Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 20 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Goran Visnjic,  Stephanie Trump, Sase GjorsovskiAmerican Idol Season 8 contestant Matt Giraud and Lindsey Sky performed at the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Miami Annual Gala at the Fontainebleau last Tuesday night, hosted by Stephanie, Jules, and Eddie Trump, owners of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. Pan Am’s Goran Visnjic and Magic City’s Dominik Garcia-Lorido joined over 500 guests for the celebration.

Known for being the youngest and most popular winner of Bravo’s Project Runway, Christian Siriano was on-hand for an intimate gathering at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour last Thursday afternoon, where he presented his Fall 2011 Collection, and gave the fashionable guests a sneak peek into his Spring 2012 Collection.

Last Thursday night at Club 50 at the Viceroy Hotel, Dwyane Wade hosted an event to celebrate his collaboration with Hublot, for which he designed a limited edition watch. “The elements reflect my personal style and love for basketball” he said of the watch which features his jersey’s #3 and a basketball net design on the strap.  Sporting his own creation, Wade attended the Hublot Bal Harbour Boutique opening event with girlfriend Gabrielle Union.  Proceeds from the Hublot King Power Dwyane Wade watch will go to support the Wade World Foundation in its efforts to promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. 

Spanish-Mexican tenor and conductor, Placido Domingo is in town.  He headlined the gala kick-off for the Florida Grand Opera’s 2011-2012 Season on Tuesday night and dined at DB Bistro two nights in a row. 

Mayor of Pinecrest, Cindy Lerner and official artist of the Latin Grammy Awards, Miguel Paredes attended the unveiling ceremony for the custom dog sculpture that Paredes created for the “smARTy Dogs for Smart Schools” program at Pinecrest Elementary. 

More of a “celebrity news” item than a sighting:  local designer, Robert Brown, CEO of Brown Davis Interiors will be one of the judges at the Miss New Hampshire pageant which is a part of Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organization.  The Trump Organization stated in a press release that it expects to take the New Hampshire pageant to a higher level, introducing a chic and contemporary production – in music, program and fashion.

Arty Parties

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 20 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Doug Scott and Olga Granda-Scott

Doug Scott and Olga Granda-Scott

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Wolfsonian Visionaries 11:11:11

Every now and then all of the ingredients that make for a perfect evening come together in one delicious bite- resulting in magic.  Such was the case last Friday night during the Wolfsonian Visionaries’ 11:11:11 party, where hundreds of the “fabulartsy” gathered in the garage bearing the address to match the party’s unique date, the landmark 1111 Lincoln Road garage, transformed into the ideal venue, by an array of white linens, furnishings and bunches and bunches of flowers from top-to-bottom- even the bars were made to resemble bushes. The gusty, chilly winds that enhanced the panoramic views had the already stylish group, with a flair for the fabulous, donning fancy furs (sorry PETA), colorful scarves and warm, winter garb reserved for such incredible nights in New York City this time of year, just adding to the already dramatic landscape of the evening.  

The magnificent affair was held in honor of the Wolfsonian’s 16th anniversary, and featured signature dishes from Miami’s top restaurants and caterers, who served up cold weather comfort food such as Michelle Areces & Nima Vandy’s Petit Pois’ truffle polenta served in miniature pots and chocolate truffle pearls (that left green glitter dust all over the guests’ faces); Jim Mozina of Le Basque’s seared tuna on a bed of mashed potatoes;  Lyon + Lyon’s (which is now open at the Wolfsonian) grilled cheese sandwiches and watercress soup and ooohhhhhh! those piping hot Shake Shack burgers!  Guests also enjoyed top shelf Bacardi cocktails, music by DJ Mauricio Parra and the images of artist Emilio Chapela which were on display in a site-specific installation.  Read the rest here »

GLAMA-GUY: Renato Armijo

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 20 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

BIO_PICseattingRenato Armijo is one of the fashion world’s up-and-coming creative geniuses- an artist who creates art and fashion from concept to completion. With an extensive talent for design, his work has caught the eye of international designers and socialites who desire sophistication and elegance in their clothing. Hailing from Lima, Peru, Armijo’s attention to detail is evident in every masterpiece he creates.  “My creative process begins with a song, a scene, a story, a journey that starts with something I desire or live; creating forms and shapes in my mind as I sew and feel them…sometimes I imagine a picture, a scene of a movie or a melody which transports me to a place and time that for a second inspires me to create. I enjoy expressing myself through different media; from fabrics and trimmings to canvas and acrylics.”

While attending the Miami International University of Art & Design, Armijo received the award for Best Men’s Wear Collection in the United States by the Hispanic Designers’ Association. He was also recognized by the Le Jeaunes Createurs de la Mode in Paris, where his creations were put on display at the Louvre. Upon the completion of his education, Armijo became the Assistant Creative Director for Kenneth Cole NYC Menswear.  During his time there, Armijo was honored by Kenneth Cole himself at the Fashion Group International as the overall National Award Winner.
Renato Armijo is presently the Creative and In-house Designer for Ever After Miami, a fashion label sold alongside other notable designers including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang, at specialty retailers across the United States. Armijo shares, “The Ever After experience gives me an opportunity to have a national platform and understand women in multiple markets. As a designer, being able to create the highest level of fashion is very rewarding.” His understanding of the feminine form and his pattern making skills allow him to create unique and exceptional designs that are sought after by his very exclusive clientele. Each piece has a personality of its own, such as evening wear that is detailed with Swarovski crystals, distinctive embroidery, and advanced technique.
Armijo is currently working on two new projects, a menswear line, call Refugio, a personal venture and concept in which he plans to deliver a unique product to the menswear market and his brilliant Glamadolls fashion illustration coffee table book, where he pays homage to the amazing fashion icons who have inspired him, making the fashion industry what it is today. “I enjoy expressing myself through different media; from fabrics and trimmings to canvas and acrylics. I always find a way to merge them all together.”

This Holiday Season Armijo is creating personalized Glamadoll greeting cards- for the socialite who has it all and will settle for nothing short of perfection.  Each unique Glamadoll is made to order by Armijo to bear the likeness of the real-life glamorous girl for whom she is created.  For more information about this trailblazing artist, or to  order your Glamadoll cards today, contact:  Glamadoll@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Glamadolls/187578254642517.

Christian Siriano at Bal Harbour

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 18 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Christian SirianoNeiman Marcus Bal Harbour along with special hostess Erin Newberg cordially invited guests to meet designer Christian Siriano on Thursday, November 10. Guests arrived for a champagne reception and luscious lunch bites on the Fine Apparel area of Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour to view the stunning Fall 2011 Collection, and get a sneak peek into Spring 2012. Those in attendance mingled as they enjoyed the afternoon in the ultra chic lounge setup. Models took center stage on elevated platforms as Siriano spoke through each look featured. Known as the youngest and most popular winner of Bravo TVs “Project Runway,” Siriano featured a mix of his ready-to-wear pieces including beautiful crisp white blouses with flowy bright colored pants, along with fabulous cocktail dresses and ultra glamourous evening gowns.

Don’t Miss:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 16 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

gucciBy: Maryanne Salvat

“La Collaborazione” – A Unique Artistic Collaboration by Noel & Uberto Gucci

Join local artist Noel and Uberto Gucci’s opening reception for “La Collaborazione” on Thursday, November 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The event will unveil the celebrated artist and famed fashion house’s appropriately named artistic collaboration featuring two mixed media paintings that combine iconic items such as Gucci scarves, accessories and all things equestrian with Noel’s signature sweeping artwork. The event will begin at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden where Mayor Matti Bower will present a key to the city to Uberto Gucci and proclamation to Noel for his continued contributions to the city. Light bites and cocktails will be provided by City Hall The Restaurant. The event will be followed by an after party at The Raleigh from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. To RSVP to the unveiling at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, contact noel@taraink.com.



highbarBon Jour, High Club

Thursday, November 17 at 9:00 p.m., High Club opens its doors on Ocean Drive.. The 5,000-square-foot denmodeled after a swanky French parlor – features plush Victorian-style VIP seating, a white lacquer bar, handmade black leather-buttoned walls and record studio-quality Tannoy speakers. It is the product of Parisian nightlife impresario Gil Thevenet, who is also responsible for five other venues in France (including the original High Club in Nice) and will now embark on his first venture in the US. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails by Belvedere until midnight, along with house-centric beats by French turntable jockeys DJ Navy and DJ Keidy. Kindly RSVP to highclub@taraink.com.





BLK Water Launches at Hotel Breakwaterblk

On Friday, November 18, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m., join Ocean Drive Magazine and Albie Manzo, famed son of Caroline Manzo of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, for the BLK Water launch party at Hotel Breakwater. The new spring water product being distributed to Miami nightlife venues as a mixer for cocktails will be hosting a VIP party to celebrate its debut. Black attire is encouraged; Cocktails courtesy of Rouge Vodka and light bites by Nine. To rsvp, visit blkWater@taraink.com.





cottonCotton’s 24-Hour Runway Show          

On November 19 straight through November 20, Cotton presents style icon Giuliana Rancic of E! News and E!’s Fashion Police as celebrity host of the world premiere of Cotton’s 24-Hour Runway Show with special appearances by Bill Rancic and performances by DJ Irie, DJ Ross One, DJ Joe Maz, Aulden Brown and Juan Mejia to be announced. Featuring 1,440 looks—one look per minute—to celebrate The Fabric of Our Lives ®, each hour will feature everyday 24 hour looks from “Modern Glam” to “Sunday Brunch.” The Runway Show will showcase of the latest styles highlighting the versatility of cotton for stylish looks in every moment of the day. After conducting a nationwide Cotton Style Search for everyday individuals that best exhibit personal style, Samantha Cerny was chosen to represent “Effortless Bohemian” based on her cotton versatility in her everyday life, outfit and personality. The event is open to the public and will begin at noon on Saturday and run until noon on Sunday. The show will take place on the outdoor stage at Lincoln Road between Lenox and Alton.


edward-cullen-volvo_previewVolvos and Vampires

On Saturday, November 19, Warren Henry Volvo will host Volvos and Vampires in celebration of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 premier. Volvo is the featured vehicle in The Twilight Saga series. “Twi-hards” will enjoy a day of fun including a chance to preview the Volvo model featured in the new movie, movie ticket and prize giveaways including a 32” TV and iPad, food, entertainment, a blood drive and more. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Twilight gear for a chance to win tickets to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, premiering nationwide on November 18 at AMC Aventura 24 on their date of choice. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. During the month of November, Warren Henry Volvo is offering $2,500 off the new Volvo S60, Edward’s vehicle in Breaking Dawn – Part 1. For more information, call 888-856-3113 or visit www.WarrenHenryAuto.com.


outOut-N-About App

 Keep your South Beach social life buzzing with Out-N-About – a new app brought to you by Lords South Beach and Out Magazine. Out-N-About (available for free on iTunes) is a digital concierge app highlighting local gay-friendly destinations, utilizing the expertise of four ‘men about town’:

NIGHTLIFE: Legendary party promoter Josh Woods shows you the best parties, bars and clubs.

SHOPPING: Kristian Laliberte, writer for Refinery 29, points you towards South Beach’s best kept retail secrets.

CULTURE: Tim Gossens uses his experience as a curator to find the best gallery openings, art fairs, and performances.

OUTDOOR: Guests can explore landmark destinations and outdoor activities with Lords Founder Brian Gorman.



trigger-350x287Trigger at Colony Theater

Trigger a short film by South Florida native and Los Angeles-based Matt Sinnreich, will make its Miami Beach debut on Wednesday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. Notably, one hundred percent of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida® and Angels of East Africa. Trigger is a 30-minute short film that has been touted as an emotional and psychological rollercoaster about what it takes for one to actually pull “the trigger” and take another human’s life. Immediately captivating the audience, the film opens with a man holding a gun to a drug dealer’s head, and then regresses back through the gunman’s childhood, exposing the circumstances of how he ended up in the position, and ultimately, how fate has brought everything full-circle. At the premiere, Sinnreich, who wrote, directed, and produced the film, will announce and discuss his next project, a major motion picture to be filmed in his hometown of Miami Beach. An after party will follow at W South Beach. Tickets are $55 each and include cocktails by VeeV at the screening as well as access to the after party. For more information about the premiere, tickets, and to view the movie’s trailer, visit: www.triggermoviecharity.com.

Make-A-Wish Ball Exceeds Expectations

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 15 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar, Al and Nancy Malnik

Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar, Nancy and Al Malnik

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Last Saturday night we were thrilled once again to attend one of our favorite events every season, the Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, along with 900 A-list VIPs, socialites, philanthropists and celebrities, dressed to the nines in black and white, for this year’s Ball dubbed, “The Party of the Century” in homage to Truman Capote’s A-list-only vanity affair at New York’s Plaza Hotel in 1966.  Guests were welcomed to the black and white avant-garde masquerade at the InterContinental Hotel by “living chandeliers” and led to the white carpet, where they transcended into a glamorous, glowing realm of fantasy featuring psychedelic black and white art installations on the mezzanine which were brought to life by camouflaged performers.

While enjoying the Ball’s much buzzed-about hors d’oeuvre stations, which included a raw bar including lobster and stone crabs and a full sushi bar and passed delights created by InterContinental Miami’s celebrated Executive Chef Alexander Feher, guests bid on more than 125 premier items including a South African safari, children’s ride-on Mercedes SUV and Goodyear Blimp, a voice-activated interactive R2D2 replica from Star Wars; and numerous works of art and vacation packages, to name a few, raising close to $108, 000.  Following the reception, resident Ball and Miami Heat celebrity disc jockey, DJ Irie summoned everyone into the main ballroom for a decadent three-course meal of Sturgeon Mousse with Caviar, Gorgonzola Stuffed Tenderloin, and delicious desserts.


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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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