The Fusion of Art and Fashion
The worlds of fashion and art are markedly aligned. Though many people debate where the line begins and ends, some of the most exciting exhibitions in major museums today are tributes to fashion, and the artists who create them.
From “Savage Beauty” in 2011 by Alexander McQueen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada’s “Impossible Conversations” at the Met in 2012 to Balenciaga and Spain, and Jean Paul Gaultier in the de Young, San Francisco’s Fine Art Museum (2011 and 2012 respectively), the acceptance and indeed reverence of fashion as art is growing.
Photo McQueen at the met - photo courtesy of the MetropolitanMuseum, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce
Miami’s fashion scene is a colorful blend of luxury brands found in traditional department stores and boutiques, to the very risqué beach look that pervades South Beach. Regardless of fashion taste and style, it is more common to see casual summery attire than cashmere and wool in this tropical setting.
Where to shop
Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
tel: +1 305 866 0311
Bal Harbour Shops is one of the loveliest and most elegant fashion-shopping destinations in the country. Family owned and operated for over 45 years, the outdoor “mall” is also quite a prolific social gathering place. Virtually every Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue boutique can be found here, as well as a wide range of fashion selections in the two anchor retailers – Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. The number of jewelers is dazzling as well.
The Webster Miami
The Webster Miami
Tel +1 305 674 7899
The Webster is the most unique and avant garde fashion boutique in Miami. Ensconced in a historical Art Deco building designed by renowned architect Henry Hohauser, this is 20,000 square feet of pure luxe.
The boutique is filled with exclusive selections from the top designers in the world, many which are hand selected by the owner. There are three floors of ultimate shopping, with amazing fashion and accessories, all surrounded by a collection of beautiful photography.
Lincoln Road Mall
400 to 1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
“Lincoln Road Mall” is a pedestrian stretch of about ten blocks between Washington Street and West to Alton Road. This area is a mixture of very touristic low-end stores, to some mid-range international brands. One upscale retailer of note is the Brazilian brand Osklen, by Oskar Metsavaht.
However, Lincoln Road is a fun destination for browsing a wide range of items- from beauty (Kiehl’s and Occitane), books (Taschen and Books & Books), baubles and technology (Apple store), to extreme people-watching. There are seemingly countless cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating that provide ideal vistas to observe and engage the multitudes of people passing by. The “Green Market” every Sunday is a lovely occasion to experience local organic produce and healthy food.
Miami Design District
3841 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33137
tel +1 305 722 7100
While the core of the Miami Design District is still “design”, this neighborhood is increasingly attracting a larger collection of fashion houses, jewelers, art galleries and restaurants.
The future landscape of the neighborhood is about to change dramatically, with the approved plan to build Palm Court, a “mini Lincoln Road Mall.” This exciting project is collaboration between DACRA’s Craig Robins and L Real Estate, a Paris-based investment fund backed by French luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH).
Twelve LVMH brands will be established in the Design District, including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Bulgari, Pucci, De Beers, Celine and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Other luxe brands are committed as well, including Richemont’s Cartier, Hermes, Zegna, Tom Ford and Burberry. Though the development project is anticipated to be completed between 2014 and 2015, some of the brands will open temporary spaces in 2012.