4 Miami Style Icons Share their Fashion Inspiration

By Patricia Tortolani | March 5, 2019 | People Style & Beauty

They are collectors of vintage Versace and antique ribbons. They seek out the newest limited-edition designer handbag that is only available at one boutique on one corner in the United States. They select pieces straight off the runway and catalog them with a curator’s precision. They are the style icons of Miami.

The Designers: Annette & Daniela Felder

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German-born, London- and Miami-based identical twin sisters Annette and Daniela Felder have feminine rock ’n’ roll style on lock. Smoky eyes, slinky dresses and clompy boots. They spent the late ’90s traveling through Europe, working as models and honing their style. A stint in Paris modeling couture was amusing and enlightening. “It was the time of all the amazing Belgian designers from Antwerp,” says Daniela. “For one presentation we were standing in human-size Plexiglas eggs during Paris winter in summer dresses.” Eventually they settled in London and began Felder Felder. At the forefront of the upcycle trend, their designs are rooted in the belief that ethical fabrics are the future of fashion. “Our personal lifestyle was very much influenced by our yogic way of life,” says Daniela. “First we stopped using leather and animal products as we are vegan, then we started to work with repurposed materials and progressed into sustainable fabrics derived from plants to achieve a more circular economy.” Also in their personal collection: Versace bodysuits and a tangle of belts found at vintage boutiques in London and flea markets in Paris. “Shopping vintage is not only sustainable, it also allows you to create outfits that are unique.”

felder-sisters-2.jpgAnnette and Daniela Felder in their own designs.

The Baller: James Johnson

james-johnson.jpgJohnson in his newest fashion acquisition, a silver Tin Manesque poncho by Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton.

Men’s fashion is off the rails in the best way possible. Loud, bright, outrageously patterned. And James Johnson is a living embodiment of this new wave of unapologetically bold, masculine style. “I wear what I feel comfortable in. Call it out of the box or whatever. The point is I don’t really care what too many people think,” he says. Off the court, the Miami Heat forward is a devotee of runway pieces by Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton and Off-White, Raf Simons and Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga. “Limited-edition runway pieces—those are like art pieces to me. Those are the things I collect,” he says. Also in JJ’s worthy-of-a-museum wardrobe are watches. Lots of watches. “I’ve always said, ‘I can make money, I can’t make time.’ That’s the slogan that I have for watches.” Standouts include a Richard Mille Bubba Watson Tourbillon, a platinum Rolex Day-Date and a black ceramic Rolex Daytona. “Whether you are wearing sweats or a suit, a nice wrist piece always finishes the outfit.” His latest accessory is a stunning pair of Cane Corso puppies—Majnun and Nar (Crazy and Fire in Arabic, respectively)—that look just right with a silver Vuitton poncho or Fendi suit.

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The Actress: Daniela Botero

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The Colombian model and actress spent the better part of 2017 in a car crossing the border from Tucson, Ariz., to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for her role in the TV series Run Coyote Run. It was the realization of a dream to follow in the footsteps of Charlize Theron and Monica Bellucci and transition from modeling to acting. And a difficult commute wasn’t going to stop her. Now Botero is back on the East Coast (between New York and Miami) filming Telemundo’s Betty en NY. “I love to act because I love to feel emotions, I love to entertain people,” she says. She also loves a good designer handbag. “I grew up in a fashion world,” she explains. “My parents owned the Stefanel franchise in Colombia, so I would drive with my mom to pick up the new collections.” That early exposure helped her discover her personal style. “When you are a Latin woman, you are sexy just as you are, so it is very important to have elegance,” she says. The brunette stunner collects accessories (“I have a problem with Chanel bags,” she admits) and toggles between luxury labels—Dolce, Dior—and accessible brands, like Cotton Citizen, Reformation and Zimmermann. “But I will never do one label head to toe,” she says. “Because great fashion is understanding who you are—and that you need to be unique.”

daniela-botero-2.jpg“I love a cozy sweater,” says Botero.



Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY RIOCAM