It’s funny when friends up north ask me what to wear when they visit Miami in the fall and winter. “The same things you’d wear in New York, maybe minus the jacket,” I tell them. Air-conditioning is the great fashion equalizer: We’re as quick to whip out the high boots, sweaters and—whenever the least bit of chill renders them somewhat less ridiculous—furs as our Northern counterparts. And doesn’t everyone know that only tourists and teenagers wear shorts around here, even in the summer? I don’t have the column inches to properly argue why Miami is more obsessed with fashion than just about any other city, but please take my word for it, and see for yourself in our beautiful fashion Issue.

In “Deconstructing Alber,” genius Alber Elbaz of Lanvin sits down with senior fashion editor Laurie Brookins to talk about his road to designer rock-stardom (our words, not his—he’s far too modest). I also love photographer Chiun-Kai Shih’s “Femme Fatale”—shot around town from The Palms to Yabu Pushelberg’s Miami residence—showcasing the best of fall’s sophisticated pieces. And once you’ve got a bead on the season’s must-haves, use my “Fashion Lover’s Guide to Miami Shopping” to scout them out for yourself.

This month, we’re launching a new travel column, “Navigator,” featuring destination guides to the kind of interesting, buzzed-about places you’ve been meaning to get to (or return to). Our insider’s guide to Munich has the dish on doing Oktoberfest like an A-lister. Speaking of Deutschland, acclaimed German chef Rainer Becker is flooring everyone with his latest Zuma location, in downtown Miami’s Epic Hotel. Dining contributor Lee Brian Schrager interviews Becker for “In the Kitchen,” and sees firsthand why this Japanese concept is sure to be ground zero for all of the city’s most fashionable, for seasons to come.


ABOVE: Suzy Buckley with street-fashion photographer Yvan Rodic at The Webster, for the party celebrating his book, The Facehunter


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