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Fabulous at Five

| November 21, 2012 | Parties

Miami is not a city known for doing things the “same old way” and Miami magazine has always adhered to that spirit of individuality. That’s why, for the magazine’s fifth anniversary, regular just wouldn’t do. Spectacular was the only way to go! Translation: Five parties in 10 days. It all started simply enough with an intimate (as in 30 guests or so) dinner at The Dragon Lounge, the private dining room of Katsuya at the SLS Hotel. “Powerful” and “influential” are two good adjectives to describe the guest list, which included the city’s top developers—Jorge Pérez, Edgardo Defortuna and Craig Robins—as well as a slew of other VIPs, including MGSCOMM CEO Manny Machado, The Collection President Ken Gorin and Aventura Mall owner Jackie Soffer. The servings were plentiful, to say the least, causing the ever-poised and polite Darlene Pérez to utter, “Sashimi now? I just can’t,” much to the delight of those near her. Fiesta No. 2 celebrated the art of interior design. For this one, Miami teamed up with Artefacto at Village of Merrick Park for a cocktail party with a decor vibe. Playing perfect hosts to the more than 500 guests were showroom owners Paulo and Lais Bacchi, who took the time to speak to just about every person in attendance. The magazine’s third celebration, Symphony for the Senses, paid tribute to the city’s arts and entertainment scene with a dinner created by chef Stefano Riccioletti at Terrazza at the Shore Club and enjoyed by the likes of Edward Beiner, Felix and Shayne Cohen, Charlie Cinnamon, Jeff Morr and Scott Storick. A post-party at Red Room proved to be too much of a good thing for some guests who decided to make it an early evening and avoid the valet nightmare that is any South Beach hotel. Celebration number four was all about style with a fashion-filled day that included a store appearance with designer Robert Rodriguez and then a dinner honoring yet more city influencers. Among the bold-face names in attendance were interior designer Sam Robin, photographer Iran Issa Khan and couple of the moment Brittany Lopez and Christian Slater (yes, that Christian Slater), who was more than happy to talk about everything from movies to Shark Week. And after a week of intimate dinners and cocktail parties, the finale for Miami’s fifth was anything but small-scale. Some 600 of the magazine’s nearest and dearest gathered together for a blowout at The Collins Building in the Design District. Following the formal welcomes by Publisher Anne Owen and Editor-in-Chief Luis R. Rigual, things got heated and musical with spectacular performances by The Secret State and Melky Jean. A million handshakes, hugs and kisses later, Miami’s quintet extravaganza came to an end. Of course, there’s always that sixth anniversary just nine months away… imagine the party possibilities!Photography by Brett Hufziger, & World Red Eye


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