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Designer Coke

Spotted in downtown Helsinki the Jean Paul Gaultier Citroen designed for Coca Cola.

Who said that horizontal stripes make you look fat?

Takin’ it to the Max Wilson

by Cyn. Zarco

Max Wilson’s mantra: “I love stripes!” As if you couldn’t tell he’s got a thing for verticals. Comfy in Comme de Garcons Play‘s striped navy sweater, Ralph Lauren’s former VP of women’s couture is chilling dockside at The Standard like a tourist on a slow Caribbean cruise. But, make no mistake — Max is no stranger to South Beach. With a pied-a terre here and there, this New York designer snowbird has been flying south for the winter for some time now.

We ask him what he likes best at Babalu: “I l-o-v-e my blue Aussie Bum swim trunks! ” he says, laughing out loud like a young Geoffrey Holder then giggling with glee. “I like the orange ones, too, ’cause guess what — I l-o-v-e color!” No stretch there. No need to wonder why his accessories of choice are red Mosley Tribe shades, a Paul Smith satchel plus multi-stripe socks (apres swim) in the bag. “Oh, and when I’m here I live in Swims loafers,” he adds. “They’re so comfortable and chic. And, I can wash them!”

I’m so tired of drab,” says the designer watching a boat slip into Biscayne Bay. “Everything out there for men is grey, brown, black or navy. We’re not in the Army! That’s why I’m creating my own men’s collection — it’s classic, sporty, sexy…and fun! Like me.” LOL “And, affordable — not cheap, but not so out of reach like some European men’s lines, you only see a few pieces on the street.”

Mr. Wilson knows what he’s talking about. With a 30-year track record that reads like Women’s Wear Daily, he’s worked with the best — from Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Zack Carr, Alixandre Furs, Dana Buchman, Philippe David Dessins to Sean Combs. Look book — www.maxwilson.net

“I’ve been in fashion since I moved to New York from Detroit to study at Parsons School of Design in the ’70s,” he says, eyes atwinkle. [Why is this man not on TV?!] “Now I’m on faculty. It’s all about giving back. I’m mentoring the future fashion designers of America.”

Photos: ©Cyn. Zarco2012

Holy Magi-a-Go-Go!

Photo & Text: Cyn. Zarco
Illustration: Paolo Ambu

It has been written that on Three Kings Day, January 6, the day of Epiphany, Three Wise Men (in our case, 2 men + 1 woman) traveled from afar to Bethlehem to welcome the Christ child, to bring gifts to the Baby Jesus —  gold, frankincense and myrhh.

GOLD: CdG 8 88, Santa Maria Novella Gold Musk. FRANKINCENSE: CdG Avignon, CdG Zagorsk. MYRRH: Bond No.9 Cooper Street, Odin No.3

How did they know to bring room scents? Oh, I forgot — they’re wise men. Jesus was born in a manger, after all, in a barn, surrounded by farm animals, including one tired donkey. It could not have been pleasant. No indoor plumbing. Not even at the inn. So we, the B-Team, a. k. a. Melchior, Balthazar and Caspar, got creative: What would a savior want on his birthday? Playsam’s red Speedy Mini LeMans, natch. Trumpette’s Silver Crystal-Set Piggy Bank to grow on. Perfume is key. Balthazar’s choice, the gold star — Bond No. 9 Fire Island, every man’s must-have for personal appearances among the masses in the scorching Middle East. After all, isn’t good grooming next to godliness?!? Preach.

Not pictured above are gifts we wise three stashed in our camel-packs: Trumpette gold penny loafers, Etiquette striped socks, baby Aviator Ray-bans, Comme des Garcons Play! boy polo, Havaiana baby blue sandals, Jao hand sanitizer, Klen wash-on sunscreen. Hey, life is tough on the road, even for a miracle.

HOLY MAGI STYLE

(The Three Kings are wearing Missoni hooded bathrobes.)

GREG
Mosley Tribe hand-beaded, Hillyard shades, ltd. ed.; Ipanema graphic flip flops

CYN.
Mosley Tribe Cheyne blue-mirror shades; Lanno leather necklace;  Melissa sandals by Gaetano Pesce

PAOLO
Ray-ban platinum gold Aviators, Ipanema flip-flops; Babalu Miami cigar

MONDO ITALIANO, Part II

FROM EUROPA, WITH LOVE

by Greg Melvin & Paolo Ambu

VIVA VENEZIA!

The highlight of our stay in Venice was our visit to the Salviati glass factory in Murano hosted by Bojan. Established in 1859 by Antonio Salviati, the place is a veritable museum of industrial design with top collaborators creating masterpieces from crystal vases to chandeliers. We were awed by their exquisite glass-sculpting technique, the precise craft that went into making each object. We were told that Salviati’s original “cookbook” filled with the specific recipes for each color of glass, is locked away in a little blue box. Only Salviati’s master glassmaker has the key.

Babalu Miami is the only boutique in America that carries Salviati. Be a mensch. Gift a set of collectible crystal wine glasses to your best drinking buddy. Or, a set of champagne flutes for your bgf. Perfect for cocktails before partying at Little Lighthouse Foundation‘s extravaganza fundraiser, Nightmare Above Lincoln Road Saturday, October 29, on the roof of 1111 Lincoln.

Go incognito, of course, in a one-of-a kind, totally ga-ga artglam, repurposed masque by New Yorker Stephan Keating.

Masque Parade - Stephan Keating

Our limited stash sells out each year. So, get one at Babalu Miami boutique quick. They go fast!

Back to Venice, the city of masqued balls. Later that night, after a lovely dinner on the canal at our hotel, Palazzo Barbarigo, we were still hungry! Feeling Chinese, we found a place in town that served tapas-size, fried-rice portions — Tianjin Chinese Ristorante on Ramo de la Dojana de Tua. Yum! Greg surprised our waiter by speaking Mandarin.  (p.s. We were not hungry two hours later.)

Tianjin Ristorante

Sated, we walked the maze of Venice’s labyrinthine streets back to the hotel. Or, so we thought.  After walking around in circles, we stumbled upon this lovely Comme des  Garcons-y graffitti — the only clue to our way home.

I voov Comme des Garcons sneakers!

The next day, we couldn’t wait to see the Venezia Biennale and partake in Norma Jeane‘s interactive plasticine art installation. Ha! What’s black and white and red all over? ART.

The 54th International Art Exhibition, ILLUMInations, is a single display featuring 83 artists from all over the world. It’s spread out over 10,000 square meters between the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and is open until November 27.

Here is a video of  a piece we also enjoyed.  “Chance” in the French Pavillion is a mixed-media installation by artist Christian Boltanski.

When we got back to the hotel, we were so inspired we made our own video.

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