Acclaimed Shoe Designer Alejandro Ingelmo: "My Aesthetic Is Being Latin, Being From Miami"

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Photos by Nycole Sariol
It's not everyday you hear about a Miami cobbler making it big time in the luxury fashion market. Sure, you have brands and designers like Del Toro and Alexis helping etch a reputation of reverence for our city, but not too many follow behind them.

There is one, however, who has managed to branch out and bring his hometown justice to the further reaches of Manhattan. His name: Alejandro Ingelmo, and he's so good at designing and turning out shoes, he's even raked up a fair share of nominations and awards to prove just what a wizard he is when it comes to taking care of one's sad, tired soles.

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Que Cute: How To Spot a Miamian During New York Fashion Week

The Miami woman is a rare commodity, a wonder to behold. And when something summons their illustriously loud presence to another far-off land, taking them out of their natural habitat, that certain je ne sais quoi shines all the brighter, especially in the heavily condensed hustle and bustle of New York City, and especially during New York Fashion Week.

While trekking from show to show during the semi-annual roundup of designers, we couldn't help but notice some irrefutable differences between the Miami fashion ambassador, and the contemporary likes of her hunched-back counterpart, the City girl.

Here's how you sniff out Miami's finest from everyone else at NYFW. Observe.

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Celebrity Stylist Chiara Solloa: "Miami's Got Big Things Happening and Popping"

Photo and styling by Chiara Solloa
It's been said that the man makes the clothes, not the clothes that make the man, but local stylist Chiara Solloa thinks that's only half the story.

"You can be anybody if you're wearing the right clothes," Solloa says. "It makes you feel a certain way, and that's what I love about it."

For more than 20 years, she's helped set the right look on models, actors, and musicians for everything from spreads to music videos. She was recently recognized as a top player in the field by fashion author Luanne McLean in her book Contemporary Fashion Stylists, she's about to launch a new style blog, and she recently gave birth to her first child.

All pretty impressive stuff, but for Solloa, it's just part of the program. Being a professional stylist is way deeper than just shopping for and picking out great clothes. You've got to be your own accountant and manager. You've got increasing pressures to manage social media accounts and balance an online presence as well as your budget. Plus, you've got total clothing choice for hair and make-up, even little details like lighting.

By now, Solloa is a highly-sought after professional, having worked BMW to Bacardi, Lupe Fiasco to Robin Thicke and Jennifer Lopez, just to name a few. But success doesn't come overnight.

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The Five Most Miami Collections at New York Fashion Week

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Adriana Lima in Desigual
New York Fashion Week: Swim Week's older, pushier sister. But without that push, where the hell would Swim Week be? Would it even exist? The answer, presumably, is no.

And as much as we hate to admit it, a nod of appreciation is due in part to our contemporary neighbors to the north, as they have rightfully garnered the title of Fashion Capital of the Americas. A great deal of what is presented at NYFW trickles down to us palm-tree huggers, whether we embrace it or not. Because of its huge impact on not only Miami fashion, but to American fashion in general, Cultist has traveled afar to broadcast its most coveted runway shows of the season. Not just any shows, however; shows that best represent Miami, because it's all about us anyway, right?

Here are NYFW's most Miami-centric spring/summer runway shows and presentations:

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The Webster Brings Chic Menswear to Bal Harbour Shops

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Photo by Camilo Rios
This fall, luxury multi-brand boutique the Webster will roll up its sleeves to partake in a flurry of artistic undertakings, starting with its first-ever men's boutique, which has staked out land in the kingdom of luxury, Bal Harbour Shops.

The awakening boutique is the Webster's third emporium to hit Miami's soil, with its flagship in the heart of South Beach, off of Collins Ave., and its second location also residing in Bal Harbour, however strictly dedicated to women's wear.

After the opening of its second store back in December 2013, the lux boutique received an overwhelming outcry from the flagship's male shoppers, demanding retail justice be met with a store of their own. And their cry was heard.

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Joan Rivers' Best Burns on E!'s Fashion Police

Damn, Joan. First Robin, now you?

In her New York Times best-selling book entitled I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, Joan Rivers wrote:

"When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes Melissa, everything's in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras and action -- I want Craft Services, I want paparazzi, and I want publicists making a scene!

"I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents...I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé's."

Sadly, that day has come.

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Alex Mijares and South Miami's Capretto Handbag Collaboration: Exotic Totes as Canvases

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Despite what some might argue, fashion is art. But when exotic, skin-covered handbags start becoming paint-covered canvases, the art in fashion gets taken to a whole other level. For Jason Salstein of South Miami's luxury brand boutique, Capretto, and Miami-based artist Alex Mijares, such levels should be challenged.

The unveiling of the store's private label handbag collaboration with Mijares last week lured designer hoarders and loyal customers to Capretto's quarters of exclusivity.

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The Five Best Sneaker Boutiques in Miami

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When it comes to the latest and greatest in menswear coming off of Paris and Milan's runways, the average Miami dude just doesn't get it, nor does he give two shits. But when it comes to the very touchy subject of their kicks, however, Miami men could school the best of them -- that means you, NYC and LA; yeah, we just called you out.

It all started in 1984 when Nike and His Airness, Michael Jordan, revolted against NBA standards and splashed a bold, Chicago Bulls colorway of red and black onto what everyone knows now as the first pair of Air Jordan 1. Thirty years later, and the game has expanded exponentially with the acquisition of mega stars on and off the court, collaborating with billion dollar accounts to constantly pop out rain-makers like Yeezy's Air 2 Red Octobers (still), and the continuance of the perpetually sold-out Air Jordan dynasty (#forevershallyourule).

The sneakerhead subculture got so huge in fact that people started making a lucrative income just by collecting and selling these "wearable memorabilia."

But it seems Miami's sneak-scene in particular has violently peaked as of late, not just for the fellas, but for their equally fly boo-thangs, as well. Some say LeBron is to blame for the sudden spike of footwear flow in Miami; others concede that it's just a general desire to express individualism. But the real question, of course, lies in where to retrieve the freshest pair of kicks around town.

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Laser Lapel: Meet the Miami Bro Clubbing Accessory of the Future

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Courtesy of Laser Lapel
Popped collars? Too '90s. Designer watches? Trying too hard. Slotted sunglasses, Kanye-style? You must be kidding.

These accessories are for the clubgoing douchebags of yesteryear. But for the Miami bros of the future, the next big thing in club fashion is here. And it'll literally get you lit.

Feast your eyes on Laser Lapel, an LED accessory for your suit jacket that adds backlighting to your lapels. Founder Luke J. Flint hopes it'll take the Miami club scene by storm.

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Mink Stoles, Lingerie, and Chocolate: Museum of Fashion Explores the Evolution of Undies

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Forget the smile; for women, you're never fully dressed without the right lingerie. What clings to your frame underneath can either make or break your outfit. And to those fearless few, lingerie has even started transmogrifying from underwear to outerwear. It started with a movement blamed on Madonna and has been widely accepted and received by every horny teenager sifting through Nasty Gal's inventory on the reg -- they're starting early these days.

Once thought as the forbidden fruit of the garment world, lingerie was sacred, and restricted to only the eyes of one's hubby (we presume). Fast-forward to present day and behold: The rock hard bodies of Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge unabashedly bathing in bejeweled, cleavage-clad Miracle bras and cheeky boy shorts, invading the mail boxes and television screens for every hubby to openly feast their eyes upon!

But before the leggy angels of Victoria's Secret larked runways in 22-pound mega wings, guys were hootin' and hollerin' at Joan Crawford in a soft lace chemise in the 1950s.

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