New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 28 - 2016ADD COMMENTS
Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger

New York Fashion Week spring/summer 2016 embraced new, at times unconventional, venues and eclectic designer collections as varied as the designers themselves, whose inspiration came from all parts of the globe.

Tommy Hilfiger recreated the Caribbean for his island-inspired show by transforming a bare NYC warehouse into an island oasis, complete with a beachside boardwalk that wound around an ankle-deep pool of water which models splashed through. A Tibetan monk stunned guests at the Hudson River Pier 26 in Tribeca, for Givenchy’s unforgettable runway show with the World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower as its backdrop on 9/11. The label commissioned artist Marina Abramovic to stage the dramatic show which paid tribute to those lost 14 years ago on that tragic day. Opening Ceremony put on a play, written by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill, which starred Elle Fanning, Karlie Kloss, and Rashida Jones to showcase its spring looks and Marc Jacobs, never to be outdone, presented his “One Night Only” show in New York’s famed Ziegfeld Theater.

The more common trends included: white button-down shirts, among the most accessible and affordable trends for spring; skirts and dresses with high slits cut “up to there,” vibrant colors and island prints; 1970s styles; warm hues and common neutrals as well as monochromatic looks and lots and lots of stripes. Models donned little if any make-up and loose, care-free hairstyles in most of the shows. Some of our favorite looks for Miami’s year-round summer are highlighted below. Read the rest here »

Miami Art Week 2015

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 22 - 2016ADD COMMENTS
6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

While Miami Art Week is as much about the art of the party as it is about taking in one-of-a-kind works from around the world, this year, gale force winds and torrential rain added a new dimension of challenges for those artfully negotiating a month’s worth of activities and events into every day and evening for a week straight. In addition to Art Basel and it dozens of satellite fairs, several elegant events elevated Miami Art Week this year, providing opportunities for engaging discussions, networking, dining, cocktailing, celebrity sightings and, of course, dancing.

 

 

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Don’t Miss: Our Guide to Art Basel Miami 2015

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 2 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

artDon’t Miss: Art Basel 2015

TALDE Miami Beach
Thompson Miami Beach’s new Asian-American neighborhood restaurant and bar, TALDE Miami Beach, celebrates Art Basel on Thursday, December 3, with the launch of its new Late Night Noodles menu crafted by star chef/restaurateur Dale Talde. Sure to be the go-to spot after hours, the special menu and an accompanying happy hour will be available every Thursday through Saturday, from 2:00 a.m. until 4 a.m. Special for Art Basel, TALDE will also feature a DJ line-up featuring hometown and visiting acts, including the New York-based G Brown (Thursday, Dec. 3); John McSwain (Friday, Dec. 4); and PaseRock of Peachfuzz (Saturday, Dec. 5).

Fun at Libertine

Newcomer Libertine has stolen the downtown scene with a nightly mix of music curated by Michelle Leshem ranging from Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, Blondie, old school hip hop or to new and underground sounds of indie dance including Cut Cupy, Aeroplane, Holy Ghost! to modern disco and deep house late night. This hybrid spot turns from a bar to an intimate dance floor with an interior harkening back to the glamorously decayed watering holes of turn of the century London. Libertine’s interior features eclectic décor like a floor covered in thousands of pennies, easy leather sofas, a DJ booth fashioned from a re-purposed Baby Grand piano and an expansive cocktail bar featuring a comprehensive mixology program. With opening hours from 10pm till whenever (located in Miami’s 24 hour district) you will be sure to get your dose of debauchery as you rub shoulders with some of Miami’s favorite gatekeepers for a back to not so basics good time. Read the rest here »

Ball & Chain’s Birthday Music Festival

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 29 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

imageLittle Havana hotspot, Ball & Chain, simultaneously celebrated its 80th and first birthdays with a three day music festival during Labor Day weekend. The world famous live music venue has made its mark among nightlife and music lovers thanks to its exciting programming- including live jazz, top performing artists and our favorite: the Saturday night Pachanga- which features a live, 12-piece Cuban band that would make Ricky Ricardo proud. On any given night- you will find a lively crowd enjoying one-of-a-kind cocktails, accompanied by unique bites in the gorgeous and nostalgic space.

Ball & Chain, originally a live jazz lounge on Calle Ocho was open from September 1935 until the 1950s. It was reopened and remastered last September by nightlife impresario Zack Bush, his brother, Ben Bush and their childhood friend Bill Fuller, of the Barlington Group. Read the rest here »

Byblos- More is More

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 19 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

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By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

We suspected Byblos was going to be something extra special when we attended the opening celebration in June, which featured everything from exquisite bites and drinks to a full concert by Marina and the Diamonds; on-the-spot poets and an A-list crowd. But we had no idea just how extraordinary this jewel of a restaurant would be. Fast forward a month later and we were treated to one of the most elegant, unique and outstanding dining experiences to date. Most noteworthy is the attention to detail that is prevalent throughout the entire Byblos experience- from the attentive staff (Arturo spoiled us) to the beautiful and eclectic, traditional one-of plates and silverware to the rituals, such as the French press service- served in antique tea cups; tableside spirit infused cold tea trolley and the desserts which are served atop a silver platter. Read the rest here »

Neon or Nothing

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 3 - 2015ADD COMMENTS
photo credit: World Red Eye

photo credit: World Red Eye

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
“Neon or Nothing” was the theme of a party that would have been more aptly dubbed “Neon and Everything” for the copious amounts of fun it brought to Miami on a rainy August night.

TARA, Ink. principal and man-about-town, Nick D’Annunzio, well known for throwing over-the-top themed bashes (a hoedown, luau, burlesque and 1980s dance-a-thon about which we are still raving). For this year’s party, 300 of D’Annunzio’s closest friends traveled from near and far, dressing in their brightest neon, while braving a torrential summer rainstorm on Saturday, August 15 for NEON OR NOTHING NIGHT SWIM at Thompson Miami Beach.

VIPs ducked into a cabana and gathered around the The Thompson’s beautiful pool area, which had been illuminated with bright pink, blue and green lights, Read the rest here »

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