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The Best of Miami Style & Beauty for 2019

By Riki Altman-Yee & Luis R. Rigual

Makeup photo courtesy of Gee Beauty

12.20.18

Custom, couture, carats and so much more!

BEST LIFESTYLE STORE
Mrs. Mandolin (4218 NE Second Ave., Miami, 786.420.5110) Owner Anastasia Koutsioukis sources the world—and we mean that literally—for her superior inventory of home wares, flowy silk dresses and jewelry you won’t find anywhere else.

BEST BEAUTY STORE
Gee Beauty (1845 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, 305.868.3533) Locals trust the Gee ladies to keep them looking chic year-round with services like the new Age/Less treatment featuring micro-needling and products ranging from Dr. Sturm skincare to Gee’s own Golden Glow Baked bronzing powder.

BEST CUSTOM EYEWEAR
Edward Beiner has gone beyond merely carrying the most sought-after designer frames from the likes of Gucci, Cartier and others to launching Edward Beiner 3D, a bespoke process that allows clients to choose from various styles
and color options.

BEST VINTAGE SHOP
What Goes Around Comes Around (1800 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 305.271.6200) Finally, a vintage shop for the modern fashion icon! Here, shoppers find everything from authentic Louis Vuitton Monogram Stephen Sprouse Graffiti bags to collectible Rolexes, classic punk staples and more vintage Chanel pieces than we’ve ever seen under one roof.

BEST MEN'S MADE-TO-MEASURE SUITS
Ermenegildo Zegna (132 NE 39th St., Miami, 305.576.0179) This exceptional service starts with fittings at the shopper’s home or office and delivery of the finished product within four to six weeks—with a label bearing the customer’s name. Zegna’s personalization pros have more than 500 fabrics to choose from and they even let clients design their own.

BEST WOMEN'S HAUTE COUTURE GOWNS
Silvia Tcherassi Atelier (207 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305.444.0084) The Colombian designer defines feminine elegance with daring silhouettes that often toe the line between architecture and fluidity. Typically enhanced with delicate embellishments and other incomprehensible details, Tcherassi’s creations demand appreciation.

BEST WOMEN'S HAIRSTYLIST
Danny Jelaca (300 Alton Road, Ste. 100, Miami Beach, 305.604.9696) This celebrity hair whisperer has been having quite the heyday with his new namesake salon/medspa and signature product lines emerging on the regular, including a new multipurpose mist spray.

BEST MEN'S HAIRCUTS
Junior & Hatter (2750 NW Third Ave., Miami, 305.571.8361) Since its opening day, this salon has been the go-to for men in the know. Clients trust the expert stylists here, whether they are stopping in for a trim or a full-out makeover with a hot towel shave and a head-to-toe grooming lesson.

BEST BATHING SUITS FOR WOMEN
Nic del Mar (475 Biltmore Way, Ste. 105, Coral Gables, 305.442.8080) Swim Week runwayworthy swimsuits from brands like Mikoh, Acacia Swimwear and Mara Hoffman are what nearly every woman needs to hit the water in style, and they can all be found here. Beach brides also visit this boutique for elegant, nuptial-appropriate swimwear and coverups.

Soledad Lowe at work Photo by Celia D. Luna

BEST ARTISTIC JEWELRY
Soledad Lowe Jewelry (786.594.4406) Soledad Lowe recently won the Fashion Group International Award for Accessory Designer of the Year 2018, but locals discovered the artist two years ago when she premiered a line of architecturally influenced sculptural pieces in sterling silver and 18K gold. Back then, her collections could only be found on her website, but today they are sold at The Bass, En Avance, Faena and Mrs. Mandolin, and as far away as Harvey Nichols in Doha, Qatar. She also recently opened a by-appointment-only showroom in Buena Vista called Casa Lowe. Though her pieces are often accented with South Seas pearls and diamonds, there is nothing dainty about Lowe’s creations, especially the neck and ear cuffs, knuckle and double bar rings and chain hoops. As for what’s next? “I recently launched a small men’s collection,” says Lowe, who’s also a gemologist, “[and] I’m working on collaborations with artists Cristina Lei Rodriguez and Willie Cole.” More accolades are likely to follow.

BEST STATEMENT JEWELRY
Sevan Bıçakçi (140 NE 39th St., Miami, 786.409.7156) Words truly cannot describe the mystical creations that emerge from the talented hands of this Turkish designer, a master of inversely carved gemstone jewelry. Just see his first timepieces and the new 50-piece Colección Paraiso inspired by Cuba and the Caribbean Islands.

BEST LUXURY WATCHES & JEWELRY
MAYORS The beloved 108-year-old brand has some big surprises in store now that Watches of Switzerland Group acquired it last year. More Rolexes, Cartiers and Jaeger-LeCoultres are on the way, along with new bridal and high-end jewelry collections.

BEST LUXURY SHOPPING DISTRICT
Miami Design District might have formed nearly two decades ago with home design and art retailers as tenants, but after brave designers like Christian Louboutin proved it was sacred ground for fashion, multiple LVMH brands and Hermès took the leap. Now, quite literally, everyone who’s anyone can be found here in the middle of some rather stellar art installations and sculptures thanks to mastermind developer Craig Robins.

BEST BIG-MALL EXPERIENCE
Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305.935.1110) While it’s true that this behemoth holds more than 300 upscale boutiques and recognized retailers and five department stores, unexpected niceties are what make a visit to Aventura Mall memorable. On any given day, shoppers can experience a live musical performance and a world-class collection of art.

Ermenegildo Zegna’s Made to Measure service Photo courtesy of Ermenegildo Zegna

BEST NAIL ART
Vanity Projects (151 NE 41st St., Miami, 786.292.3442) To create high-end nail art for her discerning clients, founder Rita de Alencar Pinto brings in celebrity nail artists from all over the world. Anytime we see truly inspired talons on our streets or local fashion show runways, we know which salon deserves credit.

BEST FASHION STYLIST
Elysze Held is too discreet and professional to boast the names of the A-list celebs she has styled, but just dig around her Instagram (@elysze) for some clues. Local uppercrusters seek her sartorial assistance for everything from closet revamps to statement-making looks.

BEST HAIR COLOR SERVICES
Red Market Salon (9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.864.3978) Bal Harbour Shops’ exclusive salon expertly creates magic for platinum blondes, dynamic redheads, bombshell brunettes and silver foxes, whether they desire dramatic changes, nuanced touchups or emergency fixes.

BEST WAX SERVICES
European Wax Center trains its pros to tackle every hairy situation with care. EWC’s proprietary blend of beeswax and other ingredients encourages even the most stubborn strands to come up—roots intact—without the need for strips. Just about any part of the body is fair game.

BEST CLINICAL FACIALS
Barba Skin Clinic (4770 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 120, Miami, 305.576.1133) In a city obsessed with looks, locals seek out this dermatologist-led medspa to tackle signs of aging, sun damage, acne and many other issues with a variety of customized treatments.

BEST CUSTOM SCENTS
Osme Perfumery (50 NW 24th St., Ste. 111, Miami, 786.409.4732) Wynwood’s perfumery and apothecary sells hundreds of fragrances from leading perfumers worldwide, but there is nothing quite as intimate and personal as concocting one’s very own scent. Walking down memory lane has never been so intoxicating.

BEST WOMEN’S SHOES
Capretto (5822 Sunset Drive, South Miami, 305.661.7767) Instead of combing through racks at department stores, Miami’s fashion insiders step in here for season highlights from top designers including Fendi and Saint Laurent and lesser-known talents like Alexandre Birman and Le Monde Beryl.

BEST CUSTOM MEN’S SHOES
Berluti (161 NE 40th St., Miami, 305.573.4170) A master shoemaker arrives every quarter or so at Berluti’s Design District boutique exclusively to discuss fit, soles, linings and Venezia leather patinas for those willing to spend at least $6,000 and wait nine months for the ultimate sole mate.

BEST DISCREET PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Daniel Careaga (305.960.7511) In a world dominated by selfies, double-board-certified plastic surgeon Daniel Careaga can be almost anyone’s secret weapon in the fight against double chins and bulging tummies.

BEST AVANT-GARDE CUTS
IGK Salon (3930 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305.573.5520) Tireless training, says IGK co-owner Franck Izquierdo, is the secret to staying at the forefront of trends and techniques. That’s why he and his talented team can knock out whatever their clients want—from razor-sharp bobs to rock-star waves.