Menswear Designer Michael Bastian Debuts Spring Trunk Show at Cottage Miami Beach

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All photos by Nycole Sariol
Last week, menswear boutique Cottage packed in a party of people so tight any fire marshal would be skeptical. It was a lively Spring/Summer trunk show hosted by trendsetting New York designer Michael Bastian.

Legions of fervent admirers appraised and gushed over pieces like the Ben Sweater - a boiled cashmere pullover with a classic fit. Name-dropping became an evening sport and the spot was full of local legends like Greg Lotus, photographer for Vanity Fair and GQ, as well as Jared Cook of the St. Louis Rams.

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Steve Madden Hits Pembroke Lakes Mall, Talks Future Trends and Old Miami Nonsense

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Photo by Nycole Sariol
It seems like only yesterday we were watching Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff in Wolf of Wall Street, faded off of God knows how many ludes, slurring the name "Stee-ve Mad-den" through his blinding, white chompers. The name rendered inherently paramount in the box-office hit maintains its relevance within the world of fashion accessories now more than ever.

For more than two decades, Steve Madden has not only delighted in making trendy, affordable shoes for both men and women, but has unequivocally spawned an empire in his name. He's kind of a big deal, so when word got out the Madden maven would be visiting Pembroke Pines Mall, people lost their shit.

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The Ten Best Drag Queens at Miami Beach Gay Pride 2014

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Photos by Nycole Sariol
This weekend, Ocean Drive was dedicated to fairy boys blooming into butterflies and rippling rainbow flags. Sunday's festivities promised one thing -- equality.

Six years ago, Miami Beach put a lid on the closed-minded boy-meets-girl mentality with the explosion of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival.

Though equality veiled the two-day event, there were those who stood out brighter and more contoured than the rest. Those whose hair reached taller heights and whose lips were lined sharper. One might even label these royal subjects "queens." On a hierarchical scale, they bow down to no one (except maybe Yoncé and Gaga) in the kingdom of homosexuality.

Here are the ten best-dressed drag queens of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival 2014. You better work, bitch.

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The Five Best Menswear Boutiques in Miami

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Supply & Advise, on North Miami Ave., wants to hook you up.
Men of Miami, women feel your pain of wearing the same shit, day in and day out. We witness your struggle, and it hurts equally, because we know you guys deserve better. You deserve more than the repetitive "Bro" uniform of acid-wash jeans and V-neck tees from Abercrombie and H&M. You deserve more than to feel publicly scorned among your peers, upon the realization that Brian, Jimmy, and "Big Mike" all showed up to the same "gettie" as you, wearing identical pleather loafers purchased at the huge blowout sale.

Places like Forever 21 are great to stock up on screened Star Wars tees, but realistically, how many of those can you hoard before it becomes a problem?

Your clothes are holding you back. Perhaps it's the lack of inspiration to express your yearning creative soul? Let chain stores die, my friends, and the artistic expression of menswear reign. Menswearis just as important as women's wear, if not more. It's more than mass-produced chinos. There are local heroines to help prove my case; specialty stores that truly care about you and offer the best in the league. Prices can be high, but so is quality, because they think you deserve more, too.

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The Phobia Shop Turns Your Weirdest Fears into Cute, Laughable Shirt Designs

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Photo courtesy thephobiashop.com.
It's the creepy feeling underneath your skin. You know, the one that causes your breath to quicken and your muscles to tense. Your heart starts beating so fast you think you're having heart palpitations. You feel the rush of anxiety flood your mind, feeding into your worst nightmares. Your knees buckle because you know you can't escape it: Its fear.

But what if our fears just stared at us, and rather than fleeing, we laugh? Meet Powers Capote, a Cuban Psychiatric Nurse who infuses humor, phobias and t-shirts to create the Phobia Shop. According to its website, Phobia Shop is for people to have fun and laugh at their own fears.

We spoke to Capote about his fears, what inspired him to get into the t-shirt business, and how he plans to bring awareness to mental illness.

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There's Still Time to Get in on Miami Shopping Month Deals: Gift Cards, Free Totes, and More

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Flickr creative commons, Celia Hippie
It seems Miami dedicates a month to celebrate just about anything: we've got Miami Museum Month in May, Miami Spa Month in July and August, and even Miami Spice, which spans two months in August and September.

As it turns out, March is dedicated to one of the oldest and most fabulous of pastimes: shopping.

During Miami Shopping Month, organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, there are various malls and retailers offering attractive promotions and free gift incentives. Although there's only one week left in the month, there's still plenty of time to get your shopping on, so we've neatly categorized some offers for you.

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Is the Miami Heat the Most Fashionable Team in the NBA? Chris Bosh Talks Miami Style

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Photo by George Martinez
Usually, it's D-Wade who gathers all the complements off the court for his sharp-line suits and wing-tip shoes. However, it seems yet another style icon is looming on the Heat horizon.

As your champion Heat gear up to play the unfashionable Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Bosh wants Miami to know that he has a soft side for fashion, too. Sorry fanatics, you'll find no talk of stats or four-point-plays here. Instead, we caught up with the gentle giant of the 305 at the Express Yourself Runway Show to talk about his fixation with bow ties, his nights out with the boys, and why girls have it easy. The man, the myth, the undercover fashionista -- this is Chris Bosh behind the ball.

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Express Brought Exclusive Spring Sneak Peek to Raleigh Hotel

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Let's face it. Runway shows in Miami are about as hard to find as a straight man on Lincoln Rd. Although our "Cuban cousin" community is slowly ascending the fashion ladder of life, we're still no New York, and forget about coming close to Paris. However, in every shadow there is light, aka when massive retail chain Express selected our very own Magic City as a docking station to preview its Spring 2014 collection at the Express Yourself Miami Runway Show.

"Anti-trendy" Wynwood kids and trust-fund babies alike came spillin' in by the dozens to the sandy backyard of the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach. Arriving felt a lot like pulling up to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim, but without all the cluster-fuck mayhem of five different PR companies not getting their shit together. Instead, the line situation was rather civilized. One single-file line curved around the corner of 18th Ave, and the sight of people throwing elbows - or chancletas - was no where to be found.

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Express Comes to Miami Beach for Exclusive Sneak Peek, Music by A-Trak

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Calling all fashion mavens of the 305. Thursday marks a day of narrow runways, models by the dozens, and blogger beauties offering up killer style advice. Express is debuting their Spring 2014 Runway collection in the heart of South Beach, and they've chosen the iconic Raleigh Hotel for this exclusive first look.

The live, coed show is set to take place outside, taking full advantage of Miami's beautiful weather. Attendees will have the chance to buy pieces from the collection fresh off the runway.

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The Fashion Institute of Miami Dade College Brings Top-Quality Education to the Masses

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Ruct D'Oleo, creator of the Fashion Institute.
Fashion lovers seeking quality design education can now get the knowledge they're looking for without colossal fees thanks to Miami Dade College's Fashion Institute, a program under the School of Continuing Education & Professional Development.

The non-credit program was created by fashion designer Rucht D'Oleo, an experienced desiger who's achieved success in both her home country of the Dominican Republic and right here in Miami.

D'Oleo's has more than made her mark on the city. She's gained the key to Miami Dade County, as well as had her designs featured in the Miami Herald, the Biscayne Times, NBCMiami.com, Aventura Magazine, Florida International Magazine, and DailyCandy.com. She's appeared on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, has shown at 2008's FUNKSHION Fashion Week (where she won the award for Best Emerging Designer) and 2009's Republica Dominicana Fashion Week, and more. D'Oleo is also the writer of the first Spanish-language fashion textbook, El Negocio de la Moda.

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