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It’s all about being edgy and effortless with these bold looks that are every bit mysterious as they are sexy.

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ma.b.Hombre shorts, available at the Miami boutique, abhombre.com; Maison Marie Saint Pierre necklace, mariesaintpierre.com; Sam Edelman heels, available at Aventura Mall, samedelman.com.

Photography by J.D. Forte
Styling by Nicole Caicedo

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BCBG harness,  available at Aventura Mall, bcbg.com; Maison Marie Saint Pierre skirt and necklace, mariesaintpierre.com.
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Maison Marie Saint Pierre dress, mariesaintpierre.com.
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a.b.Hombre tunic and shorts, available at the Miami boutique, abhombre.com; Maison Marie Saint Pierre necklace and tights, mariesaintpierre.com; Prada heels, available at Bal Harbour Shops, prada.com.
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DAMA top, dama-official.com; Maison Marie Saint Pierre pants, mariesaintpierre.com; Sam Edelman heels, available at Aventura Mall, samedelman.com.

 

Photographer:?J.D. Forte/jdfortestudio.com
Stylist: Nicole Caicedo
Makeup: Erica Del Valle
Hair: Melrose Telles
Model: Chelsea Wichmann/Front Management
Photo assistant: Robert Lee
Studio: SouthEast Studios

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

The culturally rich cities of Amsterdam and Duesseldorf are experiencing a heightened sense of modern design and aesthetics. It’s time to see why.

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CITY LIGHTS: Built in 2012, Amsterdam’s EYE Film Institute represents power and modernization.

By Nila Do Simon

Dutch and German language lesson No. 1: kunst. That means “art” in both languages, and today we’re seeing why it’s becoming a globally recognized term. The art scenes in the neighboring countries of the Netherlands and Germany have made huge strides on focusing on the future of art, thanks to the proliferation of their world-class academies.

My interest in German and Dutch design had been recently piqued thanks to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s exhibition on German artist Anselm Kiefer and The Wolfsonian-FIU’s exhibition on “Modern Dutch Design.” It only seemed natural to take a trip to the motherlands to see what all the fuss is about.

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Home to the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the Netherlands is the birthplace of some of history’s greatest artists, and that trend continues with today’s masters. One of those is Marcel Wanders, a designer whose name may sound familiar to South Floridians who’ve seen his interiors at the Mondrian South Beach. Considered a design savant, Wanders is known for his reverential design touches, and it’s no different at one particular property in his home country.

Next to one of Amsterdam’s famed canals, the Old World collides with the fashionable and hip—and it makes sense Wanders is the source of the latter. The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht hotel showcases an explosion of his whimsical and carefully curated design, with Wanders even admitting that, “The Andaz is my little gift to Amsterdam.”

The 122-room hotel is many things, and I discovered subtle is not one of them. Expansive, bell-shaped chandeliers hang in the lobby, reminding guests of one of the first forms of communication that called a community together. The garden features a large mural depicting Alice from Alice in Wonderland in the scene where she shrinks after drinking from a mysterious small bottle, only to grow large again after grabbing a blue spoon.

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The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht’s Alice in Wonderland-inspired garden.

If the Andaz is anything, it’s decidedly Dutch. In the lobby sit bold, red, oversized chairs whose cushions feature a reimagined take on petals from the Netherlands’ celebrated flower, the tulip. Delft blue, the famous Dutch color found on the country’s porcelain pieces, is used in nearly every corner of the hotel, down to each guest room’s washbasin, which Wanders himself hand painted.

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Marcel Wanders-designed red tulip chairs inside the Andaz Amsterdam’s lobby.

This brings us to language lesson No. 2: eten, Dutch for “food.” The Andaz’s Bluespoon Restaurant serves European fare with a Dutch twist. Containing a truly open kitchen—no walls or barriers exist between the cooking stations and the dining area—Bluespoon exemplifies an intimate dining experience in which guests can observe how their meal is assembled as chefs rhythmically work in the show kitchen.

If you think all the food-making is too distracting, not to worry; you’ll be too focused on the restaurant’s design to notice the cooking (at least I was). Wanders’ touches are found throughout the restaurant, from his Monster chairs, designed for furniture company Moooi, to his Venus chairs, designed for Poliform. The Delft blue color is prevalent, including in a mural on the kitchen’s back wall that features sweeping brushstrokes of the hue.

When in Dusseldorf 
A short train ride from Amsterdam, Duesseldorf has quietly gained strength as a metropolitan destination for jetsetters and those with a taste for finer things, something I discovered as I bounced from its old town to its newer district. This city on the Rhine River is famous for its fair share of high-end attractions, such as the Koenigsallee shopping boulevard, Germany’s equivalent of Worth Avenue.

Thanks to its numerous art academies, Duesseldorf is also flooded with those looking for cultural enlightenment. One of its most popular art museums is the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, home to 20th and 21st century works. The museum has so many distinguished pieces—including a permanent collection with works by Jackson Pollock, Wassily Kandinsky and Henri Matisse—that they must be housed in three different buildings, called K20, K21 and F3. One of my favorites couldn’t even be confined inside any of the buildings; instead, it’s part of one. Sarah Morris’ Hornet is an outdoor wall of brightly colored tiles constructed in complex geometric shapes that would make even the best Tetris player stare at it in awe.

For all the remarkable examples of architecture in Duesseldorf, it seems ironic that a North American designed perhaps the most famous grouping. Renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry created the Neuer Zollhof buildings, a series of memorable edifices that dot the Rhine. Featuring leaning facades with curved lines, each of the three structures was constructed using either red brick, white plaster or stainless steel.

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Frank Gehry’s famous Neuer Zollhof building in Dusseldorf.

One of the standouts of art and architecture is the sophisticated Breidenbacher Hof hotel, whose current iteration is operated by Capella Hotels and Resorts, a company led by the former president of The Ritz-Carlton. Saudi royals have been known to book season-long stays at the property. Originally built more than two centuries ago, the Breidenbacher Hof’s history includes hosting guests such as Russian Czar Alexander II and Prince August of Prussia. Today, thanks to a modern take on sophisticated service—including personal assistants who do everything from accompany guests on shopping expeditions on the Koenigsallee to obtain tickets to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen museum, as was my case—it’s no surprise the Breidenbacher Hof received the prestigious Hotel of the Year Award in 2015 by publishing house Busche.

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Duesseldorf’s Breidenbacher Hof hotel’s swanky bar.

This brings us to our last language lesson: Mooi in Dutch and schoen in German both mean “beautiful,” and that’s exactly how I would describe a trip to these countries.

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

How does Genesis Rodriguez break through the casting boundaries placed around Latin-American actresses to assume the role of an all-American girl? For starters, she has no fear.

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Kule sweater, kule.com; Dylanlex earrings, dylanlex.com.

By Nila Do Simon
Photography by Mike Rosenthal
Styled by Lysa Cooper

In her new lead role in the ABC sci-fi series “Time After Time, ” South Florida’s Genesis Rodriguez plays a demure museum curator who falls for a time-traveling H.G. Wells. Sound pretty radical so far? It’s not to Rodriguez, whose career seems to be moving as fast as a spinning time machine.

For the 29-year-old, this breakthrough role on a major network is a long way from her beginnings as a telenovela star. As the daughter of famed Venezuelan singer Jose Luis Rodriguez, known as “El Puma,” she has fought to emerge from his legendary shadow, leaving her native Miami to carve her own path in Hollywood. After her telenovelas stint, Rodriguez added supporting roles in big-budget films “Big Hero 6,” “Man on a Ledge” and “Identity Thief” to her résumé, proving that she is more than just a Latin-American actress—she’s an actress.

Here, she discusses how she avoided the “the Latin-American actress” typecast and how you can take the girl out of South Florida, but you can’t take the South Florida out of the girl.

How excited are you for your new ABC show?
Honestly, I’m a sci-fi geek. It’s been a huge dream of mine to act in a project like this, and now I get to do it on a weekly basis. This is one of the best moments for me because of my love for sci-fi and everything it embodies, including its die-hard fans. I love the idea of time travel and especially the possibility that we are not alone in this universe. I think this love came from my mom and uncle, who trained me to love “Star Wars” from the time I was a baby. When “Episode I” came out, my mom even took me out of school to watch it. If that’s not evidence of how sci-fi was so much a part of my childhood, then I don’t know what is!

How would you describe your character’s role in the series?
I was completely taken by the script. It starts with H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper traveling to the future via a time machine that Wells created. I play a museum curator in modern-day New York City, and the time machine happens to be at a museum exhibit. All of a sudden, these two guys from the 1800s come popping out. I get involved from day one in the search for Jack the Ripper. Viewers get to experience the story through the eyes of a normal girl, Jane, who up until this moment probably had nothing too exciting going on in her life—and then she gets unexpectedly swept up in this chase.

When did you realize acting was something you wanted to pursue?
I was really shy as a kid because I was El Puma’s daughter. I remember watching telenovelas like “Marimar” and imitating the villains to my grandma and her friends. I loved that I could pretend to have another life and personality. I love losing myself while playing another character.

What advice did your father give you for how to handle your career and newfound fame?
I learned a lot from my dad, who is the most gracious person. He never said no to taking a picture with a fan. Ever. Even when he was in a restaurant or in the bathroom! He would just say, “We should probably move out of the bathroom for this picture.” I learned from him to be gracious. He also told me, “Don’t let the highs get you too high or the lows get you too low.” And I’ve lived by that. When I didn’t get a job for one solid year, I just had to keep my head up and realize if I keep grinding, this will be over soon.

Your roles cross many cultural boundaries. What does it mean to play such diverse characters instead of just Latin-American ones?
In “Time After Time,” my character is named Jane Walker. Jane. Walker. It doesn’t get much more American than that. I’ve been seeking roles that don’t limit me or box me in as a certain type of person. I am fighting for the roles anyone should get. I want people to see me as “American.” My parents are Cuban and Venezuelan, and I am so proud of that, but I was born in Miami and am just as American as anybody else. People see Latinos a certain way, but we can play anything. That is a fight I am putting on myself. I could be that “Latina bombshell,” but I’ve said no to a lot of those types of opportunities because my goal is to go outside that box people put us into, to take away that hyphen: We’re Latin-American, but we’re also American.

How do you feel today’s social and political climate contributes to your fight?
I think everything that’s happening in politics is actually bringing us together and getting us to speak up for people who don’t have a platform. Even if we can’t see it today or tomorrow, I know in the future there will be no boundaries. Our being so outspoken will make a difference, whether it’s in a month, a year or 10 years.

How have you stayed true to your Florida roots after nearly eight years away?
I am so Miami. I have a lot of Miami friends out here, and we are a special group of people. I think we keep it real, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. I feel like I am so Miami because I grew up with amazing food. You cannot compare our cortaditos at 4 p.m., loaded with sugar, to anything else. That is liquid gold. We live and breathe this hot pot of Latino and American cultures. South Florida is one of the most unique regions in America. I can’t let it go. I’ve been gone for almost eight years, but I’m here so often you would never know I left. In the summer, I want to be in Miami—where you wear little to nothing, and you have to take two showers a day. No matter where I am, I do a lot of things to stay connected; I still listen to Dan Le Batard, and I still cheer on the Miami Heat, no matter where I am. I still hope to make South Florida proud. That’s my home.

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David Koma bodysuit, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops, davidkoma.com; Zoe Chicco earrings and earcuff, available at JR Dunn Jewelers, zoechicco.com; Mara Carrizo Scalise bracelet, available at Splash boutique in Miami, maramcs.com; Jennifer Fisher ring, available at Limited Edition at The Edition Miami Beach, jenniferfisherjewelry.com; Bonheur Jewelry ring, available at Calypso St. Barth at Merrick Park, bonheurjewelry.com.
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Wolford bodysuit, available at Bal Harbour Shops, wolford.com; Stefere Jewelry choker, available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre, stefere.com; Bonheur Jewelry necklace, available at Calypso St. Barth at Merrick Park, bonheurjewelry.com; Jennifer Fisher earrings, available at Limited Edition at The Miami Beach Edition, jenniferfisherjewelry.com; Mara Carrizo Scalise body chain, available at Splash boutique in Miami, maramcs.com.
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Gucci dress, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops, gucci.com; Mara Carrizo Scalise bracelet, available at Splash boutique in Miami, maramcs.com; Zoe Chicco earrings, available at JR Dunn Jewelers, zoechicco.com.
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Tory Sport jacket, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops, torysport.com; bodysuit is stylist’s own; FAKBYFAK x Manish Arora sunglasses, fakbyfak.com; Mara Carrizo Scalise body chain and bracelet, available at Splash boutique in Miami, maramcs.com; Jennifer Fisher earrings and necklace, available at Limited Edition at The Miami Beach Edition, jenniferfisherjewelry.com.

Photographer: Mike Rosenthal
Stylist: Lysa Cooper
Makeup: Spencer Barnes
Hair: Gregory Russell
Photo assistant: Ryan Hackett
Stylist assistant: Anastasya Kolomytseva
Producer: Walter Yetman
Digital tech: David Angel

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

We make waves at The Confidante Miami Beach with retro-inspired looks that give poolside lounging a glamorous spin.

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Montce Swim bathing suit, available at the Fort Lauderdale boutique, montce.com.

Photography by George Kamper
Styling by Anthony Bermudez

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Maje jacket, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall, us.maje.com.
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Maje top, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall, us.maje.com; Alexis skirt, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall, shop-alexis.com.
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BCBG blouse, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall, bcbg.com
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Montce Swim bathing suit, available at the Fort Lauderdale boutique, montce.com; Giuseppe Zanotti heels, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall, giuseppezanottidesign.com.

Photographer: George Kamper
Stylist: Anthony Bermudez
Makeup: Leslie Munsell for Beauty For Real
Hair: Stephanie Milner Giles for Beauty For Real/Atma Beauty
Model: Xenia Micsanschi/Next NY
Photo assistants: Steven Burton and Felipe “Flip” Patino
Stylist assistant: Daniela Florias
Digital/lighting tech: Zach Scheffer
Production assistant: Veronica Chugunkina
Retoucher/editor: Christine Craig
Location: The Confidante Miami Beach

 

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

Here & Now: Prohibition parties, art exhibits and Lady Gaga—these are just some of the things that make spring so exciting.

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The definition of art is confronted in “Some Aesthetic Decisions: Centenary Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain,” coming to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on May 14. The exhibit addresses the controversial differences between taste and aesthetics and features works from artists such as Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Judy Fiskin and John Baldessari. Nsuartmuseum.org

By Jessica Organ

Intimate Modernity

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Chanel illustrates the triumph of femininity in its spring-summer 2017 collection. Soft lingerie-inspired details join with delicate colors and tweed to create a vision of a woman who is graceful and in control. Chanel.com.

Born This Way

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Lady Gaga brings her creativity, passion and fearlessness to the launch of iconic jeweler Tiffany & Co.’s new HardWear collection, debuting in stores on April 28. The collection, featuring bold pieces crafted from 18-carat gold and sterling silver, celebrates the strength and authenticity of women—two traits epitomized by Gaga. Tiffany.com.

Party Like It’s 1933

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Prohibition has officially been lifted, and it’s time to celebrate at Burlock Coast’s weekly Repeal Party. Every Thursday at 10 p.m., the restaurant at Fort Lauderdale’s The Ritz-Carlton invites guests to dance along with old-school beats and savor Prohibition-inspired cocktails and appetizers.
Ritzcarlton.com.

Casual Elegance

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Seaside dining gets a soulful twist at the new Artisan Beach House, which recently opened inside The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami. Renowned chef Paula DaSilva and restaurateur Seth Greenberg collaborate on a globally inspired menu that focuses on bold flavors and the season’s freshest produce. artisanbeachhouse.com.

Timeless Tasks

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Age is all but a number, and the recently opened BeWell MedSpa is here to help you maintain your youthful digits. The concierge age management center is led by master injector and functional medicine expert Michal Kitai, ARNP, who focuses on Botox and fillers, under-eye treatments, IPL Photofacials, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections and more. bewellmedspa.com

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

Florida Panthers President and CEO Matthew Caldwell brings his father’s wild stories to life.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY: Matt Caldwell of the Florida Panthers published a compilation of his father’s eccentric stories that are as wild as the man himself.

By Jameson Olive
Portrait by Gary James

It didn’t take long for Florida Panthers President and CEO Matthew Caldwell to realize his father wasn’t afraid to go to great, sometimes crazy lengths to ensure his son’s happiness.

“When I was 5 or 6 years old and we’d go to Yankees games, it always felt like he was working something,” says Caldwell, who grew up with a sister, Doreen, and two brothers, Billy and Scott, in New York City. “He was always getting us through an inaccessible gate or somehow getting me closer to the field. He always had a way of gaining unbelievable access without money or power. He did everything through charisma and bulldogging. He was relentless in making sure his kids got the best.”

A 35-year veteran of the NYPD, William “Wild Bill” Caldwell speaks with a thick New York accent and is the type of man who could easily strike up a conversation with anyone in the five boroughs—and, according to his family, he usually does. On the outside he comes across as a burly and intimidating figure, but after only a few minutes you’ll notice the lovable, charismatic man hidden beneath that hardened, blue-collar exterior.

And although he’s always lived a life worthy of his “Wild Bill” nickname, it wasn’t until a summer visit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point—where Caldwell enrolled in 1998—that his now-infamous moniker came to fruition and took on a life of its own.

“Even the Army couldn’t stop him,” Caldwell says, laughing. “He’d never stay in the designated areas on campus and would always bring things like 6-foot hero sandwiches for the other cadets and me. It got to the point where one of my friends would yell out, ‘It’s Wild Bill again!’ whenever he’d visit. It was the perfect nickname. We don’t even call him Dad anymore.”

After graduating from West Point in 2002, Caldwell served as a military officer in the U.S. Army until 2007 in Germany with deployments to Iraq and Kosovo. He reached the rank of captain—a nickname he now holds within the Panthers organization—while serving in the military.

Following his time in the armed forces, Caldwell went on to earn a doctorate in law and an MBA from Northwestern University. To his dad’s delight, he moved back to the Big Apple shortly after graduation, taking a job in financial services at Goldman Sachs, where he would become a vice president in its investment management division.

It was while serving in the military, however, that Caldwell truly learned the lengths Wild Bill would go to for his family, as his father’s never-say-no attitude led to an impromptu trip around the world just to wish his son a happy 23rd birthday. From New York to Zurich to Kosovo, Wild Bill traveled under the guise of an officer in the police training program, talking his way past checkpoints and cruising through the war zone, eventually reaching Camp McGrath just in time to surprise a dumbfounded Caldwell on his big day.

“He pulled out a grainy black-and-white printout from Yahoo with a map of Europe and driving directions from Zurich to Kosovo,” Caldwell says. “He pointed to Europe with his finger and said, ‘I figured if I got here that I could figure out a way to get across the Mediterranean to Kosovo.’ At the time, Kosovo wasn’t even a recognized country, so you couldn’t find it on a normal map. I’m still amazed.”

After Caldwell spent years telling stories like these from the battlegrounds of the Middle East to the trading floor of Wall Street, he finally decided to put pen to paper to write Wild Bill: The Legend of America’s Craziest Father, a collection of short stories showcasing the adventures of his family’s larger-than-life patriarch.

“Whether I was working on Wall Street or sitting around a campfire in Iraq, I’d be telling funny Wild Bill stories,” Caldwell says. “Every time I told these stories, whether it was to a group of soldiers or a table of financial executives, there was always complete and utter laughter. It’s a family dynamic everyone can understand. It’s love and it’s passion, but it can be crazy. I learned that my father is someone nearly everyone can relate to.”

A self-published author, Caldwell has already sold about 700 paperback and digital copies of his book through Amazon Marketplace, with all of the profits going toward the college funds for Wild Bill’s five grandchildren.

“I’m not an author. I’m not trying to sell books. I just wanted to get the best stories down on paper,” Caldwell says. “The book was something I initially just wanted to give to my dad. It wasn’t a trip to Kosovo, but it made for a good present on his 70th birthday.”

In 2014, Caldwell began what has since proven to be one of the most successful chapters of his own amazing life story, plucked from bullpen of the trading floor by billionaire Wall Street investor Vincent Viola to oversee the development of one of his latest and most unusual financial endeavors—a hockey team he had recently purchased in South Florida.

“I really got connected to Vinnie during a business dinner, and I told a Wild Bill story,” says Caldwell, who served as chief operating officer of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment for two years before ascending to his current role. “I told him the story about Wild Bill visiting Kosovo. When I’m telling that story, people can’t believe that he actually he did all of those things. But when I started telling Vinnie the story, he cut me off and said, ‘Don’t even tell me your father showed up in a warzone.’ He’s the only person that ever guessed that. His dad was also pretty wild, so he could see a fellow crazy New Yorker doing that.”

In his role with the Panthers, Caldwell can often be found doing his best Wild Bill impersonation, as the 36-year-old executive works tirelessly to inspire his staff to grow and sell the sport of hockey in South Florida. Like his father, he’s learned that you can’t have success without taking risks, and nothing is more important than the relationships you make with people.

“In life and in business, relationships are everything,” Caldwell says. “From Yankee Stadium to Kosovo, I watched my father live that sentiment.”

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

Wanderlust Wants: Travel in style with these globally inspired delights and must-see destinations.

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GREEN SCENES: If leaving a minimal carbon footprint is on your mind, then you’re in luck. KanXuk Blue Maya Resort, the Tesla of Mexican resorts, is situated on the Sian Ka’an biosphere coastline and is quickly making a name for itself as a self-sustaining property by generating its own energy, purifying its water and maintaining its own fruit and vegetable nursery. kanxuk.com

By Jessica Organ

The Power of Jewelry

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Pack the power of spirituality on your next trip. Musa Jewelry’s Unconditional Love collection of luxe beaded bracelets includes stones based on their energy and power. It’s no wonder Musa is loved by celebrities such as Beyonce, Uma Thurman and Jennifer Lopez. musajewelry.com

Pack At It

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Carry your travel items in style with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup collection, released just in time for the June finale of the famed sailing competition, which celebrates its 35th edition. Louisvuitton.com

Well-Heeled

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Every trip needs good reading material. Explore the colorful history of one of the most revered shoe designers of the last century with Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes (Rizzoli USA). Blahnik draws inspiration from the likes of Pablo Picasso and Zaha Hadid, creating shoes renowned for their artistry and architecture. Personal anecdotes and original sketches from the designer adorn this beautifully illustrated book, which will be released in April. Rizzoli.com

Southern Exposure

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One of the hottest destinations on the East Coast is the charming state of South Carolina, and an introduction to the Old South doesn’t get much better than at Montage Palmetto Bluff. Nestled within 20,000 acres of coastal nature, Montage Palmetto Bluff features some good ol’ southern amenities, including a shooting club, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and Southern-inspired food at its Jessamine restaurant. montagehotels.com

Tropico Italiano

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The spirit and culture of southern Italy are embodied in Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2017 collection, Tropico Italiano. Full of brightly colored shoes, richly embroidered dresses and rainbow sequins, the collection reveals the designers’ view that true style is eternal and needs not be influenced by seasonal rules or codes. Dolceandgabbana.com

 

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

The Gateway Theatre started as a venue for some of film’s biggest world premieres. Today, it has transformed itself into a setting for indie films—and nostalgia.

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PICTURE THIS: In less than 10 years, Gateway Theatre earned the rights for the world premiere of the hit film “Where the Boys Are,” which brought Hollywood stars to Fort Lauderdale.

By Jessica Organ

Before Gateway Theatre was a theater, it was a lion breeding pit. The McKillop-Hutton Lion Farm supplied the big felines to circuses and zoos. Later, famed animal trainer and circus performer Clyde Beatty purchased the operation and opened Clyde Beatty’s Jungle Zoo. After several contentious years filled with escaping monkeys and complaints from neighbors, Beatty closed the zoo’s doors. Eventually, Miami-based company Wometco purchased the land and drew up plans for a glamorous theater.

Gateway Theatre opened its doors in 1951 with a parade down Sunrise Boulevard and a screening of the comedy “Up Front.” On December 21, 1960, the theater showed the world premiere of “Where the Boys Are,” a coup in the swinging ’60s for the sophomoric establishment. That day marked the rise of the theater’s reputation for big premieres and big stars. Many famous faces from history have entered the theater’s halls, including Connie Francis, Kin Shriner and Lee Majors.

Modern times have turned Gateway into a venue for independent and foreign films. George Kaspriske, general manager of Gateway, credits the theater’s unique offerings for its continued popularity. “Our customers consider us an art house,” Kaspriske explains. “They love the upscale films we get and our attention to personal service.”

Customers also appreciate the sense of history. Photographs and newspaper clippings from the past 60-plus years adorn Gateway’s walls, providing testament to the theater’s many memories. Although there have been upgrades over the years, such as a recent conversion from 35 mm projectors to digital technology, the theater has maintained most of its classic décor, including its brightly lit marquee and vintage movie posters.

Gateway hasn’t strayed too far from its dramatic performance-centered beginnings, either. On the first, third and fifth Saturdays of every month, the theater presents “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Locals dress up in elaborate costumes to see the cult classic, dance and enjoy the theater’s “shadow cast,” which performs the movie while the film plays. While no lions roam, you can expect plenty of glitter, laughter and nostalgia.

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

Demure spring styles get turned up a notch with oversized ruffles and sheer luxe materials. Is it any wonder why we love this time of year?

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Pam & Gela sweater, available at Deborah James boutique, pamandgela.com; Chan Luu skirt, chanluu.com.

Photography by Douglas Mott
Styling by Kim Chandler

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Chan Luu dress (worn as a blouse), http://changescale.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar%202/src/deprecated/tribeeventsimporter_fileuploader.php chanluu.com; Alice and Olivia pants, http://crewchiefpro.com/wp-includes/class-wp-comment.php available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall, http://darioergas.org/wp-content/themes/twentytwelve/page-templates/front-page.php aliceandolivia.com; Hobbs trench coat, available at Bloomingdale’s at Aventura Mall, hobbs.com; DKNY lace bra, available at Nordstrom at Aventura Mall, dkny.com; Giles & Brother necklaces, gilesandbrother.com; Tibi belt, available at Saks Fifth Avenue at Bal Harbour Shops, tibi.com.

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Rochas dress, rochas.com; Jennifer Fisher earrings, available at Limited Edition at The Miami Beach Edition, jenniferfisherjewelry.com.
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Carmen March blouse, carmenmarch.com; Balmain shorts, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops, balmain.com; Jennifer Fisher earrings, available at Limited Edition at The Miami Beach Edition, jenniferfisherjewelry.com; Orchard Corset NYC corset, orchardcorset.com.

 

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Etoile Isabel Marant blouse, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops, isabelmarant.com; Giles & Brother bracelet and rings, available at gilesandbrother.com.

 

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Emilio Pucci suit, available at Aventura Mall, emiliopucci.com; Aquazzura heels, available at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops, aquazzura.com; Chan Luu long beaded necklace, chanluu.com; Giles and Brothers safety pin necklace and bracelets, gilesandbrother.com; ring is model’s own.

Photographer:?Douglas Mott/LVA Represents
Stylist: Kim Chandler/LVA Represents
Makeup: Vincent Longo/Bryan Bantry Agency
Hair: Meli Dee
Model: Renata Sozzi/Marilyn Agency
Photo assistant: Eric Crocombe
Stylist assistant: Laurette Partridge
Production: Melissa Vallas/First Light Production
Location: Studio Max NYC

 

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

 

Known for its jam-packed breakfast and lunch services, O-B House has become a popular spot for locals, including Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers players and executives. On any given day, you might find yourself dining alongside some of the best athletes in town. Photography By Rodney Ely.

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Florida Panthers Reilly Smith and Lester Smith; Vince Trocheck; Florida Panthers players Vincent Trocheck, Alex Petrovic, Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad; and Mike Bjugstad
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Holly Joseph and her husband, Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph
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Rodney Ely and Aaron Johnson (center) with Miami Dolphins players DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, Jakeem Grant and Leonte Carroo
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Stephanie Turcotte with Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers
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Florida Panthers players Mike Matheson and Jason Demers with Jillian Mueller and Emily Pfalzer
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Kimberly and Courtney Bokamper with their father, Kim, a Miami Dolphins legend
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Rodney Ely with former NFL player Brady Quinn
and his family and friends: Sloan and Alicia Quinn, Fred Sacramone, Aaron Johnson and Gail Sacramone
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Florida Panther Keith Yandle with his wife, Kristyn
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Misty Baniewicz, Anastasia Pothoven, Lisa Hughes, Lauren Tannehill and Kim Girardi
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Ana G. Vento and Nicollete Hagey
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Anjali Chatterjee, Chase Ruckhaber and Lindsey Waldie
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ESPN’s Jeff Darlington with his wife, Lori;
Rob and Katie Ward; and Jillian and Chad Whitaker

 

Originally appeared in the Spring 2017 Issue.

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