CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: With deputy editor Bill Kearney (LEFT) and chef José Andrés at the SLS Hotel South Beach. His new restaurant there, The Bazaar, is phenomenal; to escape the Miami heat, some Miami friends and I went to Paris together over a fantastic long weekend. Here we are at dinner at the beautiful Pershing Hall; with Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard at Hyde South Beach, where we talked about her exciting upcoming Destination Fashion event at Bal Harbour Shops. Get your tickets now, before they’re all sold out!; Jessica Gomes was the beauty we shot underwater for the cover of our summer issue. She’s just as stunning on land! Here we are at dinner at the Delano’s Bianca

Years and years ago, I went for a haircut at a high-end South Beach salon—the kind that gives high-end salons (and South Beach) a bad name. I’d gone in for a trim but got bullied into a platinum singleprocess dye job and some kind of trendy, asymmetrical bob. During my consultation, the hair stylist had swiveled my chair toward the mirror, pulled at the ends of my to-the-rib-cage-long hair, and barked, “This is high school.” He pointed at my shoulders and said, “This is college,” and then, running his fingers just under my chin, whispered, “But this is fashion.” Young and impressionable, naturally I chose “fashion.” It took about four months and $750 to get me back to college.

While that was certainly one fashion chance I wish I hadn’t taken, the stylist had a point. The most extraordinary style moments are often the result of stepping a bit outside one’s comfort zone. Miuccia Prada was recently quoted saying she thinks fashion embarrasses people, because the act of getting dressed means making a public declaration of what you think about yourself. It’s true: Anything that reveals has the potential to embarrass—and therein lies the risk. Fashion really is quite intimate.

In this issue, we take a look at the best of fall fashion, including plenty of colorful, interesting sculptural (Lanvin), lace (Michael Kors), and sequined (Oscar de la Renta) looks. I love all of the texture and graphics on this season’s runways. I have my eyes on anything oxblood, a rich brocade Dolce & Gabbana dress, and—regardless of what the thermometer says—need a pair of Balmain’s velvet embellished pants and a lacquered tweed Alexander Wang jacket ASAP.

It’s hard to believe, but the fashion world is already thinking about spring. I can’t wait to see what my favorite designers have planned for next season at this month’s New York shows. And in a couple of months, Miamians get a taste of Bryant Park when a top fashion designer takes his or her full Spring 2013 runway show to Bal Harbour Shops, as part of the fundraiser to benefit The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. (At press time, the name had yet to be announced.) Tickets for the fabulous, highly anticipated Destination Fashion event—taking place November 10—are on sale now. I’m already pondering my impending fashion gamble….


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