MIAM January 2014 : Page 132

Another yeAr, Another reAson to look forwArd. whAt better wAy to welcome 2014 thAn with everything new? culture, beAuty, heAlth, design, food And plenty of style—we’ve scoured the city to bring you the best of whAt’s next! best of tHe city by riki Altman, rebecca kleinman, christina lawrence, drew limsky, luis r. rigual & stacey rene russell portraits by danny delgado & nick garcia

Leisure Best Of The City

Riki Altman, Rebecca Kleinman, Christina Lawrence, Drew Limsky, Luis R. Rigual & Stacey Rene Russell




Miami City Ballet soloist Sara Esty has lived in Miami for nine years, having relocated from Maine with her twin sister Leigh-Ann after high school—when both ballerinas came to join the company— but she’s still adjusting to our shores. “The way of life down here is so different,” she exclaims. Still, if she experienced culture shock, Esty’s handled it like a pro. Even though rehearsing for a mish-mash of various performances keeps the dancer on her toes (quite literally), that suits Esty just fine. “I have the kind of personality that requires me to be focused on something all the time or I get antsy,” she admits. “The more dancing, the better. It keeps life interesting.” This month, she will be deep in rehearsals for the MCB’s world premiere of Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, one of the season’s most hyped performances, coming to the stage Feb. 14-16. “I’m so excited because we get to sing in that one,” says Esty, who’s the face of MCB’s 2013-2014 marketing campaign and whom many critics have referred to as one of classical dance’s most radiating rising stars. “A little singing, a little dancing— it’s my two favorite worlds colliding.” miamicityballet.org


Ask Derek Love, Alex Cohen and Ashley Abess why they launched Infraculture, an online calendar of arts-oriented events that's free to the public and supported by blue-chip member cultural organizations like The Wolfsonian-FIU, New World Symphony and the National YoungArts Foundation (to name but a few), and all three have different responses, but each addresses an individual component of the big picture. Cohen cites an overall embrace of arts and culture over the past few years: "You can see it at events like Pulse at New World Symphony and PAMM's Graffiti Bike Tours, where people from all over come to experience this movement." Abess adds, "Miamians recognize that our city is maturing at a rapid pace, and our residents are seeking meaningful, content-driven social experiences." Those could be anything from a Literary Death Match book series to a lecture on Tapas Through the Eyes of an American Chef, presented by Michelle Bernstein. "Miami is famously multicultural," adds Love, "so it comes as no surprise that the recent cultural surge is supremely multifaceted." Consider us subscribed. Infraculture.com


1 Art Aboard! For the fifth year, galleries from around the world will meet aboard the megayacht SeaFair, a 228-foot floating exhibition venue, for the Miami International Art Fair, Jan. 16-20, which brings a rather social component to the whole fair experience with cocktail parties, wine tastings and art lectures, of course. Mia-artfair.com

2 Aria Ace The Florida Grand Opera attracts divas of international acclaim, and this season's Nabucco, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, is no exception. Renowned soprano Maria Guleghina stars in the opus (Babylonian kings! Heartache!) That launched Verdi's career. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722, fgo.org

3 Found It! Nearly 1,000 vendors from all over the world have been coming to The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, for 4 0 years to showcase tantalizing treasures. Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, 239.732.6642, originalmiamibeachantiqueshow.com

4 Movement Masters Miami's Robert Battle is going on three years as this legendary dance troupe's artistic director, and another native, dancer Jamar Roberts, is onstage, in this performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Feb. 20-23. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722, arsht.org

5 Reel Deal Last year, the Miami International Film Festival, March 7-16, celebrated its 30th with expanded programming and a wider lens when it came to film selections. At 31, that new direction continues under Executive Director Jaie Laplante, with screenings and special events from South Beach to Wynwood. Miamifilmfestival.com

Scene One, Take One

September is back-to-school time, but this year there's an entirely new educational opportunity in town: the New York Film Academy. Now that Miami has become one of the top production centers in the country, NYFA has set up shop on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach to offer courses in filmmaking, film acting, producing, photography and screenwriting, in both English and Spanish—and, in a nod to our Latin population, filmmaking and acting workshops specializing in telenovelas. Students get to write, produce, direct, act in and edit their own films and hear from guest speakers such as Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Glenn Close. 420 Lincoln Road, Penthouse Suite, Miami Beach, 800.611.3456, nyfa.edu

Museum Must-Sees


In Imagined Landscapes, March 13-Aug. 31, Edouard Duval-Carrie presents lush tropical scenes that reference 19th century paintings made in the Caribbean and Florida. These works are a colorful departure from the paintings for which he's become known. PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.375.3000, pamm.org


Curated by Harold Koda, curator-incharge of the Costume Institute at the Met, Vanitas: Fashion & Art, March 13-July 20, has our attention. The exhibition explores symbolic works of art within high fashion. Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305. 673.7530, bassmuseum.org


Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu explores issues of gender, race and war in A Fantastic Journey, April 11-July 6, her first major solo museum exhibition comprising more than 50 works. MOCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, 305.893.6211, mocanomi.org

Stage Right

The Broadway Across America season continues to give us winners. After standing ovations for Book of Mormon and We Will Rock You comes Once, Feb. 4-9, the stage adaptation of the movie by the same name that won eight Tony Awards in 2012. The plot involves a naive girl and a street musician falling in love in the streets of Dublin, but we're more intrigued by the premise of the actors in the ensemble playing their own instruments on stage. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722, arshtcenter.org


With her enviable, glamorous glow and knack for personal service, Anna Elizabeth has built a cult following in local circles. The leggy former model introduced Miami to the themed nail treatments trend with her perennially packed Lace Nail Lab in Sunset Harbour, which she founded nearly a decade ago and recently sold. Moving on, literally, her newly launched Glamour Concept is a mobile pop-up salon and boutique. "I still want to pamper people without the day-to-day grind of running a brick-and-mortar business," says Elizabeth, who sets up her beauty bazaar in spas, boutiques and private homes. "VIPs really enjoy the privacy, and we've had great success with beauty parties at which you invite your friends for a day of pampering." Elizabeth's seasoned team includes Dustin Ki, a hair stylist whose skills go beyond blowouts to head-turning updo looks for women and haircuts for men, as well as mini manis, facials and professional makeup. Just as top-notch are the products Elizabeth uses: lines from Oribe, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Zoya are in her bag of goodies—or your own, if you're that picky. Bring it on! She knows the customer is always right. Theglamourconcept.com

Needle Work

Currently operating from her secret lair inside The Standard Spa in Miami Beach, acupuncturist Lori Bell has been wielding needles like tiny magic wands for more than 20 years. Though many clients come in for common aches and pains associated with stress or awkward sleeping positions, she also specializes in infertility treatments that improve circulation and reduce anxiety. "Whether it's asthma or insomnia, it's always worth trying this simple, effective method before taking more drastic measures like medication or surgery," says Bell, whose holistic healing services now extend to other areas of Chinese and alternative medicine such as herbal blends, and Vitamin B12 shots, which become especially popular during high season's hectic social pace. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.1188, loribellacupuncture.com


1 Blonde Ambition Could there be a more recognizable face to convey glamour than the former Norma Jean? An Orlando-based company doesn't think so and has licensed the screen siren's image for Marilyn Monroe Spa, whose Miami outpost just opened in Midtown. 3252 NE First Ave., Miami, 786.475.8290, marilynmonroespas.com

2 Bigger and Better Chomp down on crisp veggies during your next service at Brownes Merchants & Trading Co The beauty emporium's new digs in the Design District are triple the size of the salon's old location and feature a cafe with healthy dishes. 32 NE 39th St., Miam,, 305.538.7544

3 New Year, New Look As part of its just-unveiled $2 million renovation, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne now boasts an expanded fitness center and a brand-new menu that includes everything from a Pina Colada Body Polisher to vegan nail services. 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, 305.365.4197, ritzcarlton.com/keybiscayne

4 Product Alert New to the Acqualina Spa by ESPA menu: Optimal Skin ProSerum, an in-house oil with active ingredients- Vitamins A and E, plant extracts and Omega 3, 6 and 9—to brighten skin tone, firm skin and protect against premature aging. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305.918.6844, acqualinaresort.com

5 Hair Raising The James Royal Palm's Renew Spa is taking hair calls. The venue has brought Elle Gomez onboard as head stylist. This Los Angeles native definitely knows her way around celebs and luxury salons, so customers are in good shears. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.233.6100, jameshotels.com

Nosing Inn

Perfumer Roja Dove of Roja Parfums takes his fragrance alchemy seriously, so when he decides to turn his attention to our shores, our senses can't help but be piqued. The scent savant recently created a bespoke fragrance for The Setai that was inspired by the hotel. What does that smell like? Neroli, apparently. "I chose neroli as the top note for this creation [because it comes] from the orange, which is so important to Florida," he says. The aroma will be available to hotel guests via the bathroom toiletries and to everyone else in the form of an opulent candle with a 24K gold-coated lid for $125. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.520.6000, thesetaihotel.com

Spa Stop

Buzz about the Metropolitan by COMO's January (perhaps February) opening was at its height as this issue was going to press, but us locals were most intrigued by the hotel's Shambhala Urban Escape, the eighth-floor spa that will consist of four treatment rooms, an outdoor yoga terrace and all the signature pampering treatments fans of the brand know so well. Rolling out early in the year is the spa's new wellness juice menu, featuring 10 new beverages made using fresh fruits and vegetables from recipes from COMO Shambhala dietician Eve Persak. The Liven Up Your Liver with green apple, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, ginger and tumeric may not sound too appetizing, but after December's excess we can all use a sip. 2445 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 855.316.2666, comohotels.com


With a new, high-profile corner location on Collins Avenue, Curve boutique is getting serious about South Beach. Its move a couple blocks south enabled owner Nevena Borissova to update decor with the Manhattan flagship's sleek, industrial prototype in dove gray and white. She's expanded her inventory, too. Her high-low selection ranges from Viktor & Rolf to Acne, and often favors Frenchies like Isabel Marant and Iro. "Lately, I've been on an Aussie kick, which syncs perfectly with Miami's cosmopolitan beach style," says Borissova, who expects SydNeybased brand One Teaspoon to do well. This new outpost also carries menswear—"Who knew guys were so style-starved down here?" She adds. Not one to sit still, the spirited Bulgarian recently celebrated her Los Angeles location's 15th anniversary by launching Ahead of the Curve, better known as A.O.T.C., last summer. The collection's neoprene and leather clothing and exclusive, digital floral prints made in Italy have been such a hit, that she plans to expand with knits and clutches. A full e-commerce website premieres this month as well. 2000 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.532.6722, shopcurve.com

Spring Arrival

Hot on the heels of ope ling a Palm Beach store, French fashion brand Maje will unveil another South Florida location at Bal Harbour Shops, but we'll have to wait until April. The 1,000-square-foot space is part of a major North American rollout. Modeled after its fleet throughout Paris, where it's a mainstay, the BHS location's decor will feature elevated alcoves awash in white, brass accents and natural oak floors. On the shelves? Designer Judith Milgrom's spring 2014 ready-towear, accessories and shoes. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, maje.com

Homegrown Fashion

The South American sisters behind Zingara Swimwear have been busy bees. They're already up to their fifth store in Florida, which opened in South Beach in December (Orlando is next). This new Collins Avenue location's airy, all-white and metal interior highlights their collections' tropical palette and prints for the whole family—and we're not just talking swimsuits. Cruise 2014 incorporates mixed prints, aqua and citrus hues, and trendy cuts like high-waisted bottoms and ruffled bandeaus. 530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.604.0411, zingaraswimwear.com

Artistic Akris

Albert Kriemler, the designer behind the family-owned Akris label founded by his grandmother in Switzerland, says he makes simple clothes for complex times. For 2014's resort offerings, he looked to Mexican modernist Luis Barragan's vibrant palette and geometric architecture for inspiration. Spring 2014's styles continue mining his muse's natural materials, whether it's through sea grass or sandstone. Female fans can immerse themselves in Kriemler's story at the new Akris boutique at Bal Harbour Shops, where the design is marked by a signature maple wood wall as sculpture. And, speaking of streamlined shapes, don't miss the brand's spring must-have: the trapezoidal Ai bag (above). 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.866.2299, akris.ch


1 Extra! Etro! For its relocation to Bal Harbour Shops, Etro brought its Mirabilia capsule collection stateside. The collaboration is a full-blown Indian affair by the young-artist duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, who put a contemporary spin on the Etro motif via wallets and bags. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.868.5971, etro.com

2 Fantasy island With its gauzy tunics, Calypso St. Barth makes every day feel like a vacation. So it's no wonder the resort brand does so well in Florida, where it's expanded with a fourth store at Village of Merrick Park. 320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305.448.7916, calypsostbarth.com

3 Swiss Sizzle Switzerland isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind for fashion. Men's and women's clothing designer Philipp Plein hopes to do his part to change that through his namesake brand's imminent stateside debut at Aventura Mall. 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305. 466.2338, plein.com

4 Southern Flair South Miami adds another indie boutique to the list with Miro's. Carpool moms and young professionals hit it regularly for Catherine Deane, Madison Marcus and House of Harlow. 7216 Red Road, South Miami, 305.667.0084, mirosboutique.com

5 Easy, Breezy Having charmed her female following with Beach in Sunset Harbour, Patricia Costa brings the same service to the Upper East Side with Weekender. Her curated selection here includes Skin T-shirts, Lan Jaenicke jackets and Ancient Greek Sandals with gold crackle and fish-scale treatments. 7246 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.758.1943, theweekendermiami.com

Rock Star

When 43-year-old Miami starchitect Max Strang learned that the American Institute of Architects was awarding him the Silver Medal for Design, "I didn't realize I was old enough to deserve it," he laughingly recalls. But the body of work he has amassed in the last 15 years more than justifies the honor. These days Strang divides his talents between offices here and in Telluride, but he is still most identified with Miami, where he gained renown for his own Coconut Grove residence, Rock House, which co-starred in the film version of Miami Vice (2006). Strang's excitement over that premier product placement is still palpable: Director Michael Mann saw it and thought it would be a great drug lord house!" And it's quite apparent his many other projects are just as worthy of a close-up. Strangarchitecture.com

Nesting Instincts

In love and decor, there's nothing like fidelity. Joining brands such as Pinto Paris and Riviere, the Arca Furniture Collection is now available at Nest Casa's two locations—and like the aforementioned brands, Arca is exclusive to Nest Casa. While the Design District's 2,400-square-foot showroom carries the line's signature furniture crafted in lacquer, chromed brass and buffalo horn, the new boutique at Bal Harbour Shops specializes in the smaller pieces. 120 NE39th St, Miami, 877.661.0417; 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 855. 811.1731, nestcasa.com


1 Crystal Clear The spirit of the iconic Rene Lalique lives on in the tropics with the opening of the Lalique boutique at Bal Harbour Shops. Look for the brand's delicate art nouveau aesthetic in distinctively decorative chandeliers and tableware. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.537.5150, lalique.com

2 Parisian Posh The revered and revitalized French brand Christian Liaigre is assured of increased reach, thanks to a new store in the District that showcases its sleek furnishings and interior-design services. 137-139 NE 40th St., Miami, 305.808.3550, chrisfian-liaigre.fr/en/

3 Mod Man Bringing together furniture designers from Chris Lehrecke and Eric Schmitt to Fran Taubman and Kevin Walz, Ralph Pucci's new Wynwood showroom also reveals the midcentury influences apparent in the master designer's own collections. 343 NW 25th St., Miami, 305.438.3771, ralphpucci.net

4 Modern Moxie The new Antonini Modern Living showroom joins its sister location in Dania Beach to offer South Floridians even more access to its contemporary Italian furnishingsthink sleek shapes in cool colors and earth tones. 3201 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.422.8800, antoninimodernliving.com

5 Green Chic The Italy-based leader in kitchen and (now) bathroom design, Scavolini recently unveiled a 3,500-square-foot space near Miracle Mile. The Scavolini Green Mind program ensures that the company takes a sustainable approach to manufacturing. 2600 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 305.441.0692, miami.scavolinisfore.net


Leave it to two industry giants to make the bath the star room of the home. The new Kartell by Laufen Bathroom Collection makes the most of the space by fusing the two brands' distinct aesthetics into every corner of this most private sanctum. Ceramics by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba for Laufen and Kartell's wink-wink modernism create a new dialogue of purity that's as timeless today as it will be 20 years from now. Or as Palomba himself puts it: "We tried to design a n eMotion, something that has to create a positive feeling and not just a function. The goal was to [achieve] a new vision in which the glamorous soul of Kartell and the design attitude of Laufen could meet and converge into a unique collectjpn." Kartell, 2NE39th St., Miami, 305.573.4010, kartell.it

Iconic Status

Too many cooks in the kitchen is not always a bad thing. Just look at the tribute edition of the LC4 LV chair. Originally designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, the lounger was given new life by Cassina and Louis Vuitton (using saddle leather by LV) in honor of the 110th anniversary of Perriand's birth. Only 1,000 pieces (at $8,000 each) are now available at authorized Cassina showrooms and dealers around the country. Happy hunting. Poltrona Frau Group, 3800 NE Miami Court, Miami, 305.576.3636, polfronafraugroup.com

French Twist

It isn't every day that the designer of the world's most famous museum unveils new product at a furniture fair, but when Jacques Garcia—who recently won the unimaginably prestigious commission to redo the Louvre's Decorative Arts rooms—came to High Point last fall, he brought with him his new collection for Baker. Look for Garcia's mix of the ornate and the modern—his Industrial Couture signature—in the line's hand-forged steel and white gold accents. Baker, DCOTA, 1855 Griffin Road, Suite A-200, Dania Beach, 954.920.4565, bakerfurniture.com


She may be married to one of professional sports biggest stars, but Savannah James is no basketball wife, and she's proving it with her new venture, The Juice Spot. Opened in December, the venue is "a hub for health," as James describes it, with a menu of coldpressed juices (from kale to orange and everything in between), protein shakes and a^ai bowls. James created the concept with partner and trainer David Alexander after being turned on to the juicing lifestyle as she prepared for her wedding last year. "I started juicing per David to lose weight and it changed my life," she says. "I want this place to help people the way juicing helped me." With its prime Brickell location, free Wi-Fi for customers, knowledgeable staff and all-but-guaranteed LeBron sightings, we're betting The Juice Spot will score with Miami's healthy foodies and Heat fans alike. "This is my new baby," adds James, who reveals that hubby's favorite is the 20/20, a carrot-based juice. "I can't wait to take the lead." 1800 SWFirst Ave., Miami, 786.502.3936, thejuicespotmiami.com

Couture Cuisine

If Roberto Cavalli's new Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge, expected to open in late December as of press time, has a fraction of the flair his frocks do, we're in luck. The designer already put his stamp on clubs and cafes in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, but Miami's two-fer is his first in America. Architect Italo Rota designed the two-story space, which boasts the most expansive terrace on the beach and employs Cavalli's wild prints as the perfect backdrop for dining, partying and lounging. The menu will feature traditional Italian dishes influenced by Tuscan flavors. KNR Hospitality Group's Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo are working with the couturier to ensure the spot is a success. A warning to diners: Dress to impress! 150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.695.4191, cavallimiami.com


1 Pork Out The very talented Jeff O' Neill, formerly the corporate executive chef for The Dining Room at The Villa By Barton G., has now scooted over to Porcao Farm to Grill, where he's traded his former uberglam presentations for what he calls a more "soulful style of cuisine." 901 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 855.767.2261, porcaogrill.com

2 Lip Smackin' He gained national acclaim in the kitchen of Palme d'Or and put the restaurant on the culinary map. Now, Philippe Ruiz is working his magic at Lippi, where his New American concept features 60 small dishes with big flavors. 600 Brickell Ave, Miami, 305.579.1888, lippiresfauranfs.com

3 Regal to Rustic Former Azul ace Jacob Anaya has checked out of the Mandarin Oriental to head the kitchen at OTC, where his new menu introductions have given the casual restaurant new life, lots of buzz and plenty of cred. 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305. 374.4612, ofc-resfauranfs.com

4 Full Circle Beloved Brazilian Paula DaSilva, whom we fell in love with at the now-closed 1500° at the Eden Roc, has crossed the county line to go to Fort Lauderdale's 3030 Ocean, where she began her culinary career. Marrioff Harbor Beach Resorf, 3030 Holiday Drive, Forf Lauderdale, 954.765.3030, 3030ocean.com

5 Cuttin' In And talk about full circle! Jeremy Ford, former chef de cuisine at the aforementioned 3030 Ocean, will head the kitchen at 15 Steps, the new eatery taking over what was 1500° at the Eden Roc. Expect a farm-to-fork concept featuring ingredients from the on-site garden. 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.674.5594, edenrocmiami.com


Hoping to make a splash by taking over the former Emeril's space, New York favorite Lure Fishbar is bringing some culinary flair to the Loews. Nautical themes are rather prominent in the Queen Mary-inspired decor, but the menu has both sea and land covered with fare like Florida pompano and Manila clams, seared jalapeno sirloin and Burger Bash award-winning patties. The eating masses were good to Emeril's, and Miami loves a New York import, so may the Creole gods bring Lure some love. 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.695.4550, lurefishbar.com

Culinary Excellence

In its never-ending quest to earn its very own Michelin-star-worthy restaurant, Miami happily rolls out the red carpet for Danny Grant, winner of two Michelin stars and Food & Wines best new chef title in 2012. At 1826 Restaurant & Lounge the talented Grant will serve up seasonally driven dishes prepared using classic techniques amid an industrial-chic setting. Fingers crossed. 1826 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.709.0000, 1826collins.com

Eating Evaluation

Chef groupies and food critic wannabes are already digging Dinner Lab, a membership-based supper club that recently launched in Miami. Already established in major markets around the country, the club requires an annual fee of $150, which allows members to purchase event tickets for themselves and a guest (averaging $50 to $70 per person) for five-course meals cooked by undiscovered chefs. After indulging, diners provide feedback to the kitchen. Up to 100 events are expected to take place in 2014. Dinnerlab.com

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