One of the great perks of living in downtown Miami at Brickell Flatiron is the close proximity to great Miami shopping: you can find everything you need within walking distance or a short drive from the new luxury condominium residences. “Shop Miami,” a celebration of Miami’s top retail destinations that runs through the month of March, provides the perfect time to explore some of the area’s fashion hotspots in preparation for spring’s fresh looks.
Swim: The Orchid Boutique (1444 Biscayne Boulevard)
If you’re an early riser, nothing beats a morning swim on the rooftop of Brickell Flatiron. The Orchid Boutique is a sort of bathing suit mecca, offering personalized fittings for every body type and a range of styles from bikinis for sun bathing to performance suits for competitive swimming. Designs by the likes of Badgley Mischka and Nanette Lepore make the Boutique’s brick-and-mortar shop well worth a visit, though they also have a well-designed website for online browsing.
Work: Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue
One of the top destinations for chic office attire happens to be nearby South Beach, though the location might seem more fitting for stores that sell tank tops and strappy sandals. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is home to some high-end yet accessible boutiques, including the ultra-hip Alchemist (1109 Lincoln Road), which is housed in a dramatic glass-and-steel building. Alchemist’s looks might be equally at home in Paris or Berlin; you certainly won’t find any coral-colored pants here. Instead, you’ll discover understated investment pieces by Rick Owens, Dries Van Noten, Alaïa, and Givenchy. Intermix (634 Collins Avenue) and DASH (668 Collins Avenue) both offer options for professionals who crave a bit of creative flair in their office wardrobe.
Dine and Fête: The Design District
Appropriately enough, Miami’s Design District is now home to some of the top designer showrooms in the city. There’s no “accessible” or “casual” here: in addition to the best galleries in town, you’ll find no less a constellation of fashion stars than Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Marni, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme and Prada. Benefit season beckons, and the floral looks from Céline’s (The Moore Building, 191 NE 40TH Street) Spring 2015 line are pitch-perfect for a night of art, music, or dance in support of Miami’s cultural jewels.
Lounge and Nightcap: Joanna Paige (Mary Brickell Village, 900 South Miami Avenue #182)
Sometimes the perfect outfit is something you’ve already got, plus a great pair of shoes and a new handbag in an unexpected color. If you’re out for a moonlit stroll or an after-work drink with friends, you might just feel like sporting a chic pair of heels by Via Spiga or platform sandals by Sam Edelman. Joanna Paige isn’t a department store, so you won’t find thousands of options in every color here, but you will find a carefully curated selection of great accessories, bags, shoes, and jewelry. Rebecca Minkoff and Marc Jacobs are both local favorites, as are Mara Hoffman’s psychedelic, pigment-packed designs that would be out of place anywhere but Miami.
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