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Gaga Over the CFDA Awards

Lady Gaga took center stage at the CFDA Awards in New York.

June 08, 2011

FROM LEFT: Lady Gaga; Lucy Liu

The CFDA Awards creates mini mutual admiration societies between a star and his or her designer date. It all made for one sexy soiree on Monday. Patrik Ervell dressed Kirsten Dunst. She had on the sweetest girly tuxedo and wore a topknot. “He came to my house,” Dunst told Dispatches. She looked seriously cute.  

Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa escorted Kerry Washington. “This was the very first dress I tried on this morning,” said Washington, who wore a feathery white Calvin Klein gown beautifully. Michael Kors had two beauties, Miranda Kerr and Ashley Greene of Twilight, on his arm. “I love his resort collection, because it’s inspired by Australia,” explained Aussie supermodel Kerr, in a stretchy black dress with cutouts. “It’s kind of like wearing a swimsuit and a towel. It’s great.” 

“I like a glamorous girl,” added Kors. “Our resort collection was inspired by my holiday in Australia. So we brought one fabulous Aussie girl who is a Bondi babe, and Ashley is a sporty, sexy girl. It’s the double whammy.”

Special treat: Lucy Liu smooched this reporter. She wore a dress with a broad black skirt.  “This was the most fabulous option,” said Liu, standing beside her designer Monique Lhuillier. “I could do the splits in it.”

Not so much for Lady Gaga’s 10-inch heels, tights and bustier. “We had this outfit made. I had this drawing, and I sent it to everyone,” she explained onstage. “There was a turban… and it came back and it was lime green. And Nicola [Formichetti, of V magazine] and I went, ‘H’huh!’ So we had about 15 hours to dip it in dye and latex. As usual, designers send me things, and when they see them end up in videos and red carpets, they look nothing like they did. But when I say, ‘Oh, no, what’s Miuccia going to say?, she says, ‘It was so alive!'” 

“She’s an extraordinary, talented young woman who pushes the boundaries,” Diane von Furstenberg said of Gaga. “And that’s what we wanted.” (Jessica Alba, wearing DVF, showed a baby bump at her empire waist.)

Backstage after winning, Prabal Gurung said that there was tension in his row when he was waiting for the Swarovski Womenswear award. “It was me, my date, the Olsen twins—up for the same award—and Joseph Altuzarra, also a contender,” he said. “I was thinking, what should I say?” 

And when he heard his name? “I was all choked up,” said Gurung. “It’s really emotional.  I acknowledged the Olsens. They’ve always been sweet, friendly… I was so nervous.”

—Jeffrey Slonim
photographs courtesy of getty images


Five Summer Style Essentials

Outfit yourself for the season with five essential trends.

June 08, 2011

Summertime means beaucoup outdoor concerts and festivals. Keep your look together despite the heat and humidity with these five must-have trends available throughout South Florida.

  • Sandals: Step things up a notch in the footwear department with wedges or sandals. Check out Vivienne Westwood for Melissa at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bal Harbour (9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1100), or hit Merrick Park for homegrown brands like Aliette Valcarce’s Cristófoli at Koko & Palenki.
  • Tribal Apparel: Tribal prints are the look du jour, found on everything from high-waisted shorts to dresses and tunics. Whether you shop a store like BCBG (744 Lincoln Road, 305-673-9997) or go with a local label like Bianca Coletti at Rebel Boutique (6669 Biscayne Blvd.), this ethnically inspired style is a winner.
  • Crossbody bags: Tote your essentials in a crossbody bag. Accessories designer Rebecca Minkoff has an assortment of brightly hued versions at Nordstrom in Dadeland Mall (7239 N. Kendall Dr., 786-709-4100). If you prefer a neutral tone, try Adriana Castro’s Olivia in brown python at Green Grass in Mary Brickell Village (54 SW Tenth St., 305-373-7422).
  • Earthy baubles: Local jeweler Adriana Acosta’s oversize cuffs at ISA Boutique in Midtown (3400 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-558-8027) feature chunky turquoise and coral stones. Or catch a dream with dream catcher necklaces from H.O.W.L (Handle Only With Love) at Soho House. Miley Cyrus and Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio are fans.
  • Straw fedoras: When it comes to hats, celebrity milliner Eugenia Kim is the go-to designer for stylish fedoras. Her high-end work can be found at The W Hotel in South Beach, and her Genie by Eugenia Kim line is available at Bloomingdale’s in Aventura Mall (19555 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-792-1000).

—Annie Vazquez


Dive Into Pool Parties

With pool parties in full swing, you won't want to miss a minute.

June 08, 2011

The pool at The Standard Miami Beach

Four Seasons Miami (1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-358-3535)
When: Saturday afternoons during the summer
The vibe: Sophisticated. Cost is $25 per person, or $150 for cabana packages, which include a cabana for four, mineral water, a fruit platter and one cocktail per person. (Reservations are recommended.)

Where: The Standard Miami Beach (40 Island Ave., 305-673-1717)
When: Sundays year round
The vibe: Laid-back

Where: The Rooftop at The Gansevoort Miami Beach (2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-6832)
The vibe: Music-centric
When: Saturdays year round (NOON–8 PM)

Where: Wet Deck at the W Fort Lauderdale (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., 954-414-8200)
The vibe: All-American with cabanas for six guests ($200)
When: Sundays during the summer (1 PMSUNSET)

photograph by Nikolas Koenig


A Spa-Filled Summer

Treat yourself well with these two special spa promotions.

June 08, 2011

The Spa at Viceroy Miami

Where: The Spa at Viceroy Miami
The scoop: Purchase any two treatments from The Spa at Viceroy Miami’s menu through June (Monday through Friday), and receive 50 percent off services including massages, signature journeys, rituals and body treatments. (Excludes signature treatments, nails, waxing and facial additions.)
We suggest: Make reservations early. Take someone special along and purchase two massages.

To book an appointment, call 305-503-0369

Where: Thirty-five of the best spas in Miami—including Canyon Ranch, Spa at Setai, Spa at Mandarin Oriental, mySpa at InterContinental Miami and Acqualina Spa.
The scoop: All are participants in Miami Spa Month, which actually runs July 1 through August 31.
We suggest: Planning ahead. Look for spas with beach or pool access and turn a spa day into a mini staycation.

For a full list of participating spas, click here.


New Brunches to Love

Two local eateries offer variations on that favorite weekend meal.

June 08, 2011

A brunch dish at Vida

Whether you’re an adventurous foodie or you prefer comforting classics, we found two new brunches that will satiate cravings of any variety. Vida in the Fontainebleau now offers a Sunday brunch buffet (10 AM–3 PM), which includes carving stations, sumptuous breakfast selections and desserts. We suggest the lobster thermidor, the ceviche bar, the orange butter glazed salmon and a stop at the charcuterie station. And Zuma at the Epic began a Sunday brunch service (NOON–2:30 PM) recently, offering sushi, sashimi, maki and cold and hot dishes from the robata grill. Try the Japanese sangria and salt-grilled sea bass—and save room for dessert.


Retro Game Night at Lords

Ditch your digital game obsessions and get down with some Connect Four and Twister at Cha Cha Rooster.

June 07, 2011

Cha Cha Rooster at Lords South Beach 

Whether it’s Angry Birds, Portal or Words With Friends it’s evident we like our games. For a retro twist on the trend, Cha Cha Rooster at Lords South Beach is hosting a Wednesday night Game Lords event (8 PM), wherein gamers kick it offline and old school with ping-pong, Connect Four, Twister, Jenga, poker and more. To rouse competitive spirits, prizes will include complimentary cocktails, art books, Toms Shoes and the grand prize of a one-night stay at Lords. Players can also win at the bar with drink specials like $2 shots, $4 beers and $8 cocktails. Guests are welcome to bring their iPods to help create the musical score. 1120 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


Summer Sandal Spotlight

This pair of sandals will get you off on the right foot.

June 06, 2011


One stylish secret to making a successfully seamless transition from day to night is to include an understated, effortless touch of glamour. A simple way to get this accomplished this time of year is to seek out a metallic sandal. One of our latest favorites can be found at the W South Beach store: The Anthology ($90) by Seychelles is a pretty gladiator-inspired T-strap versatile enough to be worn with both jeans and flirty summer dresses. The mini square golden studs are a nice touch, too. W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3000


Bryan Cooks

Bryan in the Kitchen, Downtown’s new café, is low on preservatives and high on flavor.

June 06, 2011

We’re crushing on Bryan: New health-conscious eatery Bryan in the Kitchen, that is. The specialty food store with a “gourmet touch” promises preservative-free fare and baked goods made with the finest wholesome ingredients. The homemade Greek yogurt with honey and granola is nothing short of perfect pre-yoga fuel. For lunch choose from a medley of fresh orzo, quinoa and tabouli salads. Bryan also offers a variety of savory gourmet snacks from its namesake line of nutritional products, including roasted red bell pepper hummus and organic olives. Cupcake fans will also love off-the-wall flavors like strawberry basil, avocado and lavender topped with French buttercream frosting. In case you dream up a flavor that’s not on the menu, come in and the café will create a special order just for you. No wonder we’re smitten. Bryan in the Kitchen, 104 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-371-7777

—Vanessa Martin


Bombshell Beauty

Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio visits Miami.

June 03, 2011

Alessandra Ambrosio

Victoria’s Secret released its Summer Bombshell campaign with the help of the Angels. Alessandra Ambrosio helped with the launch in Miami, and we asked a few questions.

Who is your favorite bombshell?
ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO: I loved the past Victoria’s Secret models like Eva [Herzigova] and Heidi [Klum]. But I think every woman can be a bombshell if she has the confidence and the right tools.

What are you favorite places in Miami?
AA: I love the beach around Fifth Street. I like going paddle boarding on the ocean. There are so many good hotels with great shops and, of course, Joe’s.

Where do you like to vacation in the summer?
AA: St. Tropez, Ibiza, Bali—so many places. I really want to go to the Seychelles.

What are your personal summer beauty tips?
AA: You should wear a new fragrance every season to keep it fresh and fun. And SPF is a must.

I’m sure you’ve learned a few things beauty-wise during your career.
AA: I learned how to put on fake lashes. I use the individual ones, the singles ones don’t bother you. I took me seven to eight years to learn. But I love them and I can do it myself.

What color for summer do you love?
AA: I think brights and whites are great. I love white nail polish. I used to wear it when I was a kid… and recently I was doing photo shoots and they had white and I loved it so now I’ve been wearing it again.

What’s on your summer playlist?
AA: Broken Bells, Adele and of course Brazilian Bossa Nova. I just saw Preta Gil in concert and I loved her. She’s Gilberto Gil’s daughter and she has so much energy

Do you work out during the summer?
AA: Yoga once a week at least in order to stretch, and then I love being outdoors so it depends on the location: swimming, paddle boarding, hiking. Whatever the place offers.

And do you ever break your diet?
AA: It depends on what’s in front of me, but I do love ice cream sundaes with chocolate sauce, nuts and cream.


A Milkshake Moment

Make A Shake opens on Alton Road.

June 03, 2011

Kelis’ “Milkshake” might have brought the boys to the yard, but Make A Shake is hoping its milkshakes will bring everyone to Alton. The British import employs a make-your-own idea, offering add-ins like chocolate, cereals, fruits and a variety of candy, cookies and cakes. Expect the usual suspects (M&Ms, Whoppers), and then go crazy with Sour Patch Kids, Honey Buns, MoonPies, Twinkies, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and more. Make A Shake, 1650 Alton Road, Miami Beach

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