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One of my favorite fairs during Art Basel is Design Miami. I typically attend the Vernissage on opening night, and I love to see what the new galleries that exhibit will bring. As this fair is industrial design oriented, meaning lots of furniture and for me getting ideas for what is trending that I could use on my future projects.
A little fact about me, is that I love furniture design and it was on my list of careers to choose, but opted for architecture. At some point I had a job designing wood furniture pieces, and also I collect mini-scale designer chairs which mostly I do not display.
I wanted to dress up for the occasion and opted for a navy blue skater dress with a black faux fur vest from Skaist Taylor, black tights and pumps and some oversized pearls bubbles.
I snapped so many pictures of the furniture pieces and installations and here are a few of my favorites and the galleries that had them:
It’s that time again where Art Basel hits Miami and with it all the private and invite only parties. On the first day I attended a private preview and pop-up exhibit of artist Kris Knight’ Smell the Magic, presented by Gucci and Spinello Projects. In a cozy gallery at Miami’s Design District the large mystical and ambiguous portraits paintings that inspired Frida Giannini, Creative director of Gucci for the Fall-Winter 2014 collection, laid on the walls.
I had an exquisite time looking at the pastel tones artwork, and I particularly liked the play with patterns and the uniqueness of each character.
I didn’t get a chance to talk the artist or meet Frida but I guess I’ll save that for next time.
Outfit pictures by Netty del from The Fashionable ESQ - Event pictures by Joe Schildhorn / Billy Farrell Agency
A trench coat is one of those pieces that every girl needs in her closet, It’s a spring and fall basic that works for any weather and the cut is so classic that with just a simple outfit it would make you look fashionable.
The trench coat was first developed as an all weather coat for British and French soldiers during the 1900’s by Burberry and up until this day Burberry makes one of the most coveted trenches. Usually a typical trench is double breasted and is made in a tan or khaki color.
I bought my trench coat from Uniqlo a few years ago I opted for a short version so I could use it in Miami. As we usually don’t get a real winter down here it was a good option to wear when its raining or the temperature drops a few degrees. I wanted to give a little extra edge to this outfit and wore a black leather crop top layered over a soft white t-shirt.
Cirque du Soleil’s newest show Amaluna is rolling into Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on December 11th and will be showing all the way to dates in January. Nothing is more magical than getting into the world of theater and performances. I am particularly enchanted by the stage designs, wardrobes and special effects. I spent most of my kid life behind and on them doing ballet performances along with my twin sister. And in college I took a Scenography class and helped out on the design of a few small performances. I guess this can explain my delight to such visual shows like Cirque du Soleil.
Amaluna is a show that gives tribute to women where 70% of the performers and 100% of the band are ladies. The show sets place in a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and are guided by the cycles of the moon. I can’t wait to see how alluring this show will be.
The people from Cirque Du Soleil contacted me to run a giveaway of two sets of tickets for The Architect of Style readers. I will be giving out 2 sets of tickets for 2 winners.
In the past weeks, I was live drawing at the Pretty in Pink event for Bloomingdale’s at two locations (The Falls and Aventura), for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I designed the invitation for the event (you can see it here), and as you know it was one of my dreams to collaborate and work with this big retailer.
I had a great time and got the chance to see many fellow blogger friends. I feel humble that so many people came out to get one of my sketches, when someone told me that they had specially attended that night because they had been on other events that I was live drawing and had tried to get a sketch from me, but the line had been too long or the event had ended.
A few days ago I was at a fashion shoot for a major magazine, where many other fashion bloggers from Miami where the models. We had to style ourselves with Fall outfits, and one of the things I noticed is that at least 85% of the girls (I make up statistics!) were wearing hats. Floppy hats, large brimmed, small fedoras… in black, gray, blue, tan even red…etc.. In any shape or form hats seem to be a common denominator of what the street style for Fall holds. And of course I got inspired and drew a fashion illustration of a girl with a hat and I went online and searched for my favorite ones.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a part of my collaboration with local Miami brand Mia Shoes, I have created a second illustration to support this cause. My newest illustration shows the MIA Amanda shoes showcased in a glass dome to show the special balance between strength and courage that the brave women (and men) that fight against this disease have.
The MIA Cares program during this entire month, will donate 10% of all the proceeds of the sales of the Amanda shoes will to cancer research for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, to fund a clinical trial for new therapies in TNBC (Triple Negative Breast Cancer). The estimated donation for this charity will be a minimum of $5,000 dollars.
If you follow my Instagram (@GissiJ) you might have noticed that I have been wearing these flats plenty and have been using them to change from my heels at work and have even styled it with bow clips or matched the colors with the floor tiles of my office building.
Mia Shoes designed a special edition of the shoes in black with a thin pink ribbon on the back, which looks very classy (as featured in the illustrations). These shoes also come in a variety of neutral tones either with a suede finish or snakeskin finish, that are great to match with any outfit. (See below for colors).
In addition to the donated percentage of all the Amanda shoe sales, MIA Cares has also given 400 pairs of the specially designed black and pink Amanda ($20,000 retail value) to be sold on QVC’s October 16th FFAny Shoes on Sale and at QVC.com the entire month of October where (80%) eighty percent of the proceeds of the shoes sold during breast cancer awareness month will benefit the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation (FFCF).
As much as any Miamian would want for the temperatures to drop, so we can start layering and bringing out the knee high boots, we are in the 10th month of the year with 80+ degrees. I can still go to the beach and wear silky shorts and still look gorgeus (purposely misspelled in my graphic tee), because this is South Florida and its the sunshine state an the beaches are amazing.
A year ago I attended an event at Bloomingdale’s where I got to meet and was live drawn by Marisa Acocella, she’s a cartoonist and illustrators that has done a lot of work with Bloomie’s. I remember after meeting her, I said to myself that one day draw I would draw for this store. So today I got the chance to illustrate for Bloomingdale’s featuring their famous brown bags, as part of their promo to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Pretty in Pink! event this Tuesday at The Falls store. Also I will be live drawing at the event, so come by and say hi!. Details of the event are below:
When: Tuesday, September 30 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Bloomingdale’s Miami at The Falls on Level 1