As we settle into the second half of summer, we can officially say the heat is on. No matter where your plans take you during these slow and steamy months – barbeque, beach or boat – it’s important to look fashionable and sweat-free. Here we break down some styles to keep you looking haute in the humidity.
Bikinis in July, well, that’s a given. However we’re talking hundreds of bikinis and tons of models because we’re talking about SWIM MIAMI. The itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-all-types-of-designer-bikinis will grace runways, pool parties, presentations and installations to debut the latest in swimwear fashions. SWIM MIAMI, also referred to as Swim Week, attracts a stylish set and we caught up with a few different personalities that will be in attendance this year to get the scoop on what they plan to wear to one of the hottest (and sexiest) weeks of the summer.
Expensive tires, designer shoes — if it touches the ground, it’s worth the splurge. Few brands underscore this notion more than luxury boot maker John Lobb, whose collections are not only skillfully made by artisans (about 190 manufacturing steps are required for each pair of shoes) but also known for their four-digit price tag, and unrivaled quality to match. Following last year’s appointment of Paula Gerbase as artistic director, John Lobb is expanding with its third US location set to open in the Miami Design District’s vibrant Palm Court.
It doesn’t take a Francophile to fawn over the edgy fashions on display inside Zadig & Voltaire’s months-old boutique in the Design District. The multi-level retail space on the corner of 40th Street and NE 1st Avenue, the largest among the French ready-to-wear label’s three South Florida stores, is attracting all sorts of fans with its decidedly cool interiors, concrete attributes and gallery-like layout. The walls of the store take on the role of blank canvases, which currently serve as backdrops for both men’s and women’s spring/summer 2015 collections as well pre-fall merchandise (limited-edition accessories and capsule collections to come). But a brand spokesperson reveals that in the near future they’ll also be the setting for some very important artwork (read: prime Art Basel exposure)—a given if you consider founder Thierry Gillier’s penchant for modern art. An avid collector, Gillier studied art in college and pulls inspiration from paintings, sculptures and even interior design for much of his own work. The designer’s passion for liberal arts can also be seen in the store’s façade, which features a 30-foot graphic showcasing current campaign imagery for passersby to see. Now that’s what we call inviting.