Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim- Week Part II

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 29 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
"Mercedes-Benz Presents" designer Lisa Vogel

"Mercedes-Benz Presents" designer Lisa Vogel

By:  Maryanne Salvat and Mary Jo Almeida- Shore

From Road To Runway 

Lisa Vogel’s swimwear line, Luxe, was honored as this year’s “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer.  A self-professed “car chick” Vogel’s fondest memories are of riding around in her dad’s Mercedes as a child, she told an exclusive group at the Mercedes-Benz kick-off lunch at Kane Steakhouse.  Vogel explained that convertibility in design and functionality were the inspiration for her designs.  The sexy, yet sophisticated styles can be converted to fit and flatter any woman.  With the use of luxurious, free flowing fabrics, coupled with one-of-a-kind accessories and hand braided details, Vogel’s line is practical yet contains pieces that resemble high fashion couture.  With a contemporary color palate of sea foam, coral, along with neutrals, multi-colored prints and feather accents, Vogel’s 70s inspired line infuses textiles, chiffon and moldable fabrics, to create a multi-use line for the modern woman. During the luncheon at Kane, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and SLK-Class cars, which, like Vogel’s designs, also emphasize style and functionality while maintaining the sleek design, impecccable workmanship and power for which the German luxury car brand is well-known. Guests were treated to a preview of the newest addition to the collection. Read the rest here »

Maria Menounos , Shay Todd, and Adrienne Bailon

Maria Menounos , Shay Todd, and Adrienne Bailon

Last week at Villa Vecchia, the estate of Norma Quintero, designer Shay Todd showcased her 2012 Resort and Swimwear collection to editors, socials and celeb gal pals, Maria Menounos and Adrienne Bailon during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012.

 Cosmopolitan en Español hosted their 5th Annual ‘Summer Splash’ at the Setai hotel.  Those who stepped out in style were notable VIPS and celebrities including Rock of Ages star Diego Garcia, supermodel and one of People magazine’s most beautiful people Omyra Mota, singer Jon Secada, actor Alejandro Chaban, NFL greats, Chip Vaughn of the Indiana Colts and Ahmed Bradshaw from the New York Giants and fashion designers:  Lisa Pliner, Inca Swimwear founder Stacy Josloff, Nani and Kaki Lopez of N&K Designs, and Maya Swimwear designer Carolina Dinardi.  Also seen in the packed-house was Haven owner, Michael Bowles.

This past weekend, Alicia Keys was red-carpet ready for her performance at the Zo’s Summer Groove Benefit Dinner Gala. Keys took the stage wearing a Louis Vuitton Tiger Tweed Lurex Jacket and Silk Lurex Pants.  Guests at Zo,s Summer Groove included Cee-Lo Green, Dave Chappelle and Carlos Mencia.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, with manager, Benny Medina; her stylist and a

group of six girls dined at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar at 10:30 p.m. Friday night to celebrate part one of Lopez’s birthday weekend.  Towards the end of dinner, Lopez was surprised with a birthday chocolate soufflé for dessert.  Lopez celebrated round two of her birthday on Tuesday at Scarpetta in the Fontainebleau.

On Saturday night, tennis pro, Gabriela Sabatini, dined with three friends at db Bistro Moderne in the JW Marriott Marquis.

Several cast members of Rock of Ages reportedly partied at Lucky Strike on Saturday night, including Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough and boyfriend, Ryan Seacrest.

Seacrest and Derek Hough, Dancing with the Stars dancer and Julianne’s brother, were spotted at WALL lounge at the W Hotel in South Beach.  

Avoiding Miami’s sweltering heat wave, The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino, who was in town to both launch her new clothing line Alexis Bellino and celebrate her husband’s birthday, spent her time cooling off at National Hotel Miami Beach and other Miami hot spots. The couple dined at The Forge Restaurant | Winebar, where she became so enamored with the s’more soufflé and he with the enomatic wine machine, that they were overheard saying that despite having dined in a variety of Miami restaurants, the culinary landmark was by far their favorite experience and in a league of its own. Afterwards, Bellino and husband stopped by WALL for some celebratory cocktails.

 Local favorite, Chef Michelle Bernstein made a special appearance on Good Morning America.  The seasoned James Beard award-winning chef tackled filleting a Florida lionfish and preparing it to perfection.

ann_taylor_logo1_jpg_280x280_crop_q95Shop For A Cause!

Celebrate the opening of the NEW Ann Taylor at Dadeland Mall with Miami’s top socialites Erin Newberg, Jennifer Diliz, Amy Rosenberg, Erin Cohen, Brooke Brown, and Allison Weiss Brady on Thursday, July 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy cocktails, NY20 Premium Water, hors d’oeuvres by Lasso the Moon, and music with a percentage of sales to benefit Gene Spotlight.  Contact ANNTAYLOR@GENESPOTLIGHT.ORG for more information.



cevicherylogoCevichery Restobar

 On Thursday, July 28, Cevichery Restobar will introduce South Beach to Peru’s world-class cuisine with a traditional Peña Criolla-themed event celebrating their grand opening as well as Peruvian Independence Day. Peruvian owners Manuel Forero and Alonso Galvez invite guests to experience a sophisticated Peña Criolla, a folkloric party and music show typically held in Lima’s bohemian districts of Miraflores and Barranco. Live music will be provided by Proyección Criolla, a local band known for hosting lively peñas, complete with the cheerful rhythm of Afro-Peruvian tunes and energetic dancers. All partygoers will be treated to the Restobar’s refreshing Pisco Sours and authentic cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Diego Pilares from 8:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. For reservations and more information, call 305.532.6620 or visit


SeunKuti-artSeun Kuti & Egypt 80

On July 29, at 8:00 p.m., Hennessy presents Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 for a performance at the Manuel Airtime Theater.  Fela Kuti, creator of the musical movement Afrobeat, is honored by his son Seun Kuti. The Nigerian singer is now leading his father’s legendary band, Egypt 80, and has added some American influence to his music but has kept his songs sharply pointed and political. Kuti describes Afrobeat, the music that his father created and named, as the sound that raised him. Kuti says, “It’s the truth. One word. Afrobeat is the truth.” Tickets are $35 advance or $40 at the door.  For more information, call 305.672.5202 or




doggy_days_of_summerThe 3rd Annual Doggy Days of Summer at Merrick Park

Village of Merrick Park will host the 3rd Annual Doggy Days of Summer event on Sunday, July 31, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. A dog parade in The Garden will start the activities; proud dog owners will be able to show off their beloved furry friends and three winners will be selected to receive various prizes based on the categories of Best Attire, Best Personality and Best Owner/Dog Look Alike. Every dog that signs up to participate in the parade will also receive a doggy bandana to wear. Dog owners must donate $5 to the Humane Society of Greater Miami to enter the parade. The event will also feature an Adopt-a-Thon, where guests will be able to meet, greet and adopt dogs brought in by the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Guests who donate new items from the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Wish List will receive a complimentary Village of Merrick Park parking voucher. Items from the wish list include doggy bowls, beds, leashes, durable toys, grooming supplies and more. Additionally, dog owners are invited to have their pooches strike a pose for a take-home framed photo with any purchase of $25 or more within the center. Guests will enjoy special treats and in-store promotions from participating restaurants and shops. Patrons are encouraged to bring along their dogs and dine al fresco at one of Village of Merrick Park’s many dog-friendly restaurants. For more information, call 305.529.0200.


logo_cleberlopesCleber Lopes Celebrates Life and Beauty 

Cleber Lopes Beauty & Life Institute is celebrating beauty and life with the 2nd Annual Day of Caring on Thursday, August 4, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Designed to educate, empower and give hope to all of those affected by breast cancer, Cleber is inviting guests to enjoy complimentary bites by Pasha’s and cocktails along with Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger, raffle prizes and a free L’Oreal treatment with blow-dry when booking an appointment prior to the event. To RSVP go to 


Breakwater-hotel-south-beachHotel Breakwater

Hotel Breakwater, the upscale oceanfront boutique resort on Miami Beach’s legendary Ocean Drive, has officially reopened its doors. On the heels of a multi-million dollar renovation, the property will again seek to capture the essence of the city’s glamorous lifestyle with its 100 sleek rooms and suites, chic lounges and “unfiltered” concierge services. Hotel Breakwater is a glamorous and stimulating lifestyle destination that prides itself on its ability to create “unfiltered” individual experiences. Whether it’s satisfying a craving in the middle of the night or planning an impromptu night out, the unique, on-demand concierge service will turn guests’ dreams into a reality. Special packages, including the “Bromance,” “Fun in the Sun,” “Girls in the City,” “Sinful Indulgence,” “Status Quo,” “Relax and Detox” and “Florida Resident Special,” are also available to satisfy individual needs. For more information, visit

Lia Sophia Unveiled

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 26 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Dani Stahl and Elena Kiam

Dani Stahl and Elena Kiam

by: Maryanne Salvat 

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012, luxury jewelry brand Lia Sophia, along with creative director Elena Kiam and Red Carpet Collection designer Dani Stahl, hosted an exclusive unveiling of the Fall/Winter 2011 Collection. Guests previewed the highly-coveted pieces while enjoying a beautiful ocean view from the 9th floor loft at the Soho Beach House. The Special Edition and Industrielle II Red Carpet Collection designs were sophisticated and bold, staple pieces that make a statement. Attendees included: stylist Louise Roe, Victoria Secret Model and actress Alina Puscau, OK Columnist and Celebrity Chef Travis London, socialite Dana Shear, style-setter Henrietta Ronson, and, “The Hills” ,Whitney Port, who was spotted wearing the jewels during her visit to Miami. For a catalogue or more information on Lia Sophia, visit

photo credit: Manny Hernandez

ZSG-15-Logo-FINAL-11Summer Groove is Here 

Celebrating its 15th year, Zo’s Summer Groove returns with a star-studded line-up including: Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, D.L. Hughley, Carlos Mencia, Black Violin, Jeffrey Donovan, and many more.  Alonzo Mourning Charities presents an event-filled weekend that will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, Fl.) from July 22 through 24.  The Groove features something for everyone: golf, comedy, music, a benefit dinner, a gala, and an all-star block party.  For more information, visit


Blues_BarNational Hotel Hosts 2011 Copa America Finals 

In celebration of the 2011 Copa America Finals this coming Sunday, July 24, National Hotel Miami Beach will host a viewing event for the championship game of the tournament, often referred to as “the most important football event in Latin America.” Beginning at 2:30 p.m., football fanatics are invited to watch the big game live from Argentina on widescreen televisions at the hotel’s Blues Bar while enjoying 50% off full bar, $4 draft beers and specialty menu items inspired by the countries of the competing teams. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win a two-night stay in one of the Art Deco property’s newly renovated cabana rooms, including breakfast for two and valet parking.


henri_bendelHenri Bendel Opens at Dadeland Mall 

Henri Bendel, one of Manhattan’s chicest shopping environments, is making its way to South Florida.  The iconic institution is slated to open its doors this month at Dadeland Mall on July 29.  Along with Saks Fifth Avenue and Macys, Henri Bendel is sure to be a style-setter’s destination.  Bendel’s Dadeland Mall location will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, with a champagne cocktail reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a digital photo booth for fun!  On Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to closing, customers will receive a special edition Henri Bendel Tote with the purchase of $150. On Sunday, a NYC Brunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.



spice_art_2011Miami Spice 10th Anniversary Kick-Off 

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s popular end of summer foodie program, Miami Spice, celebrates its 10th anniversary August 1 through September 30.  The program, inaugurated in 2002, offers more than 125 participating restaurants, providing great value and making dining out affordable and accessible with three-course lunch ($22) and dinner ($35) menus, excluding gratuities, representing an average discount of 30-50 percent.  To get the Miami Spice anniversary off to a rousing start, an upscale kickoff event, with live entertainment, tastings, demos, specialty cocktails and book signings by some of the area’s top chefs, will take place on Thursday, July 28, from 7 to 9 p. m., at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $100 per person on the day of the event; VIP tickets are $125 and include a special reception beginning at 6 p.m., complimentary sponsor specialty drinks and complimentary self-parking adjacent to the event hall.  Proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, Madison’s Wish and Education Fund’s Plant a Thousand Gardens Collaborative Nutrition Initiative.  To purchase tickets, guests may call

888-302-5441,or visit for more details.

Celebrity Sightings: John Legend, Whitney Port…

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 19 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Love was in the air Thursday night for Shakira, who was spotted at WALL Miami lounge alongside her steamy Team Barcelona soccer star boyfriend Gerard Pique. The Latin sensation was unafraid of public displays of affection and was seen dancing closely with Pique, stealing kisses and holding hands all throughout the night.

Ocean Drive magazine and BankUnited celebrated Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 at W South Beach on Thursday night. Cover star Chrissy Teigen arrived to the party of over 500 guests with friends, fellow IMG models and boyfriend John Legend. Partygoers enjoyed Grey Goose vodka “Summer Soiree” cocktails and “spiked” popsicles while SmartWater provided a much needed boost of hydration from the Miami heat.

On Saturday, Maria Menounos was a guest at the iRenew Bracelet Beauty Bungalow outfitted in a flowing Shay Todd bikini. The Access Hollywood host was signing her new book for guests and feeling “energized” by iRenew’s bracelets. Later that evening, Menounos, was seen dining with friends at the new Italian restaurant Dolce Vino in South Beach.

  John Legend, who has joined Sade’s “Once in a Lifetime” North American Tour attended the Miami show’s after-party at sexy restaurant and nightclub, Aizia, in Ft. Lauderdale. Legend interacted and surprised VIP patrons by serenading them with an impromptu performance of his hit song “Ordinary People.”

Whitney Port and Shenae Grimes

Whitney Port and Shenae Grimes

Recently single Whitney Port seemed to be making the most of her new bachelorette status at Saturday night’s celebration for Skintimate Limited Edition Designed Cans by Mara Hoffman at the W.  Though she arrived with just one girlfriend, the MTV star snuck into the W South Beach for a quick pizza dinner before returning to the Wet Lounge with a small entourage.  The group multiplied from there with nearly twenty friends packing into Whitney’s private cabana as they enjoyed UV vodka cocktails and a front row seat for the synchronized swimming performance.

90210‘s Shenae Grimes also walked the pink carpet for the celebration. The TV starlet showed up to the event with her new boyfriend, DJ Brendan Fallis, on one arm and an over-sized Polaroid camera in the other.  After snapping a shot of herself with reality star Whitney Port, Shenae turned her Polaroid on the eager flashbulbs of nearly two dozen photographers before kicking back in a private poolside cabana to check out her photography skills. The event featured live performances by celebrity DJs, the up-and-coming blonde Australian combo, Nervo, Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe.  

WALL celebrated its second birthday late on Saturday night. In attendance were Nicky Hilton, Ice T and his wife Coco, Marc Jacobs’ ex-beau Lorenzo Martone and rapper Maxwell. International mix-master DJ Sharam took the turn tables first and electrified the crowd, followed by Nervo. At one point they were joined in the DJ booth by Ice T, who got on the microphone to give a shout out to WALL on its 2 year anniversary

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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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