Dress Like James Bond
Men can snag the chic peacoat Billy Reid designed for Daniel Craig as 007.
October 22, 2012
Daniel Craig will return to the silver screen as James Bond on November 9 in Skyfall, the latest adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy hero adventures, which also stars Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, and Albert Finney, and introduces two new Bond girls, Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris. You can catch Craig wearing this Billy Reid Bond Peacoat ($695) in the film. We can’t promise that you’ll look as good as Craig in the peacoat, but you’ll definitely have 007 bragging rights. This gorgeous 100 percent wool navy blue coat is cut in a trim fit with a peak lapel and horn buttons. Lightweight and short, the coat is a perfect choice for transitional weather, wet days, or bringing international criminals to justice.
Mario Testino’s In Your Face
Add this dramatic and fabulous new photography book to your coffee-table collection.
October 18, 2012
Throughout his 30-year career, fashion photographer Mario Testino has photographed some of the world’s most famous faces. Whether he’s working with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Wills and Kate for short) or the indefatigable Kate Moss, Testino always captures the essence of his subjects, no matter how inaccessible they may seem.
In celebration of the new MFA Boston exhibit of Testino's work, Taschen has published In Your Face ($60),a collection of photographs from the exhibit. Not only does this gigantic coffee-table tome include some of Testino’s most famous work—including behind-the-scenes shots of Kate Moss, fashion pictorials with Gisele Bündchen, and Jennifer Lopez’s androgynous boxer spread—you’ll also find intimate moments from his personal life.
Whether for someone who has tracked Testino’s career over the ages or for someone who’s just discovering his incredible body of work, In Your Face would make a great gift this holiday season.
Blogger Style: A Pop of Yellow
A sneak peek at what Miami's "Fashion Poet" is wearing this week.
October 08, 2012
Sunglasses and wristlet by Coach, dress by Ted Baker, fur coat by Aqua (available at Bloomingdale's Aventura), and shoes by Steve Madden. See more photos of this look, part of The Fashion Poet's "Coach: Through the Lens of Miami" series, tomorrow on thefashionpoet.com.
Annie Vazquez (aka “The Fashion Poet”) is a Miami fashion blogger with a flair for shopping on a budget, discovering new designers, and trend spotting. Follow her on Twitter @anniecvazquez, add her blog to your daily reading list, and look for her weekly outfit posts on Oceandrive.com.
Panerai Nods to South Florida
Officine Panrai's limited-edition collection celebrates the beauty of South Florida
October 01, 2012
Officine Panerai’s Bal Harbour Radiomir 10 Days GMT watch
Inspired by the idyllic tropical settings of Bal Harbour and Palm Beach, Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai designed a special collection of timepieces to commemorate its newest store openings in those cities, with each watch engraved in the back with the characteristic palm-tree-lined avenues and skylines. Founded in 1860 as a watchmaker’s workshop and school, Officine Panerai was the official supplier of the Italian navy (its designs from that time were considered a military secret until 1997). From this new collection, Officine Panerai’s 44mm Luminor Marina ($15,900) features a classic round, brushed-steel frame and a black face on an understated brown leather strap. For those looking to make a statement, the 47mm Radiomir 10 Days GMT (ABOVE) is a bit bolder in style, with its exaggerated cushion frame and enlarged face. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 786-735-6446; 150 Worth Ave., Ste. 115B, Palm Beach, 561-833-8955
A Sunburn-Soothing Facial
The Spa at Equinox unveils a new treatment to counteract summer's brutal rays.
September 05, 2012
A treatment room at The Spa at Equinox
Months of poolside lounging and sun-soaked afternoons can weigh heavy on the health of your skin. Starting this week, The Spa at Equinox is answering Miami’s dermal call by introducing its new Vitamin C-Crystal Collagen Facial ($175). This 50-minute masked facial packs essential nutrient Vitamin C via lemon extract, while also fusing in marine collagen: A natural anti-aging supplement derived from fish scales. The combination promises to increase hydration, even discoloration, and reduce wrinkles. You can get your Vitamin C facial fix at Equinox’s Aventura, Coral Gables, and South Beach locations.
Hail to McQueen
Alexander McQueen debuts a new store concept with its Bal Harbour boutique.
August 29, 2012
A fantastical look from McQueen’s Fall/Winter runway
One of the world’s most talked-about labels arrived in the Magic City this summer when the Alexander McQueen boutique opened its doors. The London-based label is positioning this nearly 700-square-foot Bal Harbour flagship as the kickoff of a new store concept for the brand, based on ideas conceived by the late designer and Sarah Burton, the woman long by his side, who ultimately took over the creative direction of the house. In keeping with the eccentric-meets-artful aesthetic that has come to be associated with McQueen, the store’s décor finds inspiration in the unexpected. “It’s very McQueen to see something from a distance and think it’s one thing, and then to look up close and discover something else,” Burton notes. And while it’s all too easy to wax rhapsodic over the often-fantastical creations Burton sends down the McQueen runway, the label’s commercial Fall collection, newly arrived in stores, is highly wearable— as i s the house’s must-have bag of the season, the aptly named Heroine. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866-2839
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY IMAGES
Lust-Worthy Beach Bags
Forego blah-and-basic canvas in favor of a beach carryall that’s tote-ally chic.
July 02, 2012
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Turquoise drawstring bag with houndstooth trim, Salvatore Ferragamo (price on request). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866- 8166; . Soho large shoulder bag in grape royal/roccia python, Gucci ($4,500). Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-441-2004. Straw-beaded Glam tote, Valentino Garavani ($3,745). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305- 865-1100. Blue leather bag, Versace ($2,195). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-0044.
A day on South Beach is all about transitional moments—from soaking up the sun to checking out what’s newly arrived on the racks at The Webster to cocktail hour on the eighth-floor rooftop at Soho Beach House’s Ocho. Chances are the last thing you want to lug around is the standard canvas beach tote. Why be practical when you can opt for posh? This is what leaped to mind upon viewing the Spring/ Summer collections and discovering just how many bags looked both positively beautiful and beach-friendly. And with the Swim shows fast approaching, you’ve got another reason to make a statement as you negotiate the golden sands next to The Raleigh. After all, standing out amid stylish A-listers is no day at the beach.
New Exhibit: A Traveler
Miami's Hernan Bas toys with the contrast of luxury and the unfettered vagabond.
May 07, 2012
Being homeless never looked so good. That’s the tongue-in-cheek takeaway from A Traveler, a new installation from the Miami-raised and now Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas. Commissioned by luxury retailer Louis Vuitton and housed within its Aventura store, A Traveler offers a playful spin on the alluring waifs and wasted dandies known to fans of Bas’s lush paintings. Here, the young man in question is brought to life in a short film, captured afoot in a forest. In one hand is a hobo’s bindle fashioned out of leather emblazoned with Louis Vuitton’s signature monogram and then tied to a birch branch. In the other is a bottle of Moët (a nod to the Champagne maker’s corporate parent, which also owns Louis Vuitton). On either side of the installation’s video screen are several of the bindles in question, bringing the cinematic spin on Depression-era chic into the third dimension. “I initially studied the history of Vuitton as a brand and as a cultural entity,” Bas explained to Artinfo about his inspiration for the project. “One notion kept coming to the surface: the art of travel.” But this wasn’t just any brand—it was a billion- dollar entity he’d been hired to artistically invoke. “It was a bit of friendly ‘monkey on one’s shoulder’—of course, a very stylish monkey.” A Traveler is on exhibit through November at Louis Vuitton, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-931-3887
PHOTOGRAPHS BY SETH BROWARNIK/WORLDREDEYE.COM
Alber Elbaz Reflects on 10 Gorgeous Years
Elbaz takes readers behind the looking glass in a splendid book commemorating his first decade at Lanvin.
April 16, 2012
Devotees of the exquisitely draped dresses Alber Elbaz has conjured throughout his first decade as Lanvin’s artistic director have reason to rejoice: The designer is releasing a covet-worthy book to celebrate his tenure at the iconic (and oldest) Paris atelier.
Alber Elbaz: Lanvin hits select stores this month (locally at Lanvin’s boutique at Bal Harbour Shops) and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating a collection—in this case, Fall/Winter 2011. Elbaz partnered with German publishing house Steidl—known for producing such tomes as David Bailey’s Birth of the Cool and Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller—to craft a book that tells a concept-to-runway story largely through photography (by acclaimed shooter But Sou Lai).
A simple note pinned to an as-yet-unfinished dress, for example, reveals not only the intricacies of its construction, but also the thought that can go into something as seemingly simple as the length of a zipper. Those who wonder why a fabric might be chosen for a particular dress, or why an embellishment is deemed vital, will likewise be sated by the plethora of sketches and notes that trace the origins of a collection—from inspirations to swatches to sessions with fit models to ultimately the high-wattage presentation of a Paris runway show. But in a nod to the ultimate source of ideas, Elbaz kicks off the 704-page, gilt-edged volume (at $450, it’s undeniably a fashion keepsake) with the moment his own thoughts commence: sitting in front of a piece of stark white sketch paper. “Day after day, season after season, I face a blank page, and I have to fill it with a dream. That’s my work,” he says in this feast for the fashion senses. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-4254
First Look: The Webster at Target
Laure Heriard Dubreuil and Target team up to produce an easy, breezy, cheeky collection of summer staples.
April 13, 2012
Looks from The Webster at Target collection
Attention The Webster shoppers: The luxe Miami Beach boutique is bringing its impeccable style to your neighborhood Target store. Co-created by The Webster owner Laure Heriard Dubreuil and Target, The Webster at Target limited-edition line launches May 6 and includes apparel and accessories for women, men, kids, and baby with a SoBe sensibilty. Get ready for palm-print shorts, flowing maxi dresses, graphic tees, sky-high wedges, flamingo-print tanks, colorblock cardigans, cheeky bikinis, chevron woven belts, and sand dollar chandelier earrings.