Fabrice Tardieu

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Fabrice Tardieu in his shop in Little River

 

If it weren’t for a good friend who’s a fashionista and a regular denizen of Little River and all places artsy, I wouldn’t have found the shop of Fabrice Tardieu. And that would have been a big loss. Fashion conscious celebs like Will Smith, Common, P. Diddy, Cassie, Dwayne Wade, and Gabrielle Union found their way here, coming for Tardieu’s very creative, quality sneakers, slip ons and boots which he has designed and has made in Italy. Besides fashion forward models, there are also others for those who want classics with a slightly different, creative twist.

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Sharon Osp, Sensual Fashion

If I hadn’t read British Vogue’s December issue of the top international emerging designers or been to Villa Azur’s anniversary party, I would have never known about the Venezuelan- born, now Miami fashion designer Sharon Osp. The word is getting around as this young, talented, quality priced fashion designer so deserves. And some clients don’t order one or two dresses, but even four at a time from Osp’s couture line. Her last Ready to Wear line sold out in no time. With the exception of the Vogue piece and another in Nexos, clients have all come through word of mouth.
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Little River: Big Surprises

A fun day is exploring what will soon be the hot new area in Miami, Little River. Thanks to visionary and pioneer Mindy Solomon of the namesake art gallery who used to be in Wynwood, we got insider tips on what to see and do, and where to eat. Here’s a guide to what we found: five art galleries; a stylish new shop for home décor items, art and gifts; an outpost of a concept store featuring emerging designers; and soon, a major food hall Citadel (watch for a review here). Enjoy!
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Unisex Fashion Bracelets

A popular item in mens fashion are bracelets. I do like bracelets on men, especially when they wear multiple ones. Most of the ones I see are the same old, same old, but not these that recently caught my attention for their attractive design and variety of styles and materials. Plus, they happen to have wellness properties and are well made, not surprising since they come from Germany. Never fear you women readers, Energetix has jewelry for you too (and some models are unisex). Designs as well for teens, children and even pets.They’re now available here in the USA thanks to Miami based Sasha Viguie who just brought the line here.
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Best of Art Basel 2018

Just when I think there can’t possibly be anymore events, happenings and fairs in Art Basel Miami week, 2018 turned out to be the topper. It’s probably easy to do a week of 24/7 art, design, food and lifestyle happenings and never repeat an event or a venue. Fortunately, some of the offerings launched this week will become permanent, and many of the museum shows are around for the first quarter of 2019. I’ve indicated which you’ll be able to see beyond the Fair week. In any case, here are some of my favorites in fashion, design and art this year because they’re highly creative, fun, handsome, clever, skillful, or all of the above.
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Fashion Wow For Rice and Beans

Who said food can’t be fashionable? Fashion and food are an irresistible combo. The oh so talented students from Miami International University of Art & Design brought the irresistible Latin flair to The Setai Hotel in Miami Beach earlier this month as they unveiled a one-of-a-kind, high-couture collection of garments for men and women made exclusively using products from Goya Foods. Following several months of arduous work and ingenious designing, the aspiring designers used more than 20 cases of canned beans, 50 cans of juice and 100 packages of dried beans, rice and other grains to create the outfits for this eye popping fashion show. Be sure to click on the arrow in the main image gallery to see all the fashions.
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Zenith Art & Fashion

A much welcome new addition to the Miami art gallery and boutique scene is Zenith Art and Fashion. There are no fewer than 38 fashion designers and emerging and established artists represented from over 24 nationalities. Fashion Institute of Technology grad and co founder Carla Cid de Diego is one of the designers. The Spanish American womenswear designer’s creds include crafting costumes for the Florida Grand Opera and Duende Ballet Espanol Exclusive to Zenith, she designs limited-edition leather handbags in precious metal cages crafted by her father, Fernando Cid de Diego. Her father’s metalwork is owned by the likes of Queen Sofia of Spain and the White House (bought by the Clinton Administration). These are serious, handsome handbags, part of a collection of wearable art and accessories. Plus, Zenith has an 8,000 square-foot outdoor sculpture garden which can be rented for events.
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Violet & Grace

One of the best curated fashion boutiques in town happens to be Violet & Grace in the 1Hotel South Beach. The clothes and accessories for men and women in this boutique on Miami Beach are perfect for a Miami sophisticate’s day at the beach or night on the town. The shop is the creation of German born model Ina Lettmann who has appeared in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. She describes the fashion as combining feminine with an effortless sexy, yet edgy touch. A few blocks away is another shop well worth a visit, the boutique in the W South Beach.
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