Miami hosts more than its fair share of visitors 12 months a year, but we locals have always considered July and August our own. Between the city’s perennially packed beaches, shops, restaurants and clubs, maybe we’re fooling ourselves. Nevertheless, we’ve decided to augment our annual Swim Issue with a spotlight on the locals, paying tribute to the boldfaced names and places that helped build the 305 into the ultimate American Riviera it is today. Can you believe it’s been more than a full decade since we worried about Y2K and marveled at the novelty of plastic New Year’s Eve eyeglasses shaped as “2000”? In our sprawling retrospective, “Then & Now,” we take an entertaining look back at our past decade of social and economic debauchery.

Six months after the Haitian earthquake killed approximately 250,000 and left more than one million homeless, our close neighbors to the south are still living in chaos. In this issue, we celebrate their vibrant culture in “Rediscovering Little Haiti.” South Florida is home to the largest Haitian population in the US; this summer, take time to explore the colorful blocks of this neighborhood, just north of the Miami Design District.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is one of the most wonderful events to hit our city over the past 10 years, and Ocean Drive is thrilled to be a part of it. From July 15 to 19, internationally renowned swimwear designers and models descend upon The Raleigh hotel to showcase the best of what’s new in an industry whose wares touch our lives here in Miami almost every day. Read senior fashion editor Laurie Brookins’ guide to making the most of your time there. And check out the edgy, stylish pieces Yu Tsai shot on our cover model, Irina Shayk (yes, you saw her in the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), for inspiration—or at least aspiration.


ABOVE: Suzy Buckley with Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan at STK at the Gansevoort Miami Beach

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