, so word count is the objective. I’ve given myself a 5,000-word goal for every day. Who knows if I’ll hit it. 

What if you get writer’s block?
I drink more coffee.

TS: I’m beginning to realize that writer’s block is a luxury of time. The parameter I set for myself means I have to write like a coal miner—just get it done before the whistle blows at 5 PM. And I know Scott will let me know as harshly as possible if the writing has suffered as a result. 

How old were you when you realized you wanted to write when you grew up?
I was 29 when I realized I was a poet.

TS: I’m not exactly a grown-up yet, but I figured out I wanted to write creatively around the end of high school. Before that, it was torture.

What are you reading these days?
Wallace Stevens and a book about the Chicago jazz movement AACM called A Power Stronger Than Itself by George E. Lewis.

TS: Right now I’m reading Dracula. For a monster book, it’s beautifully romantic. Stoker writes women well, which is something I’ve always wanted to be able to do convincingly. And Renfield is just about the best lunatic ever written.

What other writers should we be reading?
There’s no “should” in reading. If it interests you, great. If not, that’s OK too. No one will die. For those who are interested in poets alive today though, I recommend Kay Ryan.

TS: Scott Cunningham. Oh, and any writer who doesn’t have a least one eye on what Lil Wayne is doing is probably missing something special. I mean that sincerely.

What about Miami inspires you?
You can’t change Miami. It’s too big, too fractured, too complex for any of us to tangle with. For a poet, that’s a blessing. I want to wrestle with my city, not be catered to like a baby.

TS: The small but strong community of creative people. The artists here support each other in a way that’s rare to find anywhere else. They pull each other up, which is inspiring. Also, the tiny lizards that run under my feet in Morningside. The whole place feels like Jurassic Park. 

—maria argüello
photograph by Jim Drain


A Silver Lining

A new line of T-shirts from SLVR looks to art for its inspiration.

September 08, 2011

FROM LEFT: SLVR T-shirts designed by Scot Bendall and Pietsch Lim

SLVR, a boutique brand by Adidas, has debuted a new line of tees ($65 each) for fall in collaboration with various artists including Pietsch Lim, Edward Enninful and Scot Bendall. Find them at Base in Miami Beach. Base, 939 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4982

—maria argüello


Shoe Trend: Mary Janes

Louis Vuitton Mary Janes set the scene for fall.

September 07, 2011

Louis Vuitton Python fetish strap pump ($1,430) and patent-leather fetish strap pump ($1,075)

Louis Vuitton gives the classic Mary Jane an extra dose of sophistication and sex appeal this season in python and patent-leather versions with decorative bows. Louis Vuitton, 19595 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-931-3887

—Maria Argüello


A Man’s Guide to Fashion’s Night Out

Fashion’s Night Out has plenty to offer the gentlemen.

September 07, 2011

Etiqueta Negra

From Bal Harbour to Coral Gables and everywhere in between, Miami’s most tasteful men will celebrate the long-awaited arrival of Fashion’s Night Out this Thursday. In honor of the extravaganza, here is a list of eight must-visit shops offering the best in style and entertainment.

Adolfo Dominguez: Comfort and casual ease combine seamlessly inside this Spanish designer’s signature boutique. Grab a pair of this season’s boots, all of which are masterfully masculine. Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-774-7383; Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-931-5050

Cole Haan: The lucky winner (announced October 10) of Cole Haan’ sweepstakes will claim a free pair of shoes every month for an entire year. Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-442-0882; Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-931-0125

Ermenegildo Zegna: For a sartorial dive into fall, grab a cocktail and peruse Zegna’s latest irresistible collection—from camel to plaid, leather to chambray. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-865-8652

Etiqueta Negra: Let Argentine flamboyance steal the night with the sultry moves of tango (7, 8 and 9 PM) (plus photo opportunities and plenty of hors d’oeuvres). The traditional jeans and cotton shirts are an excellent sample of South American flair. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-961-1674

Marc Jacobs: Sofia Mini Champagne and a support of the arts—a portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)—highlight the offerings at this New York-based designer’s Miami outpost. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-864-2626

Salvatore Ferragamo: A sleek pair of oxfords or a new silk tie awaits you as creative director Massimiliano Giornetti debuts his fall runway collection in a black-and-white themed festival. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Lincoln Center Institute in support of the performing arts. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-866-8166

Sebastien James: Using Miami as a source of inspiration, Sebastien James invites shoppers to browse the traditionally European style of his designs. Expect wine and cheese (and 20 percent off all purchases). Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-1050; 130 NE 40th St., Suite 2, Miami Design District, 305-576-5200

Y-3: Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto’s athletic-wear boutique gears up to offer half off everything in store. 150 NE 40th St., Miami Design District, 305-573-1603

—Jonathan Borge

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