New York and Los Angeles have a new competitor: Miami emerges from the pandemic as an American fashion destination this summer.
The seaside town that hosts the art and fashion crowd each year for Art Basel is now the venue for some of the industry’s biggest trade shows. Project, Coterie and Liberty Fairs host in-person events in the city, bringing an even more influential style than in previous years.
Project: Miami will take place July 10-12 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach near Destination: Miami by Coterie, a women’s resort wear and swimwear market event at the Eden Roc Hotel. Liberty Fairs will host its first trade show in Miami at the same time. The unisex apparel and accessories trade show is teaming up with Cabana, a resort-focused trade show, to host their first joint physical event at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The region has seen an influx of visitors during the pandemic, as flocks of travelers ventured to Florida for the state’s seemingly lax approach to lockdown restrictions. Now, with Covid cases at an all time high in the United States, people are cautiously rallying for the activities they enjoyed before the pandemic began.
A few days before the parades, Rivet has compiled a list of must-see destinations that all fashion lovers should check out after a long year without travel. Whether you’re new to Miami or returning, these stages are worth checking out between shows.
From the imagination of music and fashion icon Pharrell Williams and nightlife entrepreneur David Grutman, the Goodtime Hotel is a must-see Miami attraction that occupies an entire block of land. Tucked away in South Beach just above the ever popular South Fifth (SoFi) district, its location lends itself well to all things to eat and nightlife, but most of what you’re looking for is probably already there. inside anyway. Each corner of the seven-story hotel opens up a different experience, including a lush pink library, indoor / outdoor gym, and eclectic cafe. Come here to spend the night or just have a look.
Located in the Goodtime Hotel, Strawberry Moon is both an outdoor pool oasis and a trendy Mediterranean restaurant. During the day, alternate between soaking up the sun in a lounge chair and retreating to a pastel-toned cabin. If you can only get there later in the evening, you can still enjoy a variety of mezze, small plates, Turkish pizzas, and kebabs against the backdrop of the Miami sunset.
Just launched in the spring, the Oasis is a concert hall and entertainment concept located in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, an area known for its vibrant street art exhibits. With six outdoor dining destinations and a “Tower Bar” for all your nightlife needs, the space has already seen major performers from Dutch DJ Tiesto and pop singer Charlie XCX. The open exterior concept lends itself well to a variety of entertainment that is sure to attract the fashion crowd, with pop-up stores and cultural events in constant rotation.
The new Moxy Hotel in South Beach is a destination for those who want to have fun without sacrificing luxury. Concrete example: hotel check-in takes place at the front bar. Grab a drink as you grab your key and take a seat before heading to the colorful rooftop restaurant, Serena. The Mexican-inspired menu features dishes like uni and crab tostadas, squash blossom quesadillas, and chorizo huaraches.
El Santo Don Diablo
After a long year of lockdown, a classic Miami club night is a necessary pit stop on the route, and El Santo Don Diablo in the city’s Little Havana neighborhood is the place to go. Featuring plush leather sofas and an antique chapel piano that doubles as a DJ booth, the restaurant and underground bar share a religious aesthetic that closely aligns with the ‘Heavenly Bodies’ theme of the 2018 Met Gala. If you can’t go out for a club night, take a seat at “the altar of food” and choose from a menu of dishes to share with Asian, Peruvian and Latin influences.
Miami Design District
With a wide array of upscale stores and seemingly endless window-shopping (and real) possibilities, the Miami Design District is a must-see. The neighborhood is home to designer bricks and mortar with lavish interiors – step into Alexander McQueen for a glimpse of the centrally located spiral staircase, Chrome Hearts for its cascading floral arrangement adorning the interior balcony and Ganni for its aesthetic of bold blocking patterns and colors. You’ll also want to stop inside for coffee and pastry at luxury pop-up cafes from Dior or Fendi while they’re still open.
There’s a reason Miami locals and visitors come back to Wynwood Walls again and again: The vibrant street art exhibit features a new generation of artists every three to four months. Whether you’ve been there before or it’s your first time, you’re bound to see exciting and impactful new displays around every turn. Past artists have drawn attention to important social causes like the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements.
Fashion lovers can’t come to Miami without visiting a local boutique. The Coconut Grove showroom features a mix of moody home decor and womenswear, including jeans from LA denim brand Citizens of Humanity, funky tees, and fancy jewelry. Store owner Marilyn Sanchez carefully selects each item to ensure quality. Located just outside Miami International Airport, it’s a must-see before you leave the city.
Lovers of sustainable fashion should check out Antidote Miami, a boutique carefully curated by founder Sophie Zembra. The collections include recycled clothing and vegan accessories from ethical brands such as Stella McCartney and Re / Done. The store’s e-commerce site features items organized by ethical category, including “Made in USA”, “Green”, “Vegan”, “Craft” and “Social”. The store has been featured in Vogue, who described it as having a “fun, fashion-loving vibe rather than information overload.”