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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 6 - 2016

NYFW-1Fashion lovers braved the frozen tundra that was New York City for a week of sensational shows and events from February 11-18. Despite temperatures in the negative numbers, the fashion forward jetted from show to show, scattered throughout the city. Inside Moynihan Station, Clarkson Square, Milk studios and a few choice locations such as the Highline Hotel, Chelsea Piers and designer showrooms, the crowds kept warm thanks to the hot looks on the runways. For the first time this season, various designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff and Proenza Schouler chose to show in-season, meaning that models wore styles suitable for spring, which is just around the corner, and perfect for Miami year-round. These styles are available for immediate purchase, a departure from typical Autumn/Winter Fashion Weeks wherein the clothing is unavailable for months. Presenting sponsor Lexus indulged VIPs and editors in two chic lounges, one at Moynihan Station and the other at Milk studios, home to MADE Fashion Week and shuttled them around in style in state-of-the-art luxury Lexus vehicles, ten of which had been custom-wrapped in designer Jeremy Scott’s vibrant, colorful prints. The week brought thrills and chills and lots of exciting fashion. Below are a few of Miami Socialholic’s favorites.


If awards were given for most creative fashion show, Diane von Furstenberg would be this season’s winner. Not only was hers among the most well-attended show, but it was actually a fun and engaging party. “For our Fall 2016 Experience we are bringing everyone into our house, recapturing intimacy. We are also offering, for the first time, a few silhouettes available for immediate purchase, just in time for Oscar parties and glamorous events,’ said the designer. The show and party took place on the first two floors of the DVF boutique. The first floor was set up like an office, complete with cubicles, desks, filing cabinets and models answering phones and engaging in “work-like” poses, which included throwing paper airplanes while “She Works Hard for the Money” played. The clothing consisted of beautiful, printed pieces perfect for the office or day-to-night outings. Upstairs in the showroom, Diane herself danced upon a stage/dancefloor alongside Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Lilly Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, and Irina Shayk who were dressed in stylish jumpsuits and sexy dresses, ready for a night on the town. Diane welcomed guests including Carine Roitfeld to her stage, to sit with her on her red couch in the form of lips. Playing over and over- “We are Family” as the models, sang, danced, did Jello shots, played and partied on the fun-filled stage. The entire evening reflected Diane’s motto:


“Life is her journey, her clothes are her friends, as she becomes the woman she wants to be.” The wardrobe was inspired Diane+Von+Furstenberg+Presentation+Fall+2016+12FKp8vM0Npxby “the movement of dancing,” silk, chiffon, embellished appliques, beads and fringed jackets complimented blouses, bustier tops and leather skirts with insets of soft chiffon and, of course, the wrap dress made appearances in both the first and second floor vignettes. The palate included rubiate, amethyst, grey, gold, black and carnelian and an array of vibrant colors.


Diane was joined by granddaughter Talita von Furstenberg and son, Alexandre von Furstenberg, Princess Olympia, Rachel Zoe, Fran Lebowitz, Anna Wintour, Coco Rocha, Jaime King, Ashley Madewke, Skyler Samuels, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Olivia Palermo, Leandra Medine, Shea Marie, Cara Santana, Leigh Lezark, Chiara Ferragni, Giovanna Battaglia, Camila Coelho, Adriana Abascal, Margaret Zhang, Jenny Bernheim, Jessica Hart, Martha Graeff, Dani Song, Aimee Song, Kenya Kinski-Jones, Courtney Kerr, Peyton List, Danielle Bernstein, Eleanor Calder, Lily Kwong, Derek Blasberg, Fern Mallis and Chelsea Leyland.



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Mara Hoffman’s elegant presentation at the High Line Hotel in Chelsea showcased gorgeous prints and designs inspired by the 1970s, modeled after a party in someone’s opulent living room. The star of the show was 95 year old artist/model/television personality, Ilona Royce Smithkin, who dazzled guests with her antics on the sofa- leaving no doubt that she is Mara’s latest muse. Smithkin playfully posed with two gorgeous redheaded identical twin girls and joked around with guests, including: Mia Moretti, Hannah Bronfman, Chelsea Leyland, Jennifer Morrison, Danielle Panabaker, ZZ Ward, Cory Kennedy, Langley Fox Hemingway, Kate Greer, Athena Calderone, and Liza Voloshin, to name a few.

With live violin music from gorgeous duo, Chargaux, who played modern music and David Bowie covers, Mara’s message was clear: female beauty, confidence and power transcend age and time. “I wanted to create a presentation that’s experiential, where the pieces are bold in imagination. I wanted to create a moment that speaks to fantasy and inspiration.”

The theme was 1970s-glam with a collection inspired by her favorite icons from the disco era. “It was about bringing all my muses into one place,” said Hoffman, “Grace Jones, Jerry Hall, and Cher.” Hoffman’s sequined zebra prints, lavish jumpsuits, sexy halters and velvet detailing, juxta-positioned with her signature exotic prints dominated the collection.



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Dashing designer, Yigal Azrouël’s eponymous women’s collection was once-again comprised of high-quality fabrics to drape structured, ultra-feminine, modern silhouettes. The designer’s signature aesthetic, expert draping and precise attention to detail prevailed throughout his contrast of light and dark pieces. “I have a dark side in me, but the light is always there no matter what,” said Azrouël, evidenced in his black rose motif, a symbol of “beauty in darkness.” He opened the show with leather bomber jackets, with details of color-blocked mink. Pieces also included feminine dresses, ruffles, bell-sleeves and high-necks and textured pieces with brocades, jacquards, velvet and embroidery. Celebrity models Coco Rocha and Alexandra Richards were spotted in the audience.



Fenty x Puma

Music and fashion celebrities, including Chris Rock, Pete Wentz, Ne-Yo, Jeremy Scott, Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour flocked to Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma runway presentation. The award-winning singer-turned-designer modeled her own designs, comprised of sportswear which parallels Rhianna’s street style. Models, including supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, sported hair coated in thick white paint and wore llace-up bodysuits, chokers, modern sneakers and boxing boots to accentuate the “hoodie-dresses.” Classic bomber jackets and other outerwear were key pieces in collection. “If the Addams Family went to the gym, this is what they would wear,” mused Rihanna. “I’m inspired by attitude more than anything, literally from my album to my collection, everything has been stemming from what makes me feel something, what moves me.”


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As electrifyingly vibrant as any Desigual store, the runway show set against pitch darkness was a colorful feast for the eyes. Set to blaring music, models worked the cutting edge looks, from dresses, to jackets to coats, all designed with Desigual’s signature patterns in bold colors. The Barcelona-based decorated the runway with playful brocade floral prints, bright colors, and striking accessories- obliterating any chance of the winter blues.







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Nicole Miller’s fall collection was a combination of colorful beading and embroidery with a youthful vibe. Vibrant sweater prints and furs were incorporated into the designer’s classic collection. Miller was quoted saying “I was thinking about how to make winter brighter, happier.” As a result, Miller created a whimsical fall collection displayed throughout the fog-filled runway in Clarkson Square. The entire space was set up with bench-like seating arranged in single and double rows, so every guests got a perfect view of her beautiful pieces. Her name was etched in an enormous block of ice, which served as the backdrop for the models who paraded around the expansive showroom. Spotted at Miller’s show and after-show dinner at Acme: Carol Alt, Necar Zadegan, and Roshumba Williams.





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It was a family affair at the Rachel Zoe Presentation. The designer well known for her chic and elegant bohemian styles was joined by her lovely family on Valentine’s Day. Drawing inspiration from the 1930s, the presentation included tailored silk slip dresses, beaded gowns, and luxurious textiles. After the show, Rachel posed for photos with friend, Brian Atwood, and her husband, Rodger, parents, sister, in-laws and niece and nephew.


Nighttime Pursuits

tumblr_o2e96ojhtC1u26p21o1_500As is often the case, NYFW was as much about the fabulous fetes as about the fashion on the runways. Several noteworthy events kept our social schedules packed and our dance cards full long after the last model had strutted her stuff on the catwalk. On February 11thWatch!, the official magazine of CBS, The Surrey, and the Cornelia partnered once again to sponsor their second “Evenings at the Surrey,” an invitation-only salon series that featured world-renowned violinist and fashion muse Charlie Siem, who is as pleasing to the eye as to the ear.

Siem, a 30-year-old music wunderkind who has earned international fame with his impeccable onstage performance, classic training and easy elegance, has become one of music and fashion’s most sought-after talents, performing around the world in the most revered music halls while appearing in ad campaigns for Dior Homme, Armani, Hugo Boss and Dunhill.

The violinist conducted a private performance for an intimate group of guests before participating in an interview with Derek Blasberg, the newly announced “Man on the Street” for Vanity Fair magazine, where Siem discussed his career in music and his role as a fashion muse. Guests also eagerly participated in an interactive Q&A session, asking Siem about his practice habits and if he ever tires of playing the violin.


Both Rhianna and Kanye West held their Fashion Week after parties at Chelsea hotspot Up & Down on different nights. Rhianna performed at hers while Jeezy was a no-show at his. A$AP Rocky brought down the house and we spotted Scott Disick clad in a head-to-toe mink coat.


Herve Leger threw a fun after party at the 18th Floor at the Standard Meatpacking (AKA the Boom Boom Room). Guests enjoyed sweeping views, free-flowing cocktails and great dance music, including disco.


But the talk of fashion week was the Diesel Madison party at a mansion on East 63 Street on Saturday, February 13. Despite single-digit temperatures, a crowd of a thousand turned out for Diesel’s flagship store opening on Madison Avenue and to the incredible after party in the mansion- the most fun of the week.

The party featured performances by Travi$ Scott and Joe Jonas’ band DNCE, Brian Newman. DJ sets by Virgil Abloh &DIESEL CELEBRATES: MADISON AVE FLAGSHIP AFTER PARTY Heron Preston and The Dolls: Mia Moretti + Margot and appearances by Naomi Campbell, Diesel creative director Nicola Formichetti, Diesel founder Renzo Rosso, Ladyfag, Adrien Brody, Chloe Norgaard, Coco Rocha, Virgil Abloh, Hari Nef and oodles and oodles of models. Diesel emojis playfully displayed throughout the voyeurist-themed party to tie in the campaign message of DECODED and will offer guests photo opportunities. The continuous campaign theme humorously comments on social media behaviors for SS16. With three floors of party experiences including all types of music: from a sexy speak-easy on the ground floor, to a neon-room with dance music on the second floor to an ultra-private upstairs den- this party was one for the books.


Other notable guests included: Carlotta Kohl, Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor, Lara Lieto, Hannah Bronfman, Ophelie Guillermand, Adam Selman, Mariano Di Vaio, Cleo Wade, Chiara Ferrangi, Richie Shazam, Julia Fox, Barbara Palvin, Chiara Ferragni, Masamichi Katayama, Mina Cvetkovic, Boychild, Alicia Rountree, Caroline Vreeland, Kenya Kinski-Jones, Casey Spooner, Gigi Burris, Jefferson Hack, June Ambrose, Sara Cummings, Sita Abellan, Phil Winser, Rianne Ten Haken, Tasya Van Ree, Chloe Norgaard, Calli Beckerman, Sam Beckerman, Amirah Kassem, Shaun Ross, Eniko Mihalik, Brendan Fallis, Jillian Mercado, Fiona Byrne, and Caroline Brasch Nielsen.


jeremy scottLexus Makes a Fashionable Entrance

Lexus, the luxury car brand, has taken over as the official automotive sponsor for NYFW. Lexus along with famed fashion designer Jeremy Scott collaborated to create 10 SUVs in the various prints from his space cowgirl/pin-up girl fall collection. Special VIP’s were treated to excellent fleet service to and from shows taking place at three separate venues throughout New York—Milk Studios, Moynihan Station and Clarkson Square.



Copper Mountain Gets the Gold

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On March - 11 - 2015


By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Perfect for South Florida skiers, Copper Mountain’s naturally divided terrain allows for family fun that suits the individual abilities and needs of each family member.   Although this world-class resort offers all the powder (21 inches and counting just this week), perks, altitude and thrills of neighboring Colorado mountain resorts such as Breckenridge and Vail, it is extra family friendly in terms of accessibility, amenities, service, ski school, and wallet-friendly prices. In short- Copper Mountain gives you all the fun without the hassle and big ticket pricing. It’s no surprise that Copper has consistently been voted the locals’ favorite ski resort.

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Philly Socialholic: Barnes Foundation Names Thom Collins New Director

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 8 - 2015


The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Foundation announced that they have named Thomas “Thom” Collins as the new Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation. An innovative educator, accomplished art historian, administrator and author, Mr. Collins, a Philadelphia native, has more than 20 years of experience at some of America’s top arts institutions. He comes to the Barnes after serving for five years as director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida (PAMM). At PAMM, Mr. Collins oversaw construction of the new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building located in downtown Miami, which opened to great acclaim in December 2013. During his tenure, the museum achieved an overwhelming increase in membership, annual giving, attendance, and major gifts, published important exhibition and collection catalogs, added significant works of art to the collection, and began in-house production of critical new digital education tools.

“It will be a privilege to lead the Barnes Foundation in its next chapter,” said Mr. Collins. “With its world-class collection, critically acclaimed new building, award-winning programs, growing membership and engaging array of courses in art and horticulture, the Barnes has become increasingly accessible to a more diverse audience than ever before. I look forward to working with the staff and Trustees to further its mission.”

Prior to joining PAMM, Mr. Collins served for five years as director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. Mr. Collins’ tenure at the Neuberger Museum of Art was highlighted by significant growth in attendance and annual giving, and the creation of major endowments for new programming initiatives and capital improvements. He also oversaw the museum’s exhibitions, permanent collection displays, and a far-reaching platform of community-based educational programs for school children and adults in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

Before heading the Neuberger Museum, Mr. Collins served as director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, 2003–2005; chief curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000-2003; associate curator at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington, 1998-2000; and Newhall Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 1994-1997.

Mr. Collins earned his MA in Art History from Northwestern University and his BA with honors in Art History and the History of Religion from Swarthmore College. He currently holds memberships in the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the College Art Association. For more information visit:

Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 20 - 2014


By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
For over 13000 people, who traveled from all parts of the country to gather at the American Airlines Arena on October 24 and 25, Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend was nothing short of transformational. Amid laughter and tears and music, dancing, personal reflections, meditation, testimonials and even exercise, we embarked on a multi-sensory, emotional journey toward fulfillment. The weekend opened on Friday night, October 24, as Oprah entered the stage of a pitch black arena- with the words, “What will you do-with the energy that is you?.” At that moment, to the surprise of the crowd- the silicone wristbands which were given to each guest upon entry, lit up in bright white light- illuminating the giant space- like a sky full of stars.   Next- everything went black and Oprah said, “No matter how dark the night gets, the sun will always rise again.” Read the rest of this entry »

Escape to the Keys

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 5 - 2014

Florida KeysBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Not that we would ever think to complain about living in the place where the rest of the world loves to vacation, but, during the dog days of summer when our social calendar is fairly open, it becomes necessary to consider venturing out to nearby destinations for a little change of scenery and to recharge before the busy season ahead.  This summer, we got the chance to check out a few terrific resorts in the Keys- just steps away from home.  Each distinct in its unique atmosphere and offerings, all three provided the perfect place to unwind, recharge and create special memories with the family.  Read the rest of this entry »

Blues, Brunch and a Spring Fling

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 1 - 2014

MISO BrunchBy: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Miami’s elite gathered at the gorgeous Juvia, in the critically acclaimed Herzog & De Meuron-designed 1111 Building on Lincoln Road on Saturday, April 26, for the Miami Symphony Orchestra’s (MISO) first annual Blues & Brunch. The beauty of the restaurant, with sweeping views of the city and ocean was rivaled only by the chic crowd, who dressed to the nines in hats, fascinators, bow ties, pin stripes and spring finery- as per the invitation.  Yet the most spectacular sensory inspiration came courtesy of MISO’s musicians, who performed throughout the beautiful afternoon, as Champagne and cocktails flowed freely. Guests feasted on a four-course brunch, served family-style. 

The dashing Rafael Diaz-Balart, who serves as MISO’s Chairman of the Board, lauded the efforts of MISO’s Conductor, Eduardo Marturet, praising his extraordinary charisma, vision and talent. “There is no one like him- what he has done for this orchestra and for this city is beyond words.”  Read the rest of this entry »