Ocean Drive publisher with various Miami personalities
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: With Edgardo and Ana Cristina Defortuna at Fortune International’s Jade Signature sales gallery opening; With Eva Longoria at Ocean Drive’s March issue cover party at Cavalli Miami; With Philippe Brocart and Philippe Chomat of Maison & Objet; With Diego Ojeda, Michelle Chala, and Alan Ojeda at Ocean Drive’s The Bond dinner at Zuma.

To those passing through town, it would seem the sleepy Miami summers of years past are upon us. But any true local knows that our calendars are still full. There’s a lot going on in the city, as evidenced by all the exciting features we have for you in this issue.

This month marks the inaugural Women of Influence Issue, a celebration of the powerful, ambitious, successful women who continually work to make our community thrive. To commemorate this important milestone, we’re honored to feature Shakira on our cover. Not only has the spicy international pop star produced chart-topping hits, but she also recently released a new album, is a doting mom to her 1-year-old son, Milan, and established the Barefoot Foundation to help build schools for the world’s most in-need children. Shakira is the definition of a woman of influence.

Inside these pages, you’ll also find our annual “Real Miami Beauties” feature profiling an inspirational group of women of all ages who are each changing Miami for the better. And in the vein of giving back, Ocean Drive is pleased to welcome the 12th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala back to the JW Marriott Marquis on Saturday, May 17. This increasingly important event continues to raise muchneeded funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s International Outreach Program.

As a special treat this summer, we are pleased to be featuring a colorful, Miami-inspired cover from famed artist Peter Max. This artful add-on opens the discussion for the thrilling news about the highly anticipated Maison & Objet show arriving in Miami in May 2015. In this issue, we talk with South Florida’s foremost design experts about why Miami was chosen as the next international destination for the widely renowned show.

See you around town….

 

COURTLAND LANTAFF

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