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Fashion Watch: Gomez-Gracia

Gomez-Gracia dresses give spring and summer a pretty, sexy edge.

March 14, 2011

FROM LEFT: Mamma Mia, Venus, Ronya, Patricia

London-based women’s wear line Gomez-Gracia pairs refined, feminine style with a rock ’n’ roll twist. Patricia Gracia-Gomez, the up-and-coming designer behind the brand, might live in London but she was raised in Miami and still calls it home. This past Friday she was in town for a trunk show at Azzuro in Merrick Park, showcasing her Spring/Summer collection filled with sophisticated, detail-rich party dresses with an emphasis on contrasting textures. Here are some of our favorite pieces. Azzuro, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-447-1025


Shoe Trend: Wedges

Step out this season in sky-high wedges

March 11, 2011

Wedges are a warm-weather staple and The Webster (1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) carries a rainbow of choices. Try on a pair in person or shop via the store’s new website. We’ve chosen three of our favorites:



Knotted suede wedge ($465), Alexandre Birman

Wooden wedge with Velcro strap ($1,250), Lanvin 

Cork patent leather wedge ($495), Sergio Rossi


5 Questions With: Uffie

French pop star Uffie answers a few queries.

March 10, 2011

Last night Uffie performed at The Standard, bringing her own rebellious brand of French pop to Miami. Born in Florida, she grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Paris as part of Ed Banger’s portfolio of talented artists. Her album Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans has created even more buzz around this beauty, and a well-documented rift with Lou Reed over writing credit proved that Uffie speaks her mind. She’s also crossed over into fashion, designing a capsule collection with Diesel.  

Where do you hang out when you’re in Miami?
UFFIE: The Standard’s pool

Miami and the rest of the US is developing a taste for French music, but who is influencing you?
U: Tyler the Creator of OFWGKTA is one of my favorites.

You’ve collaborated with some great artists like Pharrell and Justice. Who do you want to work with next? 
U: The Strokes

You covered Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Hong Kong Garden.” Would you like to cover any other songs?
U: “After Dark” by The Flowers

Any favorite new fashion designers?


Happy Anniversary, Ocean Drive

As Ocean Drive celebrates its 18th year, take a look at the cover that started it all.

March 10, 2011

In 1993, Ocean Drive published its first issue with a then 23-year-old Claudia Schiffer on the cover. And to celebrate its 18th birthday, the magazine put Sofia Vergara on the cover of its 2011 anniversay issue. Here's to many more.

Highlights from Ocean Drive's 18th anniversary party


Shop: A Krelwear Pop-Up

Krelwear teams up with Lace Beauty Lab for deals all month long.

March 09, 2011

Krelwear is popping up on South Beach—and it’s joining forces with ultra-girlie salon Lace Beauty Lab, which is hosting the shop. Karelle Levy of Krelwear and Anna Elizabeth of Lace Beauty are offering glam events and promotions through the month of March:

A Night of Quickies (March 9): Custom couture starting at $30 and mani-pedi combos for just $25 while you wait. Music provided by DJs Ess & Emm. (6–9 PM)

To Dye For (March 16): Tie-dye or piece-dye your new or past Krel pieces and get your nails done to match. (2–8 PM)

The Ultra Fabulous Tea Party (March 23, 4­–8 PM)

Stitchin’, Boozin’, Beauty, Bitches (March 30): Manis, pedis, tea, cocktails and stitchin’. (4–10 PM)

Lace Beauty Lab, 500 South Point Dr., Suite 120, Miami Beach


NOH8 Photo Shoot for a Cause

Get your photo taken for The NOH8 Campaign and make a statement.

March 08, 2011

Giuliana Rancic and Kim Kardashian

A picture can say 1,000 words, but according to The NOH8 Campaign—a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in response to California’s passage of Proposition 8—there is only one message to convey. The campaign comes to South Florida  and the W Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, March 13 (5–9 PM), to photograph all of those interested in being part of the movement. Bouska will shoot five to 10 frames per person, and the final selection will be retouched and made available through the NOH8 site. During the past two years more than 10,000 supporters have joined the cause, including Giuliana Rancic, Pete Wentz, Jane Lynch, Kim Kardashian and Lance Bass. Come camera ready (you must arrive by 8 PM), in a white shirt and ready to make a statement. W Fort Lauderdale, North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale


Questions For: Cuci Amador

We sit down with Cuci Amador of Afrobeta.

March 08, 2011

Once you’ve seen Afrobeta in concert, you understand why Cuci (pronounced coo-see) Amador is Miami’s own blend of Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Celia Cruz and Chrissie Hynde. She doesn’t just inhabit a stage, she electrifies the space whether it’s an intimate concert for visiting Nylon editors or a packed stadium at an internationally acclaimed festival. She’s an ambassador of what real Miami girls can be: a powerful and charming mixture of talent, smarts and witty sass paired with old-fashioned manners. As Afrobeta prepares to perform at the sold-out Ultra Music Festival, Amador took time to answer a few questions.

Ultra sold out months ago, and you’ll be performing again as half of much-loved Afrobeta. What acts are you excited to catch?
Wow. So many to say but Empire of the Sun, Duran Duran, Skrillex, MSTRKFT, Boys Noize, Mr. Oizo, Simian Mobile Disco, Röyksopp, Cut Copy, Trentemøller and, of course, for the throwback amazingness, Erasure!

What other festivals are you attending this year?
Last year was a huge festival year for us. We played Ultra Miami, Glastonbury, Ibiza, Burning Man and Ultra Brazil. Glastonbury was a huge lifetime achievement and I hope to make it there every year from now on! I love going to Coachella for all the amazing music. This year we are going to play a pool party as part of the Valley festivities.

What have you been listening to a lot lately?

And as far as new iTunes purchases?
Ariel Pink
’s “Haunted Graffitti,” Yo La Tengo and not from iTunes but the new Radiohead album and our friends Break Science’s debut EP Further Than Our Eyes Can See.

You worked with Calle 13 on their Grammy award-winning “Electro Movimiento." Any other collaborations on the horizon?
I love collaborating. We recorded a couple of weeks ago with Telekinetic Walrus and we’re going into the studio next week to record on a track with The Hongs. Let’s see what that turns into!

You’re known for your style as well as your music. What are your favorite places to shop?
Deco Dermot
Art of Shade, Krelwear, Goodwill and Marshalls.

Does your fashion style morph a little with each new album?
Fashion is a fun extension of my mood swings. So the answer is yes!

photograph by karla garcia


Tacos for Strength Does Good

Chef Michael Schwartz joins Mercadito’s Tacos for Strength campaign this month to support Share Our Strength.

March 07, 2011

As if chef Michael Schwartz wasn’t busy enough with two restaurants and a new cookbook, he’s also the featured chef this month for Mercadito Midtown’s Tacos for Strength—a year-long campaign led by Mercadito chef Patricio Sandoval that spotlights a different chef each month to benefit Share Our Strength. (Share Our strength is a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger through creative culinary fundraisers.) For his turn, Schwartz created a braised beef tongue taco made with whipped hominy, manchego cheese, salsa negra, pickled red cabbage, scallion and cilantro. Sample the featured taco all this month; five percent of its proceeds will go to Share Our Strength. Other South Florida chefs participating in the program include Michelle Bernstein of Sra. Martinez and Michys, Clay Conley of Buccan and Thomas Buckley of Nobu. Mercadito Midtown, 3252 Northeast First Ave., Miami, 786-369-0430


The Miami Housewives: Week 2

The Real Housewives of Miami continues on its way.

March 04, 2011

Adriana De Moura-Sidi, Lea Black, SiriusXM Morning Mash host Nicole Biggins and Alexia Echevarria 

The anticlimactic first episode of The Real Housewives of Miami came and went, and since we all know things sometimes take a little while to warm up, we were looking forward to the second episode. The good news? It was better than the premiere. The bad news? It still hasn’t fully captured our attention. Adriana called Larsa and Cristy “mean girls.” Larsa and Cristy lived up to the title. Alexia showed us she can donate to charity and share her thoughts on the “lower people.” There is potential here for some memorable moments à la New Jersey, Atlanta and Beverly Hills, but so far we have a ways to go. Hopefully the third week’s a charm.

Most cringe-worthy quotes:

“Does he make your bed rock?” —Cristy Rice

“The lower people” (referring to Hialeah residents) —Alexia Echevarria

“He hung up on my face.” —Adriana De Moura-Sidi

“I give them nicknames like turtle and snail.” —Larsa Pippen

Most commented-on fact:
When attending a charity event, you should be the one giving not receiving. 

Most talked-about character:
Lea Black

Strangest cameos:
Joe Francis

photograph by getty images


Film Festival Fever

The Miami International Film Festival makes movie magic this month.

March 02, 2011

JR Villarreal, Michael Cardelle and Andres Dominguez in Magic City Memoirs

From March 3 to March 14, the 28th annual Miami International Film Festival will showcase a plethora of films from all over the world—Argentina, Bangladesh, France, Iran, Kenya, Serbia—throughout the city. But one of the movies receiving the most buzz this year is the locally grown Magic City Memoirs, written by J.D. Freixas and produced by Academy Award nominated actor and Miami native Andy Garcia. The film—which premiers March 11 at the historic Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown—tells the story of three life-long friends as they near graduation and make dangerous, life-altering decisions. The cast includes Natalie Martinez of CBS’ new hit Detroit 1-8-7 and Jordi Vilasuso of All My Children. You can view the official trailer here.

Miami also gets two new theaters this month as O Cinema opens its doors and the Miami Beach Cinematheque returns. These movie houses join Bill Cosford Cinema, Coral Gables Cinematheque and Tower Theater as theaters that offer foreign and independent films year round.

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