The devotion artists have to their muses is so powerful one wonders if being captivating is an art in itself. Here, inspiring Miamians—singers, visual poets, collectors of fashion—photographed with the muses who inspire them.
Adrienne bon Haes & Danié Gómez-Ortigoza
Adrienne wears a white sculpted vinyl dress of her own design. Danié’s red stole is by Venezuelan-American artist and designer Lisu Vega.
“Style has an energy. We vibe off it. We are attracted to it, amused by it, we smile at it,” says Adrienne bon Haes, who, along with Danié Gómez-Ortigoza, brings style to life at the Upper Buena Vista shopping district.
DANIÉ ON ADRIENNE “I admire Adrienne’s elegance and uniqueness. Every piece she wears has a narrative attached to it, and she holds a unique nostalgia in her eyes that I had never seen before. She’s an old soul, and I believe our journeys have met in the past. She understands the power of fashion as the art of being, and is aware of the messages she transmits. I saw her for the first time during an art talk and fell in love with her style and the way she carries herself. She’s a work of art, inside and out.”
Adrienne and Danié at House of Findings.
ADRIENNE ON DANIÉ “Ribbons worn in the hair is traditional in Mexican culture and has a long pre-Hispanic history. It takes confidence and great pride in your heritage to wear that as your identifying look outside of its original geographic boundaries. Danié has made it her own, and relatable, pairing it with contemporary fashion. I also love that Danié chooses to highlight upcoming designers, especially Latin American ones. I think we need to hear more from independent voices.”
DJ Irie & Chingy
Bold colors, mixed prints, pocket squares galore—men’s fashion is off the rails in the best way possible. And DJ Irie (left) and Chingy couldn’t be more down.
“Miami is so lush and vibrant; my style really matches that,” says DJ Irie. With his friend, rapper Chingy, they show off the best of men’s style while the beats of the city boom through the speakers at clothing boutique Stitched inside Brickell City Centre.
DJ IRIE ON CHINGY “Chingy is just an amazing person. I met him when he first came up with his music years ago and he’s had incredible success. What I love about his evolution is that he’s never changed. He’s still the same incredible person. He’s still very passionate about everything that he does. And he’s a very stylish individual himself. I’m not wearing a hat right now but if I were, I’d have to take my hat off to him. I love being around the guy, absolutely.”
Picture perfect after a grooming session at The Spot Barbershop.
CHINGY ON DJ IRIE “I’ve known DJ Irie since the beginning, since 2003 when ‘Right Thurr,’ one of my biggest records, was No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Irie is a friend and he’s always supporting. His style—usually sporty, casual—is right on for this city. As for my own style, as I get wiser and older, I’ve developed more of a grown man type of look. When I say grown man, I mean more buttoned-up shirts, more color coordination. And for a grown man, Stitched is the store. It’s cool.”
Amara La Negra & Valentino
Amara in a custom gown by her stylist, Valentino, who describes his own look as “very clean but with a statement belt.” Case in point: this oversize Versace buckle.
“I’m a Libra, so either I’m here or I’m there. I’m very extra or I can be very classy and chill—there’s no middle place for me,” says Amara La Negra, star of BET’s Love & Hip Hop Miami, as she embarks on a whirlwind afternoon of Vanity Projects nail art, Bond No. 9 fragrance sampling, window shopping and preening through the Miami Design District with her stylist, Valentino.
AMARA ON VALENTINO “I met Valentino on social media. Actually I met a friend of his on social media and I needed an outfit for the reunion of Love & Hip Hop. But he couldn’t do it, so he referred me to Valentino. Ever since the day we met, we’ve been inseparable. He’s so humble, he’s extremely talented, he’s very professional, and he’s willing to go the extra mile to always make sure that I Iook flawless. I like stones, sequins, ruffles and really anything that shines—and Valentino gets that. He gets that I’m extra.”
Taking a twirl inside the Bond No. 9 boutique in the Miami Design District.
VALENTINO ON AMARA “Amara is free-spirited, she allows me to be creative and she’s willing to try anything. She loves her custom-made pieces because then she’s sure that it’s just Amara. Her natural curvy silhouette makes everything she wears look amazing. As a performer who loves everything over the top, if it doesn’t sparkle under the lights, she more than likely won’t wear it again.”