Dwyane Wade Sneakers, Hennessy, and the Mass Commercialism of Art Basel Miami Beach

"The Third Element" on display at the Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach sales center.
Inside a storefront with blacked out windows on Collins Avenue and 6th Street, footwear designer to the hip-hop elite Jon Buscemi is chatting up a tall man with dreadlocks past his shoulders dressed in all black, including a black Canadian Mountie-style hat and a fresh pair of black old school Air Jordan sneakers that were originally released in 1991, the year Michael Jordan won his first NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls. But the Jordans, a sold out limited edition run released during the Thanksgiving weekend that fetch more than $350 on eBay, were not the most expensive sneakers on display.

In fact, you can't even put a price on the all-calf leather brown kicks Buscemi unveiled Thursday for an intimate gathering of guests who got a first peek at his collaboration with cognac maker Hennessy. That's because the shoes are not for sale. Through the remainder of Art Basel weekend, Buscemi is giving away the sneakers to about 100 close friends and clients, including a few undisclosed celebrities. They will also receive matching leather coasters, leather snapback caps, leather tote bags, and a leather porter shaped to hold a Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege bottle. (Gotta keep a pimp game strong!)

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Most Fashion-Centric Events During Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Photo by Capretto Shoes
Photo by Capretto Shoes
While Art Basel Miami Beach is largely about the latest and greatest in modern and contemporary visual art, fashion has gradually been making the yearly festivities its biggest stomping ground. Creation takes countless forms, some of them garments, textiles, and wearable art.

For all of those style-savants who would rather revel in the art of fashion (and let's be honest, contribute to the economy in the chicest way possible) instead of tent hop and marvel over stoic artworks come this time of year, we've got a customized line-up just for you.

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Daniela Ramirez: Everyday Runway

Categories: Fashion

Photo by Stian Roenning
Daniela Ramirez says she stays inspired by designing for Miami's unique audience and its unusual climate.
In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here.

In the runway world, Miami's reputation is simple: The high fashion is there, all right, but so are the dauntingly high prices. Don't tell that to Daniela Ramirez. The blogger has amassed a huge fan base by detailing the Magic City's abundant glamour for the everyday girl.

The 26-year-old's website, Nany's Kloset, is an online showroom of daily looks, including street wear, celebrity trends, and Miami's own flair -- a combination that has inspired more than 12,000 Twitter followers to find fashion in unexpected, affordable avenues.

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Matthew Chevallard: Cool Kicks

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Photo by Stian Roenning
For Matthew Chevallard, having Wade's approval was a watershed moment in his career.
In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here.

Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook rock them. GQ calls them its "favorite slippers." Fashionistas from Milan to Manhattan fork over four figures for exotic models made of ostrich skin or stamped with gold designs from famed artists.

So it's hard to believe the man behind Del Toro Shoes, one of the hottest brands on Earth, is only 28 years old. Yet Matthew Chevallard has built a mini footwear empire spanning from his Wynwood showroom to his production facilities in Italy.

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Trend Walk at Bird: A Night of Fashion to Benefit Kyan's Kause, Help Prevent Drowning

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"Saving Lives. One Little Swimmer at a Time."

That's what Kyan's Kause Swimming Foundation hopes to accomplish.

"Drowning is 100 percent preventable," explains Trudy Cedeno-Quintana, the chairperson at Kyan's Kause. "We want to create awareness and teach kids and parents how to be safer around water."

And with the help of the Makers Collective and this Saturday's Trend Walk at Bird, the organization will continue saving lives.

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Flush Ladies and Broke Dreamers of Miami Can Buy Birkin Bags Thursday

Categories: Fashion

Photo by Capretto Shoes
Some people say the best things in life are free. They are wrong, of course. Things like happiness and peace are nothing more than fair-weathered luxuries. But a Birkin Bag -- well, a Birkin is forever, friends.

Whether you shake your head at its unforgiving five-digit price tag, or gladly take out a second mortgage just to finance the most recognizable and exclusive bag on Hermes' stock list, the Birkin represents much more than just supple ostrich or near-extinct crocodile hides -- it symbolizes retail gluttony at its purest.

To give locals a taste, South Miami's luxury shoe store, Capretto, is hosting its second annual Birkin Bag Bar Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drinking cocktails and gazing at some of the priciest accessories in the world in the middle of the work day? That is some Miami elite activity at its finest.

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The Top Five Nail Art Salons in Miami

Photo by Nycole Sariol
There has been a shift in the nail game as of late. No longer can one rely on the generic safety of an old-fashioned French manicure, or the same color painted on all ten tips as a means of self-expression. Miami woman look beyond colored lines in search of geometric ones, and ones in the shape of Elmo, or British Flags, or maybe even Jerry Seinfeld's face. Who's judging? Whatever the wacky design of their dreams may be, the felines of our Magic City aren't settling for basic-bitch claws anymore. Because art on their nails is just as important as art on a graffiti-laden wall in Wynwood, right?

Yet despite this sweeping trend of either hand-painted nail plates or graphic wraps posing as such, for some peculiar reason, scoping out salons in the area that specialize in nail art is as difficult as stumbling across a decent paying job in Miami these days -- the struggle is real. Not to worry though, 'cause we've done the legwork for you and found a gang of trusty places around town to turn your nails from a desolate land of keratin to mini pieces of art.

Here are the best nail salons to get your nail art did.

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Colonnade Outlets Brings 30 New Stores and Restaurants to Sawgrass Mills

Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle

Courtesy of Goodman Public Relations
You're a total label whore on a beer budget. What do you do? Where do you go? Two words, three syllables: Sawgrass Mills. The retail gods have shined their commercialized light anew on everyone's favorite outlet mall with the exciting news of a major expansion.

"We are excited about this latest expansion, which will facilitate and improve the shopper experience at Sawgrass Mills," Cristiano Mancini, director of marketing for Roberto Cavalli says, alongside the mall's other 349 designer-name tenants including Prada, Gucci, and Burberry.

Adding a whopping 80,000 square feet to the nation's largest outlet shopping destination, the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills will welcome 30 additional stores and full-service restaurants to the mix.

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John Varvatos: "The Bal Harbour Shops, For Me, Is the Most Beautiful Center in America"

Categories: Fashion, Interview

Photo by The Workshop
At his official store opening in Bal Harbour last Thursday, designer John Varvatos told Cultist that menswear has not yet seen a revolution.

Though it's no surprise Miami is packed with well-dressed men, there's still a large chunk of them who can't let go of those cargo shorts. (Burn them!) However, judging by the influx of dapper fellows joining together within the stark-white, exposed brick walls covered by framed vintage photos of rock icons to celebrate the designer's newest retail addition to Bal Harbour Shops, one might disprove John's hasty theory of menswear, and consider the congregation of impeccably dressed dudes a revolutionary moment in and of itself.

Within the light, monochromatic expanse of Varvatos' Bal Harbour store, we got to chill with the designer, who fancies benevolent causes (25 percent of all the night's purchases benefited the Bass Museum of Art) to exchange a few words on runway extremities, his affinity with classic rock, and how, slowly but surely, Mr. Varvatos plans to take over the world -- from San Diego to Bangkok.

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Style Mafia Throws One-Year Anniversary Bash With Slap & Tickle, Pirate Stereo, and More

Categories: Art, Fashion

Photo by Nycole Sariol
Blowing out your first birthday candle as a business in Wynwood should earn you some sort of erected monument, or at least a cookie. For contemporary women's boutique, Style Mafia, however, a revelry of artists, beats, and fashion pundits, honoring the store's first-year anniversary will do just fine.

"It's been a crazy ride," says 23-year-old Simonett Pereira. "I had no real experience in retail prior to opening this store. But I think our product speaks for itself, and we offer pieces that are different and cutting-edge. People are really into it -- it just works. There are so many voices that can be identified with our brand."

The brand, best known for it's salient statement pieces, has partnered and collaborated with just about everyone in the local art community, from Miami's top-tier fashion bloggers, to the Broken Shaker, and even the Miami City Ballet in a video campaign.

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