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An intimate look at the home of Elizabeth Taylor through Catherine Opie’s photography exhibit

Industry experts weight in on the trends that will be on the forefront of interior design





MTT shares his thoughts on the connectivity of music, culture & community




We talk with Lee Schrager about what we can expect from this years SOBEWFF


A round up of the yachts making their debut at the 2017 Yachts Miami Beach Show

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Wellness experts of V Art of Wellness talk fitness goals and their new class at the Confidante Miami Beach



WINTER ISSUE Mariana Rodrigues

After more than 10 years as a communications executive in New York and Paris, Mariana is now thawing in the warm, sunny sands of Miami. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, her love for exploring and writing has taken her all over the world. Curious by nature, she is always on the lookout for her next story.


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Melissa Bryant has worked as an Editorial Assistant and writer for several luxury lifestyle publications. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean and is embracing her deep love for exploring the world by writing articles and news pieces for travel publications.

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ON THE COVER New World Center WALLCAST concert and Miami Beach SoundScape park. Photo by Emilio Collavino.



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Letter from the PUBLISHER Those of us lucky enough to live in South Florida are blissfully aware of the embarrassment of riches our cities offer, at no time does this ring more true than during the winter months. Not just because we get to enjoy wonderfully comfortable weather, but because our southern cities come even more alive, hosting some of the country’s most exciting events. The Yachts Miami Beach show brings luxury to the water with what promises to be an incredible display of yachts from the most elite builders (see page 48 for our roundup of yachts making their debut). We’ll join other food lovers in celebration of culinary artistry when the South Beach Wine & Food Festival fires up for the 16th installation. We talk to festival creator, Lee Schrager for the scoop on what’s new at this years show (see page 72). South Florida is quickly establishing itself as a cultural hub – at the forefront of this effort is the New World Symphony. We talk with founder, Michael Tilson Thomas about the latest initiative, Project 305 (page 39), an innovative project we can all be a part of. So dive in, immerse yourself in our winter issue – you’ll discover new ways to celebrate the dynamism of our glorious South Florida community. Cheers to a wonderful winter!

- JG


We’ve rounded up an incredible selection of yachts making their debut at the 29th annual Yachts Miami Beach Show from the world’s most elite custom boat builders.


With a sleek exterior profile drawn by JC Espinosa and a European-influenced interior designed in collaboration with Italian designer Luca Dini, the new RP120 model offers both luxury and functionality. A low-resistance hull design affords superior and efficient performance while a 26’2” beam provides extremely spacious accommodations and living spaces. Sporting a five en suite stateroom layout with an on-deck Master that boasts a full-beam en suite. Two mirrored VIP staterooms and two twin guest staterooms are situated below deck. Multiple areas for entertaining and lounging are found throughout the interior and exterior of this latest model in Horizon’s RP series, including foredeck seating and relaxing areas, a spacious aft deck, and a flybridge deck level that provides an immense area for al fresco entertaining and relaxing.

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G Marine Becomes the Exclusive Dealer of Wallytender G Marine, exclusive dealer of Fairline, Astondoa, EVO Yachts has added Monaco based Wallytender to their list of iconic brands. “We are very proud to be the sole dealer for Wallytender and to add the excellence and respect of the brand to our European lines from Spain, England and Italy,” says David Galante, G Marine COO, “The Wallytender is built for the most discerning clientele; it gives us the ability to best serve our current clients and the expanded needs of yachting enthusiasts across the Americas.” G Marine will display the brands newest addition, the Wallytender X at Yachts Miami Beach this February. Created for highspeed lovers with its triple Mercury 400 HP outboards, originally developed for racing, providing 60 knots, combining speed and 18 |

comfort. The 45’ boat has a 13’ beam and many luxury features like teak decking, carbon fiber trim and metallic paints. The boats lightweight composite construction and advanced hull is designed to produce a boat that runs smoothly at speed in any seas and can carry 12 people confortably. This will be the Wallytender’s American debut. “Wally is pleased to be part of G Marine’s portfolio of European brands for its sound reliability and reputation,” says Luca Bassani, “We are convinced that this new product with the outboard propulsion is the perfect fit for carefree days on the water of beautiful South Florida and Central America, offering the ultimate performance experience, blended with our distinguished style.” Visit

ART IN TOWN The winter season’s premier art fair is back for its sixth installation. This year’s roster will include 70 international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works of art. February 16th – 20th. Visit


Renowned creator of inlaid marble surfaces and furniture complements, Citco opens their first showroom in Miami’s Design District. This definitive opening represents the continuation of a growth plan for the brand by expanding visibility to Miami’s very active design and architecture market. Citco’s Miami showroom presents a selection of its best projects as well as their expanded Design collection from designers like Ferruccio Laviani, Norman Foster, Arik Levy and Daniel Libeskind.

JetSet: NY to Miami BLADEone resumes private jet service with perks

BLADEone, a mobile application for aviation, enabling consumers to easily create flights or book seats for crowdsourced helicopter, seaplane, turboprop plane and jet travel between the New York area and popular regional destinations announces the second season of their weekly jet service between Manhattan or Westchester and its flagship lounge in Miami, Florida. This season, BLADEone will be utilizing a Bombardier CRJ 200 commercial airline jet that is typically configured to accommodate up to 60 passengers, but has been retrofitted for only 16 passengers. Service on BLADEone will continue on a weekly basis through April 16th, with flights departing Manhattan at 9AM on Friday mornings and returning from Miami Sundays at 4PM. Flyers also have the option of departing from or returning directly to Westchester for all BLADEone Miami flights. Visit


HARRY WINSTON. Following a four-month renovation, The House of Harry Winston has reopened its Bal Harbour Salon, located in Bal Harbour Shops. The international luxury brand, which has been in service at this location since 2005, has transformed its 630 square foot space into a contemporary variation of the traditional Winston style. Soft taupe walls and lush lattice carpeting play off the custom designed black lacquer and antique bronze furniture, while a bespoke chandelier illuminates the stunning new center vitrine. The interior layout now features dedicated galleries, created to highlight the breadth of Harry Winston’s exceptional offering and ensure clients the highly personalized shopping experience that the House is known for. A private selling room provides the ideal environment for a discreet and truly luxurious shopping experience. Visit | 19

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BOSS BESPOKE SOFT HANDBAG The newest evolution of the BOSS Bespoke bag, as revealed on the New York Fashion Week runway, is the limited-edition BOSS Bespoke Soft, from the S/S17 Collection. The Italian-made satchel is detailed with oversize lock closure in brushed metal and distinctive contrast stitching. Adjustable side panels and a detachable shoulder strap allow for versatile, quotidian carrying. Hand-painted edges and a cotton twill lining complete the relaxed, softly structured design. $1095. Available in red, light green and black.

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NATURE INSPIRED ▲ Jimmy Choo is going back to nature for the source of inspiration for their Spring Summer 2017 collection, calling on the “vivid vibrancy of a hummingbird’s plumage… the exaggerated symmetry and glowing color contained in the fleshy whorls of an iris.” The collection combines the brand’s high level of craftsmanship with bold new experiments in form, and powerfully potent color and decoration. Pictured is the Kathleen130, a platform sandal with a unique layered fringe cuff detailing made of mirror leather creates a feathered effect. $1,195.00

Laced with Freedom – The Autografo Collection La Perla’s Spring Summer Collection stays true to the brands heritage while embracing the modern woman’s desire for comfort and wearability. Embroidered tulle, Leavers lace and macramé are La Perla heritage fabrics and form the starting point for a collection that has been updated with modern silhouettes like the boy-shorts. There is also focus on variations of the bra, such as the nonwired pushup bra or the triangle bra with a plunging V neck, which offer unprecedented possibilities for wear and an entirely new feeling of freedom. Macramé is the star, not only of bras, bodysuits and briefs, but also of a silk dress into which lingerie style codes have been flawlessly translated. The “Autografo” embroidery is reminiscent of calligraphy that has been sketched over the body. The collection offers a variety of versatile pieces that elegantly toe the boundary between lingerie and clothing. Visit

MAGICAL COLLECTION Viktor & Rolf Magical Fragrance Collection Fashion artists Viktor & Rolf bring their provocative and unique approach to the beauty industry with the introduction of their debut fragrance, Viktor&Rolf Magic, a collection of six magic potions. The collection offers a unisex approach both in scent and package design. Each with a two-word name referencing their olfactory and magical elements: Lavender illusion, liquid diamonds, dirty trick, sage spell, sparkling secret and dancing roses. Available exclusively at Saks Fifth Ave, February 2017. | 25

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Jimmy Choo Men’s SS17 Collection The SS’17 Jimmy Choo Men’s Collection is full blown, rock ‘n roll with an irreverent flair. Sandra Choi, Creative Director of Jimmy Choo describes the Collection: “This collection is for the artists, adventurers and the rebels: gentlemen whose greatest wealth is their natural nobility and taste. It’s equipment for literate, eclectic, free, bohemian spirits to inhabit every situation life deals them in their own unique way. I was thinking about certain musicians, but they provided the mood music for a species of man that exists in every context .They want to be formal without being conformist, and casual without ever compromising their own identity. They are unafraid and inquisitive. And they want what they choose to wear to be a reflection of their freedom.” See the entire collection at

STYLE /Him Luca Faloni ►

Portofino Linen Shirt - For effortless style, Luca Faloni’s signature Portofino linen shirt with 'paramontura' collar for a perfect and lasting shape is a style “must-have” for South Florida winters. Carefully made in Bergamo, Italy, by skilled artisans with the finest Italian pure linen and mother of pearl buttons. $156.05 Visit

Continental Weekender ◄ Bentley Business Collection

From the new 2017 Bentley Collection, the soft Travel Bag is a smart combination of a traditional luggage case and a casual weekender, in supple calf leather. Contemporary design based on the iconic wing shape of the Bentley dashboard. Genuine calf leather exterior opens to reveal a distinctive matrix grille lining and leather detailing. Signature cross-stitched handles and adjustable padded shoulder strap for comfort. Available in Burnt Oak and Dark Sapphire. Visit | 27


Created in the 1970’s as a universal symbol of love and commitment, Cartier’s latest additions has revived the collection. The screw motifs, ideal oval shape and undeniable elegance establish the piece as a timeless tribute to passionate romance. The LOVE bracelet is a flat bangle studded with screws that locks to the wrist. Opened and fastened with a screwdriver, the piece serves to sanctify inseparable love. The perfect gift for him or her.

Embodying the essence of refined femininity with a subtle blend of classicism and modernity, the white mother of pearl set with diamonds beats to the rhythm of the automatic Elite Calibre 692 (pictured right), while the full set with diamonds is equipped with the automatic Elite calibre 690 (pictured above).

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The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition, the flagship model comes with a retro-vintage champagne dial that has a sunray finishing to match the bronze color of the case giving a monochrome and mono-material aspect, accentuating the volume of the timepiece. This limited edition is housed in a 44mm full satinated bronze case with a bronze colored titanium case back (to avoid allergies) and polished bezel for increased depth. At the heart of the timepiece lies a traditional manual monopusher chronograph, the Minerva MB M16.29, with a column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling, chronograph bridge in a "V" shape, a large screwed balance wheel with a frequency of 18,000 semi oscillations per hour and a power reserve of 50 hours.

TRAVERSING TIME Montblanc introduces bronze into

its 1858 Collection Montblanc captures the spirit of the past with the introduction of three new bronze versions within the Montblanc 1858 Collection—a Montblanc 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, a Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and a Montblanc 1858 Automatic timepiece. The first models to be introduced since the appointment of Davide Cerrato as managing director of Montblanc International Watch Division. Inspired by the incredible heritage, historical functions, mechanics and design codes of the famous Minerva military chronographs from the 1930s, the brand has truly traversed time, taking first steps for the collection with the introduction of a bronze case. Bronze complements both the colors of the dials and the antique-style straps delivering a distinctly vintage design.

The historical design codes taken from the original 1930s Minerva chronograph include large cathedral hands, with their cloisonné design filled with beige Super-LumiNova®, luminescent Arabic numerals, vintage shaped crowns and classic minute railway tracks that encircle the dials. Other vintage codes include the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain in the center, along with new cognac colored calfskin and alligator straps that have been given an aged look by the artisans at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence.

The Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time is powered by the Calibre MB 29.19, this automatic movement features a dual time complication entirely developed and assembled in-house with a home time indication and a day/ night display. The dual time function comes into play while travelling as the user can set the local time hour hand to the new destination time zone without affecting the home time hour hand. The minute hand and the second hand also both continue to run uninterruptedly during this setting process, thus preserving the exact time. A day/night indicator, which is connected to the central home time hand, is visible in a small aperture at 12 o’clock. At six o’clock, a subdial indicates the small seconds and the date, which is linked to the local time. The Montblanc 1858 Automatic is powered by the Calibre MB 24.16, a precise automatic movement for the young and modern watch aficionado who appreciates both the vintage look and horological functionality. | 29


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MARCO BICEGO Lunaria Collection 18K White Gold & Diamond Pave Small Triple Drop Earrings $3100 Visit

CHOPARD Happy Hearts Bangle in 18k white gold. $6280 Visit

WINTER WHITE White gold, platinum and diamonds – a nod to the elegance of Winter white. DAVID YURMAN Starburst Ring with Diamonds $1650 Visit

OMEGA - De Ville Ladymatic Omega Co-Axial 34mm ▲ White pearled, mother-of-pearl dial; bezel is paved with snow-set diamonds, and an extra “Brilliant OMEGA cut” diamond has been placed within the polished crown. Visit

LANVIN ▲ Interchangeable Plate Cuff Links A two-in-one gift that’s perfect for his smart sartorial style, these traditional round cuff links come with both motherof-pearl and onyx inserts $330 | 31

Shepard Fairey, “Palace of Power”, 2016, Silkscreen and Mixed Media Collage on Paper, HPM, 30 x 40 inches (45.7 x 61 cm), Courtesy of the artist and Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York



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In Conversation


ustralian fitness phenomenon, Kayla Itsines has been blazing the workout trail fast establishing a large and loyal following. With the support of her 14.4million+ social media followers Kayla’s app, Sweat with Kayla has hit the top of the Apple App Store in the health and fitness category in over 70 countries, and her BBG program has transformed the lives and bodies of women worldwide. Fans not only follow her on Instagram, they pack stadiums to experience her workout sessions first hand.

and support each other through your fitness journey. It’s great to have someone to look to on those days when you aren’t feeling motivated to workout. The BBG Community is a great source of inspiration AND motivation for me some days, as well as for lots of other women around the world. I’m so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group of women! Any favorite recipes from the book? It’s so hard to pick a favourite, but one recipe that I absolutely love is Yemista (stuffed capsicum with rice). My YiaYia (Grandma) always made it for me when I was younger, and still does! It’s great to be able to share recipes like this in my book!

Kayla is taking her high-intensity, 28-minute Bikini Body Guide to print with her very first book, The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide. We caught up with Kayla, who recently appeared in Miami for her book launch and signing to get the scoop. The book presents a four-week plan featuring over 200 delicious and healthful recipes, alongside a corresponding workout plan, which includes Kayla’s signature 28-Minute workouts and a one week free access code to the Sweat with Kayla app. Kayla appears throughout the book presenting a variety of nourishing food she makes and eats to fuel her body with the energy it needs to keep healthy, fit and strong! How did you get started in the fitness lifestyle? I’ve always been active, even from an early age, and I played a lot of sports when I was younger. My passion for helping people and my interest in fitness is what lead me to study personal training at the Australian Institute of Fitness. It’s wonderful to be able to combine my two passions into a career! You give tons of great advice: via your app, website, social outlets and now through your book, is there is ONE (non-negotiable) thing that everyone looking to start or optimize a healthy lifestyle should practice? I believe everyone's different, so what may work for someone may not work for someone else, which is why it’s so important to listen to your body and do what works for YOU. Getting a friend to workout with is a great place to start. That way, you can motivate

Would you say the book is an extension of the app? I think the book is its own product, however it includes all of my methodology from my Sweat With Kayla app. As a hard copy, it’s something tangible that women can keep in their home to refer to. The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide uses elements that are similar to what’s in the BBG program, so it can be used with the Sweat With Kayla app, or on its own. It offers something for everyone!


KAYLA ITSINES fitness expert, creator of the Sweat with Kayla app, The BBG Program and author of The Bikini Body 28Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide

"Getting a friend to workout with is a great place to start. That way, you can motivate and support each other through your fitness journey."

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide, By Kayla Itsines. St. Martin’s Press; Hardcover, $27.99, eBook $14.99 | 33

Art &Culture The not to miss shows and news from the thriving South Florida Art Scene. BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA”


RAY CHEN, violin. Program: MOZART Don Giovanni Overture BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3. The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra traces its roots to the 18th Century, when it premiered Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni in Prague. Moving to Germany after World War II, the Bamberg Symphony has established itself as one of the leading German orchestras, among the first to tour the United States where it has been delighting audiences regularly for more than half a century. Feb 11, 2017 at 8 p.m., Knight Concert Hall

BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. The inspiring true story of

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Photo: Stars of Flamenco, Rocio Bazan - Photo Credit: Yi-Chun, courtesy of The Esplanade Co Ltd

relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. February 14 – 19, 2017. Tickets


Robert Battle, returns with acclaimed premieres and Mr. Ailey’s masterpiece ‘REVELATIONS,’ “an enduring masterpiece that transcends color and creed to unite us in hope.” February 23-26, 2017 Tickets: $29, $39, $59, $79, $95 & $125* Ziff Ballet Opera House – Adrienne Arsht Center.


Dubbed “the hottest artist on the musical planet” by The New York Times, LANG LANG has inspired millions with his openhearted, emotive playing. He returns to the Arsht Center in a recital that is sure to

bring its own surprises. Tickets: February 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. Knight Concert Hall.


John Akomfrah, a highly esteemed artist, filmmaker, theorist, and curator, as well as a cofounder of the Black Audio Film Collective—an influential association that focused on examining black British identity through film and media, presents the 2016 film TROPIKOS, which examines the original encounter between European explorers and the people of Africa in the 16th century. Tropikos unfolds as a series of rich tableaux vivants—still, silent scenes— that intermix characters and objects from African and European contexts. John Akomfrah: Tropikos marks the North American debut of this film. Digital color video, with sound, 36 min., 41 sec. On view at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Feb 24 – Aug 27, 2017.


Flamenco Festival Miami returns for its 10th Anniversary to the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall. The festival begins March 2nd and 3rd with STARS OF FLAMENCO, a virtuosic display of dance, tracing flamenco from its gypsy roots to its modern iterations, and continues with JESÚS CARMONA leading his company in impetus on March 4th. The groundbreaking OLGA PERICET completes the festival on March 5th with her ode to feminine prowess, PISADAS. Tickets: $35-$100, March 2 – 5, 2017. A vip package is also available

for $499 per person. The package includes a ticket to each show in a prime location, an invite to the red carpet reception, artist meet & greet** and a flamenco festival miami 2016 commemorative poster and wine glass.


The 9th season of The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of MiamiDade County Concert Series, Jazz Roots will feature musically diverse concerts each starring some of the most celebrated headliners in the music industry today.

a recent gift to NSU Art Museum by New York collector and film producer Donald Rosenfeld, and is included in the Modern Mythologies exhibition series that explores the power of myths in contemporary times. David Levinthal: Recent Acquisitions will be on view from February 12 through October 8, 2017.

evening are two piano titans who hail from different eras: NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Winner and music icon Chick Corea and one of the new masters of jazz piano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba. February 24, 2017




Center debut, the 3-time GRAMMY Award-winning Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest vocalist and GRAMMY Award winner Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. Opening for the quartet will be jazz vocalist, composer and Miami native, Carmen Lundy. March 17, 2017.


NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will present an exhibition of 25 pivotal photographs by artist David Levinthal (b. 1949), whose work is a commentary on American popular culture, icons and ideologies. The photographs were part of

In Faces of Freedom Legagneur presents one of his most recent creations, revealing a new stage of his art. This new approach produces oversized portraits that masterfully capture human expression. Legagneur presents through his paintings the intense movement of non-linguistic gestures of other humans. The artist builds his body of work on the honored examples of representational art as found in the established manifestations of Caribbean and Black art, cross walking components of Western and peripheral cultures. Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. Tuesday, February 7 – Sunday, March 5


Deco Japan is the first exhibition held outside of Tokyo dedicated to Japanese Art Deco. This exhibition provides dramatic examples of the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated

Top to bottom: Lang Lang, photo by Xun Chi. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, photo by Daniel Azoulay. Opposite page: Rocio Bazan by Yi-Chun Wu, courtesy of The Esplanade Co Ltd.

with Japan and conveys the complex social and cultural tensions during the Taishō and early Shōwa periods (1912-1945). In these pre-war and war eras, artists and patrons created a Japanese modernism that signaled simultaneously the nation’s unique history and cosmopolitanism. The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of moga, or modern girl, the emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered along with the Art Deco style in the 1920s and 1930s. Deco Japan includes nearly 200 works from the Levenson Collection, the world’s premier collection of Japanese art in the Deco style, including spectacular examples of metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, textiles, graphic design, painting, and printmaking. February 24, 2016–May 21, 2017 (Member Preview February 23). Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL | 35

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NSU Art Musuem Fort Lauderdale presents an intimate look at the home and personal belongings of Elizabeth Taylor through Catherine Opie’s new photography exhibit, 700 Nimes Road. Inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate, Graceland Opie creates a portrait of Taylor through carefully capturing the actress’ momentos, jewelry, clothing, shoes, handbags, personal décor and style at her Bel-Air, California residence. Although Taylor is not the subject of any of the photos, Opie’s exhibit carefully captures her essence. Telling the story not just of WHERE Liz lived, 700 Nimes Road in bel Aire, it captures a deeper story

through her most treasured possessions of who she was, by looking at HOW she lived. Taken over the course of six months, three months before her death, and three months after. Each photo makes its own individual statement, providing its own revelation about the star. These photos together form a collection of ideas or statements that build up, and what takes shape is the anatomy, the true makeup of the woman, that was Elizabeth. Opie’s exhibit creates a more personal, intimate picture than perhaps any physical portrait could have. CATHERINE OPIE: 700 NIMES ROAD will be on view at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale February 12 – June 18, 2017

Clockwise from top: Andy Warhol to Elizabeth (SelfPortrait Artist), Catherine Opie, Handbag Reflection, Catherine Opie, Trophy Room, Catherine Opie, Holiday Ornament, all from the 700 Nimes Road Portfolio, 20102011, courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong | 37

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REDEFINED Metropolitan Luxe sat down with Michael Tilson Thomas to learn about his vision for the future of music and the boundary-pushing initiatives taking place in our backyard by Mariana Rodrigues


uring a recent TED talk, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas shared an experience he had watching kids play baseball in the streets of New York City: “…a tough, slouchy kid got up to bat, and he took a swing and really connected. And he watched the ball fly for a second, and then he went, ‘Dah dadaratatatah. Brah dada dadadadah.’ And he ran around the bases. And I thought, go figure. How did this piece of 18th century Austrian aristocratic entertainment turn into the victory crow of this New York kid? How was that passed on? How did he get to hear Mozart?”

From a young age, Tilson Thomas, known as MTT, has been fascinated by music and the role that it plays in people’s lives. “What happens when the music stops? Where does it go? What’s left? What sticks with people in the audience at the end of a performance? Is it a melody or a rhythm or a mood or an attitude? And how might that change their lives?” said MTT. It was this fascination that led him to a legendary career in classical music. Known for his Grammy-winning interpretation of the complete Gustav Mahler symphony cycle with the San Francisco Symphony, | 39

“...we were very interested in bringing music to people, sharing it with them in ways that bordered on social engineering, as well as artistic ambition. We’ve developed a variety of different programs that seek to accomplish that.”

MTT is also Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra and in 2010 was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. Over the years, his fervent appreciation of music evolved into a desire to teach and pass on that passion to the next generation of musicians and music enthusiasts, prompting him to co-found the New World Symphony (NWS) with Ted and Lin Arison. The Miami Beach-based NWS is dedicated to the artistic, professional and personal development of young musicians. As Artistic Director, his vision for the Symphony stemmed primarily from his concern about the future of young musicians. “This started in a very personal way when I was working at Tanglewood and other summer programs. I would often ask them ‘what are you going to do next year?,’ and very often the answer was ‘I don’t know. I guess I could go to grad school, or try to break into the freelance pool.’ I thought it would be fantastic to have a place where they could continue to be on the cutting edge of honing their skills, where they could be in touch with many musicians representing different types of musical traditions, from Baroque to contemporary music, and that would serve as a launching pad for their careers.” In the 29 years since its cofounding, NWS has done just that, launching 40 |

the careers of more than 1000 alumni worldwide. Described as a ‘laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced,’ it is no surprise that Miami, with its vibrant and diverse culture, was selected as the home of NWS. “We can take risks there,” said MTT during a 2014 interview with the Financial Times. And risks they are taking. Beyond an academy for up and coming musicians, the Symphony is exploring new ways to bring music to the masses. “[As co-founders] we were very interested in bringing music to people, sharing it with them in ways that bordered on social engineering, as well as artistic ambition. We’ve developed a variety of different programs that seek to accomplish that. We regularly commission video artists, filmmakers and animators to create visuals to accompany the music we perform so existing and new audiences can access the music in a different way. We produce evenings like New Work, dedicated to the commissioning and exploration of music, poetry, film and theater; Pulse: Late Night, which merges DJ music alongside classical music; evenings that combine activities such as a yoga class with a concert; and WALLCAST concerts, in which we project

Left to right from top: New World Symphony WALLCAST concert at New World Center - photo by WorldRedEye. com; Michael Tilson Thomas working with NWS conducting Fellow Christian Reif; New World Symphony - Pictures at an Exhibition - photo by Richard Patterson; Michael Tilson Thomas conducts ‘The Seasons’ in the New World Symphony’s John Cage festival - photo by Rui Dias-Aidos. Previous page: Michael Tilson Thomas Courtesy San Francisco Symphony | 41

concerts taking place inside the concert hall onto our front wall for audiences outside in the park.” Over the years, NWS has pioneered what they refer to as ‘alternative formats’ to push the boundaries of classical music. Their latest initiative, Project 305, seeks to connect music, community and culture in a new way by creating Miami’s first crowdsourced symphony and accompanying video reflective of the city as seen and heard by its people. For 100 days (January 31 to May 12, 2017) anyone can be a part of the creative process by recording audio and video clips that show what life in Miami is like. The final piece will premiere on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the New World Center, with viewings taking place at partner venues throughout Miami-Dade County. “We want everyone to feel like this is as much their work of art as it is ours, because we truly have the opportunity here to do something very special,” Miami filmmaker 42 |

Jonathan David Kane told SouthFlorida. com. Kane will produce the film that will accompany the symphony by guest composer Ted Hearne with overall artistic direction by MTT. The collaborative project, a partnership between New World Symphony, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and MIT Media Lab, is modeled after the collaborative City Symphonies created throughout the world by innovative composer, inventor and educator Tod Machover. According to Victoria Rogers, vice president of arts for the Knight Foundation, NWS’

record of using technology for community engagement makes it an ideal fit for this project: “It’s just another great way of breaking down barriers to access to classical music.” The hope is for programs like this one to have the same impact on the community as Mozart did on that young man playing baseball, opening them up to a new world and a deeper way of expressing themselves and their story.

curated events produced by NWS fellows to invite the public to experience music in a new way.

Photos top to bottom: Michael Tilson Thomas, photo by Kristen Loken; New World Center WALLCAST concert and Miami Beach SoundScape park, photo by Emilio Collavino Opposite page: New World Symphony performs Bluebeard’s Castle at the New World Center, photo by Rui Dias-Aidos; MTT works with Cello Fellow Meredith McCook photo by Siggi Bachmann

NWS also recently held “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” a concert-length series of music and wine pairings envisioned, produced and hosted by Cello Fellow Hilary Glen. The event, which xplored how combining music and wine enhances the enjoyment of both, was one of several

“It’s exciting and reaffirming that so many people today are making meaningful connections and contributions to classical music – from those continuing the tradition of maverick American composers to young musicians emerging from America’s orchestral academies. But most of all, there are countless people discovering for the first time that classical music is for them, that it is about them and about the world they inhabit,” said MTT.

many people – teachers, parents, performers – to be explorers together. We need your perspectives, your curiosity, your voices.”

There are few better examples of that than the YouTube Symphony Orchestra (YTSO). The 96-member ensemble, directed by MTT, was selected from exclusively online video auditions and inspired by the vision and work of NWS.

So what is next for MTT and NWS? “It’s impossible for us to completely envision all the directions we’re going, but we know that in addition to reaffirming the great traditions of the past, we want to explore what the possibilities of the future may be. I still believe in the transformative quality that a musical performance can have on the lives of the people who perform it and the people who listen to it… And it excites me to meet people who are hikers, chefs, code writers, taxi drivers, people I never would have guessed who loved the music and who are passing it on. You don’t need to worry about knowing anything. If you’re curious, if you have a capacity for wonder, if you’re alive, you know all that you need to know. You can start anywhere. Ramble a bit. Follow traces. Get lost. Be surprised, amused and inspired.”

“The exciting thing is all this is just a prototype. There’s just a role here for so

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TRAVEL & Leisure

B Ocean Resort, Fort Lauderdale Unveiled B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale has unveiled its multi-million dollar renovation to the iconic beachside Yankee Clipper hotel. Originally built in 1956, B Ocean Resort has incorporated some of the property’s historic elements and blended them to create a modern, sleek, and stylish feel. There are 484 spacious guest rooms and suites which range in size from 300 sq. ft. to a lavish 1,700 sq. ft. many of which have a private balcony including an oceanfront presidential suite with picturesque, panoramic views. As part of the renovation, the resort is also introducing a two-story penthouse with private elevator, kitchenette, separate sitting area and a sleeping room with king-size bed, offering guests exquisite views of the ocean and bustling Fort Lauderdale Beach. There are two outdoor infinity edge swimming pools, a 24-hour state-of-the-art B Active® Fitness Center, two B Indulged® Spa Suites and over 14,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space. B Ocean Resort has partnered with Yes Hospitality Group and chef and TV personality, Ralph Pagano to lead the hotel’s food and beverage concepts including Naked Crab, Salty Siren, The Clipper grab-n-go, and its world-famous Wreck Bar, a favorite to locals and travelers since the 1950s. The Wreck Bar was originally designed to resemble an underwater shipwreck highlighted by its expansive aquariums and porthole-shaped views looking into the hotels’ main pool where the bar hosts the MeduSirena Mermaid Show, a live underwater aquatic performance every Friday and Saturday night. For reservations or information visit:

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PARADISE FOUND Exclusive private villa rentals with resort style services in Turks & Caicos


each Enclave Residences launch their first of three oceanfront properties in the beautiful Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. The brand has introduced a new concept, which cleverly merges the convenience, services and amenities of a luxury resort with the privacy and space of a villa. The premiere development, Beach Enclave North Shore debuted in November 2016, and offers nine ultra luxury beach front, or ocean view villas on 10 acres of prime coastline. Conceived for the most sophisticated and discerning travelers, each villa on Beach Enclave North features over 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, with four and five bedroom options, infinity edge pools, built-in outdoor BBQ area, outdoor showers, and spectacular outdoor living spaces. The design duo, SWA Architects and Domino Creative Interior Designers have created an effortlessly elegant décor inspired by the idea of open-air Caribbean living. Cedar shingles and native stone of the exteriors are reinterpreted as greyed wood and creamy

white floors inside the villas. To complement the superior accommodations, Beach Enclave North Shore provides the ultimate in service and amenities with access to a dedicated butler/maid, private chef services, and yoga sessions. Concierge service is also available for arranging spa treatments, grocery stocking, airport transportation, dining reservations, as well as access to the property’s oceanfront, fully equipped fitness room and yoga terraces. Beach amenities are also available to guests and include the set-up of loungers and umbrellas, delivery of towels and water and the use of kayaks and snorkel equipment to explore the nearby coral reef. Guests can also arrange for activities such as kite surfing lessons and private boating excursions. Beach Enclave Residences will expand its presence on the island with the debut

of Beach Enclave Long Bay. Construction of the property’s five luxury villas began in November 2016, and will debut in late 2017. An additional property, Beach Enclave Grace Bay is launching sales this winter, with just a few villas left for sale, following a Friends and Family release earlier in the year. Construction is scheduled to start mid 2107. Owners of Beach Enclave Residences have the benefit of discrete and professional year-round property maintenance, landscaping, pool and beach cleaning, and waste removal, and can exercise the option to participate in the Beach Enclave rental program that is tailor-made to their needs, and offered at the owners discretion. Beach Enclave North Shore villa rentals start at $2,500 plus tax per night for a four-bedroom villa and $4,000 plus tax per night for a five-bedroom villa. For rental or ownership inquiries visit | 45

LUXURY ON THE WATER The Yachts Miami Beach Boat Show returns with a new look


he Annual Yachts Miami Beach Boat Show returns for its 29th installation, February 16-20 with a new look and layout, designed to deliver superior guest and exhibitor experiences. Show Management and the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), which co-own the show, engaged EDSA, one of the world’s foremost design companies, to reimagine the show’s design. The show’s new layout highlights its picturesque, waterfront location along Indian Creek Waterway and the shows spectacular display of yachts and marine products, including more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories, valued at more than $1 billion. Yachts are now arranged

in dedicated new and brokerage sections, making it easier than ever before to find specific boats. Foot traffic has been redirected from the sidewalk along Collins Avenue to the show’s network of new floating docks, where guests will find food and beverage concessions in a welcoming environment where they can spend time and enjoy the show. For the first time ever, guests can arrive at the show aboard water taxis, connected to new, convenient parking locations. A VIP Experience ticket has been added for Thursday, Friday and Saturday which includes admission to the show and access to the new floating, air- conditioned VIP lounge which will feature a premium open

bar, gourmet food, access to nightly events, private bathrooms, a water taxi pass and a dedicated concierge to arrange appointments on board yachts directly with exhibitors. For the second year, Yachts Miami Beach will feature a display of superyachts at Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island located on I- 395/MacArthur Causeway. This invitation-only “show within a show,” known as Super Yacht Miami, will feature some of the boat show’s largest yachts. Interested guests can make appointments for yacht tours by contacting exhibitors with displays at the venue or Show Management. More than 20 superyachts will be on display at this location, which can accommodate yachts up to 500 feet. | 47


We’ve rounded up an incredible selection of yachts making their debut at the 29th annual Yachts Miami Beach Show from the world’s most elite custom boat builders.

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With a sleek exterior profile drawn by JC Espinosa and a European-influenced interior designed in collaboration with Italian designer Luca Dini, the new RP120 model offers both luxury and functionality. A low-resistance hull design affords superior and efficient performance while a 26’2” beam provides extremely spacious accommodations and living spaces. Sporting a five en suite stateroom layout with an on-deck Master that boasts a full-beam en suite. Two mirrored VIP staterooms and two twin guest staterooms are situated below deck. Multiple areas for entertaining and lounging are found throughout the interior and exterior of this latest model in Horizon’s RP series, including foredeck seating and relaxing areas, a spacious aft deck, and a flybridge deck level that provides an immense area for al fresco entertaining and relaxing. | 49


Astondoa - 65 GLX - world debut The 65 GLX brings a new dimension to the range. Designed for the boater who wants to grow from 40-50’ to include more guests while still enjoying the option to captain his own boat. For longer or larger trips, crew quarters for 2 are provided which can also double as a guest cabin while the owner has the helm. The 65 GLX can fit on most backyard docks and suits the needs of a single captain or owner-operator. With 4 staterooms with en suite heads, the 65 GLX can easily cruise and overnight in pure comfort. A swim platform big enough for a tender, PWC or paddleboards, and generous sun pads also make it an ideal day boat for shorter watersports excursions. The flybridge with a BBQ grill, bar and room for a group of friends and family—as well as storage of water toys and gear makes this boat feel like a bigger yacht. All furnishings are designed and built at Astilleros Astondoa, utilizing top technology along with fine craftsmanship and materials, customized to the finest detail. The 65 GTX is powered by MAN 2X1000 –V8/CAT C-18 2X1150 for a top speed of 33 knots and cruising speed of 25-26 knots.

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FAIRLINE YACHTS – US debut Squadron 53’ The design expertise of Italian superyacht designer, Alberto Mancini, is seen in Fairline’s new Squadron 53. Based on the existing 53’ hull, this new version was designed from the deck upward by Mancini, showcasing Fairline’s future direction, blending tradition with technology and updated styling. A spacious main deck with a flat floor from the cockpit to the lower helm ensures a flat ceiling in the master cabin and generous 6’ 4” headroom at the foot of the double bed. New layout configurations provide complete flexibility, including three or four cabins and multiple galley locations from the main deck, forward, aft or below deck. New foredeck seating was also added. Handcrafted to order by Fairline’s experienced and dedicated craftsmen in Oundle, England, the new Squadron 53 offers control from the sleek flybridge or interior cockpit as well as great entertaining spaces.


Turkey based Sirena Marine revealed news of its impeding re-entry into the motor yachts market late last year and is following through with a double debut at the Yachts Miami Beach Boat show. The allnew Sirena Marine motor-yacht brand, Sirena Yachts will present the world debut of Sirena 56. Designed to be more powerful than its direct competitors and equipped with updated engines to guarantee power, safety and excellent performances. It will feature great external surface areas to fully enjoy the natural environment and bigger internal spaces both regarding the cabins and the saloon.

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After making its world debut earlier this year at Boot Dusseldorf 2017, Siren Yachts will introduce its inaugural and largest model in the range to the US market. Characterized by a 38sqm flybridge, a spacious main deck and large cabins. Generally, compared to its main competitors, Sirena 64 is expected to be approximately 20% more efficient in consumption at most expected cruising speed of 16 knots. Some smart features like the Jacuzzi (optional) will make this product unique on the market. | 51


Ferretti Yachts makes its comeback in the range under 50 feet with the new flybridge yacht. Presented in late July at the private preview in Portopiccolo Sistiana, the 450 will make its US debut at Yachts Miami Beach 2017. A collaboration between the Ferretti Group Product Strategy Committee, the Group’s Engineering Department, which supervised the technical and naval engineering, and the Studio Zuccon International Project , which handled both exterior and interior design. The interiors of the main deck are a streamlined open space, with a fully parquet floor. The central living area is fitted with a sofa on the port side surrounding the dining table, opposite which is a second sofa against the wall. The stern swimming platform featuring a tender lift offers a submerged area to use as a beach club or to move the tender (up to 2.80 meters). The lower deck of the first unit has a three cabin layout to sleep up to 6 people. The full52 |

beam master suite features extraordinary volume and space. The master suite is completed by a large en-suite head with separate shower. A similar interior design distinguishes the VIP suite at the far bow, while the guest cabin features bunk beds on the starboard side. The head with separate shower in the VIP suite is shared with the third cabin and can also be used as a day toilet. There is a surprising amount of space outside as well. The sun deck is divided into a dining area with central table and bar unit at the stern and a central outside pilot station. A retractable sun canopy shelters guests during the hottest hours of the day. The bow of the yacht is also all about relaxation thanks to the central sun pad on the deckhouse. The Ferretti Yachts 450 is fitted with a pair of Cummins QSB 6.7 engines. The owner can choose from two versions: either 480 Mhp or 550 Mhp. The first option will give the

new yacht a cruising speed of 25 knots with a maximum speed of 29 knots, while with the second option Ferretti Yachts 450 will reach a cruising speed of 27 knots and a top speed of 31 knots (preliminary data). The new yacht can also be fitted with a practical joystick system to make maneuvering and mooring even easier.


Princess 40M - Show Debut The 40M offers six-star accommodation for up to 12 guests, with well-appointed cabins for up to seven crew and the largest internal volume in her class. With a voluminous garage in the stern, which has space not just for a 6.2-metre tender, but for two personal watercraft as well. The main deck features a beautifully appointed saloon and formal dining area surrounded by vast windows and hydraulically folding balconies on both sides of the saloon which are fitted as standard. Forward of the main deck is the owner’s suite, occupying the full beam of the hull as the side decks are raised at this point. The suite is accessed through a versatile ante-room which can be specified as an office, private TV room, a reading room or to suit the owner’s personal requirements. Forward, an opulent single or matching pair of bathrooms is accessed off the dressing area which also features two substantial walk-in wardrobes. On the upper deck there is an elegant ‘sky lounge’ and an additional exterior dining area for private drinks and dinners and a curved stairway leads up to the sun deck complete with extensive bar, seating, sunbathing and a huge spa tub.

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The enormous professional galley was designed to the exacting brief of a professional chef and is equipped with two catering-size fridge-freezers, a hot and cold chef’s pass and a huge pantry. To ensure everything is served swiftly and easily there is even a dumb-waiter which runs from the main deck to both the upper deck and sun deck above. The wheelhouse is equally impressive with a vast ‘glass bridge’ incorporating the control and monitoring system in a stunning console and the captain’s cabin is also situated here adjourning the helm. Power comes from a pair of MTU 12V diesels, which will propel her to speeds of up to 22 knots. Two 80kW generators share the machinery space, where the automatic fuel handling system is sensitive not just to the needs of the engine and generators, but to the trim of the hull as well.

Making her show debut the Princess 75 Motor Yacht offers efficient, agile cruising, enabling you to plane at lower speeds. Her deck layout provides a variety of options to entertain or relax including a walkthrough foredeck with U-shaped seating and sunbathing area. She’s also sociable whilst underway with L-shaped seating either side of the upper helm. The flybridge also offers space aft to fit a crane and store a tender. Natural light flows in to her main deck through extended window lines and a unique full-height window on the port side to make the free standing dining area a spectacular place to entertain. Forward on the lower deck, all three guest cabins are en suite whilst a dedicated staircase leads to the owner’s stateroom amidships via a private lobby area. | 53


Nautical Debut - AM37 After two years of research and development luxury automaker, Aston Martin has revealed its latest innovation in technology and bespoke craftsmanship. The prestigious brand marked its entry into the nautical world with the debut of its 37-foot Aston Martin AM37 powerboat at the Monaco Yacht Show last year, and will make its US debut at the Yachts Miami Beach Show. With the partnership of naval architect Mulder Design and Quintessence Yachts, the Aston Martin design team has created a stunning new day-cruiser. Available in two versions - the AM37 with an estimated top speed of 45 knots and a choice of two 370 hp Mercury diesel or two 430 hp Mercury petrol engines. And the AM37S version with an estimated 50 knots derived from its twin 520 hp Mercury petrol engines. 54 |

“AM37 is a pure translation of the Aston Martin DNA into an entirely new maritime concept. The powerboat reflects our values in terms of power, beauty and soul. The most important attribute for Aston Martin is the design language and proportion, we have transferred this DNA into AM37. It was important to us when considering this project to make sure that the boat design was as beautiful and timeless as our cars, the AM37 is a striking boat with fantastic proportion and elegance.” Marek Reichman - Aston Martin’s EVP & Chief Creative Officer. The AM37 is a day cruiser that can be transformed into an overnight berth by transforming the table into a comfortable bed. The cabin is well appointed with mood lighting and air-conditioning. With

a refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee machine - and a lavatory on board, absolute comfort is guaranteed. Crafted from the finest leathers, elegantly laid out rear seating is available for up to eight people. For exclusive preview appointments contact the Quintessence Yachts Sales Team at

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Roche Bobois Gives Carte Blanche To Maison Christian Lacroix For Creation Of Capsule Collection ROCHE BOBOIS has partnered with MAISON CHRISTIAN LACROIX for the creation of NOUVEAUX CLASSIQUES, a capsule collection of twenty furniture pieces; a nod to fashion and French Art de Vivre. The exclusive furniture pieces and decorative objects were designed by Sacha Walckhoff, creative director of Maison Christian Lacroix, and includes a dining table and chairs, small furniture pieces, lighting, and rugs made from the most luxurious and sophisticated material, comprising of precious wood, shiny brass and silk screen printing on lacquered wood. Pictured: 1. Two-door cabinet. Features push-torelease mechanism, door façades and interiors feature a silk-screen print of the ‘Cabanon’ motif. Acacia legs in Louro preto veneer with polished brass detailing. 2.Cocktail table. Legs and top frame in acacia with Louro preto veneer and brass detailing. Two oval wooden tops with mirror and polished brass edges. 3.Armchair and Ottoman. Polished brass feet. Upholstered in ‘Nîmes’ or ‘Riviera’ fabric by CHRISTIAN LACROIX MAISON

Westwood Returns Renowned fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood creates new collection for The Rug Company

British designer, Vivienne Westwood has partnered once again with the Rug Company to create a special collection – the result, a series of bold and modern creations echoing the artistry and style of her fashion line. The collection brings Vivienne’s affinity for traditional motifs and fabrics to the home in the most spectacular way. The Thistle Rug, inspired by Scotland’s national emblem features an abstract graphic of the regal thistle, the design is hand knotted on a Tibetan wool background. Westwood brings the craftsmanship and artistry used in her fashion designs to create interesting details, effects and textures that result in the creation of statement pieces sure to elevate any decor. The Vivienne Westwood Collection is available exclusively from the Rug Company. Visit Pictured: Clockwise: Thistle Pewter rug, designer Vivienne Westwood, Thistle Gold rug, Rose Dust rug, Moire rug by Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company. Photos courtesy of The Rug Company.

Form & Function Dedon introduces first fully upholstered collection.

DEDON, leader in innovative outdoor furniture, is once again revolutionizing the world of outdoor living with the introduction of the brand’s first fully upholstered collection, BRIXX. Designed by Lorenza Bozzoli the aptly named line offers amazing versatility and durability, allowing for limitless options of configurations. Visit | 57



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TORY BURCH LETTUCE WARE CUP & SAUCER ▼ Exclusive tabletop collection, created in collaboration with potter Dodie Thayer. Made of ceramic stoneware, delicately molded into leaf shapes, handdetailed. Comes in sets of 2. $120. Visit

DESIGN INSPIR ATION ▲ SFERRA - FESTIVAL NAPKINS IN APPLE Festival table Europeanwoven linen napkin with a beautiful hand-thread-drawn hemstitching, comes in sets of four. $58 Visit


TOM DIXON▼ MATERIALISM STONE CANDLE Made from forest green marble and turned by hand in India $190. Visit

Every year Pantone presents the color of the year, “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what’s taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” The 2017 color selection is GREENERY (pantone 15-0343). We’ve curated a fine selection of items reflecting this vibrant and beautiful color, all of which can be easily incorporated into your décor. Happy shopping!

LASVIT BOWL ▼ Inspired by the transformation of water into ice, from the Frozen Collection by Maxim Velčovský. Visit

▲ DEDON’S DALA COLLECTION BY STEPHEN BURKS IN GRASS Vibrant yellow-green strands of revolutionary new ecological fiber are woven together to make this stylish lounge chair and footstool. Visit | 59

DESIGNING ON TREND South Florida’s industry experts give their take on the top trends they expect to see at the forefront of interior design for 2017.


Interior designer, Fanny Haim & Associates

TREND: Color Wave

A trend to watch out for is the use of color. We are seeing brand new color ways coming in from vendors that are refreshing, innovative, and different - it’s almost as though we haven’t seen these colors before. We are particularly excited about Holland & Sherry’s new Primo Lux Cotton Velvet and Linen Chintz collections that are offering a fresh take on color. We are enthusiastic to utilize these tones in a controlled fashion or as we like to call it: ‘controlled color’. These strong, yet highly sophisticated hues are going to work well with rich, contrasting counterpoints. It’s all in the ratio. Designer, Fanny Haim, Holland & Sherry interiors new Primo Lux Cotton Velvet (Ivory, Lake, Calypso).

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Interior designer & founder of L’Appartement

TREND: Tropical Design

2017 will see a continuation of the tropical trend that started last year. There will be lots of greenery prints but balanced by more sober furniture inspired by Bauhaus architecture and graphic design. Look for Geometric shapes, black lines, and palm tree inspired prints that will look even more fierce and wild. The typical 2017 interior is a mix inspired by french post-impressionist painter Henri (Le Douanier) Rousseau jungle, and architect, Le Corbusier’s famous Villa Savoye in France, complemented by bold objects. In terms of colors you can expect a lot of dense green, a deep blue that can vary from navy to peacock married with pale pink, gold or a bright red.

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Architect and interior designer, Myrna Gondim Porcaro

TREND: Blue & green pallets and sophisticated textures Since Pantone just named Greenery its color of the year, expect to see strong green trends. I would say all shades of green and blue will be in the most successful pallets this year. Likely to continue in popularity, and one of my favorite trends is customized artistic finishes on walls, wallpaper, furniture and objects including one-of-a-kind collections made by designers, specific for each client. This makes the pieces exclusive and very charming. Other trends to look for include-Sophisticated textures that push us to touch such as velvets, leathers and suede.

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Top to bottom: Arte-International Amazone 2 wallpaper, designer, Myrna Porcaro, Tom Dixon Leather Wingback Dining Chair

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Health & Fitness News


We’ve all heard about the health benefits of fresh juice, but only a few of us have the time or inclination for the shopping and preparation involved. Local company, ExpressedJuice was founded to address this very need – creating raw, cold pressed juices so you don’t have to. Each ExpressedJuice contains approximately 2 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruits. Available at select locations or for direct to door delivery in custom cooler bags. Visit

CARILLON CLEANSE Nothing kick-starts a healthier lifestyle than an energy boosting, toxin clearing cleanse. Under the expert guidance of the team at the Carillon Resort in Miami Beach, your natural process of elimination is boosted through a safe and proven detox that combines nutritious, flavorful food with healing herbs that jump-start your health and metabolism. Three- and six-day cleanses are available, both with and without overnight accommodations. Pricing starts at $1,975 for the full three-day resort package. Pricing for the three-day Carillon Cleanse package is $995 (excludes suite accommodations). Visit | 65



Fitness and wellness experts, and founders of the V Art of Wellness, Tracie and Christopher Vlaun talk about their innovative workout program, the key to achieving wellness goals and their recent partnership with the Confidante Hotel


Art of Wellness is about raising your vibration,” Tracie Vlaun, one part of the dynamic fitness duo explains. V Art of Wellness offers cutting-edge beach bootcamps, yoga, and outdoor functional fitness in 60-minute class sessions that focus on how you feel and not the pounds, the inches and aesthetics. We want you to “get away from the mirrors, its very discouraging for a lot of people,” Tracie explains. By aligning Chris’ off the mat fitness style with Tracie’s yoga training, the couple designed programs that mimic natural or “primal movements” like sprints, lunges, push-ups / pull-ups, crawling, and squatting. This fusion resulted in the creation of their innovative and signature workout method, Aeroga. The fitness/yoga hybrid is set to inspiring music tracks, resulting in fun and engaging workouts with just enough intensity to be challenging, but not overwhelming. “I wanted to incorporate

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music, more like a dance flow choreography, and people were like this is super yoga. Throughout the songs and movement it’s all about connecting, music, energy, body flow.” Known as the “outdoor fitness experts,” the couple explains that taking the workouts outside is a key component of their program’s strategy and philosophy. “We take very discerning clientele that have difficulty focusing and bring them out of the gym, removing the walls, removing the ego and have them training in a way where they become more connected to themselves which then becomes more empowering” says Chris. The outdoors also offer a practical purpose as the body on average expends 30 percent more energy working out in the sand, which is likely to reap greater results. Operating on a premise that is contrary to many of todays fitness programs that focus on specific timelines and numbers, The V Art of Wellness philosophy is focused on feeling

good. Chris explains that “in the fitness world you’ll see a lot of ' follow this for 90 days and you’ll get two inches off your waist' and then you’ll be happy, but what happens if you don’t accomplish that, you’re setting yourself up to be unhappy.” Instead the focus is on “having a connection with yourself and body, and getting addicted to that. The byproduct of that process is you’ll look better. It all starts with you. This hour is an opportunity for you to manufacture happiness, good feelings and good vibrations” says Chris. The Vlauns, who regularly work with CEOs, high net worth individuals, professional athletes, celebrities, and royalty also have residencies at the W Ft. Lauderdale, The St. Regis Bal Harbour, and most recently have teamed up with The Confidante in Miami Beach to create a dynamic wellness program available to hotel guests and locals alike. The specially crafted program takes advantage of the hotel’s prime beachfront location and 10th floor open-air rooftop spa, and is offered

Clockwise from left: Founders, V Art of Wellness, Tracie and Chris Vlaun, the gym at the Confidante Hotel in Miami Beach, V Art of Wellness instructors. Opposite page: V Art of Wellness workout session at the Confidante Miami Beach

daily at 10 am. For hotel guests the cost is included as an amenity within the hotel’s daily resort fee. The cost per class for nonhotel guests is $20. Class options include Beachcross Bootcamp, Aeroga, Shred Bootcamp, a total body workout for muscular strength and endurance, Body Circuit Bootcamp and yoga focused classes like Dynamic Flow Yoga, Yoga Flow, Yoga Core Fusion, and Beach Bliss Yoga. Next on the agenda for the wellness team is the creation of a workshop series that focuses on their Aeroga Method, and that will extend into a teacher-training program to allow other instructors to share the Aeroga Method all over the world. There are also plans for the creation of a line of yoga mats, equipment, accessories and clothing that will be enhance the experience of the Aergo Method. For more information visit | 67


This March The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne will debut its latest dining destination, Lightkeepers. A casually sophisticated new oceanfront restaurant that is sure to be a “go to” destination for locals and visitors alike. Under the direction of Executive Chef Raul A. Del Pozo the restaurant will rollout a soulful menu of coastal fare informed by the seasons.

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The restaurant, which is named after the lighthouse keepers who watched over Key Biscayne’s historic Cape Florida Lighthouse dating back to the 1800’s, will also be home to an indoor/outdoor bar with oceanic beach views and a beverage program that will feature unique, handcrafted cocktails. Lightkeepers is located at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive.


NYC’s the smile has joined forces with David Grutman and developer Craig Robins to launch casual eatery, OTL. Designed to be a community hangout with coffee, breakfast, drinks, sandwiches and pastries with an upstairs creative space perfect for wellness classes and designer pop-ups. The menu will feature organic food available on-the-go or to-stay, for those looking to sit and make the most of the vibrant destination. Breakfast items include healthy options such as granola, avocado toast, eggs and fruit. Sandwiches are served on freshly-made zak the baker bread. Salad ingredients, wraps and pastries will also be locally sourced. OTL is located at 160 NE 40th Street in Miami. 68 |


Hoffman’s V-Day Chocolates Local gourmet chocolatier, Hoffmans Chocolates presents a range of Valentine’s offerings including this classic heart box of assorted chocolates. The milk & dark chocolate heart assortment ($36.95) – is an elegant, heart-shaped box filled with a pound of fine assorted milk and dark chocolates including foiled hearts. Valentine’s Day sweets from Hoffman’s Chocolates are available at all nine Hoffman’s Chocolates locations throughout Broward and Palm Beach County. Visit

UPLAND, now in town Chef, Justin Smillie opens Miami outpost of hit NYC restaurant, Upland


ritically Acclaimed Chef Justin Smillie opens Miami outpost of hit NYC eatery, UPLAND, in partnership with restaurateur, Stephen Starr (Starr is known for Steak 954 at the W Hotel Fort Lauderdale, Makoto and Le Zoo in Bal Harbour Shops and NYC’s Buddakan and El Vez). The Upland Miami menu mirrors that of the New York location, showcasing Smillie’s sophisticated sensibility, rustic and seasonally influenced, California-inspired fare. Dishes range from expertly prepared fresh pastas, pizzas, vegetables and wood-fired proteins. Standouts include a little gem salad with avocado, cucumber, ricotta salata and walnut vinaigrette; pappardelle with spicy sausage ragù, kale and parmigiano; and roasted short rib for two with castelvetrano olives, walnuts, celery and horseradish. The wine list is extensive, with a focus on American, Italian and French wines.

Upland Miami features indoor and outdoor seating and a gorgeous modern bistro setting with an open exhibition kitchen. Smillie and Starr collaborated with Roman & Williams, the visionaries responsible for the design of Upland NYC. Design elements include walls lined with wine and preserved lemons and artichokes, reminiscent of the restaurant’s NYC décor. Upland Miami is located at 49 Collins Ave. Visit | 69

INTRODUCING BH BURGER BAR As Bal Harbour’s first gourmet burger restaurant, BH Burger Bar offers a customizable menu featuring build-your-own burgers, gourmet franks, wings, signature sides and indulgent shakes paired with local craft beer, all in a lively and relaxed space. From the decadent Signature Burger and the Truffle Parmesan Tater Tots to the Waygu Beef Dog and the Salted Caramel Milkshake, the new BH Burger Bar sets a new standard for casual, yet elevated fare in Bal Harbour.

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Atlantikós Takes a Fresh Approach to Fine Greek Cuisine By Melissa Bryant


rom its Mediterranean-inspired décor to its Greek-sourced products, the new indooroutdoor Atlantikós restaurant at The St. Regis Bal Harbour tells an unexpected story of the Greek Islands. “We are not another Greek restaurant,” says General Manager and native Grecian Panos Nikiforou. “We try to be very authentic with our recipes. There will be some new dishes you probably haven’t seen, ingredients you haven’t tasted, and dishes you haven’t experienced.” Stepping inside the intimate 200-seat seaside eatery, which opened last November, guests are immediately transported across the Atlantic to the island of Santorini. Fabrics and draperies are adorned with the decorative Greek Key pattern, white-washed woods are seen throughout the restaurant, and blue agate tables and counters lie beneath a trellis framed by towering mosaic columns. Amidst a sea of bright blue and milky white, reminiscent of the glimmering waters of the Aegean Sea and the white-washed houses of the Greek Islands, a live guitar player sets the tone for an authentic dining experience on a quiet Thursday evening. In one sitting, guests can figuratively hop from Greek island to island, sampling the best each has to offer. In fact, 75 percent of the restaurant’s products, including the fish, cheeses and oil, come straight from Greece. Using these fresh ingredients, Greek-born Chef de Cuisine Anastasios Chasekioglo has re-imagined traditional recipes from his travels throughout the islands and personal recipes from his grandmother into Atlantikós’ eclectic menu, featuring vegetarian and gluten free options. Standout appetizers (mezze) include the grilled octopus (octapodi fava) served over a mesmerizing mixture of pickled sea fennel, caper berries, caramelized onions and fava beans from Santorini, as well as the tzatziki spread made with chili oil and spiced, barrel-aged feta from northern Greece. Entrees, categorized as “ocean,” “land,” or “vegetarian,” come in ample portion sizes meant for

sharing. For a taste of the islands, go for a seaworthy delight such as fresh-caught red snapper cooked in a clay crust or the more unusual sea urchin linguini with tomato, garlic, parsley and oil. I, however, recommend the melt-in-your-mouth grilled Colorado lamb chops (arnisia paidakia) drizzled with a delicate lemon mustard sauce and served over perfectly spiced oven baked potatoes. It will make you swear off of gyros indefinitely. Make sure to save room for dessert (and dessert wine) which ranges from the more familiar baklava to the tasty portokalopita, a traditional orange pie with Greek yogurt ice cream. My meal ended with a made-to-order cup of Greek coffee, brewed Turkish-style in hot sand. Nikiforou says that in Greece, diners turn their cup over after drinking this coffee to have their fortune told from the thick residue left at the bottom of the cup. And while I didn’t have my future foretold, I’m certain it includes another meal at Atlantikós. Atlantikós serves breakfast (buffet and a la carte), lunch and dinner seven days a week and is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour | | 71

Keeping The Feast The South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns for its 16th year, we caught up with founder, Lee Schrager for all the details.

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Photo: Lee Schrager, courtesy Lee Schrager

program of events for the Festival’s 16th year… with an array of dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties showcasing a variety of cuisines, wines and spirits from around the world, guests will find plenty of ways to satiate their taste buds at this year’s Festival.”

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he who is who of the culinary world will converge on South Florida, February 22 – 26, for the 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. With a diverse line-up of more than 90 events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We caught up with Festival Founder and Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Lee Brian Schrager to discuss. METROPOLITAN LUXE: The festival has developed a very loyal following over the years however there is special group of “been- there-done-thaters” that shrug at the mention of the festival and wince at navigating the crowds. Why should they give the SOBEWFF another shot in 2017? LEE SCHRAGER: We do have very loyal fans, and we are always appreciative of their support for what we do and for FIU. For those on the fence, they probably haven’t been to our signature Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village in a few years – we made significant investments and changes for the 2015 Festival, including introducing

a free park-n-ride option from Downtown Miami, and have had very positive feedback from the community since revamping the event. Additionally, I always encourage people to visit our website, sobewff. org – because there are events to satisfy everyone’s style and taste – from the large tastings, to intimate dinners with worldrenowned chefs, to our wine seminars, to the late-night parties (many of them under $100) – many people don’t realize the variety of options that are available to them to take part in the action. ML: You’re introducing several new events this year, which one are you most excited to present? LS: I’m really looking forward to the dinner hosted by the world’s top-rated chef, Massimo Bottura, with Giada De Laurentiis, and also our signature Tribute Dinner at Loews Miami Beach hotel, honoring José Andrés this year with Master of Ceremonies Anthony Bourdain and special presentation from Gloria Estefan. ML: 2016 saw the introduction of the Taste Fort Lauderdale series, and

this year’s program shows continued expansion into Broward County, tell us a bit about that. LS: We’re bringing back the fan-favorite Seaside Eats and Bloody Mary Brunch events that anchored the series last year – with Seaside Eats hosted by Anne Burrell and the Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris this year. And brand new, we’re producing our first late-night party in the popular FATVillage neighborhood – DRINK Fort Lauderdale: A Cocktail Time Machine Experience – featuring snacks from a handful of Broward’s most popular food trucks. ML: I’m not sure most people realize how much of an impact the SOBEWFF® has on our community. Beyond creating a “boom” for local businesses, the festival has raised more than $24 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. Can you shed some light on how this is invested back into the development of the culinary craft within our community?

LS: In addition to the funds raised for the School, we provide an interactive educational platform for students to receive hands-on learning experiences from leaders in the culinary, beverage, hotel and hospitality industries each year. It is an invaluable opportunity for the future leaders of the industry to connect with current professionals. ML: We spoke about this year’s new events, now let’s talk about the best of the rest. Which event never gets old for you? Are there any new spins on any of the festivals “classic” events? LS: Our Tribute Dinner, which I mentioned above, is always a very special evening. And watching a chef win the People’s Choice Award at the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray is always a fun moment. Our signature tasting event – the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village – features a new collaboration with nightlife guru David Grutman on Sunday, February 26 this year. | 73


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The NEW & Not-to-be Missed Events at this

Years SOBEWFF The 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival is reaching new heights with a robust program of events including this selection of new and not to be missed events. | 75

BACARDÍ BEACH PARTY Expect a night of beautiful beats, beach bites and your favorite cocktails at the BACARDÍ Beach Party. Taking place on the sandy white beaches of Miami with a one-of-a-kind musical performance; the ultimate beach party. FOOD FIGHT WITH HOST GUY FIERI Food Fight is part Jeopardy, part Family Feud for the culinary world – a star-studded, interactive, live trivia game hosted by Fieri himself. You’ll get the chance to sip and savor specially curated bar bites from the South of Fifth neighborhood throughout the evening at one of its most iconic locations for locals and tourists-alike, Monty’s Sunset on South Beach. Bar known as The Salty Donut and the dynamic duo behind the savory creations at the Sarsaparilla Club are coming together poolside at the Shelborne Hotel to bring a unique collaboration of fried chicken and donuts to the Festival’s signature lineup of late-night events. BURNT ENDS: A KOSHER BBQ DINNER HOSTED BY ALON SHAYA Alon Shaya, whose namesake Shaya in New Orleans is the reigning Best New Restaurant in the U.S. bestowed by the James Beard Foundation, is gathering up a group of handpicked chefs who will offer up their most creative barbecue creations at this Kosher walk-around tasting, which will also feature South Florida favorite Zak the Baker.

BURLOCK COAST – TASTE OF FT. LAUDERDALE SERIES Let three of North Carolina’s leading ladies take you on a tour of their home state cuisine as they bring their exceptionally fresh approach to a place known for its love of local ingredients. Joined by Burlock Coast Chef de Cuisine Gavin Pera and pastry Chef Ryan Cross, guests are sure to enjoy a wellrounded dining experience. THE SALTY DONUT AT THE SHELBORNE HOTEL Miami’s Artisanal Donut Shop & Coffee 76 |

HEART OF NEW ORLEANS: DINNER HOSTED BY NINA COMPTON, DAVID KINCH, DONALD LINK & JULIA DOYNE The spirited cuisine of one of America’s most buzzed about culinary destinations is coming South for one very special spiced up collaboration between celebrated chefs Nina Compton, Donald Link and David Kinch. DINNER HOSTED BY MASSIMO BOTTURA WITH SPECIAL GUEST GIADA DE LAURENTIIS In June 2016, after two years at the No. 2 spot, Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana was named the No. 1 restaurant in the

world on the prestigious list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants™. For one very special evening at the illustrious Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Bottura will bring the coveted secrets of his top-rated, three Michelin-star holding restaurant to the sophisticated sands of Miami Beach alongside special guest Giada De Laurentiis. AMIGOS DE LA HUELLA: A DINNER EXPERIENCE A taste of South America at Amigos De La Huella taking place at the recently opened EAST, Miami hotel in Brickell. With fare reminiscent of the flagship Parador La Huella in Uruguay, which holds the no. 11 position on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, Quinto La Huella executive chef Nano Crespo will be joined by Parador La Huella, executive chef, Alejandro Morales will offer up the best of South American cuisine specially crafted for this Festival dinner. DRINK FORT LAUDERDALE: COCKTAIL TIME MACHINE EXPERIENCE Kicking off the Festival’s first late-night event in Fort Lauderdale, the best mixologists and bartenders from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach will whip up classic cocktails as well as modern takes on your favorites through the ages. Guests can nosh on offerings from a curated selection of South Florida’s trendiest food trucks and carts, courtesy of dear Festival-friend Burger Beast. | 77

Indulge Better than Ever! PORSCHE PANAMER A 2017

The Porsche Panamera has come a long way since its debut in 2009. The 2017 models are breaking new ground with a bold and sexy look, and improved performance. With long, dynamic proportions, pronounced shoulders, and a roof line that is 20 mm lower at the rear the Panamera’s stylistic link to Porsche’s design icon, the 911 - is clear. Elevating the already superior performance formula to a new level, all second generation Panamera models have redesigned engines, where efficiency is as much the focus as power. Look for a completely new interior design, with touch-sensitive surfaces replacing classic buttons, and

high-resolution displays integrated seamlessly into the interior. Two new twin-turbo gasoline engines with direct fuel injection are being introduced in the Panamera Turbo and the Panamera 4S. Both models are equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a new eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK). The Panamera Turbo is powered by a 550 hp twin-turbo V8, while the Panamera 4S is equipped with a 440 hp twin-turbo V6. Pricing for the Panamera 4S starts at $99,900, while the Panamera Turbo starts at $146,900, excluding fees.

Metropolitan Luxe - Winter 2016-2017  

Welcome to the Winter 2016-2017 issue of Metropolitan Luxe Magazine, celebrating South Florida’s fine living. With a focus on intelligent, o...