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7th Annual FLIPANY “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale/Miami

7th Annual FLIPANY “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale/MiamiFriday, August 18, 6pm-10pm – The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables
Friday, August 25, 6pm-10pm – W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Bouelvard, Fort Lauderdale

Non-profit organization FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) will host its 7th annual “Chefs Up Front” fundraising dinners this August at The Biltmore in Coral Gables and the W Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale. The epicurean event will present decadent five-course dinners prepared by 10 of South Florida’s most acclaimed chefs. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ Program, which connects families with healthy food by teaching them how to prepare nutritious, tasty meals on a limited budget.

The evening, hosted by radio personalities Kimmy B. of Hits 97.3, Julie Guy and Evelyn Curry of 101.5 LITE FM; long-time FLIPANY supporters, will begin with a special reception and silent auction, while hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails are served. Following the reception, each chef will prepare signature courses in an intimate dinner setting. An after party will follow, when guests can mingle with each other and the chefs. Individual ticket are $250. #ChefsUpFront #CUFMIA #FLIPANY @FLIPANY


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KAOHS 2018 Runway Show

KAOHS Runway ShowFriday, July 21, 10pm – WET at W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Doc Martens, fishnets, skateboards, and chokers were all over the KAOHS Swim runway show at the W South Beach’s Wet Deck. Born out of the idea that skate, boho and surf should be combined, the swimwear line launched by Tess Hamilton and Ali Hoffman in 2013 has become an international phenomenon and the styles on the runway indicated nothing less. Edgy, free-spirited, and chic, the styles on the runway are perfect for a surf on Venice Beach or working on the perfect beach bum tan. The California based swimwear line prides itself on its stylish yet functional designs that inspire confidence with their superb fabrics and flawless cuts aimed at complementing any woman’s body.

The collection featured 70’s style bandeau style swimsuits with frills, vibrant, eye catching colors, and enticing patterns and 80’s style grunge Baywatch type bikinis with high waisted cuts, quirky designs and ruffle trimmings. More modern designs with revealing hip hugging cuts were also presented in the boho punk runway show. Playful colors like bright yellows, reds, and white were part of the more free-spirited looks while the edgy sensuality of the softer colors like grey, black, light pink and baby blue emphasized the collection’s fierceness. Combining sultriness with a free-spirited aesthetic caters to every beachgoer from the hippie beach bum to the angelic seductress.

Photos by: Natalia Garcia


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KOA + Silvia Ulson’s 2018 Runway Shows

Silvia Ulson's Runway ShowFriday, July 21, 8pm – WET at W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Bringing the vibrancy of Brazilian culture to South Florida, Silvia Ulson ‘s 2018 runway collection combines chic, sophistication with the familiarity of cultural tradition. Headpieces tied bandana style along with bright pink and white laced up shoes added cohesiveness to the stunning looks. Bold one-pieces in a host of colors from orange to gold to baby blue were paraded down the runway in distinctive styles, some with frilly trimmings and a bandeau style and others with a criss crossed halter design. Careful embellishments and designs were visible throughout the presentation, emphasizing the attention to detail that the brand prides itself on and reinforces with each creation. Quality and uniqueness are the key elements of the swimwear line as each piece is made with meticulousness and a dedication to craftsmanship. The designs featured are unlike any other seen at swim week and the distinctly Brazilian elements add an artistic authenticity that the chic beach goer adores.

Free-spirited with a sense of stylish simplicity characterizes the KOA swim runway collection, staying true to the brand’s dedication to a woman’s freedom to live in the moment. Whether there’s a cocktail pool party or a weekend of tanning, the versatile, reversible bikini has a unique design for any occasion. Each look is crafted with a precision that caters to anyone’s beach body, inspiring carefree confidence with each creation. Classic spaghetti straps, trendy ruffles and frills, demure one-pieces and incredible cuts were part of the playful yet sophisticated designs. Striking color patterns and eye catching patterns fuse into the most attention-grabbing swimsuits. Fashion forward functionality mold the looks that the easygoing yet trendy beach goer will be sporting this summer.

Photos by: Natalia Garcia

JonOne Hennessy V.S Limited Edition Launch

JonOne Hennessy V.S Limited Edition LaunchFriday, July 21, 8pm – Cafeina Wynwood, 297 NW 23rd St, Miami Wynwood Arts District

“Bringing color to the mix,” street artist JonOne, partners with Hennessy V.S. Random splatters of color represents organized chaos, mimicking the process employed by the Master Blender when each of the distinct flavors and aromas fuse, layer by layer, into the striking, sensuous style apparent in each bottle. JonOne is the latest “Wild Rabbit” to collaborate with Hennessy, others include KAWS, Futura, Os Gêmeos, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGinness, and, most recently, Scott Campbell. Their Wild Rabbit campaign is artistically driven, applauding those who follow their dreams on their on wild rabbit chase. The motto: “Never stop. Never settle.” Growing up in a Dominican family in Harlem, “Jon156” went from bombing NYC subway cars to becoming a pioneer of abstract graffiti, to gaining international acclaim as a street artist, ending up in Paris, France -the current destination on his own “Wild Rabbit” chase.

The French based brand, native to Cognac, has chosen an artist with Harlem roots and a Parisian understanding to spearhead the latest installment in their campaign and the blending of tradition and rebellion is artfully apparent. Among the splashes of color, the grape vines that started it all are intermixed and seen in various parts of the bottle, as JonOne was inspired by the history of the Maison, fusing the colors of the rainbow precisely with the bottle’s classic elements. The bottle is tagged just like the subway cars that gave “Jon156” his start and the creation is nothing short of a partnership between two energetic, driven entities, with an unrelenting desire to constantly innovate and push the boundaries. The Hennessy V.S Limited Edition bottle, approximately $35.00 (750ml), will be available at fine retailers nationwide in July. A special deluxe gift edition is also available, featuring a 1.75L bottle decorated with JonOne’s iconic tag and Hennessy iconography, encased in a whimsically over-sized paint can, inspired by the artist’s studio and creative inspiration.


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Paris Saint-Germain Pop-Up Shop

Paris Saint-Germain Pop-Up Shop Launch PartyThursday, July 20, 8pm-11pm – Wynwell, 20 NE 27th Street, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Wynwell in Wynwood hosted the launch of the Residence for one of Europe’s best soccer clubs – Paris Saint-Germain. The Paris Saint-Germain Residence is a high-end pop-up store that will be open every day to the public 1pm-8pm from July 18-25. The Residence sell exclusive Paris Saint-Germain merchandise. The Residence also incorporates the Paris Saint-Germain x Miami eSports space, which will host the Coca-Cola x Paris Saint-Germain eCopa finals on July 23. Directly outside the store is the Paris Saint-Germain x Miami Skate Park, designed by local skate shop Andrew. The park is open to the public.


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Art Hearts Fashion Miami Swim Week 2017

Art Hearts Fashion Miami Swim Week 2017Thursday, July 20, 7pm-12am – The Tent at Collins Park, Collins Ave between 21st & 22nd Street, Miami Beach

Art Hearts Fashion kicked off the Miami Swim Week at Funkshion’s Collins Park Tents, with Nick Cannon opening the show. The opening night featured 8 designer including: Vichi Swim, The Eight Continent, Grayson Boyd, Courtney Allegra, Hale Bob, Cirone Swim, Elie Madi, and Mister Triple X. Guests enjoyed amazing shows, a great reception with complimentary sponsored goodies, and an art presentation by Miguel Paredes. Following the shows all guests over the age of 21 were invited to the after-party Swim Gala taking place at the Ora Nighclub Miami. #ArtHeartsFashion @ArtHeartFashion

Photos by: Natalia Garcia


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Doral Brewery Crawl

Doral Brewery CrawlSaturday, July 22, 1pm-6pm – Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, 8000 Northwest 25th Street, #500, Doral

Come out for the first ever Doral Brewery Crawl! Enjoy visiting 3 breweries in Doral: Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, MIA Beer Company, and The Tank Brewing Company, and spend a over an hour at each brewery. At each stop you will receive a FREE pint of beer. All other purchases will be on your own tab and please remember to tip generously to your beertenders. Begin the Doral Crawl at 1:15PM at Biscayne Bay Brewing. It is always a good idea to feed your belly before embarking on a big crawl like this so in addition to Biscayne Bay providing you with a free pint of one of their core beers, they will also provide some specially priced food items exclusive to our wristbanded participants. The times for the other two breweries will be announced upon your arrival. You must purchase a ticket to receive a wristband at the start of the event to ensure you receive your free pints and other discounts.


Karlae Swim Launch Party

Karlae Swim Launch PartyThursday, July 20, 9pm-12am – River Yacht Club, 401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami

Join Karlae Swimwear designed by Jerrika Karlae for a relaunch party and exclusive preview of the newest collection. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to kick off Miami SWim Week 2017. Sounds provided by Brittany Sky. #MiamiSwimWeek #SwimWeek #KarlaeSwimwear


Suitsupply Brickell Grand Opening Celebration

Suitsupply Brickell Grand Opening CelebrationThursday, July 20, 8pm-10pm – Suitsupply at Brickell City Centre, Level One, 701 S Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

Join founders Fokke de Jong and Nish de Gruiter to celebrate the grand opening of the new European men’s luxury boutique, Suitsupply at Brickell City Centre. Enjoy bubbles, bites and beats and preview the latest dapper looks. #SUITSUPPLY @suitsupply @BrickellCityCtr

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F’rosé Launch Party at Abaco Wines

F'rosé Launch Party Abaco WinesThursday, July 20, 6pm-7:30pm – Abaco Wines & Wine Bar, 140 NE 39th St, Suite 206, Miami Design District

Celebrate the launch of Abaco Wines & Wine Bar‘s bespoke F’rosé with endless F’rosé from 6-7:30 on Thursday, July 20th. They have perfected the recipe and are ready to share it with you! They use a base of BDV’s Albertus Magnus Small Batch Pinot Noir Rosé from Sonoma Coast and add a few refreshing elements for a much needed cool down during the steamy Miami Summer. @AbacoWine


Planet Fashion Presents Swim Weekend at SLS South Beach

Planet Fashion Presents Swim Weekend at SLS South BeachJuly 20 – 22, 7pm-12am – SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Planet Fashion, one of the nation’s leading fashion media and event production companies, presented a dazzling new vision in swimwear design as part of a spectacular three-night fashion phenomenon that showcased the latest collections by some of today’s iconic designers and cutting-edge bikini brands.

The inaugural Planet Fashion Swim Weekend took place Thursday, July 20th through Saturday, July 22nd at the renowned SLS South Beach, featuring exclusive presentations by Roberto Cavalli Swimwear, Nash Beach, Revel Rey, DSquared2, Karma Bikinis, OMG Miami Swimwear, Just Bones Boardwear, Hot Miami Styles, Gabriela Pires Beachwear and Art Hearts Fashion. Each show presented the latest styles for Spring—Summer 2018 collections as part of an eclectic showcase that marked a new era for the swimwear fashion industry.

The Opening Night on Thursday, July 20th featured individual runway presentations by Roberto Cavalli Swimwear, Nash Beach and the massively popular Revel Rey by Washington based designer, Audrey Swanson. Nash Beach by designer and musician, Doug Barry, presented an “Old Fashioned Americana” themed show that took the audience back to the roots of the country’s melting pot of southern USA. His designs brought together a retro 1960s classic rock style of swimwear, complete with a Nashville sounding rock ‘n roll soundtrack to go with the runway show. Revel Rey by Audrey Swanson presented a chic Tribal Warrior theme, complete with printed ethnic designs and patterned swimsuits that maintained the brand’s high-end luxury image. Models wore gold and multi-colored tribal face paint and tattoos to embellish the tribal theme. Roberto Cavalli Swimwear represented the global heiress of today with a jungle-like theme, featuring dark forest greens and browns with long, flowing cover-ups to resemble a chic woman of international sophistication.

The Main Event on Friday, July 21st featured runway presentations from DSquared2, Karma Bikinis and OMG Miami Swimwear. Julienne Worring and Antje Worring of Karma Bikinis presented a themed show resembling the Polynesian goddess, with Asian and Indonesian inspired designs, complete with Asian and Filipino models wearing headpieces made with fresh flowers. A Balinese-inspired collection was intended to reflect the sister’s Indonesian roots and childhood. OMG Miami Swimwear by Andrea Gaviria made a head-turning impact, with an extravagant space-age Barberella meets the eighties themed show, featuring swimsuits made from plastic and textiles considered groundbreaking for the swimsuit industry, that included low-hanging straps and chains fixed to a number of swimsuits that gave a fierce-looking decoration. DSquared2 presented a highly anticipated show for men and women, reflecting the west coast Californian culture and LA hipster. The men wore trunks with bold statements on the rear, while swimsuits for women resembled the bohemian girl.

The Designer Showcase on Saturday, July 22nd featured especially selected runway presentations by Just Bones Boardwear, Gabriela Pires Beachwear and Art Hearts Fashion. Just Bones Boardwear – the brand known for “Reinventing The Boardshort” by Jennifer Weisman, garnered attention with a themed show of male and female swimwear that reflected the designer’s upbringing in South Florida. Colorful east coast styles brought a flashback to the eighties, with models styled with retro hair and makeup along with accompanying music by Michael Jackson and Prince to mark the eighties theme and designer’s favorite decade in Miami. Gabriela Pires Beachwear by Gabriela Pires evoked a very feminine theme, with subtle yet chic styles that resembled the delicacy of a ballerina. A number of models wore a flowered corsage that reflected an old world fifties and sixties style of European sophistication and elegance. Arts Hearts Fashion by founder Erik Rosete, presented a broad selection of styles by more than six international designer brands from around the world. Art Hearts Fashion is known as a leading platform for designers and artists to showcase their collections in a contemporary fashion week setting, with shows held coast to coast as a national platform for the arts and fashion community.

During the three nights of runway shows, live musical performances by a number of emerging artists brought an exciting dimension of entertainment to the fashion forward crowd in attendance. Thursday night’s performance was by Momo, followed by a Friday performance by Montana Tucker. Saturday saw high-energy tracks by Deja Ro, Monica Jasmine and Bryson.

“Swim Pop” at Planet Fashion Swim Weekend presented an exclusive Pop-up shop and gifting suite for invited attendees to browse during the day on Friday and Saturday, featuring an Evian Water Bar, La Croix Beauty and Nail Bar, as well as apparel from designers Karma Bikinis, Deko Eyewear and Logophile The Label among many others. Lacroix Sparkling Water was a presenting sponsor and Titos Vodka was the exclusive liquor sponsor.


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Mavele Swimwear & Kelly Saks Miami Swim Week Kick-Off Party

Mavele Swimwear & Kelly Saks Miami Swim Week Kick-Off PartyWednesday, July 19, 5pm-8pm – Brown Jordan Showroom Rooftop, 3625 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District

Mavele Swimwear, a U.K.-based luxury swimwear company, together with Miami fashion influencer, Kelly Saks, hosted a kick-off party to Miami Swim Week party at the Brown Jordan showroom rooftop in the Miami Design District. Guests previewed Mavele’s new swimwear collection “Distinctly You,” which features bold, bright and exotic swimsuit prints in feminine, edgy and sporty designs, offering a style to flatter and enhance the individual silhouette of a woman’s body and bring out her natural beauty. The event also featured several vendors stations including: jewelry personalization, mini manicures by Emena Spa, dry styling hair bar by Sean Donaldson Hair, 15 minute Laser Light facials that turn back time by the Clean Lines, and much more! #DistinctlyYou @MaveleSwimwear @KellySaks


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Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Chefs’ Dinner at Avocado Grill

Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Chefs' Dinner at Avocado GrillTuesday, July 18, 6:30pm-9:30pm – Avocado Grill, 125 Datura St, West Palm Beach

Avocado Grill in West Palm Beach hosted its second annual Taste of the Nation Chef’s Dinner to benefit No Kid Hungry, a campaign that fights to end child hunger by educating families in need to cook and food shop on a budget.

Julien Gremaud, executive chef and owner of Avocado Grill, teamed up with chefs Aaron Black and Eric Grutka to prepare a five-course Caribbean-inspired meal with wine pairings. The featured menu consisted of Wahoo Coconut Dragon Fruit Ceviche, Charred Conch and Heart of Palm Salad, Seared Lane Snapper with Curry Sauce, Jerk Rubbed Beef Spare Rib and Passion Fruit Tres Leches Cake.

Gremaud said that he is glad to have hosted an event to benefit the effort to fight child hunger for a second consecutive year. “We’re proud to host this summertime event to help generate even more awareness about the dire needs right here in our community as well as raise monies to help support local efforts,” Gremaud said in a press release.

Proceeds will benefit the No Kid Hungry, a campaign of the anti-hunger organization, Share Our Strength. Andy Villabona, the southeast regional manager of culinary events for No Kid Hungry, was in attendance to tell guests about the work his organization does to ensure that every child in America has access to healthy food where they live. Guests continued to donate to No Kid Hungry throughout the dinner.


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All-Star Week Legacy Project with A-Rod & Giancarlo Stanton

All-Star Week Legacy Project with A-Rod & Giancarlo StantonTuesday, July 11, 10:30am-2:30pm – Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Kendall Club, 9475 North Kendall Dr, Miami

MLB All-Star and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Alumnus, Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), joined Miami Marlin’s power-hitter and outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Kendall club to commemorate MLB’s 88th Annual All-Star Game in Miami. As part of their 2017 All-Star Week youth & community initiatives, Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins have chosen Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Kendall Club as an All-Star Legacy project. The project includes Kendall Club Teen Center Renovation, Scotts Field Refurbishment Dedication, and All-Star Smiles event.

The significant renovation and expansion project is expected to increase the number of children served daily from 20 to as many as 100 teens per day. In attendance were Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade President Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Jim Clark, President of the Miami Marlins David Samson, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, FOX Sports Analyst/14-Time MLB All-Star and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Alumnus Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, and former Marlins Manager Jack McKeon.

As part of the Scotts Field Refurbishment Dedication A-Rod to throw out first pitch. As a child, Alex Rodriguez attended Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade where he participated and flourished in its baseball program. As a part of MLB’s initiative to give back to the community, Rodriguez funded the majority of the project to refurbish this baseball field, located across from the Teen Center, and two other youth fields located near the Teen Center. Scotts, the official lawn care company of Major League Baseball, was also a major contributor to the project’s grass areas (outfield, infield and foul territories).

As a part of All-Star Smiles event approximately 100 children were provided with free preventative care and education, and if necessary, follow-up dental treatment. The All-Star Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded by Marlins All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Dr. Craig Spodak, dedicated to eradicating childhood tooth decay.


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Stand Up To Cancer at the Masterpass House ft. Jennifer Hudson

Stand Up To Cancer at the Masterpass HouseSaturday, July 8, 8pm-11pm – The Masterpass House at the W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, hosted an intimate poolside performance by Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador Jennifer Hudson at the Masterpass House at the W South Beach during All-Star Weekend. Mastercard will donate 100 percent of the purchase price to Stand Up To Cancer. 

Masterpass is your exclusive access pass to everything #ThatsPriceless during All-Star Weekend. The Masterpass House is a centralized hub of exclusive Masterpass-enabled experiences for baseball lovers, press and MLB players, featuring elevated stadium snacks, interactive photo moments, and more. The event will celebrate the kick-off of the annual Mastercard dining out program benefitting SU2C. As part of this program, if you spend $10 or more with your Mastercard when paying for a qualifying meal between July 1, 2017 and August 15, 2017, Mastercard will make a donation of up to $4 million to SU2C. #StandUpForThem #IStandUpFor  #StandUpToCancer #SU2C #ASGWeek #ThatsPriceless #MasterpassHouse #WSouthBeach @Mastercard @SU2C @iamjhud