Miami New Times 7th Annual Iron Fork

Miami New Times 7th Annual Iron ForkThursday, July 31, 7pm-10pm – Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami

Miami New Times 2014 Iron Fork, presented by Downtown Development Authority, will take place on July 31st at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami. Culinary connoisseur Aaron Brooks from the Latin-influenced restaurant, EDGE Steak & Bar, will compete against Todd Erickson, executive chef of the digitally intimate HI-Fi lounge, HaVen, in a sizzling showdown for supremacy during the Chef Challenge competition hosted by Chef Allen Susser! Their tantalizing creations will be presented to Timon Balloo, 2011 Iron Fork Winner and chef at Sugar Cane Raw Bar Grill; Jamie DeRosa, 2013 Iron Fork competing chef, and chef/partner of Tongue & Cheek; and Adrianne Calvo, 2009 Iron Fork judge, and chef/owner of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar. Only one will be named this year’s winner and be presented with the coveted Iron Fork Award. General admission tickets are $45, and VIP ticket are $75 and includes 1 hour early entrance. 100% of auction proceeds and a portion of Iron Fork ticket sales will go to the No Kid Hungry Campaign.


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3rd Annual Ready, Set, Swim Fashion Show

3rd Annual Ready, Set, Swim Fashion ShowSaturday, July 19, 7pm-10pm - Riviera Hotel, Pool Bamboo Garden, 318 20th Street, Building One, Miami Beach

Miami’s most chic mingled with industry insiders at Ready, Set, Swim, which premiered in its third annual runway show and cocktail party. The Riviera Hotel set the backdrop for the high fashion, summer scene, as models strutted down the pool-top runway in the hottest looks from Sex Pot Swimwear, who debuted their first collection, Amita Naithani and Beware Swimwear. Fashion’s elite, invited guests, and media viewed the collections while enjoying sips from LIQ’s Cocktail Shots.

Sex Pot Swimwear’s 2015 collection drew inspiration from the urban sophisticate. Made in the USA of high quality materials, the collection makes a modern statement on vintage silhouettes. Sex Pot paired high-waist, Brazilian cut bottoms with minimal tops, and added subtle cut outs to solid one-piece suits.

Indian born designer Amita Naithani began her career in fashion producing beachwear for top designers including Michael Kors, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Vince Camuto. Taking beachwear from fun in the sun to evening chic, Naithani creates each piece to have a multi-look quality. Her 2015 Resort collection features both soft, sophisticated neutrals and blushes with added bold pops of chartreuse and turquoise.

Beware Swimwear is known for striking prints and edgy textures. Designer Minouche Pericles mixes sexy cutouts with high-waist silhouttes and daring plunge necklines to create statement-making suits with a bit of Caribbean flair.

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo


Cosmopolitan Summer Splash 2014 at the SLS Hotel

Cosmopolitan Summer Splash 2014 at the SLS HotelFriday, July 18, 8pm - SLS Hotel Poolside, 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Cosmopolitan en Español hosted its 8th annual Summer Splash, part of Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach, at SLS Hotel South Beach Poolside. Cosmopolitan en Español is the magazine for the fun, fearless Hispanic female, and covers every topic of concern, including fashion, beauty, health, sex, relationships and pop culture.

The evening kicked of with two-hour cocktail reception sponsored by Cîroc Vodka, with a runway show that followed. Swim/Summer 2015 collections were presented by following designers: Crasqi, Eberjey, Tommy Hilfiger, Maya, and Sinesia Karol. Presenting sponsor Pantene created hairstyles for the runway, while the white strips provided by Crest 3D had the guests’ smiles photo-ready all night long. #CosmoSummerSplash

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo


Vogue Brasil Celebrate Miami Issue With A Brazilian Party at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach

Vogue Brasil Celebrate Miami Issue With A Brazilian Party at 1 Hotel & Homes South BeachThursday, July 17, 6:30pm-8:30pm – 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, 2399 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

1 Hotel & Homes South Beach and Vogue Brasil co-hosted a fashion-fused event celebrating the Miami issue of Vogue Brasil, with champagne and delectable bites . This exclusive event kicked-off in time with Miami’s hottest week in fashion, debuting the biggest names in Brazilian swimwear at South Beach’s newest luxury property. Guests experienced an exclusive preview to the Mercedes-Benz Swim Fashion Week with a fashion showcase featuring the latest designs in swimwear by Brazilian designers Cia Maritima, Kinesia Karol, and Adriana Degreas.

1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, located in the heart of Miami Beach on Collins Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets, is set to open in the fall of 2014. The spectacular property will include 161 residences plus 406 hotel rooms with four swimming pools and 600 linear feet of pristine beach. The signature hotel restaurant will feature celebrated chef, Tom Colicchio, offering locally sourced, farm-to-table gourmet cuisine throughout the property. With condominium sales by Fortune International, 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach features a residential lobby, sales center and model units, designed by the award winning Brazilian architect and interior designer Debora Aguiar. The interiors maintain the brand’s sensibilities, utilizing natural fibers and materials and a color palette inspired by the buildings natural surroundings.

Pictures by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo


Peroni Nastro Azzurro Launches 3rd Annual Search for Emerging Fashion Designers

Peroni Nastro Azzurro Launches 3rd Annual Search for Emerging Fashion DesignersWednesday, July 16, 8pm – SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, one of Italy’s leading brands and the world’s No. 1 premium Italian beer, joins Fashion Group International (FGI), and FUNKSHION, in sponsoring its 3rd Annual Emerging Designer Series contest. This event offered an unparalleled opportunity for fashion designers in the Miami and surrounding area to showcase their talent and designs in a high-profile runway show at no cost to the designer. Open to fashion, swimwear, and accessory designers, this competition aims to identify and support the up-and-coming talented designers in the Miami area.

To apply, designers submitted a design that best illustrates their view of Italian style. A panel of industry experts from FGI selected 10 finalists who had the opportunity to showcase three looks in a group format fashion show, incorporating the “Nastro Azzurro,” Peroni’s iconic Blue Ribbon, during the week of Miami Swim Week at SLS South Beach. The judges included Barbara Hulanicki (Fashion Designer and Founder of the retail stores Biba), Annie Vazquez (Fashion Blogger) and Rachael Russell (Fashion Stylist).

Opening the show was last year’s runner up K8 Swimwear show casing her collection of all white swimsuits complete with geometric cutouts, intricate lacing and fringe. The contestants all showed a various different looks from swimwear to evening gowns and even some super fun theatrical pieces. The standouts were Pilar Tarrau with her fur accessories and orange fringe backpack, Valentina Delfino with her casual looks featuring a tropical palm tree print and lace detailing, and Mimmy Begazo with her super theatrical skirt made of many layers of colored fabric and pink feather head piece. Last year’s Emerging Fashion Designer Winner Kim Nguyen presented her collection, Quyen Dimension as the finale of Italian Style Night. Ouyen’s collection had an athletic feel with a pallet of black white and silver with touches of transparent material creating great shine and movement.

However the first contestant to show, Carolin Autenrieth went home the unanimous winner of 3rd Annual Emerging Designer Series for her pastel ultra feminine looks which were pristinely constructed. As the winner, Autenrieth was awarded with a trip to New York Fashion Week as well as a complete runway production showcasing her full line at Swim Week 2015 in Miami. Peroni’s Young and Emerging Designer Awards is a global program that operates in key style markets around the world, illustrating its commitment to nurturing and championing rising design talent as only a leading Italian style brand would. #PeroniStyle


“Samba & A Movie” Monthly Series Launch

Samba & A Movie Monthly Series LaunchTuesday, July 22, 6:30pm & 8:45pm – Sushi Samba, 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Sushi Samba launches “Samba & A Movie” on Tuesday, July 22 with one of the best Brazilian films of the year - A Wolf at the Door - based on a true story about the mystery of a child’s kidnapping and her parent’s role in it. Directed by the acclaimed Fernando Coimbra and starring Milhem Cortaz, Fabiula Nascimento and Leandra Leal, this production has already been dubbed ”An utterly compelling and indelible drama” by The Hollywood Reporter. Priced at only $35 for admission and a 3-course menu, the art house and restaurant are within 5 minutes walking distance. Whether guests choose the 6:30 p.m. show followed by dinner, or the prix-fixe before an 8:45 p.m. screening, Samba & A Movie has it covered.


Bonefish Grill New Menu Launch with Celebrity Guests Mario Lopez & Steve Santagati

Bonefish Grill New Menu Launch with Celebrity Guests Mario Lopez & Steve SantagatiSaturday, July 19, 5pm-7pm – The Lady Windridge Yacht at Fontainebleau Marina, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Join celebrity guests Mario Lopez and Steve Santagati from EXTRA TV aboard The Lady Windridge yacht for the debut of a brand new menu by Bonefish Grill. Including free-flowing speciality cocktails, wine and beer, ande a live performance by David Correry, season 2 finalist on X Factor and singer of Coca-Cola’s global 2014 FIFA World Cup anthem.


Babalu + OB Partner Showcases New Konstantin Kakanias Collection

Babalu + OB Partner Showcases New Konstantin Kakanias CollectionSaturday, July 19, 2pm-4pm - The Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

High-concept Miami retailer Babalu will partner with swimwear brand Orlebar Brown to feature the launch of the Konstantin Kakanias capsule collection during Miami Swim Week. Featuring a lush and vibrant jungle motif, the new Konstantin Capsule Collection celebrates all facets of flora, fauna and birds of paradise. Kakanias has created a set of rich, vibrant illustrations exclusive for Orlebar Brown depicting painterly scenes of jungle life using rich greens and eerie blues with flashes of bright color. Wading flamingos, lurking panthers, swinging monkeys and a deep look into the tropical jungle have been splashed on the OB classic Bulldog shorts and for the first time, Tommy T-shirts, women’s Whippet shorts and terry toweling dresses. To celebrate this year’s Swim Week, Babalu will promote the new Orlebar Brown and Konstantine Kakanias collaboration with an interactive event.

Il Mulino New York Opens on South Beach

Il Mulino New York Opens on South BeachFriday, July 18, 5pm – Il Mulino New York, 840 1st Street, Miami Beach

Il Mulino New York, the classic Italian eatery with locations all over the world, has brought its, talents to South Beach with its new location in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood in the former Clark’s space. The restaurant already has a popular outpost in Sunny Isles inside the Acqualina Resort & Spa Hotel. The overall design aesthetic, created by Lee Katzoff and Rozhia Tabnak, evolved out of an on-site study of the unique Miami culture, and the connection of geometric consistencies that make Manhattan and South Beach sisters. The 2,000 square foot space constructed by architect Robert Spataro reflects a fusion of metropolitan sophistication and South Beach Art Deco achieved through an enhanced sense of proportionate lengths and heights combined with marbleized patterns in subtle gray accented with chrome. ”The menu will be consistent in style and flavor with the offerings at our flagship restaurant” says Executive Chef Michele Mazza, “complemented with dishes that speak to the unique flavor of South Beach with fresh seafood, handmade pastas and quality meat and poultry.”

SELF Music Fest at Ocho at Soho Beach House

SELF Music Fest at Ocho at Soho Beach HouseSaturday, July 19, 6pm-10pm - Ocho at Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Fashionistas and festies flocked to Soho Beach House’s OCHO for SELF Magazine’s Music Fest party during Miami Swim Week. The sunset rooftop festival featured special guest DJ Alexandra Richards and celebrated the Condé Nast magazine’s July music issue, which shares the gorgeous globetrotting model/DJ’s best beauty tips. Presented by essie, Michelob ULTRA and Nivea, guests including SELF’s Vice President and Publisher Mary Murcko and ET’s Rocsi Diaz snacked on glow-in-the-dark festival fare as they enjoyed poolside performances from indie rockers Wild Cub, hot DJs Ess & Emm and electric pop duo ASTR.

In between snapping pics and pinning them up at the SELFie station, attendees sipped on ice cold Michelob ULTRA and essie’s signature passed cocktails inspired by the new summer nail colors like haute in the heat and urban jungle. Offerings also included Whispering Angel rose, 42Below vodka, SELF Music Fest Coconut Cartel coconuts and Aquacai water. Departing guests left with a SELF gift bag complete with the essie summer polish collection and Nivea Q10 Skin Firming Hydration body lotion, as well as inspiration for their summer playlists. @SELFmagazine  #SELFMusicFest

Photos by: Julie Pauline

Digital Detox Lecture at Pritikin by Liza Pitsirilo

Digital Detox Lecture at Pritikin by Liza PitsiriloSaturday, July 19, 12pm-3pm - Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa, 8755 NW 36th St., Doral

Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa at the Doral Golf resort is a beautiful private enclave with Italianate architecture, and is surrounded by 650 acres of tropical paradise. Amenities include swimming pools, five championship golf courses, tennis courts, and meditative labyrinths.

Pritikin’s believes a healthy mind can lead you to a healthy body – and a much happier life. ”This transformation, which is part of emerging fields in psychology focused on mind-body health, is very important because it can greatly boost our chances of achieving what we want in life, including a fitter, healthier lifestyle. By changing our minds, we really can change our lives,” asserts Dr. Arvon.

One of the classes offered is Digital Detox. How many of us fall asleep with TV, computer or phone nearby? The stress and rays from these devices are causing our health to decline. The body reacts to the computer in lots of unseen ways. For example, rolling of the shoulders, shallow breathing and overeating. We also allow the devices to control the time in front of them not us taking control of our time.

The class gives lots of suggestions along with things to notice about our devices, there are here to stay and that is a good thing! However, we need to turn them off and re connect with the life we want to lead!

Some of the classes are mindful eating, better eating and exercising, healthy mind, take control of your health. The classes can be tailored to your needs or the needs of a group. Before classes, lunch was served overlooking the golf course. The food was very healthy and beautifully presented. It is a great place to get your mind and body in the shape you want!

4th Annual Style Saves Swim Fashion Show Fundraiser at Soho Beach House

4th Annual Style Saves Swim Fashion Show Fundraiser at Soho Beach HouseFriday, July 18, 9pm – Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The 4th annual Style Saves event at Soho Beach House was a major hit! The exclusive soiree featured a multi-designer fashion show boasting looks from the hottest brands as well as some of Miamis most up and coming new designers. Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Red Bull & Aquaçai, sponsored the open bar sweet treats were provided by Stella’s Sweet Shoppe, sounds by Gooddroid, and Mc’d by Angela Simmons, the daughter of fashion mogul Russle Simmons. The online auction helped raise funds for the students of style and surpassed its goal raising over $100,000.

Kicking off the show, Style Mafia presented cool and edgy looks for the downtown beachy kind of girl, with sunglasses by Illesteva and shoes by Del Toro. Ola Feroz showed little string bikinis and also sported shades by Illesteva. Santika displayed bright and flowy cover-ups perfect for the most glamorous of beach days. Trina Turk, probably the most well known designer of the show, had girls clad in bright hues of blues pinks greens and orange and paisley prints for her 2015 collection. Ishine365, an online retailer, had looks from top brands such as Stone Fox, Beach Riot, Mandalynn, Lolli, Mikoh, Indah, and Acacia. Over all it was a great night benefitting an awesome cause!

Photos by: Sarah Klein


World Premiere of H2OMBRE in South Florida

World Premiere of H2OMBRE in South FloridaFriday, July 18, 7:30pm – Ziff Ballet Opera House at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

What has 6,000 gallons of water, waterproof lighting, actors who fly through in the air and a casual dress code, people who came in plastic bags?

H2OMBRE, the show is an adventure where you get WET!

This summer at the Arsht Center, H2OMBRE flies across the stage and into the audience. H2OMBRE began as a short show titled Hombre Vertiente (Watershed Man), created for the water-themed Expo 2008. The show has vivid imagery and sound effects and Giant inflatable monsters; H2OMBRE follows the journey of an artist as he travels into the world of the imagination. He climbs the walls which have been transformed into art and encounters creatures climbing with him. “The character is a universal artist, representing every artist and every man,” says Baldinu, the show’s director. Water is a large part of our body and the earth, so it is important and necessary for life. The actors perform aerial choreography and action devised by Baldinu and the production’s choreographer/creative consultant, Sergio Trujillo.

Scott Shiller, the Arsht’s executive vice president, has been behind the push for immersive summer spectacles at the performing arts center, with its diverse audience of South Florida residents and visitors from so many countries. Creating a show like H2OMBRE, crafting it as a full-length piece is a special treat for all to see and be a part of.

Ziff Ballet Opera House turns into a hybrid of theater and club. The audience will enter from the theater’s loading dock to the party pre-show in the onstage Bubble Lounge. The lounge has drinks and food and features DJ’s so the party continues after the show.

Please note those who do not love standing or getting too wet can go the reserved seating options. Ponchos and waterproof cellphone cover are available. Those 6,000 gallons of water do make for an unusual environment. Purses aren’t permitted and they do have a checkroom for them. It is suggested to wear rubber-soled shoes and clothes that won’t get ruined if they get wet!
#H2OMBRE @ArshtCenter