Richard Branson and Suzy Buckley
Annually, we devote this issue to the locals— those of us who hit Go-Go and Fifi’s Place as much as the headline-grabbing Primes (One Twelve and Italian), know our Viernes Culturales from Second Saturdays, and shop at Friends With You long after Art Basel Miami Beach has blown out of town. But we also give a special shout-out (bemvindo!) to the many Brazilians who now call Miami home, or at least make it a regular stop on their jetset circuit. Read “The Brazilians Are Coming” as well as our monthly “The List” for OD’s mini tribute to our powerhouse southern neighbor.
And naturally I couldn’t be more excited for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Don’t miss senior fashion editor Laurie Brookins’ expert guide to this year’s best shows, suits and soirées. Among the bikini-clad talent walking the runways: this issue’s striking cover star, Chrissy Teigen, photographed at our favorite Bahamian resort, The Cove Atlantis.
When Michael Laas told me about the Miami Surf Archive Project, the new nonprofit he started with a group of local surfers, I knew it was the quintessential Ocean Drive story: sand, surf, swimsuits, a nod to Miami royalty (the Whitman family), incredible vintage photos and the celebration of South Beach’s modern surf culture (yes, there is one—and it’s thriving). Tom Austin’s “Surf’s (Still) Up” documents the evolution of a scene, and shows us where we’re headed as a city, thanks to Laas, the Whitmans and other influencers over the years who, like us, got sand in our shoes.
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Watch our behind-the-scenes footage from Brazilian bombshell Alessandra Ambrosio's Ocean Drive photo shoot.