Supermodel Tyson Beckford on His Style Must-Haves & Putting Down Roots in Miami

PATRICIA TORTOLANI | October 8, 2019 | People Feature

Wild style and big-city swagger collide as legendary supermodel Tyson Beckford touches down in his new hometown.

ON BIG APPLE EXPATS
“We have this saying in New York, ‘Gangsters don’t die; they just move to Miami.’”

tyson_beckford_one-0001.jpgThree-in-one double-layer coat, $6,550, and slit bigcrease pants, $1,180, both at Louis Vuitton, Design District; sunglasses, $399, by Cazal at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops; Cortez sneakers, $80, at nike.com. BMW M1, price upon request, at classicmotors.com.

ON WHAT HE LEARNED FROM RALPH LAUREN
“I’ve left modeling full time and am going into television and film. And I want to be a designer. I know it’s cliché and everyone wants to be a designer. But for all the time I’ve spent in fashion, I’ve learned so much. It was a natural progression.”

tyson_beckford_two-0001.jpgJacket, $3,995, sweater, $675, and pants, $750, all by Ermenegildo Zegna, Bal Harbour Shops; 1954 horsebit leather loafers, $690, by Gucci at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall.

ON FAMILY TIES
“What draws me to Miami is the fact that it’s very close to Jamaica and I have my dad’s side of the family, they’re all here.”

tyson_beckford_three.jpgJacket, $3,995, sweater, $675, and pants, $750, all by Ermenegildo Zegna, Bal Harbour Shops; 1954 horsebit leather loafers, $690, by Gucci at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall.

ON THE CULTURE OF COOL
“I have so many memories of Ocean Drive from when I used to come down here and shoot. It’s Miami’s bible— you know what’s hot, you know what’s not.”

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Monogram Admiral jacket, $6,550, Louis Vuitton, Design District; Louis Vuitton luggage, stylist’s own.

ON DESIGNING HIS EYEWEAR COLLECTION
“When I was designing these Tyson Beckford glasses, I started watching Miami Vice again and it gave me such inspiration.”

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Silk leopard-print shirt, $1,350, and leopardprint slim jeans, $1,125, both by Versace at Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall; low court sneakers, $225, at Filling Pieces, fillingpieces. com; TB MoBay Aviation-style sunglasses, $210, at tysonbeckford.co.

ON HIS MIAMI HANGOUTS
“There are neighborhoods with so much culture in Miami. You’ve got Little Haiti, you’ve got Little Havana, Wynwood... Now the real Miami is getting love that is well deserved.”

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Shibori-pattern camp shirt, $640, by Dries Van Noten at The Webster, Miami Beach; Tanamni sunglasses, $265, at Etnia Barcelona, etniabarcelona.com.

ON LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
“Miami is going to be my home for the rest of my life. I lived in L.A. for a little while and I lived in New York all my life, and you know what? I like palm trees and sand.”

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Cherry Blossom blazer, $2,700, by Christian Dior at The Webster, Bal Harbour Shops; High Performance wool sweater, $675, at Ermenegildo Zegna, Bal Harbour Shops.

ON MAKING A FASHION STATEMENT
“Sometimes I change sunglasses four times a day as I change my look.”

tyson_eight.jpgTwo-piece suit with allover TB logo, $3,450, by Burberry at The Webster, Bal Harbour Shops; roll-neck sweater, $295, by Sandro at Bloomingdale’s Aventura; vintage sunglasses, stylist’s own.

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Three-in-one double-layer coat, $6,550, and slit bigcrease pants, $1,180, both at Louis Vuitton, Design District; sunglasses, $399, by Cazal at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops; Cortez sneakers, $80, at nike.com.

ON THE CITY'S STYLE SCENE
“In Miami whether you’re getting on a yacht or you’re spending the day at the beach or in Wynwood or Brickell, there’s a different style for all those different places.”

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Black Trofeo suit, $3,250, and cashmere and silk sweater, $865, both at Ermenegildo Zegna, Bal Harbour Shops. On model: Dropped cocktail dress, $1,850, by Versace at The Webster, Miami Beach.

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Monogram Boyhood puffer leather gilet, $7,350, Louis Vuitton, Design District; Royal Oak Offshore Self- Winding Chronograph, $26,800, Audemars Piguet, Bal Harbour Shops.



Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHED BY RIOCAM STYLED BY CAROLINE ZEIZEL GOLDENFARB; FILM BY ANTON KIRINDONGO AND JOHN HALLER ON OCEANDRIVE.COM; Model: Hannah Saul, MP
Management Miami Saul’s glam courtesy of Danny Jelaca Salon and Spa