The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
WATCH WATCH Proving that Miami is becoming a major hub for luxury timepieces, several watchmakers have opened shops here. Richard Mille’s Bal Harbour location marks its first on the East Coast. Tonneau watch-shaped glass sculptures and softly glowing cracked glass greet shoppers. Browse the complete collection for men and women amid décor of Makassar wood and black fabric textured like elephant skin. Styles are named for celebrities (RM 19-01 Tourbillion Natalie Portman, the Rafael Nadal series), as well as posh places (RM 60-01 Regatta Les Voiles de St. Barth). It isn’t the only namesake brand to come on the scene. Parmigiani Fleurier Studio in the Miami Design District features three sections: fine pieces in a tailored setting; a library to display the latest collections, and an intimate, blue lacquered lounge for Haute Horlogerie.
MAESTRO MEISEL On a four-city international tour organized by Phillips auction house, celebrated fashion and fine art photographer Steven Meisel’s “Role Play” comes to Miami through June 10. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue and W Magazine, and many Madonna fans will recognize him for his iconic photographs of the star. The exhibit features 25 works that span three decades, including a groundbreaking image of models Kristen McMenamy and Daniel Blaylock that captured the nascent grunge movement during the early nineties. He’s also known to borrow from artists as diverse as Andy Warhol and Alex Katz (his 1997 “An Interpretation” inspired by the latter is pictured here). Galleries hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. An opening reception takes place on June 1, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. RSVP Here.
LICKS FIX Named after Italy’s catch-all culinary stores beyond dairy delicacies, Latteria arrives just in time for summer’s gelato cravings. One can also find breakfast pastries, salads, piadinas and imported cheeses, but let’s address that gelato first and foremost considering it’s by far the best in town thanks to natural, gluten-free ingredients. Diehards have already discovered that flavors change on Fridays, aside from a few staples like hazelnut and stracciatella. This weekend dishes up pear and red wine, and cantaloupe and Moscato wine. Within weeks of opening, a strawberry and lime blend topped Miamians’s palates. Go big and order a cone with three flavors to try a variety of fruit, chocolate and offbeat custom combinations; or take them home in 32-oz. containers.
GOOD MANORS Christian Liaigre devotees will be first in line for a preview copy of his third book Liaigre 12 (Flammarion; $135) when the French designer’s wife Deborah Comte-Liaigre hosts a cocktail party on June 2, at their year-old showroom for furniture, textiles and lighting in the Miami Design District. It’s been awhile since he published his last book, so he has plenty of new material to work with, from estates to yachts like the beauty shown here. Among its projects are private residences for Larry Gagosian and Ian Schrager, as well as a golf clubhouse for the owners of Samsung. Though the bulk of his business stems from his bustling furniture sales, it’s clear he hasn’t lost his knack for knowing what the client wants. RSVP Here.