Table of Content
20. Michael Capponi “Leader of Change” 50. Craig Signer “When passion and talent lead to personalized luxury” 56. Jenny Garcia “La Dueña” 66. Harvey Hernandez A Visionary 76. Vanita Rosa “ A fashion success”
14. “Nocturno” A passion written by its destiny 26. David La Chapelle “Kindom Come” 30. Desirs at Crazy Horse Paris 44. Luxury Brands “ Fashion and Advertising 48. Michael Jackson’s Wardrobe 70. Virgin Galactic “ Everything ready for take of”
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SHOOTINGS 53. Lanvin 54. Alexander McQueen 55. Chanel
32. Colorful Plastic 60. Madame Sauvage 82. Fabulous Vick 79. Bonpoint
48 65 72 94 HOTEL
72. SLS “ The Ultimate”
92. OPPULANCE 94. Global Premium Calendar
24. Amazonia by Michael Papponi 65. SLS Grand Opening
Letter from The Publisher
just tells me it’s my dream come true. After 10 years in other Latin American markets, I finally have the opportunity to enter the United States through the front door. Miami a cosmopolitan city with the perfect profile for the structure of our publication; Art, fashion, luxury, entertainment, public relations, and above all a society with great personalities from around the world. We have all the tools to develop an spectacular publication.
n a society with magazines that are iconic to the city, it becomes a challenge. It is an opportunity for us to develop in a very short time, an exquisite magazine. Our goal is to create content for smart readers seeking a little more.We are committed to each issue; this will first become a collector’s item.
n this first edition I reviewed of our history, an interesting chronicle of the development of Nocturno. I am a bit familiar with this magazine. I am sure you will enjoy it. This is just the beginning of a new era and continuation of a great history in the perfect city.
We started a new phase in this rapid world and we are convinced that 2013 will be a year of success, luxury, fashion and public relations for Nocturno Miami.
Happy New Year and lots of blessings and prosperity.
Sincerely. Wilson Pacateque, Publisher
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Letter from Editorial Director
n original publication:
even years ago I was a freelance writer for Nocturno Magazine, today I’m its editor and if I had to, I’d do it all over again. I’ve seen this publication grow and evolve, through thick and thin, good and trying times, however Nocturno stood its ground. Because our magazine is an original, it never had the challenge to compete. If anything Nocturno has always excelled in competing with itself. I truly believe, in great part how originals are made, thinking outside the box and seeing the world in all its color and magic.
From San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the Dominican Republic, to Colombia and now Miami, Florida, Nocturno Magazine has arrived to offer an exquisite visual array of editorials and featured chronicles that promise to push aside the typical coffee table rag wider something more in depth, and more colorful and chic display. I hope you welcome Nocturno and its content as much as we enjoyed putting together.
Have a great 2013. Kind regards, Pedro Lázaro
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1. Wilson Pacateque Publisher 2. Pedro Lazaro Editorial Director 3. Charlotte Miller Editor 4. Jaime Millan Creative Director 5. Ernesto Gomez Director of Operations 6. Alberto Guzman Fashion Contributor 7. Janeiro Bofill Fashion Contributor 8. Chantal Laurie Photographer 9. Patty Daniels Photographer
Staff & Contributors
10 Seth Hutchinson Fashion Photographer 11. Nicole Pacateque Editorial 12. Alina Arboleda Public Relations iPRyou 20 13. Ana Maria OrtĂz Nocturno Colombia Director 14. Melissa Mezzalira Writer/Public Relations 15. Isabel Salazar Editorial 16. Victor Noble Fashion Make up Contributor 17. Luchi Estevez Editorial/Public Relations 18. Viviana Torres Public Relations 19. Patricia Gomez Writer 20. Javier Cabiya Entertainment Contributor 21. Lei Marco
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passion written by its destiny
graduated as a publicist from Central University in Colombia, and after many failed attempts at getting a job in the local agencies, I was frustrated. With $50 in my pocket and the support of my family, I hopped an airplane bound for the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico. My luck at finding a job as a publicist was the same. The first three years were very interesting. My desire to stay on the island coupled with my increasing lack of finances, led me to work as a bartender in various hotels and clubs. I lived on tips, but at the same time, I met the magic of the city at night. Tourists came from all over the world. I turned into a bar psychologist. I attended many artists, beautiful woman and men, entrepreneurs, nice people and not-so-nice people. I slept all day and worked all night. By practicing, I learned the art of mixology. I started to earn good money for not having to study. On many occasions, more than most other professionals, I lived unique experiences, but most importantly, I was given the opportunity to associate with many of my industry’s people. Even though I was comfortable and liked what I was doing, as a trained publicist
First edition of Nocturno · Cover: Denisse Quiñones · Miss Universe 2001
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First production in the Big Apple
Launch of the first edition of Nocturno Premium
knew I wasn’t living my true potential. I continued to tend bar but worked independently making graphic arts, and after two years developed my own advertising agency, Publicidad & Punto (Advertising & Point). The agency ran fine until the economy took a downward spiral, which affected advertising budgets. In the middle of the economic
call telling me my grandmother in Colombia had died. She was an extraordinary woman who had lived an extraordinary life and she had sensed the day and hour of her death months before. She used to talk to me about my future when I was a teenager. The night she died, I was standing out in front of my apartment with a spectacular moon eclipse. I was struck with the idea of Nocturno (nightlife) and the initial logo where the moon is the protagonist. The first publication was almost
crisis, I moved to a small, modest studio in an area called Ocean Park in San Juan. I had a spectacular view of the ocean, perfect to motivate my creativity. As a I publicist, I invested in different paper quality and analyzed the alternative; if I was an agency, then I would need to develop a way to stay an agency. One Friday evening I received a
pocket sized and targeted a young market of 18 to 24-year-olds. It focused on nightlife themes, fashion and trendy content – a publication created by me with features that met my readers’ needs. When it came to advertising, I left everyday and highly commercial brands alone, and chose those that liked to identify themselves with the unique content. This was
hanks to the public relations I had made in the four years at the bar, I did a spectacular launch event.
a magazine directed by a publicist with no editorial experience. Image and emotions played a really important role in branding our first issues. Fortunately, from the beginning, I met with young talented individuals who have grown with Nocturno. Yoel Parrilla, fashion photographer and Denisse Quinones, Miss Universe – Puerto Rico, who had just won the international competition. I don’t know how we managed that, since we were a new and unknown publication, and they were the most important people in the fashion and entertainment industry at that time. Shimmy McHugh, the most important figure in Puerto Rico’s nightlife as owner of principal clubs, Nono Maldonado, an internationally recognized designer, and Raul Papaleo, a beach volleyball player and world champion model graced the pages of our first issues. It was obvious that with the over view of the main events of the season, coupled with photos of beautiful people at parties and electronic concerts – photographing them in their environment with their friends was key. It didn’t matter if they had drinks in their hands; I was in charge of choosing the most formal, sexy and classy photos.
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lthough the criticism was strong, all the talk ironically captured the attention of the market and a high reach. Thanks to the public relations I had made in the four years at the bar, I did a spectacular launch event. Main models from the island, designers, producers and publicity agencies were in attendance. That night I held a visually stunning publication, but the next day I was showered with criticism for spelling errors and bad page cuts. Although the criticism was strong, all the talk ironically captured the attention of the market and a high reach. The initial difficulties became a big challenge and the second edition rose to meet the challenges. Enter the team of Leo Torres, a publicist and public relations expert, and make-up artist Javier Romero. Romero now works with celebrities in New York. nitially a popular brand did not sponsor our publication because of our poor trajectory. For a year, the markets we had were the restaurants and boutiques, half of which were exchanges; the other half paid next to nothing. My remaining budget came from my night work. On the back cover for the first year was well-known vodka
International staff for the first production in New York
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that sponsored our events. I always believed that the back cover of any publication should have a prestigious brand. It was a hard, but passionate first year. My dream as an editor was to have a beer client because beer brands were very fashionable and had the coolest and most creative publicity. After a year I got one of my favorite brands interested in advertising in Nocturno. They asked me for product exclusivity and a proposal. I thought that by granting that, it would eventually close the door to other brands. I prepared the proposal at a very high cost. I was aware that they would most likely reject the proposal thinking I was crazy. They accepted and all the other beers in Puerto Rico soon made their way to my magazine. We soon started working with the best creative talent in Puerto Rico who were as passionate about my magazine as I was. Collaborators such as Alberto Guzman, barber; Janerio Gonzalez, make up artist, Nabet Baez, digital retouch artist, and Pedro Lazaro, fashion editor. Our publication was developing a unique seal in the fashion industry. Worth noting is that these contributors are working with big publications and celebrities in New York and are still part of Nocturno. y the time 2005 rolled around, Nocturno was developing with stability. I thought I would go to the next level, and propose a super-sized anniversary edition – Nocturno Premium. I proposed the idea to my clients whose support was immediate. Nocturno went from 40 pages to 150 pages and from 5” x 7” to 10” x 12” format with three young editorial photo shoots and breaking schemes. The vodka brand that had always sponsored us developed a spectacular White Beach-themed party with us. With seventy guests, including some top island models, poster sized displays of Nocturno covers, Hawaiianstyle hosts, Tiki torches, white furniture and beds with white fabric cascading all around, gourmet hors d’ ouevers, and an all-night open bar, it was an unforgettable party. The anniversary launch was in March. At the request of our sponsors, we developed a second Nocturno Premium edition in time for June’s important summer season. We ended up doing another Premium for Christmas that same year. Seeing the strategy succeed, we put four more Premium editions on our following year’s calendar. We didn’t count on competing against ourselves. Our brand advertisers started putting budgets on the bigger magazine. By the second year, we adjusted by taking
From left to right: Jaime Millan - Creative Director, Wilson Pacateque - Publisher, Ernesto Gomez - CEO
out the smaller magazine and made Nocturno Premium a bimonthly. The growth of our magazine has also grown our market. In the process, I met with those readers and followers of Nocturno since its inception. They are professionals and occupy important changes in different industries. That keeps us on our toes, adjusting the content, the designs and the market to an age 30-plus. It was difficult because we wanted to develop a young luxury brand. The process of re-creation took about two years and right now, Nocturno has the profile we are looking for in our growth spurt. aking advantage of our proximity to Dominican Republic and some commercial experience with my publicity agency, I started travelling there. Many of our budgets in Caribbean are worked out from the same location, and with the support of our brands, Nocturno Dominicana arose. As a Colombian-born living abroad, I have always closely followed the development of my country. It deserves all my admiration and respect in the media industry, especially television, movies and magazine productions. I buy, collect and read all the issues of the leading magazines in the country and it never ceases to amaze me â€“ the creativity and wit of the editors, photographers and publicists is outstanding. At the same time, Nocturno Colombia developed a unique strategy to be a player among players. Inexmoda invited us to as international press to cover
Colombia Moda in Medellin. Even though we have covered fashion weeks in other countries, I found myself very proud to develop the editorials and editions dedicated to a big percentage of the Colombian industry in our Puerto Rico edition. We have had events where I met with Ana Maria Ortiz, fashion president of the Diffusione in Bogota. She has an extraordinary profile, excellent relationships and knowledge of the industry. We developed a friendship and the opportunity to develop Nocturno Colombia. 2011 was a year of change. We decided to take Nocturno to a higher level and bring it to a United States market and to the Magic City of Miami. It is a dream for any publisher to live and work in paradise and to create a sassy, smart-minded magazine at the level of Nocturno. My Nocturno Miami partners are entrepreneurial visionary Ernesto Gomez, and uber-creative artistic director Jaime Millan. Together we are embarking on this new successful venture. We hope you enjoy our first issue.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Wilson Pacateque Ernesto Gomez Jaime Millan
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A small, almost pocket-sized 5â€?x7â€? publishing, designed for a young market, 18 to 24 years, based on themes of nightlife, fashion and trends.
Nocturno Premium, launched with a larger sized publication of 9â€? x 12â€? superior to the leading magazines of the country, with three photo shoots and luxury content for a more upscale market.
eader of change
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By Wilson Pacateque
Photos by Tara Ink
EARLY 90’s - Krissy Taylor, Michael Capponi and Liv Tyler in the early ‘90s.
WP: Tell us a little of your beginnings in Miami. How did you get here?
MC: I was born in Belgium, and I moved here to Miami in 1978. I grew up here and went to school here. Miami Beach was mostly abandoned; all the buildings on Ocean Drive were boarded up. There was a very old community here, a retirement community with [the elderly] sitting in little chairs outside the buildings just waiting, and [my friends and I] were surfing on the beaches. Eventually some fashion photographers came here, started doing some fashion shoots, and, all of the sudden, we would skate board down on the abandoned Ocean Drive. And there were all these models. We would start these little parties with the models called Avenue 8 parties. These were with four of my friends and it was the four of us that were doing the very first events here. These parties weren’t even in night clubs because there were no night clubs yet, so they were outside on the beach with tambourines, and fire torches, and a hundred models in a very gray antique community. That’s all it was. Over time they grew more and more popular, and once in a while on the night the party a celebrity would come into town like Madonna. They came to the parties and they’d be like, “Oh, my God!” And they would move here to Miami. And when a celebrity moved here, the word would get out around the world “Madonna buys a place in Miami,” and then that would create a lot of international buzz and press. And then Miami, from 1990 to 1993 exploded, by 1993 every single building at Ocean Drive was renovated; there was a café in front of every single place. There wasn’t a Lincoln Road yet. Nightclubs were enlarging. Everyone was, like, “Lets do a club in Miami,” and because I was there in the very beginning, we got to be involved in all of that.”
Photos by Tara Ink
ichael Capponi made a lot of money in the nightclub and construction businesses, but when he got a second chance at life, he turned his wealth to good works and continues his philanthropic efforts directed toward Haiti. Wilson Pacateque, CEO of Nocturno Miami sat down with Capponi for this compelling interview.
WP: You were at the right place at the right time.
: Yeah, I was in the right place at the right time. It was a very beautiful Bohemian time, very different of what it is today, and it was the roots of what happened. So the next chapter in Miami was the time of the intrigue coming here, and doing the Delano hotel. That was like a whole other emergens of more New York people, and more celebrities and good architects, and great designers, and food stock. The beaches kept taking steps into the future. First it was abandoned Ocean Drive, and then it was an elevated Ocean Drive. Then after the Delano hotel, we started getting more hotels. There are less than 900 homes on the water in the Miami Beach area, which makes it very exclusive. So Miami is very unique. Me as a nightclub person, after about ten years in the nightlife, eventually I got into home renovation and development, and things like that. So now I have two careers, a night career and a day career.
Photos by Tara Ink
EARLY 90’s- Sylvester Stallone and Michael Capponi in the early ‘90s.
WP: How did you decide to come from nightlife to construction and building?
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ometimes I ask myself “why am I still doing this?” And then sometimes, the thing about change – its only someone from the inside that can do it. Sometimes it’s good that you’re still in it.
MC: I had little apartments that were decorated really nice, and I would always get compliments from people, so then I would start buying apartments, and making them beautiful, and then selling them. With the profits from that I would buy real houses, remodel them, making them really beautiful, and then selling them. WP: …and at the same time, you still have the nightlife?
MC: Yes. Miami eventually became the nightlife capital of the United States. I still think the nightlife here is more authentic, and far more better then in Europe, L.A, or Las Vegas. It’s a lot more commercial class now. That’s one of the things South Beach has always had. So, it’s gone in that direction, but it’s not just how it started. So today you look at what’s happening in the world, and you’ll see that there’s a whole new set of things that is going to happen to Miami that people don’t know about yet, things that are happening all over the world like big festivals, and spiritual events and other things.
Do you think it could happen this year, because of all these things that people are talking about, like the war and the Mayan calendar, and all this kind of things that people are saying about the world?
MC: Sometimes I ask myself, “Why am I still doing this?” and then sometimes the thing about change - it’s only someone from the inside that can do it. Sometimes it’s good that you’re still in it.
WP: How do you work with your time? You’re doing a lot of things at this time, so how do you organize all of your projects, your personal life, your house, how do you balance the time for everything?
I wake up early, and I put myself in a really meditative, conscious state, and I focus on the first hour of the morning, and I prioritize the time, of how my day is going to look, how I’m going to handle everything that I’m going to do for that day. I just take on what I can take on for the day. There is a lot you can do if you put your mind to it. People get overwhelmed and they panic and, “Oh my God! There’s a lot going on.” I can organize. I can get on a plane to Haiti tomorrow. I can take care of the whole campaign, come back on the next day and go to LIV, and host a thousand people. Then we have the construction office for three days in a field, then I go on the next day and go meet with spiritual leaders and disconnect with the whole world for two days. You just tell yourself that you can do it, and you’ll be able to do it. WP: You’re somebody that has built and done a lot of things HAITI- Michael Capponi & HEM Elementary School Children
Photos by Tara Ink
MC: It’s a combination of both probably happening by divine order. If there’s nothing else to the Mayan calendar other than it got a whole bunch of publicity, you can tell everybody that something’s going to happen, then something’s going to happen, regardless. It created change. And you can see it everywhere like Facebook. Four years ago you didn’t post something on Facebook that had to do with spirituality. It doesn’t matter, today if you post something like, “I was outside breathing and meditating.” You get a hundred “likes.” People are more paying attention to a change of consciousness. One of the slight crititism I’ve gotten over the years is that Miami is a beautiful place, it’s on the water, its incredible, but it’s a shallow place. Miami. If you really understand Miami, you look to the big picture. You’re like, “Okay, lets fix that; let’s start making Miami a cultural place. Let’s introduce soul back into it, because that’s how it started.”
WP: In this process, of course, you’re a very influential person here, and people like you can create conscious, about what happened, about all these ideas you have about spiritual things, and how we can go back to a simple city. With the growth in all your businesses like construction, and the spiritual and entertainment elements, I know that doing all this with your name is very important for the community in Miami. I know it’s been a process, maybe your not looking for that?
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e are all a community and we’ve all built this city together. At the end of the day that’s what it is.
in your life. I think you’re very lucky. What is your next step? You have everything spiritually, in business, a family, and a home. What is your dream after that?
First of all, I don’t have everything, and second of all, whatever I do have, I have to be able to not be attached to it, because with my process of going through life, having things and losing things, is everything. We’re going to help the poor; we’re going to build businesses, we’re going to maybe make a family and raise children - that would be great. But what’s the big picture? What is all this evolving toward us? That goes back to your question about 2012 - change of consciousness and how things shift. Every 6000 years or so, whether you look at the great history of the earth, whether you look at what the spiritual leaders had said, the pie is cut into four. In like 24 to 26,000 year cycles, we had the ice age, the ice melts 12,000 years ago, and now were on a global warming period. That’s the message: you can be part of the problem, or you can be a leader of change. Who do you want to be? Where do you want to put yourself? What do you want to do with your life? Do you want to bring the whole planet together? Do you want everybody to unite? Do you want live in a planet without pollution? Or do you want to live in a planet of conflict. You can make that decision, you can rule, and make your life around you. WP: How did you get involved with causes like Haiti? What took you to develop this organization?
MC: Well, I had my own problems. I had some drug addictions in the early 90’s from being in the nightclubs at a really early age, so I got a good second chance at life. I should’ve died like a hundred times, and I didn’t. In the new life, which started probably in 1997, I’ve always tried to have some kind of duty and purpose. Big picture. Why did the universe give me a second chance? It wasn’t so I can come back to a nightclub, so I started looking why. And then when things occur, if you’re in a position to do good you might as well help. There have been 50 different things that have occurred in Miami, whether it’s a specific problem of homelessness, or children who need education, or an earthquake in Haiti, or a hurricane in Cuba – there are all different kinds of causes to be involved with. So for me it’s not [just] Haiti, it’s a responsibility of a human
being, to do duty, to help. It’s really simple, actually. Bill Clinton talks about this all the time. We have seven billion people on this planet; only a billion have a roof over their heads, a little bit of an education, and everybody else [lives] in absolute poverty in this planet. If one of the billion [who were able] in their lifetime took ten people, and said, “I’m going to make sure you get an education, I’m going to pay for your school, I’m going to take care of you, I’m going to take you homeless person of the street, and I’m going to take care of you.” If all billion people did that to ten people, what do you think the world would look like in the next century? It will be a completely different world, because everyone would empower everyone. Everything would collaborate. So what I do is not really so much. It’s more to set the example and to get other people to do it. So yes, I can go to Haiti, and change the life of a couple hundred people. Great. Cool. But, I don’t want a pat on the back. I want you to do it. Because if you did it too, and other people would do it too, their Haiti would be fixed, because by myself I’m only going to be able to help a hundred, two hundred people. There’s not much I can do. So the idea is to get that humanity and get everyone to be involved in doing action. If you get the whole world to start thinking in that kind of level, we’d be in a completely different world. That’s what I’m promoting.
That’s wonderful. It is a very interesting interview, one of my best. I’ve been doing this for years, and this is one of the best. Would you like to send any message to the Miami community? MC: We are all a community and we’ve all built this city together. At the end of the day that’s what it is.
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mazonia @ apponi
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Photos by Tara Ink
Great event with more than 200 guests, took place in Capponiâ€™s Mansion in Star Island, in spring. People from different industries such as musicians, actors, business men among others had the chance to be a part of this gatherring.
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David LaChapelleâ€™s By Pedro Lazaro
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hotographer, filmmaker and director David LaChapelle produces some of the most spectacular and controversial pieces of art in the world. His seemingly harsh look at Christianity is shown through images like Jesus is My Homeboy and the American Jesus series.
The American Jesus series reveals Michael Jackson depicted in typically Catholic scenes. Writer Amanda Fitzsimons asked LaChapelle during an interview about his intentions behind his depiction of the Catholic Church.
being a strict Catholic and his brother being a priest and my mother finding God in nature, so I’ve taken a little from both [traditions].”
LaChapelle’s response, “I’m not condemning the Catholic Church — it’s too big, it’s like condemning a nation and that would be prejudiced. But what I’m doing here is pointing out an irony: Here you have an institution that has systematically protected pedophile priests and then you have an innocent Michael Jackson, who California spent millions of dollars trying to prosecute and could not do it because it was complete bullshit.”
During the same interview LaChapelle had no problems whatsoever referring to his Catholic upbringing. “I still go to church occasionally. I went the other day and found peace. I had this duality growing up with my dad
LaChapelle decided to minimize his participation in commercial photography, and return to his roots by focusing on fine art photography. Since then, his work has been the subject of exhibitions in both commercial galleries and leading public institutions around the world. He has had record breaking solo museum exhibitions at the Barbican Museum, London, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Museo del Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Musee de La Monnaie, Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel. In 2011, he had a major exhibition of new work at The Lever House, New York. This year, the artist had a retrospective at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico and broke new ground in his
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own career by showing an exhibition titled Earth Laughs in Flowers at four different international galleries simultaneously: Reformierte Dorfkirche in St. Moritz, branches of Robilant and Voena in London and Milan, and Fred Torres Collaborations in New York.
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an you really identify the end of times in a modern world?
We rarely acquired discipline to learn about the issues that affect our existence, but is inevitable to become a deaf witness of the cruel reality we see on television in newspapers, the Bible, the Mayan calendar, the Egyptians pyramids and the Nostradamus effect among others, remind us the upcoming events (the end of times). Take a look at this piece of modern art above and ask your self â€œWhat would be my attitude today if I were to face the end of time sooner than later.â€?
CRAZY HORSE CONTINUES TO WOW AUDIENCES BY PEDRO LAZARO
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The Show s the most avant-garde cabaret in Paris, Crazy Horse continues to reveal its charm with Désirs. The show opened late in 2009 under the direction of renowned French choreographer Philippe Decouflé and stamped by renowned photographer Ali Mahdavi in artistic direction.
Desirs continues to wow audiences. Creative and bold, Desirs is inspired by and continues to explore the eternal theme of femininity. The dancers, trained in the classical school, seamlessly integrate the sensuous choreography staging with their supple bodies, covered with colorful designs and bright textures. Add creative light effects and the results are startling. It’s hard to determine where skin ends and reflection begins. This unique show not only stimulates the mind but the eye. The show is a highly visually aesthetic series presented by dancers from the legendary troupe of Crazy Horse. Bank, Le Crazy Horse is a new theatre with great emphasis on friendliness and modernity. Customers come for drinks and also to admire Rita Renoir, Poupée the Rose, Bertha Von Paraboum, Lova
Moor or Rosa Fumetto who are seated at small tables or stand by the bar. Its location played an important role in the tremendous atmosphere of the number 12, Avenue George V.
Desirs continues to wow audiences. Creative and bold, Desirs is inspired by and continues to explore the eternal theme of femininity.
Completely renovated in 2007, the Crazy created a more intimate, friendly, and more comfortable atmosphere than ever before. It installed benches on each side and at the back of the venue, and VIP booths for special visitors like David Bowie, Francis Ford Coppola, Gerard Depardieu, Kylie Minogue, Sting and Madonna. This strategic arrangement allows the public to share opinions and talk about the show. Despite the renovations and modular design, the Crazy is still red with lacquered wood, velvet and mirrors – its characteristic images. The purpose was to recreate a space where every element of the show and the theater could change continuously, “like the drawers of a jeweler,” as one critic exclaimed. “The intention is to provide different experiences every night and attract designers who can add creativity.” Thus, the Crazy is always reinventing itself. Architect of the former Le Crazy Horse Ugo Truscelli, and Belgian Derasse Anne, a young interior designer created the current configuration.
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Photos by Seth Hutchinson for firstname.lastname@example.org
Hair by: Alberto Guzman for Cutler/Redken @ Ray Brown NYC Make up by: Alberto Janeiro for Mac Pro @ Art Department
Model: Autumn for Muse Models NYC.
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One piece pink bathingsuit and pink strech pants all by Charlie by MATHEW ZINC. Viser made by ALBERTO AND JANEIRO.
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Gold one piece bathing suit by NORMA KAMALI
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Black bikini top by NORMA KAMALI
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Coverup Jumper by CHARLIE BY MATHEW ZINC
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Leopard Bikini top by CHARLIE BY MATHEW ZINC.
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Two Piece Midnight Blue Fringe Bathing Suit by NORMA KAMALI.
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Two Piece Ruffle Bikini by NORMA KAMALI.
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One Piece Black Safety Pin Baghing Suit by NORMA KAMALI.
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Two pieces bikini by CHARLIE BY MATHEW ZINC.
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Creativity & Advertising
UXURY BRANDS: FASHION AND ADVERTISING
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By Wilson Pacateque
n an industry where image and societal relations are most important, competition between brands of fashion is fascinating when it comes to creating ad campaigns to display in the world’s major magazines. Just open the super-thick Christmas edition of Vogue; eighty percent of the pages are dedicated to fashion advertising, with very little actual content. In spite of a decade of economic downturn, the luxury industry continues to grow. Bain & Company, a global business consulting and business advisory leader in the luxury goods industry, recently presented the 10th edition of the “Study of Global Luxury Goods Market.” The study indicated that global sales of luxury goods continue to grow. Luxury sales registered a ten percent increase amounting to $250 billion. This trend increase was also announced at the annual Fondazione Altagamma – the Industry Trade Association of Italian Luxury Goods. The study points to consumers who return to spend on luxury. Regardless of other spending trends, those who have shopped for luxury items tend to return by renewing clothing, accessories,
Creativity & Advertising leather goods, shoes, jewelry, watches, perfumes and cosmetics with upscale brands. Revenues for luxury goods have soared and momentum is continuing to record sales levels. In this sense, the study of the distribution of luxury has changed significantly, with growth in the outlet stores fifty percent higher that the growth rate recorded in local wholesale and department stores. Direct retail for less money currently accounts for almost thirty percent of luxury sales worldwide. reative approaches to sales lie mainly in the exaggeration of luxury. Brands use iconic Hollywood representatives like Angelina Jolie for St. John/Versace, Monica Bellucci for Cartier, Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman for Dior and Keira Knightly for Chanel. Other high-level performers represent a certain lifestyle like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Adele. Controversial in-the-news figures like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears add spice to certain brands. Oh. In case you hadn’t heard. Sex sells. It sells more than sixty percent of consumer products in the world.
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s the famous saying goes“money calls money” these well-known brands don’t skimp when it comes to hiring the best agencies and most sought-after producers. NOCTURNO Miami | 46
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MICHAEL JACKSON’S WARDROBE BY PEDRO LAZARO
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unique collection of personal and concert tour wardrobe worn by the world renowned “King of Pop” and possessed by Michael Jackson’s long-term costume designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins is on exhibit in London. The exhibition forms the UK-leg of a worldwide tour and will showcase outfits not seen since they were worn on stage or screen.
The exhibit will feature dozens of iconic costumes and fashion artifacts. Highlights include the one of the King of Pop’s infamous right-handed crystal covered glove, the complete “Scream” video outfit, a suit from the 1987 Smooth Criminal video and the 30th Anniversary of Madison Square Gardens Show’s illuminated helmet sported by Jackson.
Die-hard fans will also recognize a host of costumes from outfits worn to various awards ceremonies, music videos and Jackson’s legendary live performances including the BAD, History, and Dangerous tours.
s the only UK host of the exhibition, Westfield Stratford City joins a list of prestigious venues to have held the collection, including Dublin’s The Museum of Style and Icons and Santiago’s The Museo de la Moda and is the only destination in the world to be given the privilege of hosting the internationally acclaimed exhibition. The Bush-Tompkins collection will be located in The Getty Gallery on The Street, with the gallery space transformed to give visitors the opportunity to get up close to some of Michael Jackson’s best-known outfits.
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ver since the fashion industry became more popular in the 80s we have seen many newcomer designers appear in the scene, but only a very few make it to the top. It is not a matter of knowing the right people, getting highlevel connections or being lucky. When passion and talent meet each other, the escalation to the top just happens. This is the story of a passionate and people-driven guy who started his career in Paris working as a textile designer for a small family weaver that supplied leading brands like Chanel and Dior. We are talking about Craig Signer, a talented couture designer who has cultivated his passion since he was in high school. He was always fascinated by peopleâ€™s look. Signer was consciously aware since a young age about the importance of the message that we send out when we choose what to wear. Are we showing confidence? Are we wearing our best style? Are we enhancing our best features? Signer has a natural gift for seeing how people should dress and to create their best style.
MM: When was your call for the creation of your bespoke label? CS: I started my designer career by de-
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when passion and talent lead to personalized luxury.
By Melissa Mezzalira
Photos by Chantal Lawrie
signing clothes for myself, since I wasn’t able to find clothes that represented my personality. My style founded great appreciation and people started to ask me to design for them. I couldn’t even imagine having Saks Fifth Ave calling me to see my collections. MM: Who have been your inspirational models?
CS: People. I never follow any of the fashion designers. My greatest inspiration always comes from exploring and sympathizing with regular people, with my clients. And for sure my passion for fabrics has a huge impact on my inspirations also. I am absolutely devoted to that matter.
y greatest inspiration always comes from exploring and sympathizing with regular people, with my client
MM: Where do you find and buy your fabrics?
CS: In Europe. I can spend hours and days in the fabric stores in Europe. I usually start to select fabrics early in the morning at the store’s opening and I finished only when they close, just because I have to. And I can go on and on for days and days. But sometimes I have to give myself a stop; otherwise I could spend a fortune! MM: How did your style evolve over the years?
CS: It certainly evolved toward compassion. Compassion to my clients: I think about their lifestyles and I create designs and styles to complement their lives.
MM: I saw you in action with some clients and I was impressed by the way that you really truly care about them and their feelings. CS: Yes. I find myself very close to my clients because I need to understand their personalities, what they like and dislike and what the special occasion is. Only then I can help them to shine, to feel comfortable and confident at the same time, and of course, to send the message that they want to achieve. It is very important for me to see that my clients are 100% satisfied and that I have consulted them with the best option possible. To me, my clients are all the perfect canvas for me to design. MM: I believe that your clients love you and that they are very loyal to you. Is that correct?
CS: Yes, they do. I am very passionate about my clients and, yes, they are loyal. My work allows me to create a very deep connection with them and I am always amazed by the way that they include
me in their lives. I have clients who tell me that I was with them in all of the best moments of their lives, because when they go and look at their pictures they are wearing some of my pieces. It is very rewarding, especially when I have the chance to design wedding gowns. I do that only if I really know my client well. There is a high level of expectation for a wedding gown and I want to make sure that I can create the perfect item to embrace my client’s personality in that very special day. Meditation helps me a lot to envision the perfect outfit for my clients. MM: Tell us about your personal life, your hobbies, and your passions.
CS: I follow a very healthy lifestyle, and this is one of the reasons why I choose to live at the Canyon Ranch. Everything there is about health and balance and it is a quiet place that allows me to do my meditations, to work out, and to go to the beach. My other big passion is fast cars. I love high speed – I’ve actually had many tickets because of that – and I enjoy driving. I also like to travel around the world and I love to shop for very unique pieces, like art and music.
MM: What kind of music do you like?
: It depends from the occasion. Lately I bought a lot of indie music. But I also like country music and rock music, especially when I go for my fast speed rides. MM: Your hometown is Cincinnati, so why Miami? CS: Miami is the sexiest city in the world. Probably after Miami I would say NY and LA. Where else can you find palm tree landscapes, drive over the bridges and be in a big city, enjoy the beaches, the col-
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iami is the sexiest city in the world. Probably after Miami I would say New York and Los Angeles. ors, the sun. When I moved to Miami in the 90’s it was a passionate and sexy scene. And today it still is, especially in the places where I go.
MM: Can you name some of the celebrities that you have worked with?
CS: Steven Tyler, Elton John, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Hilary Swank, and Gloria Estefan. MM: How is it working with them?
CS: They are like anybody else. It is funny because you think that they should be so confident about their image, but when it comes to trying clothes they are looking for affirmations. They look at themselves in the mirror and ask, “Does it really look good on me?” MM: Who was the celebrity who impressed you the most
CS: Sir Elton John. I was impressed about how quiet and shy he is. We went for dinner together with some other people, a table of about 10 and he rarely said a word.
MM: Is there any funny thing or gossip that you can share with us?
: The funniest thing was when Gloria Estefan decided that she would wear her beaded pants that she already worn once for a special occasion, for her upcoming birthday. I told her, “Gloria you can’t wear the same piece
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twice!” Her answer was, “I’ve been singing the same songs for 25 years; I can wear this pants twice!” MM: Who else would you like to dress?
CS: Justin Timberlake, just because he has a great physique and he is so versatile. I think it would be fun! Madonna, she must be killing her body every day to be in that shape. Adele, I would really like to help her to define her style. MM: Where do you see your brand going?
CS: I am very passionate about product design. In the near future I would like to add shoes, handbags and lifestyle accessories like pillows.
City? Paris Food? Healthy Drink? Scotch Designer? Karl Lagerfeld Singer? Pet Shop Boys Dream? Open Craig Signer stores around the world Zodiac sign? Virgo City to visit? Honk Kong Best trip? Singapore
Craig Signer Showroom is located in 1001 Kane Concourse Miami Beach, FL 33154.
His collections are available as Saks Fifth Ave through personal appearances and fashion shows, marketing events and hosted lunches. Often handpicked capsules remain in stores following the Collection Shows for additional sales and continuity.
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elcome My Father Cigars to Miami.
WP: Where are you originally from? J: I was born in Cuba and I came to the United States in the year 1997. I came alone, to the house of some friends we have here. My father and brother came five years later, and that’s when we started the company. WP: Did you have any jobs before developing the company? What did you do when you came to Miami? J: Of course, I worked in many things; I worked in a gas station, in a supermarket, those kinds of jobs.
WP: How old were you? J: I was 18 years old. And that’s how I started. Five years later my mom, my dad, and my brother arrived from Cuba. They came to the United States, and that’s when my dad decided to open the tobacco factory; originally we opened it in La Pequeña Habana.
WP: Did you have any tobacco-related deals in Cuba? J: Well, you don’t have any deals in Cuba; everything there is with the government, but my dad was born, and raised in a tobacco factory. His family had a tobacco factory since before the Revolution, before Fidel, and that’s all he did in his life. I’m from a really small town in the middle of the island. It’s called Villa Clara. In that town, the principal thing there was a tobacco factory. A factory export of tobacco is one of the biggest in the country. My dad used to work there. I remember when I was a little girl I used to go to visit the factory. I didn’t have the opportunity to work there, because, as I told you, I left Cuba when I was really young. My brother and my dad did work there.
knew what he could do. He told me he needed my help. I asked him how could I help if I didn’t know how to make tobacco. He said I could help at anything. And that’s how we started; it was only my family. I did shipping. I packed. I did many things. And that’s how I started. WP: So you have made a career. J: We have made a career. We have accomplished many things. And most important we have achieved an incredible national recognition. I feel a deep admiration for my dad.
hat makes us women different from man? We go to work every day, we take care of the kids, why not sit down and enjoy a cigar?
WP: Once they got here, your family opened the business again. How is it that you get involved? J: It was actually kind of funny because when my dad got here and wanted to start the business, people thought he was crazy, because in the 90’s there was this thing called the “Boom of Tobacco.” My dad arrived after it was done, so nobody bought tobacco. Everyone had moved to Central America to make tobacco. Everyone told my dad that he was crazy, that he shouldn’t do it, that it wouldn’t work. But my dad said that he would do it, because he
WP: What state is your profession in? Right now, things have changed. The company has grown. We’ve opened another factory in Nicaragua, and we have two thousand employees there. Now, I’m at a new stage because I have my own line of tobacco. In 2008, my brother decided to make a tobacco called My Father. He did it behind my fathers back. My dad was a little sad because he knew something was happening and we weren’t telling him anything. He told my mom that there was something going on and we weren’t telling him anything. My cousin designed all the My Father labels. We did some tobacco with my brother’s name, and it went extremely well. My part of the business was more business administration. I used to go to stores to create events, and everyone used to ask me when I was going to bring my own tobacco. I have a client who started with us in this business. He told me it was time to make my own tobacco. So, I started making my own tobacco. It is called La Dueña. We took it out in August. People loved it.
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Success would love that in ten years from now, I can celebrate the 10th
anniversary of “La Dueña”. There’s a lot of love and effort in this project.
WP: How often do you smoke a cigar? J: Every day. Sometimes one, two, or even three times a day; depends on what mood I’m in.
WP: What is an ordinary day for you? J: I arrive to the office between 8 and 8:30 a.m. The first thing I ask for is a Cuban coffee. There are always many things to do: sales, meetings with my president and with my assistant. We discuss what sells and what is not selling and what we need to do. Leave the office at 6:00 p.m., go to my house, where I’m with my kids and my family.
WP: How do balance your professional life with your home life? J: I could not stay in my house. I need to go out and work. I couldn’t spend my entire day sitting down watching TV, or in front of a computer in Facebook. I would die if I had to stay home. WP: What is your expectation with your brand? J: I would love that in ten years from now, I can celebrate the 10th anniversary of La Dueña. There’s a lot of love and effort in this project.
WP: What’s the key to success? J: A lot of work! We don’t have a schedule; we don’t have days. I think everything is possible when you love something, because when you love something, you don’t care if you’re working on a Sunday. To every project we have to put our soul, heart, and life. If you don’t, things won’t work.
: I understand that cigarettes usually identify the man. What is your position as a woman about cigars? J: What makes us women different from man? We go to work every day, we take care of the kids, why not sit down and enjoy a cigar? It’s not only for men; it’s also for women. WP: Do you think that a woman with a cigar attracts a man? J: I think so, but it also depends on the mentality of the man.
WP: What does a cigar represents for you? J: First of all, I think it’s a culture. It’s not the same as smoking a cigarette. A cigar is elegance and enjoyment. It’s relaxing. You go to a reunion with really important people, and you see them with a cigar. The great figures of this world smoke cigars.
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Quick answers: Dream? Right know I have everything I dreamed of. City you love? Paris Favorite hotel? Hotel Napoleon in Paris Favorite food? American Favorite drink? Red wine Favorite designer? Nicolas Felizola. Favorite artist? Picasso Musician? Celia Cruz
WP: Please give our Nocturno audience a message about life. About cigars? J: About life, I would say that anything is possible. I came to this country with nothing, only a hundred dollars in my pocket, and with a lot of effort and work we have accomplished something really big. And about cigars, you can smoke cigars no matter what people say. It’s not bad.
BY CARTIER By Pedro Lazaro
he ThyssenBornemisza Museum presented the exhibition El Arte de Cartier, during a press conference with the Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Cartier International CEO, Bernard Fornas, the Image, Style and Heritage Cartier Director, Pierre Rainero, the Artistic Director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and curator of the exposition, Guillermo Solana, and the scenographer and curator, Jorge Varela in attendance. After the press conference, Charlotte Casiraghi, Cartier special guest, visited the exhibition accompanied by the Baroness ThyssenBornemisza and Bernard Fornas, where she discovered the 422 showcased pieces belonging to the Cartier Collection together with the loans from the Spanish Royal Family and
The Monaco Palace.
Jewelery, clocks and precious accessories: through its infinite detail and sophistication the Cartier Collection reveals a culture and an art of living. Throughout Cartier’s history, the values which lie at the heart of its creative principle have asserted themselves: the pursuit of exceptional craftsmanship, daring, curiosity, openness and... generosity.
From the Garland style through to the Art Deco of the 1930s, from Chinese inspiration to the Tutti Frutti style, this unique retrospective showcases more than 165 years of creativity and the many facets of Cartier style, a style which earned the title “King of Jewellers, Jeweller of Kings” from King Edward VII. The Cartier Collection at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid is on exhibit through February 17, 2013.
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HARVEY HERNANDEZ, A VISIONARY By Wilson Pacateque
ntrepreneur and real estate developer Harvey Hernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and came to Miami in 1992 as a young student looking for adventure. Hernandez got a non-traditional education as he hit some costly bumps on the road to success and picked up lessons for good living along the way. He sat down with Nocturno Miami’s CEO Wilson Pacateque for a revealing interview into his life, successes and passions.
WP: Tell us about your history. HH: I was looking for adventure, a place to study and continue my education in a place where I could see different things. I was always very open-minded. Caracas, at that time, was closed-minded and limited as to what I could see and what I could do. The United States was an option and Miami was first on my list. I went to school to study business administration. I did not finish. There was a crisis in Venezuela, and I ran out of money. I had to decide if I was going to eat or go to school. It’s an easy
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decision, no? I had to go to work, and started working many jobs at once – parking valet, pizza delivery boy, car sales – before I decided to start my own computer company in 1995. I started small, just myself and another employee. We brought the company to 40 million dollars in five years. We had a huge warehouse; it was a huge operation. We sold it in late 2000 and I found myself almost unemployed. I started buying real estate, and basically fell in love with the business. I fell in love with the fact that you can create things, build things, see a piece of property and imagine how much better it can be. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last twelve years.
WP. You went to school. You tried your hand at all these other jobs. Why real estate? HH. Because at the end of the day, basically I’m a salesman. I like to sell. I can sell anything you can put in front of me if I believe in
Success But I think that crisis and those years [of crisis] were really important for us as real estate professionals and entrepreneurs, and for me on a personal level. I feel I was very fortunate to acquire all that experience. For some people, if you’re in your 50s or 60s and you experience what we experienced, it could be devastating. For us, it was basically part of the business. It’s part of what you need to go though if you’re going to be a really good entrepreneur. That’s the way I see it. We survived, thank God. We are smarter. We are more conservative. We are more real because of that.
. The real estate industry is going up again. You know that. A lot of people from around world are investing. What do you think is a good investment opportunity this year in Miami? HH: Listen Miami is an amazing city, okay? There are problems all over the world - in Europe, in South America, in Asia and the US, too. The US has the fewest problems of all industrialized nations. In the US there are only two or three cities where people want to be. One is New
he real estate industry is going up again. You know that. A lot of people from around world are investing. What do you think is a good investment opportunity this year in Miami?
it. Real estate gives me amazing satisfaction because I create what I’m selling. That’s what I do. I am a creator and a salesperson.
. You got involved in the business in 2001. How was the industry at that time?
HH. It was interesting. It was at the beginning of the real estate boom. Everybody wanted to buy because interest rates were low and there was no product. We started creating product for the middle class and it was actually very active at that time.
WP: Soon after that, the opportunity for real estate really dropped down. What factors do you think caused that to happen? HH: What happened was this: New construction got a little out of control. Prices increased too fast. There was too much leverage in the market. People were leveraging themselves too much. It was too easy to acquire financing. And we, as builders, were building a lot. Why? Because we had a perceived demand that it was huge. So then the combination of all these things – financing collapsed, then real estate market values collapsed and it created financial crisis between 08 and 09.
WP: How did you deal with this situation? HH: We had three big projects at the time. One was finished and we were able to close about 30 percent of the units. The rest we used as rentals until we were able to sell them all. We only sold 20 percent of the units on the second project and we still own the rest. And the last project, we basically lost to the bank.
York. The others – and this is arguable – are cities in California whether it be Los Angeles or San Francisco; the other is Miami. The magic of Miami? It’s very simple, really. Miami has an energy and lifestyle that no other city in the US can match. It has the combination of things; it has the diversity and culture; it is very secure and stable socially, with nightlife and day life and beautiful weather. And the pricing is very inexpensive compared to other cities. New York will cost you three times as much. So Miami is being perceived now as the best investment in the US at a great value. That’s why we have sold all of our inventory and now have to start building again because there is no inventory and a lot of demand. And Miami is no longer just for just Latin Americans. It’s for people from all over the world. You tell anyone from anywhere, “we are in Miami,” they know exactly where we are, exactly what we are all about and they want to come. They’re dying to come to Miami.
WP: There are lots of interesting things happening and lots of events in Miami, too. . There are lots of events like Art Basel, like boat shows, like fashion weeks, Wynwood, art, culture, entertainment, sporting events and sporting venues. We have the best NBA team, one of the best hockey teams, a brand new five hundred million dollar stadium for our baseball team, two brand new museums opening within the next two years; both of them worth a billion dollars. We have an amazing infrastructure. I see Miami as more vibrant than ever before. And it’s going to get a lot better. Everybody wants a piece of it. WP. With so many great things happening, how do you see Miami
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ike Picasso used to say, “… a good artist copies but a great artist steals.” It’s a great line
in five years? HH: For one thing, it’s going to cost double. If you don’t buy right now, either a place or piece of property, you are going to regret it. That’s for sure. That’s number one. Number two, I see Miami with at least double the visitors you see today. Miami right now has the most important cruise port in the world. It is moving more than 4 million passengers a year out of this port. If you go to the airport you see the airport has no capacity. It has to grow, and we continue to absorb that capacity. So it’s going to be very interesting. I’ve been in Miami for 20 years, and I’ve never been in a period where I’ve seen change so fast.
WP. Tell us a little about your BrickellHouse project. : BrickellHouse is very special to us because it is the first project of this size being launched after the crisis in an area of town, Brickell Avenue, where everybody wants to be. It is a real neighborhood. When I say it’s a real neighborhood, I say that because it is full of nightlife, and restaurants and everybody interacts with each other. We created this project with that in mind, a project that would complement and reflect the whole city as it is right now. It is very Miami but very sophisticated, while at the same time young and full of innovation and technology. I think we have created a very successful project and people are embracing it very well, so much so that we are 97 percent sold out. Also, we are building ahead of schedule, and should be complete in about two years. It has been a tremendous success. WP: After BrickellHouse, what’s coming? HH: We don’t do a lot of projects at the same time. We really dedicate ourselves to build very special projects. We’ll have a couple things in the works, probably launching them in the next 60 days or so. We keep our projects community-minded with the user in mind. mire.
WP. Tell us some projects from around the world that you ad-
HH: That’s tough. There are projects in New York, here in Miami and in Barcelona that I admire. I think the common denominator of these projects is that the people who developed them have spent time and imagination and patience with them. I always tell my people, “Listen guys, it doesn’t cost more to build a really special project. It just takes a lot more time and effort.” That’s how we do business. Every time I see a project where people took time and effort to design and build differently and be very creative I admire that. I was just in the Hearst building in New York City. They did an amazing, very contemporary building on top of an historic base. It was designed by Foster and Partners, one of the best architectural firms in the world. We have hired them for another project of ours on the beach.
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They get it! Foster and Partners designed the Virgin Galactic spaceport. You see these projects and say “Wow! This is tremendous.” We are doing something with these people. I’m not going to tell you what it is just yet. But this is what I admire: design, quality and vision. I take that very seriously.
WP: You never took an architecture or design class? You were born with creativity. HH: I always liked it and I think you get better and better as you do more and as you travel more and see more things. You steal things from people and other projects. Like Picasso used to say, “… a good artist copies but a great artist steals.” It’s a great line. WP: What is a normal day for Harvey Hernandez? HH: A normal day is full of meetings, full of things to do, and not enough time. It’s full of working really hard and playing really hard. Full on 100 percent and that’s the way I like it. I work out after my day. I go out after my day. I enjoy life. WP: Tell us about your passions in life. HH: My passions are boating, tennis and acquiring art - although that is very difficult because you have to invest time - women, architectural vision. So are my kids and my family. I have a son and a daughter. If I had to put it in order, it would be my family, my work, my personal life, my wellbeing and then everything else.
WP: Do you have any other projects that are not related to this industry? HH: No. Basically everything has to do with real estate. We have another business that manages the properties that we own. We have another business that sells and buys real estate. We have another business that is a small general contracting firm that does our work.
WP: I am looking for one-word answers to your favorites. : City: Barcelona
Restaurant: Juvia on Miami Beach and Bandito in Bogota Movie: Midnight in Paris Car: Ferrari 458 Cologne: Prada Infusion Building: Hearst Tower Artist: [Jesus Raphael] Soto Music: Any depending on the place and the mood. Perfect night: In the middle in the ocean with the right music, the right weather and the right company. A dream: To always be happy doing whatever you have to be doing. Just be content. The key to your success: Hunger. Message for Nocturno Miami readers: Follow your dreams. Keep trying. Keep learning. Always be decent. Always be honest. Always do right. I think in the long run, it always pays off.
VERYTHING READY FOR TAKE OFF By Pedro Lazaro
irgin Galactic, the first commercial space line in the world, recently announced that its vehicle developer Scaled Composites (Scales), was granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an experimental launch of its carriers -SpaceShipTwo and its carrier, WhiteKnightTwo. “This is an important milestone that allows our team to advance to face test flight rocket propul-
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sion. It gives us a big step that brings us even closer to taking our customers into space,” said George Whitesides, President and CEO of Virgin Galactic. “We thank the FAA for the timely issuance of this award and the supervision responsible for this test program.” Until now, SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKingTwo both have made significant progress in the test flight programs. The WhiteKnightTwo has successfully completed 80 test flights, while
the newly constructed SpaceShipTwo completed without a hitch sixteen flights, including three that evaluated the re-entry system. Additionally, the company successfully operated ten tests of the rocket motor ignition scale, including full-length burn. Now with this permission, Scaled is authorized to continue test flights of rocket propulsion. In preparation for flying this flight engine, SpaceShipTwo will return soon to also test the aerodynamic performance of the ship with the full weight of the system with onboard rocket engines. The integration of key components of rocket engine had already started during a break in the routine maintenance currently being finalized, and will continue through the fall. Scaled expects to begin supersonic flight with rocket propulsion later this year thanks to the newly granted FAA permission. “The program of special ships are having steady progress, and we are looking forward to starting the engine of the rocket for the first time during the flight” added Doug Shane, President of Scaled. lthough several permits have been granted for other experimental rockets, SpaceShipTwo is the first rocket propulsion vehicle carrying humans on board that has been granted this permission. The SpaceShipOne flew triumphantly with people aboard since 2004 SpaceShipOne is the basis for the design of SpaceShipTwo. One flew before the regulatory regime permits for such experiments were established. The FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation grants permissions only after it has determined that the operator responsible for the vehicle has completed all appropriate steps to protect the public during testing. Applicants for these permits must submit detailed drawings of the design and operation of the vehicle to ensure that all possible scenarios have been considered. Scaled Composites, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, is a company that develops aero-
space specialty compounds and is the birthplace of many of the most incredible structures in the world in recent decades. SpaceShipOne won the $ 10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004. Founded in 1982 by Burt Rutan, Scaled Composites to Northrop Grumman Aerospace continues to focus on innovative and original solutions through its extensive experience in the design, tooling and production of aircraft, and the design, analysis and development of specialty composite structure and the development of flight tests for air and space vehicles. irgin Galactic recently announced that its passenger suborbital spacecraft, the SpaceShipTwo (SS2), successfully completed its first test glide flight on June 26, after the recent period of integration rocket engine systems and maintenance. In addition, on June 26, the engine of the spacecraft, Rocket MotorTwo (RM2), successfully passed another test full duration of the fire, marking the first time that the company and its partners conducted two tests on the same day. “Since receiving the permission for an experimental release by the FAA in May for SpaceShipTwo and its carrier, the WhiteKnightTwo, there has been a rapid increase in the number of test activities,” said Whitesides. For this flight, SS2 was released into the air from the WhiteKnightwo (WK2) at an altitude of 51,000 feet. In SS2 controls were pilots Pete Siebold and Mike Scaled Alsbury. The carriers were test pilots of Scaled Mark Stucky and David Mackay, chief pilots Virign Galactic. The pilots Mike Melvill, who flew the first private flight to space, Virgin Galactic Keith Colmer, were tracking the aircraft. The engine ignition realized what Sierra Nevada Space Systems, the prime contractor for the system RM2. The test of 55 seconds was the thirteenth and all objectives were met. In addition to this test, on June 20 we made a large-scale test of the engine burn, which was held at the testing site in Mojave Air Scaled, California under the direction of the controller Rocket Engine the spacecraft. This test provided a complete test ignition system for rocket engines, which is a key step in the preparation for powered flight. his intense period of activity came just weeks before Virgin Galactic, along with its sister production organization of production based in Mojave, The Spaceship Company, met buyers and VIPs at the Farnborough International Air Show 2012. The guests attended a special meeting with the company founder Sir Richard Branson and other executives.
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rom the second you step into the SLS Hotel South Beach you feel it is going to be an exclusive experience.
The two gorgeous and smiling ladies at the door invite you into the luxurious “dream world” where Latin, Asian, contemporary and art deco influences blend together into a sophisticated and unique harmony.
The flowered fragrance, the impeccable design, the variety of colors and decors stimulate a mix of senses that create an unforgettable experience.
On November 8th, exactly five months after the formal opening, SLS Hotel South Beach celebrated its official grand opening with a party hosted by Nazarian, Andrés and Kravitz.
The “dream world” is the perfect combination of immaculate service, varied world-class dining and nightlife options that delivers just that without ever having to leave the property. SLS Miami Beach was born thanks to the award-winning collaboration between founder, chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian, creative icon Philippe Starck and James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés. Joining Nazarian, Starck and Andrés in the partnership is Lenny Kravitz and his team at Kravitz Design Incorporated (KDI) who designed the prop-
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erty’s penthouse suite and one of the ten pool villas.
“The collaboration at SLS Hotel South Beach demonstrates our mission to provide a lifestyle experience that is truly unmatched in the hospitality space,” said Nazarian. “The creative brilliance of Starck, Andrés and Kravitz delivers an offering that captures the vivid and intoxicating essence of South Beach throughout every layer of the design, service and food and beverage.”
the choices are unlimited. Start your evening by sipping cocktails at the Bar Centro where French Bistro tables blend harmoniously with Latin and Asian artwork accents and bold Cuban paintings. Then experience a charming dinner at The Bazaar’s by José Andrés and his award-winning cuisine or indulge your senses at Katsuya, where Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi infuses traditional Japanese cuisine with a provocative twist. End your night at the Dragon Lounge, featuring Katsuya’s award-winning mixology program or at outdoor lounge Hyde Beach, the 1930s and 40s-inspired sexy destination.
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s Starck states, “Whoever you are, whatever you want to be, whatever you want to live, whatever you want to love, you will always find your place in the new SLS Hotel South Beach.” Grand Opening
On November 8th, exactly five months after the formal opening, SLS Hotel South Beach celebrated its official grand opening with a party hosted by Nazarian, Andrés and Kravitz. The exclusive night welcomed nearly 1,000 guests between celebrities, media and elite influencers. The SLS was transformed in a surreal world of dreams with fashionable geishas and alluring characters to engage the guests in a playful theatrical experience. Special live performances by Rumer Willis and Capital Cities ended the night on a floating stage over the pool.
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alerie Bourdin is a Parisian fashion designer who recently opened a store in Merrick Village Park called Vanita Rosa.
WP: Thank you the opportunity to interview you. I am familiar with your brand and I know it is going to be a huge success here in Miami. Tell us about your history. VB: I come from Paris. I am a real Parisian woman. I’ve travelled in my life all around the world since I was 8-years-old. I was in Africa and South America. I worked as a manager for Dolce and Gabbana in Paris. I decided go to St. Martinique to open a store. I wanted to open my own store, and I had in my mind I wanted to create my own line, after working for six years with Dolce Gabbana. It was very, very good for me to work to with them. They had the best color, the best fabric and design. I decided to create my own line at this time. In Miami I opened my store and step by step - one more model and one more model and now I am the owner of a cute store and a big collection. WP: That’s great. VB: My first store was in St. Barths in 2002. Now we have five stores.
What can you tell us about your collection? What is the personality of your style and your brand? VB: You know I am a business woman, but I am a woman too. I am a mother and I create first of all for me. I want to use my clothes all day long, even when I wake up in the morning, to lunch, to dinner to the party,
and the after party. That’s why I think of ways I create all my line like this with the fabric I want to wear with the color I want to wear. The women love it. They go with me. They love my intuition and it works like this. I don’t know how I am doing it but it works.
WP: You come from Paris and in Paris, fashion is the high end and so gorgeous. VB: The highest fashion in the world comes from Paris. This haute couture comes from Paris. And there is a lot of competition. But if you bring something different, if you bring something very big in identitiy and very good quality, and you show your name everywhere, people recognize it right away. Poeple want to wear your name.
WP: You come to America and St. Barth from Paris. People are more relaxed here, maybe not so fancy. How do you work with these people on the beach. I think the mood is really differnent. You know I have a store in Paris. I have a store in New York, I have a store in St. Barth and now in Miami. Miami is a mix of city and beach. People like to go on the beach on the weekends. Miami has the best weather in the world. And we have have a store for the city woman, the working girl with beach style. And you know Miami is a very, very very good mix of these styles. I can do in Miami what I do in Paris and St. Barth and New York. WP: How do you see the fashion industry in Miami with so much happening here, like high fashion, art, culture, gastronomy? VB: Miami is on the move - on a good move. It is always on top of the fashion because all the best brands want to be in Miami. It is necessary to be in Miami now.
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iami is on the move - on a good move. It is always on top of the fashion because all the best brands want to be in Miami. It is necessary to be in Miami now.
WP: How long have you been here with your brand? VB: I just arrived. But there is a store in Miami that distributes the line and started five years ago.
WP: What can women expect of your brand in Miami? VB: What every woman expects from clothes is to feel beautiful. Every woman wants to be sexy. They want to be attractive, they want to be glamerous and they want this each hour of the day. With my line they will have all this and they will be compatible?? Comfortable? This is the point of my line.
WP: How do you see your self and your brand within the next three years? Advertising? Promotion Fashion shows? How do you see your brand in Miami? I see my brand doing very well here becasue I know what women are expecting. I am in the same way. I think women want to be attractive. I see myself maybe in Los Angeles in three years.
WP: Tell me about you. What is a normal day for you? VB: I am a mother. I wake up for my little one. She is eight. She goes to school. I make breakfast for her. I bring her to school. Then my day starts with a facial. Then my day starts and I can do whatever I want. There are so many things to do because I own the line. I own the company by myself, you know? I am the only one. I just came back from Paris. I am working on the winter 2014 clothing line, And for me, I am always one year before like all the fashion designers, of course. But for me, it is a huge work. I am very critical. If it’s not perfect, I’m not going to be happy. Everything has to be perfect. That’s why I’m here in Miami right now.
WP: What do you think is the key to your success? VB: I think it is originality. The difference is what I bring; you can’t find any where else. It is a very special line. You cannot find this kind of fabric or this kind of color anywhere else. ... After shopping at Chanel, they come to me because they know they will find what they are looking for in my store that they can’t find anywhere else.
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WP: That’s really interesting.
Short answers to short questions: WP: City VB: Paris.
WP: Restaurant VB: Japanese
WP: Movie VB: Moulen Rouge WP: Car VB: Bentley
WP: Perfume VB: Chanel No. 5.
WP: Artist VB: Picasso, of course
WP: Music VB: Beyonce. I love her music, and it is my dream to dress her.
WP: Tell me a perfect night for you. VB: With my daughter and her papa watching television is my perfect night. WP: A dream VB: Find the perfect love. It’s a real dream. WP: Tell us a message for Miami people. VB: Be good and take care.
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he most expensive car: Bugatti Veyron Super Sports $2,400,000.
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he Scream The most expensive painting. Edvard Munchâ€™s The Scream has become the most expensive artwork sold. The auction, conducted by Sothebyâ€™s New York marked an all time high for a painting which sold for $119.9 million.
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he most expensive jet- Gulfstream 550: With a price tag of $59,900,000 the Gulfstream 550 tops the list of most expensive jets available on the market
The most expensive Yacht: History Supreme also known as Baia 100 SUPREME is $4.8 billion.
he most expensive purse: The Mouawadâ€™s 1001 Nights Diamond Purse - $3.8 million.
The most expensive chocolate: Chocopologie by Knipschildt. Cost: $2,600 per pound. Web site: www.knipschildt.com
ne of the most expensive jewels: This pink round-cornered rectangular diamond sold for $46.2 million to jeweler Laurence Graff.
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UNITED STATES - Sundance Film Festival, Utah Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from nearly 12,000 submissions. More than 50,000 people attend screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, January 17 through 27. BRAZIL – Carnival of Rio, Rio de Janerio Held 46 days before Easter beginning the Friday before Ash Wednesday, the annual celebration is a raucous street party filled with music, parades, food and drinks. February 8, 2013. AUSTRALIA – Sydney Festival The Harbor City comes alive in a cultural festival of music, dance and visual spectacle every January since 1977. More thank a million tourists will see more than 300 performances and 80 events involving more than a thousand artists.
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of SLS Hotel South Beach hosted by Sam Nazarian, Philippe Starck, JosĂŠ AndrĂŠs and Lenny Kravitz Rumer Willis and band at SLS Hotel South Beach Grand.
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