September 15, 2013
July 25, 2013
Because writers are always told to "write what you know," and because this writer only knows that horizontal stripes are unflattering and bikinis should be reserved for those who never had C sections or at least an excellent tummy tuck, we tapped into an expert to cover Miami Swim Week for us: Sports Illustrated model Julie Henderson. What follows is her play by play correspondence from the splashy trenches, photos and all.
So one of my favorite weeks of the year, Miami Swim Week, was here again. We were planning on leaving NY in time to make all the opening parties Thursday night, however we experienced two flight delays due to the heavy rain in Miami. Sadly missed the official opening party but made it in time to catch the end of the Ocean Drive Magazine party celebrating the cover of my Sports Illustrated gal Hannah Davis, which was great. Then popped to Soho House for a cocktail, then to the Rec Room at The Gale Hotel, which has amazing 80's music playing on vinyl--we danced a little too hard, I think.
Friday I managed to fit in some
serious R&R by the amazing pool at The Gale Hotel where we were
staying. In the afternoon, we headed to The Raleigh to watch
the Agua Bendita show. It had some really great cover ups
along with an amazing one piece with a camera sewn into the print. After the
show we were off to the Soho House to catch a fab and fun Bubbly Hour
that BASTA Surf was putting on. Emily Ford and Samantha
August of Basta are good friends of mine, and I designed a 10 piece swimsuit
collection for them which launched the same day as my seventh appearance in
Sports Illustrated came out in February.
After a few champagnes, we headed to The Dutch at W Hotel for a delicious dinner. In a hurry, we made it back to The Raleigh in time for one of my favorite shows, Beach Bunny. The hair in this show was very unusual and there were so many looks. It was great sitting front row with my girls Irina Shayk and Chrissy Teigen, as we could talk about the looks as we saw them right in front of us. Also ran into Nina Adgal and Hannah Davis there. After that, we went on to party at Hyde SLS for the Beach Bunny after party, and then went to check out performance of J. Cole at LIV.
Before I knew it, it was Sunday and time to get ready for the Galore Magazine Bombshell event that I was down here to host along with Nina Adgal . By the pool at The Gale Hotel, we all hung out, swam and caught up on all the latest. Had to leave in time to make the Mara Hoffman show, which was so gorgeous. I am obsessed with the outfit they sent to wear [see above], don't you love?! Then made a 10 p.m. international flight to Europe for work. It was a quick trip, but an amazing one. Thanks for having me Miami Swim Week. Until next year.
March 14, 2013
Sure, the Harlem Shake is yesterday's Gangnam Style, but when you throw in some Victoria's Secret models (Elsa Hosk and Sara Sampaio), a Hunger Games star (Alexander Ludwig), DJ Cassidy and scads of scantily clad Spring Breakers reveling blissfully (or boozily, rather) in one of the country's Trashiest Spring Break Destinations (albeit at one of the least trashy hotels ever, The Raleigh), it's a whole different story and one that's probably best viewed via this video by World Red Eye.
September 06, 2011
Gone are the days when supermodels roamed South Beach like dinosaurs in prehistoric times. Once in a blue moon, however, one escapes from the Jurassic Park of post-career pose striking and ends up on the loose just as Naomi Campbell does from time to time, retreating to her billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin's beach shack on Star Island. There's lots to be happy about, you'd think, but not so for Campbell on Friday, when she was seen exiting the Oribe salon on Lincoln Road in a huff. Campbell was "looking pissed when a car service came speeding through to fetch her," says our spy. The supermodel, we're told, "slammed the door open and started yelling." She was seen in better spirits later that night, upstairs in the lounge at Casa Tua, where she was with Doronin, developer Ugo Colombo and another woman. Actually, she wasn't really in better spirits. "She was very pissy," says our spy. "I hardly saw her communicating with the rest of the group at her table. She was texting on her phone for the most part." Hey, at least she wasn't throwing it. An informal poll has shown that most Miamians will take moody models over reality refuse any day.
December 17, 2010
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 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.
November 12, 2009
Last we saw Brooke Shields, she was giving the most only human, heartfelt eulogy at Michael Jackson's memorial. Yesterday, the model, eyelash lengthening pitchwoman and erstwhile orator was in Miami for a French Vogue shoot with snapper Bruce Weber and 'it' boy, model Elio Soto. According to a rep at Soto's agency, No. 23 Model Management, he and Shields got along famously and, as you can see, something did, indeed, come between her and her Calvins.
November 02, 2009
We were at Prime Italian, across the street from Prime 112, before Tom Brady and very pregnant wife Gisele Bündchen made their very flashy exit amidst gawkers, stalkers and assorted drunk folks in Halloween costumes. We Tweeted about it the following day and had no idea how big the news really was. From Boston to Brazil, the news of the couple eating steak on South Beach created quite the buzz. After dinner, the duo headed back to the Ocean Drive penthouse of Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer of Victoria's Secret, where they stayed during this brief jaunt to the Beach. They left yesterday and the media storm continues and for that, we thank The Brady family as well as Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein at The Boston Globe for the very nice ink. Come back again soon, y'hear?
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.
May 11, 2009
Making their official public debut as a couple at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce gala at the Fontainebleau Saturday night Service Award recipient and hotel heir Jeff Soffer, who was once allegedly erroneously linked to a married Gwyneth Paltrow, and
trophy girlfriend Elle McPherson. Ferraris you can buy, but there's only one Elle McPherson. Nice work, Soffer.