By: Mary Jo Shore and Maryanne Salvat
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim descended upon the South Beach sands this weekend, with an action-packed schedule of 20 shows, featuring designs from top swimwear brands including: Poko Pano, True Religion, Mara Hoffman, Ed Hardy, Red Carter, Luli Fama and our favorite, this season’s Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer, Trina Turk, whose 60s Hollywood-glam-meets Acapulco inspired pieces received raving reviews. The daily mix of sweltering heat and torrential rain, (c’mon, it’s Miami in JULY, what did you expect?) hardly dampened the excitement for the thousands of fashion insiders who packed the various venues at the Raleigh and trekked amid puddles to off-site shows, such as Red Carter’s at the Bass Museum and satellite swimsuit showcases such as Salon Allure and Melissa Odabash at the W; Funkshion at the Setai; and numerous events at the Webster boutique (more on these next week). Read the rest here »
People We Love Goes Mad
Cafeina goes “Mad” for Calix Gustav Gallery owner/curator Amanda Fernandez-Leon on Thursday, July 22 at 9 p.m. Fernandez-Leon opted for a Mad Men-inspired theme in honor of her favorite drama, the three-time Golden Globe winning show which premiers its 4th season on AMC the following Sunday. In sync with the stylized and provocative series that follows Madison Avenue marketing executives in a 1960’s Manhattan, guests are encouraged to dress the part, read: plaid jackets, fedoras and skinny ties for the gents; along with cocktail dresses, white gloves, Jackie O. hairdos, and red lipstick for the ladies. The soirée will also feature complimentary period-inspired libations including Vodka Gimlets and the Tom Collins. Don Draper look-alikes encouraged!
Just when you thought South Florida couldn’t get any hotter, ONE Kitchen & Bar hosts a night of Passion & Flamenco that is sure to spice up any summer weeknight! On Wednesday, July 28th at 6 p.m., hotel guests and patrons are invited to an evening filled with live seductive Flamenco dance performances, while enjoying sultry Sangria cocktails and tapas. Complimentary valet will be provided. For more information go to www.OneLuxuryHotels.com or call 305.455.5400.
Eat Up for a Great Cause
For those of us that enjoy the experience of a culinary adventure, Share Our Strength’s 2010 Taste of the Nation Miami (2010 TOTN), is a foodie’s dream for a great cause. Slated for Thursday, July 29 at Fairmont Turnberry Isle, longtime sponsor Whole Foods Market (WFM), announces a roster of top chef participants who will be conducting complimentary cooking demonstrations at their Aventura and Coral Gables stores every Tuesday in July from 7 to 8 p.m. Each live cooking demo is free of charge and will last approximately one hour, including cooking and time for Q&A. This is a unique “sneak peak” of the astounding talent that TOTN Miami brings together to raise critical funds needed to help end childhood hunger. Making the demos even more exciting, all attendees will have a chance to win VIP entrance to 2010 TOTN Miami. Two gift certificates for VIP entrance for two will be selected from a drawing of all attendees at the final demo at both stores on July 27. Winners need not be present at drawing. To purchase tickets to this year’s Taste of the Nation event on July 29 at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle, call 1.877.26.TASTE or visit www.strengthflorida.org. General admission is $95 per ticket; VIP tickets are $195 each.
Kick-Off Party for Miami Spice
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the first Miami Spice Kickoff Event & Fundraiser, to be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Hall D, on Saturday, July 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. which will showcase a sampling of delicious culinary specialties from Miami Spice participating restaurants, including: Michy’s, SRA. Martinez, BLT Steak, D. Rodriguez Cuba, Red -The Steakhouse, and Ocean Prime. A VIP reception, hosted by presenting sponsor American Express, and official sponsors Moët Hennessy USA and Stella Artois, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and will include an open bar and complimentary valet service. Advance tickets, available now for purchase via TicketMaster are priced at $35 for general admission; $75 for the VIP reception. Tickets available at the door, will be priced at $50 for general admission; $100 for the VIP reception. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength and Madison’s Wish. For more information, contact: www.strengthflorida.org.
Seven Seas Spa & Salon at Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort welcomes Lebron James with a pampering package inspired by the Miami Heat’s newest superstar. The exclusive package features innovative combinations of spa, sport and lazy leisure at affordable prices that allow anyone to relax like an NBA superstar without requiring the salary of one. The King James package includes a 30 minute signature massage, 25 minute “MAN”icure, 30 minute personal training session, 30 minute jet-ski rental, AVEDA gift package, and a six pack of beer all for $149. The Spa is also offering The Heat is On massage specials including six, 60 minute massages for $350 and six, 30 minute massages for $200. For appointments call 305.749.2100 or visit www.newportbeachside.com for more information.
Happy Hour at the Webster
On Friday, The Webster will be launching happy hour on the Rooftop. The blissful hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. Drink specials include 2 for 1 house wine, beer, and call drinks. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served until 8 p.m. Guests will be treated to music spun by DJ Ethics. Due to the lovely South Florida weather, Happy Hour at the Webster has been pushed to next Friday, July 30.
The requisite slew of celebrities flocked to South Beach, creating quite the buzz on the sandy terrain during the swimsuit bonanza. Front row at Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer, Trina Turk’s show: a very mature and quite handsome Bow Wow with his gorgeous on and off girlfriend Angela Simmons, daughter of famed Rev Run and niece of music/fashion mogul Russell Simmons. That same evening John Legend and Christine Teigen, were spotted enjoying Grey Goose cocktails and socializing with Lance Bass at the Gansevoort rooftop for the Ocean Drive/Irina Shayk cover party. At the Bank United Center, Latin celebrities: Shakira, Juanes, Pitbull, and Selena Gomez took the stage for the 7th Annual “Premios Juventud” presented by Univision.
On Friday, Lance Bass and Pheobe Price were front and center at the Ed Hardy 2011 Swimwear show, where Corde “Spank” Broadus, a.k.a. Snoop Dogg’s son, walked the runway, for the debut of his modeling career. Over at Plunge, Entourage’s “Mrs. Ari Gold”, Perrey Reeves took to the catwalk in support of good friend and designer Michelle Jonas. Reeves wore a white and gold Grecian dress which was custom made just for her. The Kardashian Sister Trio: Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney, along with teen queen Selena Gomez, made an appearance at the Beach Bunny Swimwear Show. The “Dash” sisters presented pieces created for their collection. W Hotels Global Fashion Director, Amanda Ross, and UK-based swimwear designer, Melissa Odabash, hosted a private dinner in a W South Beach Hotel & Residences penthouse to celebrate the designer’s swim week show, as well as her exclusive pieces for the soon-to-debut W Vieques Global Glam Resort Collection. A group of select VIPS – including actress Lindsay Price (of Lipstick Jungle fame), designer and model India Hicks, Frederic Dechnik and Laure Heriard of The Webster, Paul Bacardi and Food Network star, Ingrid Hoffman, LA socialites Jill Roberts & Sarah Emaunuel, Dee Poon, Susanne Birbragher, Vogue LatinoAmerica’s Eva Hughes, and Ocean Drive’s Suzy Buckley- sipped Grey Goose Vodka cocktails and champagne while W’s Global Music Director, Michaelangelo L’Acqua, spun tunes from the recently launched
Symmetry CD. At WET and WALL, The Daily celebrated the kick-off party for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim 2011. Spotted at W South Beach this weekend, for WALL’s one-year anniversary party, which coincided with the birthday celebration for Jilian Sanz, Florida International Magazine’s fashion editor: Lorenzo Martone, Lance Bass, Jessica White, Tori Praver, Julie Henderson, Dennis Rodman, and Wilmer Valderrama. Grammy award winner Mya and Apprentice season 5 winner, Sean Yazbeck, along with favorite local celebrities Belkys Nerey, Mario Vergel, and Louis Aguirrre attended the Carrera Sunglass Escape Soiree hosted by Solstice Sunglasses Boutique. Gloria Estefan was spotted enjoyed dinner at Zuma Miami.
At the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino, basketball icon, and one of the Three Kings for the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade, made a rare public appearance on the red carpet with girlfriend and actress, Gabrielle Union. The couple joined Alonzo Mourning during Summer Groove Comedy Jam. The show featured comedians: George Wilborn, Damon Williams, Gary Owen, Tyler Perry, and Red Grant.
On Saturday, super model Hilary Rhoda attended The One Group’s LifeStyle Retreat Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim Week.
Girl Next Door Kendra Wilkinson was also in Miami Beach at the LifeStyle Retreat Lounge for the signing appearance of her new book Sliding Into Home and took a break to satisfy her craving for STK’s Lil Big Macs.
On Sunday, the Neon Trees had an exclusive performance at the W South Beach before jumping into the pool when the rain started coming down!
With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in full force, EPIC Hotel played host its fair share of celebs including Brandon Marshall, Wide Receiver for the Miami Dolphins, Chris Johnson, of the Tennessee Titans, Mike Walker, of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Boyz 2 Men front men Wayne Morris and Shawn Stockman. DJ Clue, a.k.a. Ernesto Shaw was also a guest at EPIC.