Shopping Parties

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 5 - 2012

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Fashionably Conscious Fundraising Sale

Hundreds of shoppers, including:  VIPs, socialites, and philanthropists raided the donated designer goods of Miami’s most elite crowd last week at the annual Fashionably Conscious fundraiser, raising almost $85,000 for Coconut Grove Cares, The Barnyard, a locally beloved and cherished community center which provides after school and community care services to families of the West Grove Community.  From Valentino and Giorgio Armani suits to Chanel dresses and Prada and Jimmy Choo shoes, Fashionably Conscious brought the best of the best to the generously donated space provided by Village of Merrick Park. The weekend began with a VIP sale where more than a hundred devoted shoppers lined up outside the space waiting for doors to open. By Sunday the fully stocked space was nearly cleared and little to nothing remained to be purchased. The fashionably conscious crowd sipped on champagne, shopped for a cause and mingled with Miami’s biggest trendsetters. Notable guests included: Darlene Perez, Laura Buccellati, Anne Owen, Carole Seikaly, Ginger Harris, Camille Thiry Russler, Elysze Held, Ali Codina, Maria Tettamanti, Tony Cho, Timothy Walker and many more.


Gilt City Miami Warehouse Sale VIP & Media Preview

The prior week, the Gilt City Miami Warehouse Sale drew the who’s who of Miami who scored designer duds at a fraction of the price. The vibe in the uber cool Iron Side building was so electric and exciting that we found it almost too distracting to shop! Belkys Nerey, Jacey Birch, Lynn Martinez, Criselda Breene, James Lewis Wark (Gilt City Lead Curator, South Florida), Louis Aguirre, Bill Kearney and Luisa Jimenez (Gilt City Miami Curator), Gingi Beltran, Ginger Harris, Fatima Lalani, Lauren Gnazzo, Fati Rosenberg, Maria Tettamanti, Nikki Novo, John Lin, Susie and Walid Wahab, Yannick and Hadley Henriette, Frank Amadeo, and DJ Misha were just a few of the lucky shoppers to score great deals while having a fabulous time.



FENDI  Ambiente Cucina Debut 

Those in the market for luxury furnishings were in luck last week as FENDI Casa unveiled its innovative kitchen line, Ambiente Cucina, with a private cocktail reception in celebration of the collection’s U.S. debut at the Luxury Living Showroom in the Design District. Ambiente Cucina, the latest extension of the brand’s wide range of products, debuted at Salone del Mobile in Milan and was unveiled stateside for the first time last Thursday in Miami. The collection, which exudes the “finest in elegance,” was produced in collaboration with high-end Italian kitchen manufacturer SCIC, raising the bar in elegance, quality and design while incorporating never-before-used materials, unique stones and top quality leathers.



Miami Heat Players

What a coup for Miami to have its very own namesake watch.  Luxury Swiss watchmaker, Hublot, unveiled its new, limited edition Hublot King Power “305” Timepiece on Wednesday, at W South Beach Hotel & Residences.   The Miami Heat’s, DJ Irie, provided the beats while guests watched videos projected on a 30-foot video wall, and enjoyed bites by the W and sips from Dom Perignon champagne. The Collection and Ferrari also provided support for this magnificent event which included an official unveiling announcement from Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem, Rick De la Croix, Hublot President of the Americas and Hublot’s CEO, Ricardo Guadalupe, in town from Switzerland. Special guests included Heat players: Dwyane Wade, Alonzo Mourning, Mario Chalmers, Joel Anthony, Norris Cole, Juwan Howard, James Jones; actress Gabrielle Union, the NFL’s Jeremy Shockey; musical artists Rico Love and Rick Ross; and Ken Gorin owner of The Collection, to name a few.


TIKL Raw Bar & Grill

Fabulous foodies were tickled at Brickell’s latest dining destination by the team behind Miami Beach’s Altamare – who hosted an exclusive, invitation-only Happy Hour Bash to celebrate the restaurant’s official grand opening.   The cocktail party also marked the unveiling of the restaurant’s beautiful patio. Owner, Claudio Giordano and Executive Chef/co-owner Simon Stojanovic treated guests to endless pours of premium spirits accompanied by a parade of bite-sized samples of TIKL’s globally-inspired menu.

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