CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: With Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union at the Ocean Drive cover party. The Wine, Women & Shoes event was fabulous this year, in large part due to its incredible roster of 2012 committee members, including Heidi Charalambides (right). Delano’s new Bianca restaurant is fantastic. I dined there opening night with Jonathan and Criselda Breene (front) and George Lindemann Jr..

We all know what Miami looks like (note to production companies: You can’t pass LA off as “Miami” when the landscape is dotted with California palm trees). Beyond the postcard shots of Art Deco architecture and beaches, we have a continually evolving skyline that takes some serious neon-lighting design risks, but somehow they work (I’m looking at you, Bank of America, Freedom Tower, Metrorail, Port of Miami bridge, and MacArthur Causeway). And we know how our city feels: Anyone who has stepped foot off a plane at MIA has been hit with an enveloping sense of humidity that instantly dews the skin. But how does it smell? The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau recently debuted a “Miami” perfume with notes of citrus and exotic woods; however, I’d say our streets are best described as a mix of salty ocean air, caramel, and a hint of jasmine.

  At The Club at Casa Tua with owner Miky Grendene and Lesley Griffith during a Wednesday night karaoke party

But when it comes to what Miami sounds like, it depends on the moment and the block—especially this month. Calle Ocho will no doubt be throbbing with salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, and reggaeton during its annual Carnaval festival, culminating in the Calle Ocho street party on March 11. Next, internationally renowned DJs roll into town for back-to-back music festivals, first Winter Music Conference (March 16 to 25), then the sold-out Ultra Music Festival (March 23 to 25), which is incorporating more and more band-oriented acts (Kraftwerk, M83, Justice, Afrobeta, and even New Order) into its lineup this year.

You don’t have to be a club-crawler to appreciate the influence of today’s music on fashion—it’s stronger than ever. Florence Welch, Lady Gaga, et al. have eradicated the line between performer and sartorial star to the point that there’s just as much buzz about what they wear as what they sing. In this, our spring fashion edition, you’ll find lots of aural inspiration. From the elegant, ’50s mood of the Rat Pack we captured during our shoot at the iconic Eden Roc, to the incredibly romantic styles worn by cover star Nicole Richie (she’s come so far these days, it’s easy to forget her original claim to fame was being the daughter of a music legend), I hope this issue is music to your eyes.

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