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Miami Swim Week | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Show

Miami Swim Week

Miami Swim Week with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim and Swim Show

Update: Miami Swim Week, which includes Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim and Swim Show July 20-23, 2013, is the hottest event in the summertime calendar on South Beach. Marvel at hundreds of perfectly tanned models, armies of flashing paparazzi and legions of the world’s top fashion editors who convene at the Raleigh Hotel to see what the hottest new trends in bikinis and swimwear will be for the next year.

Imagine the pages of Sport’s Illustrated Swimwear Magazine coming to life before your eyes and then multiply that times ten and you’ve got a hint of the amazing bikini shows that take over South Beach for one perfect week each July. Everywhere you look, you’ll see beautiful women wearing next to nothing basking in the admiring gaze of celebrities, socialites and the fashion press.

In addition, the Swimwear Association of Florida brings its 2014 Swim Show to the Miami Beach Convention Center. This show is the most comprehensive swimwear trade show in the world, and this year marks the launch of the Lingerie Show.

By night the clubs across town are filled with models and their friends and fans. If summertime temperatures in South Florida aren’t hot enough, Mercedes Benz Swim Week absolutely makes South Beach sizzle!

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Upstairs at the Van Dyke Cafe

Upstairs at the Van Dyke Cafe

Upstairs at the Van Dyke Cafe

Upstairs at the Van Dyke Cafe

It’s Thursday night in South Beach and a standing room-only crowd looks on as Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia rips through Continue reading “Upstairs at the Van Dyke Cafe” »

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Oceanfront Hotels in Miami Beach

Miami Beach Hotels On the Beach Please

Oceanfront Hotels in Miami Beach

Miami Beach Hotels, on the beach, please

If you’re planning a vacation getaway, you might consider spending it at one of the many fine Miami Beach hotels located directly on the beach. These beachfront hotels on Collins Avenue tend to be somewhat larger Continue reading “Miami Beach Hotels On the Beach Please” »

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SLS South Beach Hotel

SLS Miami Hotel

SLS Hotel at South Beach pool area rendering as seen from the ocean and boardwalk

Update: The SLS Hotel at South Beach —formerly known as the SLS Miami Hotel—has certainly had its share of setbacks in its bid to emerge as Miami Beach’s most prestigious oceanfront destination, however the hotel now appears to be well on its way to a Spring 2012 opening. After weathering one of the most severe economic downturns in Miami real estate history, the iconic Ritz Plaza is progressing towards fruition as the SLS at South Beach Hotel.

Ten new luxury pool-side bungalow suites will be added to the hotel’s current 132 rooms. Accessory retail and restaurant space will also include The Bazaar, a Spanish-influenced restaurant from Chef José Andrés, as well as the Japanese-inspired Katsuya by Starck (Philippe Starck, that is) with its adjacent Dragon Room lounge. Nightlife will be provided by the hotel’s Hyde Beach Lounge which is “modeled after the best beach-side destinations of the Mediterranean Riviera.” Philippe Starck will also produce the Blowout Bar.

SLS Hotel at South Beach pool deck rendering

SLS Hotel at South Beach pool deck rendering

The most recent delay in the hotel’s progress came when SLS South Beach Hotel’s design vision for a secluded VIP hideaway surrounding the pool area slammed up against the City of Miami Beach’s desire to maintain the decidedly iconic presence of the historic Ritz Plaza hotel.

To quote the City…

“…together with the Delano and the National Hotel, the Ritz Plaza is one of the three important buildings defining the eastern terminus of 17th Street.

The round ended east pedestal portion of the structure defines a double height ballroom / dining room and connects with the double height lobby of the main structure; each of these public interior areas is architecturally significant and possesses a high degree of historic integrity.”

The actual dispute came down to the height of SLS South Beach Hotel’s proposed 8-foot high fence and hedge along 17th Street designed to block the raised pool area from public view. (See opening photo) City code sets out a height limit several feet less than what SLS South Beach was requesting.

Another disagreement arose over exactly how the SLS South Beach will be identified to the public through its exterior signage. SLS is proposing major signage on the west and south elevations at the parapet level, as well as a street level “SLS at South Beach” signs viewable from Collins Avenue.

Regardless how these minor questions are resolved, the SLS at South Beach Hotel / Ritz Plaza is destined for stardom on the Miami Beach social scene. When the hotel first opened in 1940, its 12-story streamlined design combined with an oceanfront location one block from Lincoln Road made it an immediate hit with wealthy travelers. We predict the same will again hold true the instant SLS South Beach opens its doors.

Hotel History
The SLS South Beach’s Ritz Plaza hotel stands at 1701 Collins Avenue and was designed by famed Miami Beach architect L. Murray Dixon in 1940. The hotel was originally named “Grossinger Beach Hotel” to distinguish it from its parent, “Grossinger’s,” an esteemed resort of the day in the Catskills.

The hotel’s soaring two-story lobby and walls emblazoned with murals depicting Miami’s then current status as gateway to the Caribbean and South America propelled Grossinger’s into a class occupied only by a few of its neighbors such as the National and the Raleigh hotels.

During World War II Grossinger’s was used as a barracks for officers of the Air Training Command, and after the war, the hotel emerged as the Ritz Plaza.

The Ritz Plaza was purchased and renovated in 1989 by Ignacio Contreras. Starwood Hotels initially intended to build a W Hotel on the location, however, problems in the form of lawsuits from the neighboring Delano Hotel stopped the project and the Ritz Plaza was then sold to its current owner, 29-year old club mogul and movie producer Sam Nazarian in 2004.

Photo credit: SLS Hotels

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Park Avenue Club from Opium Group

Park Avenue Club | New Nightclub & Restaurant in Miami Beach

Park Avenue Club from the Opium Group

Park Avenue Club from the Opium Group

A new nightclub operated by the Opium Group is coming to Miami Beach. The Park Avenue Club located at 2228 Park Avenue in Miami Beach’s Collins Park area Continue reading “Park Avenue Club | New Nightclub & Restaurant in Miami Beach” »

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Richmond Hotel

Cheap Hotels in Miami & Miami Beach

Richmond Hotel

Richmond Hotel on Collins Avenue

In a city where $500 a night rooms are commonplace, there’s a very simple reason why cheap Miami Beach hotels have maintained their popularity. There’s so many Continue reading “Cheap Hotels in Miami & Miami Beach” »

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Rooftop Party at Caviar Kaspia

Sundown Socials are our favorite way to celebrate life on South Beach and next week’s happiest hours are Tuesday May 18 from 6 to 8pm on the fabulously fashionable rooftop at the Webster Hotel. Continue reading “Rooftop Party at Caviar Kaspia” »

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Wallace Tutt Harbour Island Book Signing

Wallace Tutt Harbour Island Book Signing

Wallace Tutt Harbour Island Book Signing

Wallace Tutt Harbour Island Book Signing

Noted interior designer Wallace Tutt celebrated his new book, Harbour Island, Sunday evening with a sunset book signing at Bar 721, just off Lincoln Road in South Beach. Continue reading “Wallace Tutt Harbour Island Book Signing” »

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Cocktails at the New Hotel Astor

Cocktails at the New Hotel Astor in Miami Beach

Cocktails at the New Hotel Astor

Cocktails at the New Hotel Astor

The recently renovated Hotel Astor celebrated its re-opening Thursday night with a cocktail reception giving Miami Beach trendsetters their first look at the hotel’s new rooms, spa and fitness center. Continue reading “Cocktails at the New Hotel Astor in Miami Beach” »

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Nikki Beach: What Women Want

Nikki Beach Club launched its monthly “What Women Want” party last Saturday night with two back-to-back fashion shows. The evening began with complimentary champagne, cupcakes, fruit sushi and chocolates for guests amidst pop-up boutiques provided by Salinas Swimwear, ANK by Mirla Sabino, Godiva, and Melissa Plastic Dreams. Continue reading “Nikki Beach: What Women Want” »

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Backstage at Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach

Backstage at Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach

Backstage at Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach jumped into high gear Wednesday night at the Setai Hotel with Richie Rich and Pamela Anderson featuring their A*Muse eco-friendly fashion line. Continue reading “Backstage at Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach” »

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