Style / Insights

Fashionably on Time: Carl F. Bucherer

A sleek timepiece for the boardroom and beyond.

September 15, 2011

It’s rare these days to find a high-end Swiss watchmaker not owned by a megabrand, but that’s what we discovered in Carl F. Bucherer. This third-generation company keeps things in the family, preserving a legacy of top-tier quality while constantly updating technology and designs. “The timepieces are handcrafted in their workshops for the kind of classic, refined watches that become heirlooms,” says Carlos Fernandez, general manager of Coconut Grove’s exclusive H&H Jewels. Our favorite is their best-selling Patravi TravelTec GMT model (shown here in silver with a black face and strap). The design evokes a classic sensibility with a modern twist, and has a leather strap ideal for accessorizing sleek, dark suits.

Patravi TravelTec GMT, Carl F. Bucherer ($10,900). H&H Jewels, 3434 Main Hwy., Miami



On the Town With Silvia Tcherassi

A day in the Miami life of one of Latin America’s top fashion designers.

September 15, 2011


Colombian-born designer Silvia Tcherassi was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and runs a retail store and a bridal atelier in Coral Gables. In 2009 she launched the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa in Cartagena.

10 AM: The Fresh Market, Coconut Grove
I find Tcherassi in the flower department as she prepares for the monthly luncheon she holds for friends and special clients. She’s wearing her own designs, in a style she calls “casual chic,” with espadrilles, a comfortable but shapely skirt, loose blouse and necklace made of fine leather rope and a sculpted buffalo horn—rustic, visceral elegance reminiscent of Latin America itself. She sifts through the flowers, finding the ideal batch. Does she feel pressure, as a designer, to be visually perfect? “Well, I am a perfectionist, but it’s for me that I have everything beautiful, not for the guests,” she says.

NOON: Village of Merrick Park Boutique 
Tcherassi styles the window displays in her Coral Gables outpost, then sends photos to her eight other retail outlets (scattered throughout Colombia) so they can emulate the look precisely. The current mannequin is dressed in a silk tunic—one of only 10 made—printed in Italy and constructed in Colombia, where all her production occurs. Her first shop was in Barranquilla. “I remember giving fashion advice to my friends when I was in school,” she laughs. “When I was in my 20s I designed a beautiful embellished white T-shirt. All my friends were in love with it. That was the beginning of my career.”

1:30 PM: Luncheon at The Atelier
Bridal mannequins are spaced like gallery sculptures, their textured gowns sprawling over the floor. Thierry’s Catering and Event Design sets out a compelling spread of cured salmon, pastas and salads in the dining area while in the rear design space, Tcherassi’s head seamstress painstakingly hand-paints fabric flower petals onto a gown for an upcoming wedding. Before long Tcherassi comes in to consult on a diaphanous aquamarine dress that will soon go into production, adjusting the look and scale of the ruching.

One by one, the dozen or so guests arrive to hugs and kisses. Among them are Uchi Botero (Tcherassi’s best friend from Colombia), Monica Lei and Claudia Ammirata from Venezuela and Puerto Rican Barbara Serrano (Miss World 2001). They sift through the Resort collection before sitting down. Someone mentions the “terrible twos” and a chorus of “ahhh, si” arises. There’s talk of how divorces and second weddings are good for Tcherassi’s business. Uchi jumps in. “Barranquilla produces strong women,” she says. “Sofia Vergara, Shakira and Silvia are all from there.” She then regales the table with a tale of schoolgirl Vergara slapping a boyfriend who was chatting with a few too many girls. The table is charmed. The food is delicious. But soon the guests must return to their lives. It’s hugs and kisses again, and Tcherassi heads home to prepare for a month-long trip to Italy, sourcing fabrics and fun.



Designer to Watch: Alejandro Ingelmo

This up-and-coming local designer has one foot in New York and one in Miami.

September 08, 2011

Before his impeccably made shoes became the darling of New York’s runways, Alejandro Ingelmo strutted the halls of Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School. This fourth-generation shoe maestro is known for his classic silhouettes in exotic materials. Last year he opened his first boutique in Soho, New York. 

Emerging designer to watch: Damir Doma

Sunglasses: Dior

Brand you’d love to work with: New Balance

Style mantra: Dress around your accessories.

Fashion faux pas: Anything that sparkles

Favorite boutique: Alchemist

Substitute career: If I wasn’t a designer, I’d probably be an agriculturist.

Favorite hangouts: Soho Beach House, Puerto Sagua



Fashion Goes Into Mad Men Mode

The Webster’s Laure Hériard Dubreuil summons Swinging Sixties chic for fall.

September 08, 2011

The shoot was very Mad Men, as I feel like the aesthetic of the series has had a strong impact on fall fashion this year. The contrasting dark and light fabrics seen here lend themselves to a little time traveling with a hint of mod, and crisp lines help update the looks for the 21st century. The black and white Chanel dress is from the Paris-Byzance collection, but it made me think of Luis Buñuel’s 1967 film, Belle de Jour. As for the man, a vest over a white shirt and tailored pants is classic and masculine, and a very powerful fashion statement.”

ON HER: High-collared crepe cress, Chanel ($4,835). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.. Pointed-toe pumps, Céline ($650). Bal Harbour Shops; Gold nugget and ruby earrings, Wendy Mink ($120). The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach

ON HIM: Gray three-pocket vest ($830), white dress shirt ($325) and Morgan moccasins ($650), YSL. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Wool-blend suit pants, Prada ($2,875). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.




Photograph by Joseph Montezinos; Styled by Laure Hériard Dubreuil; Produced by John Joseph Lin; Hair and makeup by; Danielle Weldon at Artists by Timothy Priano; Modeled by Shardea at Wilhelmina Models and Noah Knight at Ford Models


A Well-Dressed Man: Mark Tamis

Style notes from a local gent with sartorial swagger to spare.

September 02, 2011

As the senior vice president of guest operations at Carnival Cruise Lines, Mark Tamis practically lives in business attire. He sports Sebastien James suits (“They fit me right off the rack!”) regularly, but while relaxing with family on his 26-foot Formula Bowrider powerboat, he prefers Lacoste, Levi’s and Adidas. We caught up with Tamis to talk style, and his most adventurous forays into fashion.

How would you describe your style?
MARK TAMIS: Age-appropriate. Casual but put-together.

Do you ever choose style over comfort?

What are the most comfortable outfits in your closet?
Levi’s, Havaianas and a T-shirt. For going out: jeans and a blazer with Gucci loafers.

Who are your style influences?
It’s a cross between Tom Ford and Tom Hanks.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever worn?
I love my purple suede Dolce & Gabbana blazer that I wear on New Year’s Eve, or my retro Nicole Miller “Fourth of July” shirt that I like to bust out every July—always against the wishes of my wife, Amanda.

What’s your personal philosophy on style?
Just be yourself, be comfortable and, when in doubt, wear the Dolce blazer with Levi’s and Gucci loafers.

—Christine Borges


Fall Trend: Glitz and Gold

We spotlight the season's best gilded accessories.

August 25, 2011

Designers have a gleam in their collective eye for fall 2011, with the brilliance of metallic finishes lighting up more than one collection. From Jason Wu to Alexander Wang to Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, the focus on shine, particularly in accessories, is rooted in a sort of notice-me confidence that seems tailor-made for Miami. Here we spotlight three of the season’s best. Each is sure to add a magical touch to a night that starts at Casa Tua and ends at LIV, or any other moment you choose to step into the limelight. After all, if you’re going to live in the Magic City, shouldn’t your look cast a spell?

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Lytton clutch, Diane von Furstenberg ($345). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.; Night Tube paillettes clutch, Roger Vivier ($1,725). Bal Harbour Shops; Gold Chameleon heel, Fendi ($935). Bal Harbour Shops;



New Scent: Villain by Ed Hardy

How Miami businessman Salo Lekach orchestrated the new Ed Hardy fragrances.

August 23, 2011

Villains today are more famous and interesting than heroes,” says Salo Lekach, CEO of New Wave Fragrances, from the set of a steamy ad campaign. “Who’s more interesting, after all: Céline Dion or Lady Gaga?” Such was the inspiration when he took on the challenge of producing the latest scents for clothing company Ed Hardy, dubbed Villain.

New Wave has produced scents for True Religion and BCBG Max Azria. The assignment with Ed Hardy, a brand born from the art of California tattoo maverick Don Ed Hardy, was to elaborate on the bad boy/bad girl image but to also connote a sultry sophistication. Once the idea was established, the chemistry began. Perfumers of Swiss fragrance manufacturer Givaudan spent months developing both the men’s and women’s versions.

“Our job isn’t easy,” says Adriana Medina-Baez, who created the men’s fragrance. “We’re very much scientists and artists at the same time.” Drawing from a palette of 1,500 ingredients, Medina-Baez strove to create warmth and magnetism using pepper, Italian bergamot and cardamom in the top notes; basil, sage and nutmeg in the mid notes; plus an alluring base of musk, amber, cedar and sandalwood. “We went for a sexy, Far East perspective,” she says. “It has the elements of exotic places, conjuring faraway lands.”

For the women’s version, perfumer Marypierre Julien took inspiration from a sea siren, aiming for a scent that unfolds in waves. “I was asked to focus on the sugared ‘brûlée’ of crème brûlée,” says Julien. There are also feminine notes of lychee, watermelon and citrus baked by “heat” provided by elements of fresh, soft woods and musk. “We wanted the sense of hot skin,” she explains.

Then there’s the ever-important packaging. Trading on Ed Hardy’s “inked” aesthetic, the team developed three-dimensional sculptural visions tattoos, which is no small engineering feat. “It was very complicated to transform the art into a sculpture. But we worked with 3-D packaging designers, an engineering group and a marketing team to create the perfect vessels. There were many iterations.” When all was said and done, what was Lekach’s reaction? “We see Villain as the next generation of the Ed Hardy customer,” Lekach says. “It’s the refinement of Ed Hardy.” Ed Hardy Villain launches in October at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Sephora locations across South Florida.



J Brand’s Digital Revolution

The brand’s new website makes shopping from your computer anything but a solo mission.

July 22, 2011

J Brand just upped the ante for its fashion forward and social media-inclined shoppers. Visitors to the brand’s revamped website can now virtually try on clothes, get opinions from their friends and inspire people all over the world with their sense of style. The new site is filled with denim recommendations for various body types and features enhanced photography and zoom options from all angles. Perhaps the most exciting innovation is the ability to share virtual ensembles with followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook for feedback. Also new are style notes from top fashion experts such as NYLON editor-at-large, stylist and girl about town Dani Stahl, Esquire fashion editor and stylist Nic Screws and L.A. stylist of Rachel ZoeProject fame Brad Goreski. Style inspiration photos and guest blogs from contributors such as Song of Style’s Aimee Song add to the shopping and style spotting experience on the new site. And the new J World page allows visitors to upload personal style snapshots as well as browse photographs posted by others, which are seemingly endless in numbers and sartorial inspiration. 

—Victoria Gaponski


Local Brand We Love: Vintage Reign

Get the scoop on this impeccably curated line of vintage handbags.

July 18, 2011

FROM LEFT: Stacy Studnik and Cory Papunen

Cousins Stacy Studnik and Cory Papunen come from a long line of fashion plates, but they started their own handbag-design company, Vintage Reign, just two years ago. “We had lots of experience with bags in general, just being girls,” Studnik explains, “and our entire family for generations back has been in manufacturing and retail.”

When Studnik and Papunen create a bag, they take into account three factors: “First, one of our major considerations is texture,” Papunen says. “If a material is not something we like to touch, we’ll skip over it, because women need to handle their bags all day. The second is function. We like to look at our bags like art, but while we’re doing that we’re thinking of how each opens and closes, and are there enough pockets? The third thing we keep in mind is the cultural context,” Studnik adds. “When we visit an exotic location, we’ll often decide to use materials we saw there.”

Our Favorite Vintage Reign Bags

—Dan Sweeney


Boho Baubles: Carolina Loyola

We're loving the 60s feel of Loyola's colorful beaded necklaces and delicate charms.

April 28, 2011

Argentinean-born, Miami-raised designer Carolina Loyola followed in the footsteps of her mother (jewelry designer Adriana W. Loyola), creating delicate pieces inspired by her travels—such as this necklace infl uenced by her recent journeys in Asia. Loyola works with artisans from Italy and South America to create her stunning gold and silver collections. Green Grass, 54 SW 10th St., Miami

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