By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
Rag & Bone at the Soho Beach House
Gorgeous, “skinny-bones” sashayed down the runway in beautiful “rags” modeling the latest collection by British designing duo, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, of designer label Rag & Bone on Thursday evening at Soho Beach House. The Grey Goose vodka was as free flowing as the brightly- colored fabrics, in yellow, orange and turquoise, the perfect palate for a place where summer lasts all year. One look even featured turquoise and orange together- perhaps in homage to the Miami Dolphins?
Over 300 guests filled the area surrounding the downstairs pool for the show, which took place on a platform atop the pool and was presented by Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour and Ocean Drive magazine. We were surprised to see Editor-in-chief Suzy Buckley, who typically wears dresses, expertly sporting a skin-tight pair of Rag & Bone bell-bottom jeans. When we commented to Buckley that we had never seen her in jeans in the almost 20 years since we’ve known her, she simply said, “That’s because I never wear them.” Well, she picked the right time and place to start, especially since childhood friends, Wainwright and Neville originally set out to create the perfect pair of jeans, and have done just that and so much more since they founded their label in 2002.
DJ Supersede provided the soundtrack for the event, which was hosted by Miami notables including Buckley, Rebecca Gentry, Jillian Jacobson, Cory Papuen, DJ Rascal, Alan Roth, Nikki Simkins, Deborah Slack and Josh Wagner. Lucky guests scored a signature Rag & Bone denim tote before heading upstairs to the Club Bar for more revelry.
“Has it been two years already?” was the general sentiment at STK Miami’s two year anniversary party presented by The One Group, Haute Living magazine and Prestige Imports on Wednesday night. For the private celebration, cleverly named “S2K,” the multi-level restaurant was transformed into a futuristic “den of the future” with black light, lasers, almost-naked girls in neon space paint, special performances by a Bionic Ballerina, a Lamborghini and futuristic makeovers by Brilliance New York. Over 500 guests glowed in the dark at the chic steakhouse, noshing on delicious bites and dancing to music by DJs Obscene and Danny Stern.
Special guests in attendance included Miami Beach Vice-Mayor Michael Gongora, who was on-hand to give a proclamation to The One Group executives Celeste Fierro and Devon Mosley; local news anchor Belkys Nerey; Haute Living’s, Kamal Hotchandani and Jilian Sanz, and Tara Solomon.
One of our favorite annual daytime social events is the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Garden Party, hosted by Lifetime Benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik at their oceanfront, palatial estate, where for just one day we get to feel as if we are on the set of the old show, “Lifestyles of the Acquaintances of the Rich and Famous” (or something to that effect). Well worth the trek to Palm Beach, overnight bag in tow, this year’s swank soiree took place on Sunday, April 15, drawing a record crowd of 250, who gathered for gourmet bites, cocktails and a close brush with celebrity- in the form of charming Burn Notice star, Gabrielle Anwar, who looked gorgeous, as usual, as she agreed to emcee the live auction at this year’s upcoming InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, to be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012. We imagine that it would be tough for Anwar to refuse the gig, being that A.) Her beau, Ball Chairman Shareef Malnik formally asked her in front of hundreds of people, B.) She did such a stellar job last year, and, most importantly, C.) The Ball is just about the best party for one of the greatest causes on the planet.
“The Three Amigos,” Norman Wedderburn, President/CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida; Shareef Malnik, Ball Chairman and proprietor of The Forge Restaurant | Winebar; and Robert Hill, Ball Host and General Manager of InterContinental Miami were on-hand to welcome VIP guests, including artist Carlos Betancourt, designer Rene Ruiz, Emmy Award-winning producer Jeff Burnside, Tara Solomon, Nick D’Annunzio, Lady Monica Heftler to name a few.
Jorge Alfano and the Mirage Musicians, who once performed for the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet along with dancers clad in Indian garb in honor of this year’s theme, “India” entertained guests before Wish Child Kelly Lopez’s parents, Karin and Jose told their moving story of renewed strength following Kelly’s wish to see snow for the first time.
“The turnout at this year’s Garden Party was outstanding,” said Malnik. “I am truly touched to see those countless individuals who come out year after year in support of this great endeavor, and especially those who have taken me up on my ‘Chairman’s Challenge.’ It is with their generous pledges that I am half way to achieving my goal of underwriting the cost of the Ball for the next five years.” In a gesture of gratitude to the Malniks, Romero Britto’s team unveiled a custom 5’ by 4’ portrait of Nancy Malnik created by the internationally acclaimed Brazilian artist.
Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants the wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Covering a 13-county territory of Southern Florida, the chapter’s goal is to grant more than 500 wishes in 2012. For more information, contact the Foundation at (888) 773-WISH or log on to www.sfla.wish.org.
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