In 2012, H&M will bow in 22,000 square feet of the Lincoln Theatre, New World Symphony’s former Art Deco digs before relocating to Frank Gehry’s splashy campus. The multilevel store’s design keeps the original cinema’s bones, according to Lyle Stern, president of Koniver Stern Group, a retail real estate development and brokerage firm in Miami Beach. His company partnered with locally based Savitar Realty Advisors to purchase the property for its key corner location and two high-density parking garages.
“The island is usually opposed to large retail spaces, but something of this size was necessary for preservation,” he said, following a four-year search for the right tenant with plans to replace the north side wall with glass for views of the action on Lincoln Lane and in New World’s park. “The site’s two additional spaces are also under contract.”
Farther west on the pedestrian mall, Forever 21 will open its three-story, 39,000-square-foot flagship in September. Not having housed a single tenant since Saks Fifth Avenue, its historic building is the largest specialty retail store in Miami Beach, according to Michael Comras, principal of Comras Co., a nearby real estate development and leasing firm that owns the location.
“Most people don’t remember that Lincoln Road was originally geared toward large-scale retail like Bonwit Teller and Cadillac car showrooms,” he said.
The street is seeing more mall fever. Juicy Couture opened a 1,600-square-foot boutique at 1111 Lincoln Road in February. Aside from beachy fashions like silk rompers and a limited edition flamingo T-shirt, it stocks surfboards, books and art works as a nod to Art Basel. Come fall, Madewell joins the pack.
Meanwhile, northeast of Lincoln Road, the oceanfront Collins Park district continues its ascent. Anchored by the W and Setai hotels, the newly gentrified area is filling in fast with retail and restaurants like Serafina Rock ’n’ Roll. Its influx of well-heeled foot traffic convinced Inca swimwear designer and retailer Stacy Josloff to jump ship from the Gansevoort hotel to a street entrance at the W. She revamped her former Inca boutique into Therapy, a multibrand concept for men, women and children with an on-site Warren-Tricomi salon.
Porcelain tiles with wood grain, swirls of gold inlay and a witty mural by Peter Tunney work back to the hotel’s modern organic direction and contemporary art collection. Glass-topped coffee tables hold clutches in exotic skins by Vanessa Trump, while a grommet-studded table and hand sculptures extending from a wall offer jewelry by King Baby and Mizuki. More textures meet every turn of the eye whether fish-scale surfaces or salvaged wood for ladderlike shelves.
“People come to Miami Beach and realize they packed all wrong,” said Josloff, who also has good response with pieces from Miami designers such as Camele’s retro jumpsuit in Malibu Barbie pink for $250 and Juliet & Jake’s cotton knit ponchos with fringe for $180 and clutches of wrapped crocodile tails for $595.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye