Style / Insights

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.;

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.;


Ralph Lauren Does Luxury Denim

The all-American designer creates rugged yet luxurious denim for Fall.

October 04, 2011


FROM TOP: Courier cargo ($59), Motocross ($295), straight-fit in smoke ($395) and straight-fit in turf ($295) jeans, Ralph Lauren Black Label Denim. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.;

When Ralph Lauren revealed it was debuting a new collection of luxury denim, we knew that would mean more than just a few pairs of dungarees. As suspected, the result is a complete lifestyle collection, including everything from denim-inspired knits and outerwear to jeans styles ranging from skinny leg to straight, motocross to jodhpur. The ultimate in suave, masculine styling, the Ralph Lauren Black Label Denim collection uses innovative dye and wash treatments to create the pieces while incorporating signature RL accents. The gauzy knits are great investments for the still-warm Miami fall, and the surplus of styles will take you through the season with straight-leg kick-arounds and the perfect razor-skinny pair for a night out on the Beach. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.;


Cologne Rangers

Some of the area's most stylish gents weigh in on the state of men's scents in Miami.

September 26, 2011

  The most popular men’s fragrances around town these days are (from top left) Creed Royal-Oud, Bleu de Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme, Terre d’Hermès and Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.

In a city where year-round suntans are the status quo and off-the-charts humidity reigns supreme, it’s no shock that men’s scents in Miami remain light and airy. Blame it on the rainy season or El Niño, but South Florida’s subtropical climate has a tremendous impact on what men spritz before heading off to work or a night on the town.

The most en vogue aromas among Miami’s most dashing? At Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour, Bleu de Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme and Terre d’Hermès all fly off the shelves, while just a stone’s throw away at Neiman Marcus, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino and Creed Royal-Oud are big hits. The common denominators? All boast fresh and pleasant citrus top notes, and all demand erudite tastes. We caught up with a few of Miami’s movers and shakers to revel in the aromas stirring our senses in today’s men’s fragrance market.

It appears that all men remember their earliest cologne acquisition distinctly, much like a first love. The Forge owner Shareef Malnik’s first purchase was Aramis, at age 17. “I’ve used the same cologne since 1990, however—the original Versace Pour Homme,” he says. “It’s hard to find, so when I do locate it, I purchase the entire stock. And because I’m paranoid that I won’t be able to buy it one day, I keep as many as 100 bottles at any given time.” Ken Gorin, president and CEO of Coral Gables automotive dealership The Collection, recalls that his first cologne was Zizanie, while for Steven Giles, owner of chic Miami Beach retailer Base, it was Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior.

The trio of trendsetters agrees that Miami has its own signature scent style. As Malnik says, “One man’s rose is another’s repellent. But due to Miami’s rich diversity, the air here is perfumed with an exotic blend of smells from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean to the Jersey Shore.” Giles suggests that, with Miami’s climate, it’s best to avoid anything too heavy or cloying. Gorin adds, “Judging by the city’s love for fancy and fast cars, we have expensive tastes!” We can’t disagree with the latter.

When asked about the most seductive scents around town, Malnik unsurprisingly discloses, “The scent of my woman [actress Gabrielle Anwar] is completely irresistible.” For Giles, meanwhile, it’s jet-fuel vapors. “It means I’m about to travel somewhere,” he says with a laugh. Gorin’s tastes here run more commercial; he covets the scent of his go-to cologne, Polo Black by Ralph Lauren, thanks to its popularity among the company he keeps. “I am constantly told by others how much they like it,” he says.

And as in fashion, there are definite fragrance faux pas to be committed. “Do not use your spray bottle with the enthusiasm of a garden hose,” Giles says. “Less is always more.”

By Maria Tettamanti


Fall Trend: Geometric Accessories

Magic City style authorities provide a crash course on this hot trend.

September 26, 2011


Though pops of color and animal textures flooded the Fall 2011 runways, there’s another trend angling for our affections: geometry. This season’s graphic lines stood out in collections from Prada, Proenza Schouler (pictured) and Mara Hoffman, which touted trendy triangles, chic circles and hip squares.

By C hristine B orges


Going Blanc: A Linen Blazer

Channel James Bond with a crisp white blazer and pocket square.

September 22, 2011

White hit the runways in every shape and form for fall, from heavy overcoats at Band of Outsiders to soft felt suiting at Ferragamo. Dressing up your winter whites for a balmy southern autumn has never been easier. “It’s such a clean, strong, fresh and powerful thing to wear a white suit, and absolutely perfect for Miami’s weather and ‘yacht’ feel,” says Laure Hériard Dubreuil, CEO and founding partner of Miami’s The Webster boutique. We couldn’t agree more. While the trend is a national hit from New York to Los Angeles, white seems to feel most at home in Miami. Dress it up as a full suit for hot, breezy nights, or dress it down with jeans and a T-shirt for a weekend lunch.

White linen and Tencel jacket, Armani Collezioni (price on request). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.



Fia Dimauro Packs Her Bags

Get to know this Italian handbag designer on the rise.

September 22, 2011

Age: 36
Provenance: Biella, Italy

Traveling Act: Fiammetta (Italian for “little flame”) DiMauro enjoyed a peripatetic existence from childhood. At age six, her family moved from a town outside Milan to the United States and settled in Miami for a few years. But by her late teens, Fiammetta—Fia, for short—struck out on her own, playing in a San Francisco punk band and publishing fanzines in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sweet Home Miami: Throughout her nomadic years, two true loves always lingered: fashion and the Magic City. “It dawned on me that this was the place I felt most comfortable,” she says. “My friends were here, and I was drawn to the culture, the warmth.” After returning in her 20s, the self-taught designer scored a job creating private-label accessories for major department stores. When her original creations for the company began selling briskly, she decided to start her own business, for now operating out of her Shenandoah home.

Bold Bags: Launched this past February and available online at, DiMauro’s line, Fia, is a well-edited collection of handbags, clutches, satchels and totes boasting unexpected colors, supple leather and fun details like studded hardware and contrasting lining. “They’re edgy and sophisticated at the same time,” she says. “When you carry a really great accessory, it’s a conversation- starter.”


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