Launching January 6, SmartWater's Modellounge, an "exclusive and private retreat for female fashion models at invited top 10 agencies," is back from its humble Miami Beach beginnings a year ago in a virtual closet at the Delano and moving into a much roomier space at The Raleigh, where it will stay until April 30. Realizing that breath mints as meals for models are as passe as stick thin models, trucker hats and fedoras, the new and imrpoved Modellounge will feature sustenance from Popchips and ZonePerfect as well as, of course, Smartwater and Vitaminwater Zero. As for what these models do in this, a no guests allowed zone? Every month, all models will be outfitted in a different bikini by Volcom. The lounge will offer on premise, poolside yoga sessions, among other things. In other words, it's "a private destination where [models] can hang in between castings and shoots on a daily basis while being pampered and entertained." Sort of like a fashionable Facts of Life, we suppose, with Mrs. Garrett on vacation. Castings though? We thought the only castings left in Miami these days were for reality shows. Imagine the kind of lounge that would be. Oh, wait, never mind. We already know. It's called Jersey Shore.
December 17, 2010
December 08, 2009
In an attempt to seem even more irrelevant than ever, the Delano recently unveiled Model Lounge Miami, a so-called ultra exclusive sanctuary for top models carved out of a former second floor closet featuring chairs and a snack bar serving, sit down for this one, mints. We're not kidding. Imagine Naomi Campbell in a closet that's not filled with Prada, Gucci and Louboutins. Call 911 stat! The lounge, according to a press release, is "the quintessential locale for models to kick off their heels, and chill out between takes." While we know there are still some working models here, there aren't nearly as many as there used to be (hence the closet), so this will be amusing. The lounge will also issue an "All Access Privilege Card" granted exclusively to models represented only by "premier agencies" and allowing said models access to all Delano facilities including a "private poolside Model Lounge cabana, private Model Lounge room [ed note: that would be the aforementioned closet], gym, pool and beach based on availability. Apparently this Model Lounge exists in NYC and is a smash hit, though we're not sure it's housed in a former hotel closet. Sponsored by a sandal and swimwear company called REEF, the Model Lounge will also offer its guests discounts all over town at places like The Webster and Ricky's. Oh, and as for that snack bar--the mints are provided by Ice Breaker (TM) and there will also be free Red Bull and ZonePerfect bars for those plus sized models with appetites. Sounds like a gifting suite gone bad. Really bad.
October 06, 2009
Finally! Miami ranks high in a poll and it has nothing to do with joblessness, foreclosures, bad drivers, or general doomsday. According to Travel + Leisure’s 2009 America’s Favorite Cities survey, America’s most attractive people are in Miami, Cleveland is the best place for an affordable getaway, Minneapolis/St. Paul ranks No. 1 for intelligent people, and Houston is home to the best airports. Miami also was ranked No. 2 for being stylish and No. 5 for being diverse--New York was number one for those two categories. For those literal naysayers who insist Miami folk are shallow, superficial and soulless, get over it (though the poll did show a decline in Miami's friendliness and intelligence, which they listed as our worst feature). They mean most attractive on the outside.
August 22, 2008
Despite a reputation for being severely shallow, Miamians really do love making a difference in the world--especially while making themselves look fabulous in the process. We've been given the insider's heads up to JustOneFrickinDay.com, a charity founded by the current face of Lancome, Elettra Wiedemann (daughter of Isabella Rosselini), which is working to equip a hospital in Kigutu, Burundi with solar energy for the term of its existence. The Italian stunner has enlisted Chris Benz, Phillip Lim, House of Diehl, Giambattista Valli, Rogan and Rag & Bone to come up with Africa- and energy- inspired t-shirts to be sold via the website starting August 25th. Elettra is already looking forward to a second round of tees which already has Yigal Azrouel on board and Miami's own golden boy, Ungaro designer Esteban Cortazar interested. Word on the street is that Jennifer Aniston loved our fair city so much that she said she'd only buy Cortazar's tee in homage.
May 15, 2008
The Chanel fashion show at The Raleigh was a splashy spectacle of stilettos, still lifes--er, models, random celebrities---a very leggy Anna Kournikova, Zoe Kravitz, Lenny's and Lisa Bonet's daughter grooving to a Prince song, Diane Kruger, Joana Preiss and Anna Mouglalis---- and socialites---some actually sporting vintage Chanel tweed and wool coats. Although we are definitely suffering the effects of second hand Silicone, Botox and Saline overload, it was a lovely affair, or as Vogue editrex Anna Wintour put it, "very chic," which either meant just that or was her polite way of saying she's seen better. The show itself got mixed reviews from fashionistas, some who loved and some who loathed the couture label's cruise collection which ranged from sleek and minimalist to razzly dazzly numbers you'd almost expect to see on a Carnival Fun Ship.
Regardless, the real star of the night was The Raleigh pool (and the synchronized swimmers who splashed in it at the show's finale), on and around which a runway snaked and catatonic, cloneish models sashayed. We sat behind Wintour, whose pate may resemble a bobble-head, but didn't move the entire time. Not a hair swayed with the ocean breezes. Perhaps because earlier today she requested Oribe to do her coif. When Oribe said he was unavailable, he had a local pinch hitter, Duber Osorio, fill in. Wintour apparently was so pleased she is returning to the salon tomorrow before she jets back off to Gotham. Osorio was thrilled to work with the fashion icon and told us, " Believe it or not I didn't use any hair product, just a touch of hairspray to take care of the fly aways. And contrary to what everybody thinks, she was pleasant and very nice the whole time."
While Wintour's hair remained firmly in place, the Kaiser himself, Karl Lagerfeld moved and shook away from the hoi polloi, which was busy indulging in deelish fare from Touch catering and bottomless glasses of Perrier Jouet, in a heavily guarded cabana and then in an even more heavily guarded Martini Bar. Towards the end of the party, Lagerfeld made his way out back, where he observed Raleigh owner Andre Balazs cutting it up on the sand to the theme from Dirty Dancing.
And while Wintour may not necessarily have had the time of her life, she did make a pit stop in the lobby, wishing Lagerfeld a good night with the requisite air kiss before retiring to her suite, all the while not a hair moving out of place. We wish we could be there in the morning to see if she suffers from bed head, but it would probably be a waste of a trip. Meanwhile 90 jet setters, Euros and Chanel groupies flown in for the event are all checking out of the hotel in the morning, but they better do so before the entire Raleigh staff is summoned to retrieve Lagerfeld's stash of multiple Chanel trunks. "You'd think he was staying here for a few months," remarked one staffer.
And as for Wintour's devilish reputation? We felt her chill at first when she breezed by us, sans entourage, and had us frozen in our tracks. She'd be an ideal remedy for a Miami heat wave, that's for sure. That said, she was characteristically aloof, but when approached by those who dared, uncharacteristically nice to everyone--at least the journalists, and to be honest, that was kind of a buzz kill for those of us who were kind of expecting and hoping she'd be a raging b-tch, especially in this humidity. Then again, she had good hair. Perhaps things would have been different if she'd experienced the wrath of Miami's ruthless, silent mood killer known as the frizzies.
Although the list of celebrity names are few and far between (Anna Kournikova and some French model actresses) for tonight's Chanel 2008/2009 Cruise Show at The Raleigh, it's ok, because fashion's biggest names---Anna Wintour and, of course the Kaiser, Karl Lagerfeld--will make up for the dearth. That's right, the she-devil Vogue editrex herself will be there in all her bobbed glory and we can't wait to see her. Following the party at The Raleigh, Lagerfeld and his fan--as well as 15 of his closest friends, will hit SET for a private after party. No word on whether Wintour will join, but we'll keep you posted because if she does, that will be the best fashion statement that club's ever known.