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Accessory Trend: Neon Luxuries

Miami-friendly neon lights up the Resort collections.

January 09, 2012

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Mini Harper neon-yellow crossbody bag, Diane von Furstenberg ($295). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1850. Lance orange patent-leather sandal, Jimmy Choo ($675). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305-865-1100. Miss Sicily satchel, Dolce & Gabbana ($1,625). Nordstrom, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-356-6900. Pink Raffia pump, Versace ($795). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-0044. Candy Turnlock Exploded bracelet, Marc by Marc Jacobs ($128). Neiman Marcus, Village of Merrick Park, 390 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 786-999-1000

Resort collections always seem tailor-made for sultry days under the Miami sun, with their faithful inclusion of a fabulous caftan here, a bold bikini there, but this year’s resort crop had us envisioning designers congregating en masse at Soho Beach House to lay out their game plan for the season. Case in point: the dominance of neon as an acrossthe- board trend, from bold brights at Diane von Furstenberg to the luscious pinks and turquoise tones seen at Versace, Miu Miu, and points beyond. Not even white brings out the bronzed glory of tanned skin the way neon works its magic, so opt for one simple accessories strategy during this brilliant, balmy month: Go for the glow.


—laurie brookins


Ferrari and Hublot Make a Big Bang

The luxury car company gets into the watch game.

December 09, 2011

For those in the know, the Ferrari watch license has gone around the block more than a couple of times. A couple of decades ago, a division of the then Cartier Group was producing Ferrari accessories, writing instruments and timepieces. Then came the famous Girard-Perregaux alliance approximately a decade ago, followed by another partnership and then a Panerai collaboration. Whew, the alliances are not quite as fast as the cars, but they keep you on your toes.

Now, Swiss luxury watch brand, Hublot has formed a relationship with Ferrari to unveil the first genuine Ferrari-stamped Hublot watch. Created in a limited edition of just 20 pieces, the Big Bang Chrono Tourbillon Ferrari made its debut in China, and is, in fact, exclusively for the Chinese market. The unveiling celebrated Hublot’s announcement of its watchmaking partnership with Ferrari. More than just a watchmaking collaboration, however, the Hublot agreement is a comprehensive package covering the full range of activities in terms of Ferrari brand image and commercial activities including “Official Watch” of Ferrari, “Official Timekeeper” of Ferrari, “Official Timekeeper” of Scuderia Ferrari, “Official Watch” of Scuderia Ferrari, “Official Timekeeper” of the Ferrari Challenge, and partners in Ferrari special events with which Hublot will be closely associated. It should be a fun ride. We’ll keep you posted.

Read more about watches from our timepiece editor Roberta Naas at

—Roberta Naas


New Fragrance: Diane by Diane von Furstenberg

DVF dazzles with her latest fragrance at Sephora at the Aventura Mall.

December 05, 2011

When Diane von Furstenberg stopped by Sephora at Aventura in early November with her just-released fragrance, Diane, we asked her for some scent-sational advice.

How does Diane differ from other fragrances?
Diane is the ultimate accessory, and a tool for seduction. Women have forgotten the power of scent because so many perfumes today are passive and ephemeral. With Diane, I wanted to create a classic, something that would stand the test of time. That is what DVF is all about.

What are the most sensual notes in Diane?
The tension between the bold, exotic floral of the frangipani flower and the subtly mischievous violet is very sensual. The myrrh, musk, and patchouli only reinforce that quality.

What’s your best tip for wearing scent?
With fragrance or otherwise, the most important advice I can give is to wear everything with confidence. That is always the best result. Be the woman you want to be



Gucci Springs Eternal

The hidden secret in the Italian label's brilliant bangles.

December 05, 2011

On any checklist of iconic style elements, Gucci’s bamboo detailing surely must rank in the all-time top 10, alongside Chanel’s double-C’s and Louis Vuitton’s monogram canvas. A collection of bamboo-inspired bangles from Gucci’s latest fine-jewelry collection therefore immediately caught our eye as an instant must-have, only more so when tried on: Rather than stiff bracelets that must be forced over the hand, ingenious little spring mechanisms are hidden at each joint, adding a comfort factor to this dazzling example of classic chic.

Large Bamboo spring bracelet in 18k yellow gold ($5,690) and 18k white gold with diamonds ($20,300), Gucci. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, 305-868-6504;


John Varvato Launches a Fragrance

Varvatos' latest scent complements Miami’s multicultural sensibility.

November 22, 2011

100ml eau de toilette, John Varvatos USA ($70). Macy’s, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-5485

Red ginger from Laos and Venezuelan tonka beans are just two of the many aromatic, globally sourced elements found in the new fragrance from John Varvatos USA. The sensual bouquet, in combination with the pleasingly sleek bottle (designed to resemble a 19th-century ink vial) make this worldly and completely new Varvatos scent a must-try for the polished, cosmopolitan Miami man with an edge.


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; 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.”

—arielle castillo


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.

—steve hagendorn


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

Bliss Spa
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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

Uhma Spa
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;

By Maria A rgüello

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