Shades of Browne
Thom Browne launches a collection of eyewear evocative of The Fontainebleau Hotel’s 1950s heyday.
November 08, 2011
|Fall/Winter fashion and eyewear from Thom Browne. below: Sunglasses, Thom Browne. Eyes on Lincoln, 708 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-0070|
Thom Browne is a major influence on modern men’s fashion and suiting the world over. Known for his shrunken trousers and professor’s bow tie, he’s made geek-chic chic. This fall, Browne adds a line of retro-inspired and stylish spectacles to his growing empire, teaming up with Dita Eyewear, which will individually handcraft each pair of glasses. About the company’s first collaboration with a fashion designer, Dita cofounder John Juniper says, “We’re compelled to push the envelope by challenging traditional standards in the marketplace, and Thom Browne is a like-minded innovator who is on the same page when it comes to being unconventional with integrity.” Given both parties’ sky-high standards, it’s no surprise the classic frames in question (inspired by industry and design of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s) are made with top-grade titanium and exquisite, natural horn details.
The Look: Green with Envy
The Webster's Laure Hériard Dubreuil styles a lush look for Fall.
November 08, 2011
Green lace and silk dress, Tom Ford ($5,900). The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-7899. Leather zipped wallet, Maison Martin Margiela ($375). 3930 NE Second Ave., Miami, 786-718-1931. Tribtoo cap-toe platform pumps, YSL ($865). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-4424
The emerald-green dress is from Tom Ford’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection and is absolutely electric. It’s bright, bold, and beautiful—perfect for the beginning of Miami’s high season. It’s stunning and elegant, yet playful. The gorgeous, intricate lace and velvet detailing—on both the front and back—makes a statement, whether she’s entering or leaving the room. I paired the dress with bright blue heels because I love the contrast of colors, and think it lends a whimsical edge.
Photograph by Camilo Rios; Styled by Laure Hériard Dubreuil; Produced by Lauren Eisenberg and John Joseph Lin; Hair and makeup by Sherilyn Segal for artistsbytimothypriano.com; Model: Kianna Stupakoff at Next Model Management; Shot on location at Terrace Towers, 3 Island Ave., Miami Beach
Local Designer to Know: Karen Keith
The Miami jewelry designer opens an unusual, retro-styled space to showcase her equally unique pieces.
October 31, 2011
|Keith lounges around her new workspace and salon downtown.|
Fashion and music have long been intertwined for 27-year-old local designer Karen Keith. The Washington State native first moved to New York to work as a fashion stylist, specializing in press shoots for up-and-coming musicians. This led to her earliest designs, born out of last-minute necessity. “On set, we’d need something on the spot, so I’d strip old cords and turn them into some crazy necklace,” she recalls. “Then the artists started asking to take the pieces home.”
Five years ago, on just such a shoot, she met her significant other, Miami singer/songwriter Jacob Miller. He convinced Keith to move south, and after she relocated, she continued to create. First it was just a hobby, as she sourced one-of-a-kind vintage finds and reworked them into bold, chunky necklaces and bracelets that married antique funkiness with contemporary flourishes. Eventually, she set up shop at the biweekly Lincoln Road Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market, where brisk business—including an enthusiastic booth visit from Betsey Johnson—convinced her to open her own space.
The Karen Keith Designs showroom opened this past May in downtown Miami’s Morris Lapidus-designed One Flagler tower. Part workspace, part salon, she transformed the location into a Victorian fantasy escape, in a style best described as steampunk gone luxe. With its neo-Gothic chaise lounge, rough-hewn bar hand-carved by local artist David Kellum, and rococo clusters of framed art and mirrors, the space resembles a Keith design on a grand scale. “I wanted to have an old-style salon,” she says, “where someone could come in, have some port, leaf through a catalog of images and just be treated.”
True to this vision, clients can relax as they look over necklaces, bracelets, and earrings fashioned from objects such as cameos, repurposed jewels, and even bullet casings and matchbox cars. Each line is anchored by a recurring theme; this fall’s focuses on found skeleton keys—and no two items are the same. “A lot of these pieces are based on the story of the item they’re built around,” Keith says. “Aged items already have a certain energy, so it’s really easy to build off that.”
This energy usually results in statement pieces that attract personalities who are equally outsize. Typical Keith collectors include “artists, creative individuals, and people who aren’t afraid to be a little different,” she says. “Some of this stuff is really loud, and they’re all conversation pieces. They’re going to be noticed.”
Staff Pick: Sniff Pet Candles
We love these luxe candles that are pup- and eco-friendly.
October 21, 2011
Sniff Pet Candles A Day In The Hamptons candle
From gourmet food to outrageous outfits and plush bedding, we love to extend the joys of the senses to our canine companions. Sniff Pet Candles (from $32) appeal to a dog’s sense of smell with aromas that promote therapeutic benefits such as positive mood, energy and an overall sense of health and wellbeing. Because dogs experience the world mostly through their noses, creating a desirable-smelling environment is paramount. In addition to being all-natural, 100-percent green and eco-friendly, a portion of profits from each Sniff candle sale benefits animal rights groups and shelters across the country. Available in a variety of scents, such as A Day In The Hamptons and Splendor in the Grass, Sniff candles are pleasing to human and dog noses alike. And they’re an especially sweet breath of fresh air for city dogs that spend a lot of time indoors.
Manly Manicure and Massage Treatments
The best of Miami’s male-friendly spas and treatments.
October 17, 2011
Coed lounge area with jetted pool at Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau
The W South Beach houses Miami’s outpost of the NYbased Bliss Spa. The décor’s modern, beachy feel and an outdoor terrace make this an ideal place for some fresh air and recovery time from the nearby party scene. Make sure to pick up a few Bliss products for some pampering at home. Treatments to try: Manly Manicure or The Ultimate He-Wax. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3123; blissworld.com
Wellness Spa at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami
A world-class staycation is possible, thanks to the Miami outpost of the famous bastion of health and wellness. This sprawling, multi-floor oceanfront resort caters to those looking for general well-being. Healthy menus, yoga classes, an indoor rock-climbing wall and an impressive list of treatments—all complemented by views of the Atlantic—turn a spa day into a relaxing, immersive getaway. Treatment to try: Gentleman’s Facial. 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 800-742-9000; canyonranch.com
Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Tap into the glamour of old Miami at this colossal and decadent allwhite spa. Gentlemen can treat themselves to one service or five, lounge around the Elements Rain Tunnel or coed mineral pool and— once rejuvenated—hit the gym or one of the resort’s outdoor pools. Treatment to try: Eucalyptus Infusion Steam. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-4772; fontainebleau.com
Miles & Lyle Luxury Barbershop
For those interested in a more traditional barbershop setting, Miles & Lyle offers hot shaves and haircuts along with massages, manicures and waxing services, all in a classically masculine salon (think shoe shines and beard trims). Treatment to try: Muscle Meltdown Hydrotherapy Massage. 19044 NE 29th Ave., Aventura, 305-466-6665; milesandlyle.com
Located amid the suits and sounds of downtown Miami’s bustling NoBri district, mySpa’s low-key, minimalist style is ideal for gentlemen working in Brickell or downtown. You’ll begin to feel relaxed the moment you step into the dimly lit lobby lined with calming, dark woods. Post treatment, step out and enjoy views of the bay. Treatment to try: True Grit Head-to-Toe Body Scrub. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, 305-372-4444; myspamiami.com
The Spa at Equinox
Keeping in shape is a must when you live somewhere with year round swimsuit weather, and Miami’s men love a robust workout. At Equinox, members and non-members alike can reward themselves with a treatment afterward (non-members receive a one-day pass to the gym when they buy a service), thanks to a spa inside the facilities. Treatment to try: Sports Massage. 520 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1172; equinox.com
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
This exquisite spa offers a serene Zen environment and is the only Forbes Five Star spa in Florida. It’s located on Brickell Key and prides itself on offering a true mind-body retreat, from balancing chakras to Thai massage classes. For added indulgence, book yourself a private treatment room overlooking Biscayne Bay. Treatment to try: Thai Herbal Compress Ritual. 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami, 305-913-8332; mandarinoriental.com
Green-minded do-gooders who appreciate an environmentally friendly business love Uhma Spa. Guests can enjoy yoga, ayurveda treatments and acupuncture sessions all in a cozy setting. Treatment to try: Joy Rocks massage with basalt hot stones. 726 Sixth St., Miami Beach, 305-695-0996; uhmaspa.com
Palm Beach in a Purse
Judith Leiber inspires a new collection of sparkly minaudières around the chic locale.
October 17, 2011
Brazilian Court rounded rectangle minaudière, Judith Leiber ($3,995). Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.
Anytime a designer is inspired by our tropics-meets-luxury lifestyle, attention must be paid—which is why a perusal of Judith Leiber’s new Resort collection caused a delighted smile. With style names such as Mar-a-Lago for a clamshell minaudière in silver and turquoise to Royal Palm Way for a crystal clutch splashed with palm leaves (or are those parrot feathers?) in sultry hues, it’s clear that Leiber & Co. were paying homage to Palm Beach for the upcoming season. And why not? Where better to do Resort than, as the local vernacular goes, “on the island”?
Jonathan Adler for Lacoste
The classic polo gets a playful and bright upgrade courtesy of the whimsical interior designer.
October 15, 2011
Special-edition polo shirt and pillowcase combination, Lacoste ($150). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-867-0530
Host to the Sony Ericsson Open, Miami is now home to tennis’s most in-demand new fashion line: Lacoste by Jonathan Adler. The famed interior decorator, printmaker, artist, potter, author, and businessman takes a swing at fashion this holiday season with a new collection reflecting his trademark, distinctively loud blend of colors, prints, textures, and shapes. “Lacoste is all about country club chic,” Adler says. “The brand feels totally contemporary but also has an element of nostalgia.”
The Perfect Weekend Bag
Pack your essentials in a sporty red, white or blue Louis Vuitton duffel.
October 11, 2011
Damier Infini keepall 45s, Louis Vuitton ($2,550 each). Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd.; louisvuitton.com
The three-day getaway just got a little more chic with Louis Vuitton’s new-for-fall Damier Infini collection. This menswear line by the classic label includes staples such as leather duffels, briefcases and belts in black, red and light gray. They’re expected to move fast, but if you miss out, not to worry—new colors and styles will be added to the line each season.
Fall Find: A Buttery Leather Bomber Jacket
Tod's takes the classic, rugged jacket to the next level with cashmere and silk.
October 10, 2011
No longer just a go-to for its understandably ubiquitous driving moccasins, this season Tod’s has created a unique collection of men’s ready-to-wear leather outerwear. “The details are distinct but luxurious,” says CEO Claudio Castiglioni. The first of two pieces comprising the collection is a soft-as-butter leather bomber with silk lining and cashmere trim. The other, a suede utility jacket (pictured above), comes trimmed with shearling at the neck and sleeves. This is leather at its best—so soft, it feels broken in at first wear. Perfect for the après ski on this year’s trip to Aspen, not to mention that one below-65-degree week we might experience in the Magic City this winter. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.
Dazzling the Eye
These bejeweled sunglasses bridge the gap between fine jewelry and accessories.
October 04, 2011
Are you someone who habitually loses sunglasses? You may want to hire a bodyguard for this latest entry to the status-eyewear oeuvre: Bulgari’s Le Gemme, a collection of frames accented with precious metals and gemstones, arrives at the Bal Harbour Shops store this month. 18k yellow, pink and white gold are mixed with fancy colored sapphires, amethysts, citrines and mother-of-pearl in the floralthemed Primavera styles for women, while the sleeker Zephyr men’s pieces feature aviator styling in 18k gold and titanium. A few models are also available in gold plating, allowing prices to start at $970 for a frame set with agate and amethyst flowers, while a men’s aviator style in titanium and 18k gold is priced at $1,200. And then there’s Le Gemme Rare, a set of 10 one-of-a-kind sunglass styles that take the concept to a high jewelry level. Inspired by Bulgari’s Sapphire Flower jewelry collection, these acetate frames are accented with a sometimes-dizzying array of diamonds and multicolor sapphires, with price points estimated to start at $35,000. Summer might be over, but these are sure to add sizzle to days under the Miami sun. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.; bulgari.com