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Peroni Calls for Emerging Designers

Three finalists, including one from Miami, will have a chance to face an elite judging panel.

August 01, 2013

Ava Hama and Nolan Bellavance

Ava Hama and Nolan Bellavance, winners of the inaugural MADE for Peroni Young Designer Award. (photo: Thos Robinson)

Italian lifestyle brander and beer producer Peroni Nastro Azzurro has opened up submissions for the second annual MADE for Peroni Young Designer Awards. The competition beckons emerging designers that are 25-years-old and older to submit original sketches of their work to the Peroni Facebook page. The pieces should emulate the designer’s own point of view while also embracing the refinement and craftsmanship associated with the Peroni brand. The contest is open to those living in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.

One finalist from each city will be flown to New York on September 10 to present their vision to Peroni’s prestigious judges. Last year’s inaugural winner, Nolan Bellavance, will sit on the judging panel alongside a handful of fashionable heavyweights: supermodel Coco Rocha, designer Antonio Berardi, MADE's co-founder Jenné Lombardo, and E! News contributing fashion correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi.

The trio of finalists will also have their work displayed inside New York’s famed Milk Studios during Fashion Week. A total prize of $40,000 will be awarded to the winner to help make a dream become a reality. The collection will then debut at MADE Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 next February. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 5, 2013.



Style Find: Torn by Ronny Kobo

Shop the line's playful pre-fall collection at local boutiques like Dash Miami.

July 15, 2013

Born in 2008 as a funky T-shirt company, Torn by Ronny Kobo has blossomed into a contemporary ready-to-wear line, boasting celeb fans like Alessandra Ambrosio and Beyoncé. Known for its eclectic aesthete (think Baroque prints, ombré watercolors, and plaids), Torn's latest pre-fall collection sports peplums, geometric color-blocking, and flirty yet streamlined silhouettes. As for the color palette, it's all crisp, clean neutrals and textured prints for a soft yet edgy result. Designer Ronny Kobo finds inspiration in her travels: she was born in Israel, raised in Hong Kong, and has lived in London and New York City, where the line is based. In Miami, you can shop Torn by Ronny Kobo at Dash, Jessie, and Studio LX.   



Father-Son Swim Trunks

Swimwear label Vilebrequin brings the spirit of the South of France to South Beach.

July 09, 2013

Vilebrequin Where's Waldo matching father and son shorts
Where’s Waldo men’s trunks ($260); boys Jim/Jam trunks ($145–$160), Vilebrequin.

For the first time in its 40-year history, storied swimwear brand Vilebrequin has collaborated on a collection fitting for both father and son. Inspired by the legendary red and white awning of the Café Sénéquier and Port of St-Tropez, Artistic Director Isabel “Zaza” de Brito has incorporated Waldo’s stripes alongside those of the famous hot spot for a playful pull at the Where’s Waldo? book series. The partnership suits will only be available in a few select retail boutiques, including Bal Harbour. Perfect for both poolside and parties, this father/son striped swim duo will surely make a splash. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-861-4022


Fendi Relaunches 1920s Handbag Classic

Fendi brings the relaunch of the iconic Selleria bag to Bal Harbour.

July 05, 2013

Fendi Adele 1928 handbag in blue
Adele 1928 in sellier calfskin, Fendi ($4,000).

First introduced in 1925, Fendi’s Selleria collection includes iconic silhouettes such as the doctor bag, top-handle tote, and satchel. In tribute to the family’s fashion legacy, the original collection is commemorated this summer with eight new handbags, six of which are named for Adele Fendi and her five daughters. Bal Harbour will be one of just 10 select locations nationwide to receive the exclusive styles, each complete with a silver plaque engraved with a limited-edition serial number.

The collection celebrates its heritage by revisiting Roman leather with palladium finishes, and declares its move to modernity with plays on the original shapes and practical updates for a contemporary lifestyle. Each bag is crafted entirely by hand and features the total number of stitches in the product name. With two front buckles and a polished metal lock, the Franca 2058 is a greater version of a top-handle tote, while the Adele 1328 offers a more feminine take on a traditional doctor bag with its curved body and slender handles. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305- 861-7114


Shades for Miami's Poolside Lifestyle

Roberto Cavalli’s newest collection draws inspiration from the water.

July 02, 2013

Roberto Cavalli Acqua blue sunglasses
Acqua acetate frames, Roberto Cavalli ($330).

Calling on the sensuality of both women and water, Roberto Cavalli has released a new line of sunglasses in conjunction with the brand’s latest fragrance, Roberto Cavalli Acqua. The two styles, named Acqua and Stilla, evoke a combination of femininity, glamour, and glitz. The glasses are “perfect for sipping a margarita poolside,” Eyemax optician and owner Dana Gordon boasts to Ocean Drive. “Miami has the most beautiful and diverse faces under the sun,” he says, and what better way to protect and project personality than with these eye-catching sunglasses? Eyemax, 620 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-535-6800


Spring Shopping at The Webster

The Webster debuts this season’s must-have offerings for Miami’s fashion elite.

April 08, 2013

Pollock-splattered sneaker, Maison Martin Margiela ($530)

Always a treasure trove for standout garments from leading designers, The Webster kicks off spring with vibrant, colorful accessories that liven up any ensemble. “Bright colors and color-blocking were all over the recent runways,” says Webster owner Laure Hériard Dubreuil. “Strong and daring is the resounding message for spring.” Take, for example, a cherry-red clutch by Tom Ford; its lively hue adds dimension to an otherwise simple ensemble, and its pure croc print feels inherently Miami. Pair the clutch with the rare, haute-couture gold-and- raspberry Valentino dress for a high-fashion look. Also on-trend are statement accessories, like Gerard Tully’s animal-inspired jewelry. Not only are the pieces exceptional in their own right, but customers can create one-of-a-kind items via a made-to-order service.

Also at The Webster, for men, Balmain’s Spring collection presents an impressive lineup of short-sleeved overcoats, hand-woven jackets, and motorcycle trousers inspired by Miami’s Cuban culture. The garments emulate local surroundings, using raffia to create a texture similar to that of café chairs in Havana. Menswear focuses on an updated structure this season, such as the Valentino white notch-lapel suit the boutique will be carrying straight from the runway. The jacket’s slim fit and relaxed shoulder lend a contemporary relevance to the classic wardrobe staple. “Bright-colored accessories aren’t just for women,” Dubreuil adds, “so don’t be afraid to pair this sleek, monochromatic suit with Maison Martin Margiela’s Pollock paint-splattered sneakers. They’ll lend your look an unexpected, cool-boy flair.” The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899


Prada Blooms in the Design District

Prada's Design District boutique welcomes spring with botanically inspired favorites.

April 01, 2013

Prada’s sprawling 3,875-squarefoot space in the Design District opened just a few months ago, making the fashion house’s renowned ready-to-wear, handbags, iconic footwear, and accessories even more accessible to the well-dressed women of Miami. Complete with crystal tables and the label’s signature pale-green walls, the new location features several plush velvet sofas ideal for admiring the latest offerings. At the moment, shoppers will find feminine handbags, sunglasses, and platform sandals decorated with lively Pop Art daisies in black, white, and red. Miuccia Prada’s enchanting Spring collection has us positively charmed. 180 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-438-2280


South of Fifth Blows Us Away

The star Miami hairstylist—known for his work on runways as well as at the city’s chicest locals— opens his first salon in South of Fifth.

February 25, 2013

Danny Jelaca at his South of Fifth salon.

Confident in his talent as a stylist, Danny Jelaca is forthcoming about his so-called shortcomings: being too generous and oftentimes extravagant. The Aveda-trained stylist—and a Libra with a penchant for beautiful things—poured himself into every detail of his luxurious, eponymous South of Fifth boutique salon, and hopes it’s an alternative to the chaos of bigger shops. Jelaca spent eight months building the space from the ground up, applying his yen for extravagance to items such as the peachskin-fabric robes bearing his name, ergonomic shampoo chairs (complete with booster cushions for petite clients), and recessed lighting that both eliminates shadows and renders hair color accurately. His search for high-quality products landed him an exclusive deal with Leonor Greyl’s line of all-natural, sulfite-free products. As for customer service, Jelaca ups the ante by offering micro-mist steam treatments that include a scalp, neck, shoulder, and hand massage with all-natural massage oils to clients. (The hour-long service is $100 with a blow-dry.)

“I don’t like leaving anything out,” he says of his creative process with the salon. Part of that involved personally designing all the salon’s furniture and leasing parking spaces for clients in the neighborhood, which only has metered parking. He rented a station at a nearby salon while waiting for permits. “It was a very humbling experience, but I told myself I had to do it all to learn what’s lacking,” reveals Jelaca, who has focused on cutting and styling for 17 years. He took reservations on his cell phone, shampooed clients, applied color, and cut and styled.

Still, he subscribes to the idea of specialization and employs a team of five young stylists, each of whom is experienced in a different aspect of hairdressing—even shampooing. “I believe that talent trickles [down] from the top. At [Stella Salon, Johanna Stella] was the talent at the top; she gave us all a chance and showed us all the way,” he says about the now-defunct salon in Miami Beach where he got his start. Jelaca endeavors to foster talent and provides classes and training sessions for new employees. “I feel like I have a lot to give back, and I think that comes out in the hair [I do],” he says.

Though managing a business was just an afterthought for many years, the “scary decision” is one of which Jelaca is proud, and he’s learning to navigate its intricacies every day. “I feel like a million bucks,” he says. “You know when you’re doing the right thing so you don’t have any reservations? That’s how I feel.”

—virginia gil
photography by Jim Arbogast


YSL Drops the Y

Saint Laurent’s new retail concept bows first in Miami.

February 25, 2013

Classic duffle bag ($3,150).

Restructuring an iconic French fashion house is certainly no easy task. So when the newly appointed creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane, announced he would be reconceptualizing the aged label under the new moniker Saint Laurent this year, the whole fashion world was clamoring to see the debut collection. As promised, Slimane’s chic lineup of sheer blouses, slender trousers, wide-brimmed hats, and gypsylike gowns demonstrated strong examples of youth, freedom, and modernity today. Hoping to continue this newfound, progressive esprit into a revolutionary retail concept, the Saint Laurent stores feel distinctly futuristic, featuring black and white marble walls, industrial concrete, and intricate furniture made of gold, silver, mirror, and glass. The 2,200-square-foot Saint Laurent boutique, the first in the country to feature the revamped design, will carry the women’s ready-to-wear and women’s accessories collections, including vermeil jewelry, handbags, and footwear. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-4424


Miami-made Swimwear by Eberjey

Eberjey finds a permanent home for its Miami-made swimwear.

February 04, 2013

FROM LEFT: Harper one-piece swimsuit ($158); Isabella bandeau bikini top ($89) and Valentina bikini bottom ($74)

Eberjey’s Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito have been creating feminine lingerie and beachwear for more than 16 years, so when the time came to choose a location for their first brickand- mortar shop last summer, the dynamic duo didn’t look far. “We could have opted for New York or Los Angeles, but in the end, we had a strong personal connection to South Miami,” Rovito explains. “We are based here, and we thought it was going to be very important to be here so that we could be hands-on and learn from the proximity of the store and the whole process.” The 350-square-foot space offers Eberjey’s best-selling pieces such as the Heather lounge-wear set, the Colette chemise, and classic swimwear, alongside new styles including the Harper, an exceptionally flattering one-piece, and the Marjorie strapless cover-up. “We are off to a great start, but we are looking forward to an even better spring season.” Debuting last month, the Valentine’s Day collections are also noteworthy, featuring pajama sets, tunics, and a Theodora lace bralet, which, Rovito admits, “is the star of the show. It’s neon pink, but it’s understated in an Eberjey sort of way.” 7209 SW 57th Ct., South Miami, 305-763-8455

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