LEFT: Suzy Buckley with Eric (LEFT) and Michael Gross at the Beit Shmuel hotel’s Blaustein Hall in Jerusalem, RIGHT: Suzy Buckley at the W South Beach with model Kate Upton

I’ve always felt that Miami is to fall what Paris is to spring: All the social, climatic and sensual (you really can smell autumn in the air here) stars align, and life feels just about perfect. For the past few years, our informal kickoff to high season has been Fashion’s Night Out (September 8)—the evening of shopping parties taking place at stores around the world. Here in Miami, I’ll be “celebrating” at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. In fact, I’m elated about our new partnership with the Neiman Marcus stores in Coral Gables, Bal Harbour Shops and Galleria Fort Lauderdale. Through September 30, visit their Ocean Drive Pop-Up Shops, which showcase all my favorite fashion and accessories picks for fall. For more inspiration, check out photographer Chiun-Kai Shih’s shots from the Fontainebleau Miami Beach (I want that black Fendi dress!), and our story on cover star Petra Nemcova, who’s as stunning as she is selfless.

At press time for our Fall Fashion Issue, superstar designer Michael Kors was all over the international news. Not only is he celebrating his brand’s 30th anniversary with appearances and celebrations throughout the world all year long, he just announced plans to marry his partner of more than two decades, Lance LePere. What an exciting moment for senior fashion editor Laurie Brookins to speak to him one-on-one about his inspirational journey from fresh-faced upstart to global industry powerhouse.

I’d like to congratulate my longtime friend Michael Gross on his recent appointment as CEO of Morgans Hotel Group. Under his luxe-savvy leadership, I’ve no doubt that South Beach’s already fabulous Delano, Mondrian and Shore Club will become even more spectacular. Read his profile, “Suite Talker,” where you’ll learn about his exciting plans for the future of the company.

If you didn’t like living here, or didn’t fantasize about the idea of living here, you probably wouldn’t be holding this magazine. So maybe our feature “Why We Love Miami” is in a sense preaching to the choir. But read between the lines, because each of the reasons says something bigger about the kind of captivating, cultural and, at times, contradictory city we’re thrilled to call home.


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