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Miami Fashion Week in South Beach

Miami Fashion Week in South BeachFrom March 20th – 24th, Miami will once again be the epicenter of the fashion world, as the best in the business descend on the city for Miami Fashion Week. This year marks the event’s 15th anniversary, and you can be sure there will be plenty to see and do as a result.

Taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Fashion Week places an equal emphasis on American, Latin and international fashion. Designers from across the globe make a point of stopping at Miami Fashion Week every year to show off their lines for the coming seasons.

While attending Miami Fashion Week, be sure to check out the Culinary Style Café, which will be hosting a different celebrity chef cooking up his/her signature dishes every day. The week of events close with the Miami Moda & Music Awards, celebrating everything fashion and music in one incredible evening.

Once the events come to a close, hit South Beach’s shopping districts and pick up some designer threads of your own.

Our South Beach Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

Delano

Sagamore

Z Ocean

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Winter Music Conference in South Beach

Winter Music Conference - South BeachFrom March 15th – 24th, thousands of artists, producers, labels and more will descend on South Beach for the 28th Annual Winter Music Conference. It’s ten days of non-stop panels, workshops, and parties for fans of electronic dance music (EDM).

If you’ve ever had the urge to learn how to make your own EDM, the Winter Music Conference is the place to be. Some of the industry’s biggest and best names will be on-hand, and can help you learn the ins and outs of creating killer beats and catchy hooks. If you’d rather just sit back and watch the pros in action then check out the DJ spin-off, the VJ Challenge, or peruse the exhibits and try out the latest gear.

Of course a huge component of the Winter Music Conference is the club events and after-parties. With so many artists and producers in town, you can bet South Beach nightclubs will be rocking well into the early hours. The Winter Music Conference has over a dozen sanctioned events already lined up, and you can be sure there will be other parties and after-parties to come. From house music to trance to more mellow vibes, you’ll definitely find something that will fit your groove.

Our South Beach Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

The James Royal Palm

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SLS South Beach

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Toy in the Hotel Gansevoort

In a city full of cool neighborhoods and bustling boroughs, New York City’s Meatpacking District continues to be one of Manhattan’s most fashionable spots. It’s a place where old meets new, savvy travelers meet locals, and shopping meets the city’s best dining and nightlife.

Hotel Gansevoort continues to be one the Meatpacking District’s best hotels and features an incredible new spot that’s sure to change the landscape of the area. TOY is the brainchild of legendary NYC party planners Daniel and Derek Koch. The twins have been throwing some of the Big Apple’s best bashes, and never do anything half-heartedly.

TOY’s cuisine is best described as modern Chinese with Japanese influences, and is already garnering rave reviews. Executive chef Doron Wong’s dishes reflect the incredible space itself―transition, adventure, and the spirit of New York City. The bi-level main dining room features a private room if needed, while there’s an indoor/outdoor raw bar right in the hotel lobby. But the best view of all is courtesy of the outdoor dining terrace that looks out over Hudson Street.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013

One of the world’s leading fashion events, the inimitable Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 returns to beautiful Miami Beach from July 19-23, 2012. Expect five days of fashion shows, parties, gorgeous beach beauties, and more.

With plenty of hot sun and miles of sand, Miami Beach is the ideal locale to feature a first look at next year’s swimwear collections. Check out the hottest swimwear for 2013 from some of the biggest swimwear designers in the world: White Sands Australia, Aqua di Lara, BCBG Swimwear, Crystal Jin and dozens more.

Once you’ve taken in the fashion shows, head to nearby Lincoln Road, the area’s best shopping district. A star-studded event like this could only happen in incredible Miami Beach―where sun, fun and fashion all come together.

Our Hotel Experts recommend:

The National, Delano, and SLS

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NEW YORK ARCHITECTURE AT A GLANCE

To say the New York City skyline is famous almost comically understates the case. Is there a more storied, more photographed or more resonant skyline in the world? Paris’s vertical grandeur resides in one skeletal, albeit beautiful, structure (oui, the Eiffel Tower). And forget Kuala Lumpur—way over in Malaysia—with its overreaching glitter twins. Toronto’s CN Tower-spiked and crowding skyline gets a nod as a radical up-and-comer. But for sheer complexity, density, and variety of architectural styles—and that iconic, deeply impressed sweep of its skyline—New York is still unsurpassed by any city in the world, and we may wait a long time before it is. But viewing New York City from afar is one thing. Getting up close to its fabulous buildings is a defining experience.

You can, of course, start just about anywhere, say The Empire State Building, which looks spiffy after an expensive renovation. But assuming you have visited it and typical tourist attractions like the Chrysler Building or the United Nations Headquarters, take a gander at a few of New York City’s lesser known architectural masterpieces, one-offs and oddities.

For starters, the somewhat familiar Flatiron Building (once known as the Fuller Building) always delights the eye. Upon its completion in 1902 it was one of the tallest buildings in New York. It sits on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, hence its lean, sky-wedging shape.

In sharp contrast, Apple’s Glass Cube Store on Fifth Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets, or its market hall on the Upper West Side, have become 21st Century trendsetters, boasting a transparent and technologically advanced retail space that may look like the future (i.e. it’s already here). Famously fussy and attentive to every detail to anything bearing the Apple logo, Steve Jobs had a hand in this sleek gem.

The New York Times Building on Eighth Avenue (between 40th and 41st Streets) will take your breath away from all angles, and the glass facets of the Hearst Magazine Building on Eighth Avenue and 57th Street will force on your sunglasses. Eli Jacques Kahn’s Bricken Textile Building on Broadway and 41st Street has been compared to a Vionnet gown. And the IAC Building on 555 West 18th Street resembles a billowing white sail, Frank Gehry-style.

Two other must-sees include the Rose Center for Earth and Space on 81st Street (just west of Central Park West). It sits serenely screened by trees and features the most technologically advanced space theater in the world. And the Folk Art Museum may be one of the quietly coolest buildings in NYC. Located at 45W 53rd Street, this very small museum isn’t well known even among New Yorkers. What it lacks in size it makes up for in design. A melted copper façade aptly represents the rough-hewn folk art inside.

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The Empire State building has some competition! Setai New York has debuted on Fifth Avenue, near Penn Station. The Setai Fifth Avenue is sculptural lines and a modern aesthetic, combined with an Asian-inspired simplicity that brings out the “Zen” in guests. At the 5 star Setai NYC, guests are moments from world-class shopping on Fifth Avenue, which hosts retailers ranging from Macy’s to Tiffany’s, and everything in between. Enjoy a complimentary upgrade when booking a Premier Room or Studio Suite if staying between Jun. 29th and Sept. 2, 2012

To experience the bygone era of 30s and 40s grace and gentility, visit The Pierre New York. The gilt and understated chandeliers remain, but the entire hotel has received a facelift, effortlessly gliding into the 21st century. Towering over Central Park, the Pierre New York’s coveted location places guests amidst the shops on 5th Avenue. Central Park is across the street, and Museum Mile is only a few blocks north.

Trendy SoHo; known for its quirky galleries, upscale boutiques, and– skyscrapers? Since the Trump SoHo arrived, absolutely! The 5 star Trump SoHo Hotel is 46 stories of pure pampering, towering above the SoHo neighborhood. Guests will love the incredible vista views that are standard in guestrooms, as well as the incredible spa located on site.

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THE FRIEZE NEW YORK ART SHOW

May 4-7, 2012

From May 4-7, 2012, in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan, Frieze New York presents the most forward-thinking galleries from around the globe. Over 170 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world will be showcased. Visitors will not only be treated to work by over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists, but will also enjoy the curatorial programme offerings: Frieze Projects, the fair’s artists’ commissions, and Frieze Talks, a series of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures.

The eight artists who will participate in Frieze Projects New York are: John Ahearn, Uri Aran, Latifa Echakhch, Joel Kyack, Rick Moody, Virginia Overton, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. and Ulla von Brandenburg. The Frieze Projects program is realized annually at Frieze New York. This year Cecilia Alemani curates.

The majority of the commissioned projects are situated outdoors and are located throughout Randall’s Island. Artists have been invited to react to the exceptional environment of Frieze New York and to create special projects that respond to the island’s unique geography. Forming a temporary pop-up village, the commissioned artworks will provide punctuation points to the island, activating vital sites or remote locations and will provide a navigational tool for visitors to the fair and its environment.

At turns participatory, irreverent and idyllic, this year’s Frieze Projects will transform Randall’s Island into a fantasy world, presenting newly commissioned artworks by international artists. The artists commissioned by Frieze Projects will use the unique site to realize ambitious ideas.

Designed by New York-based SO-IL Architects, Frieze New York will be housed in a bespoke structure and located in a unique setting of Randall’s Island Park, overlooking the East River. Dedicated Frieze ferry and bus services are included in the admission price. Frieze New York will take place 4 – 7 May 2012. Tickets to Frieze New York are only available online.

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The Surrey New York has been redefining Upper East Side elegance. Whimsical touches like marble “rugs” tiled into the floor and snippets of poetry scrawled across cushions enhance the feeling that The Surrey New York is somewhere special. Art enthusiasts will appreciate The Surrey’s décor and design, from photographs featuring Kate Moss to contrasting antiques with spray painted details. A true mesh of modern world and classic luxury.

Upon arrival in the striking black and white lobby, guests know they are in for an unexpected treat. The Mark is filled with  details art lovers will appreciate. From cow print couches at the Bar Mark, to art deco metallic details in the lobby. Also not far from the Frieze Art Show, the Mark is also  is within walking distance of some of the world’s most celebrated museums. The Frick, the Guggenheim and the Whitney are steps away, with the picturesque living beauty of Central Park moments from their door.

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CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

June 8-10, 2012 at Millennium Park

Renowned as the largest free blues event in the world, the Chicago Blues Festival returns to Grant Park this June for three days of blues bliss. Whether you’re a blues aficionado or just a music lover, Chicago is the place to be from June 8 to June 10. Upwards of 500,000 blues fans are anticipated for this celebration of blues past and present, offering proof that Chicago is truly the “Blues Capital of the World.”

Headliners for this year’s Festival include Texas Johnny Brown on June 8, and Floyd Taylor on June 9. On Friday June 8, at the Petrillo Music Shell, blues fans will be treated to a centennial celebration of Lightnin’ Hopkins. The Houston blues legend died in 1982 and fellow Houston bluesman Texas Johnny Brown will commemorate him with his soulful guitar stylings. Chicago-born Floyd Taylor is the son of R&B great Johnnie Taylor and spent years learning his craft from his father. Taylor pays tribute to his father, who died in 2000, and other bluesmen.

Chicago’s own Mavis Staples is set to close the festival on Sunday, June 10. More than sixty years after she began singing with the Staple Singers, Mavis is still going strong. In 2011, she won the Grammy for “Best Americana Album.” The living Gospel and Blues legend is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Before Mavis Staples performs on Sunday, festival goers will be treated to a tribute to the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, who died in June of 2009. A select group of Blues women will perform in her honour, including Melvia “Chick” Rodgers, Jackie Scott, Deitra Farr and Nora Jean Brusco.

The performance stages include the Petrillo Music Shell, the Bud Light Crossroads Stage, Mississippi Juke Joint, and the Pepsi Front.

The 29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. FREE Admission • Grant Park • June 8, 9 & 10, 2012. For more information call (312) 744-3316.

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The lavish Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago is North America’s second tallest building. This 5 star tower on the Chicago River features easy access to The Loop, financial centers and is within walking distance to exclusive shopping on Michigan Avenue, and Millenium Park where the festivities will take place. Expect unprecendented views, spacious rooms, and an attention to detail. You won’t be dissapointed! Enjoy a free upgrade on us!

The Fairmont Chicago, overlooking Millennium Park and Chicago’s lakefront, is a 4.5 star luxury hotel located in the Grant Park neighborhood of downtown Chicago. This AAA Four Diamond Millennium Park hotel is walking distance to the Loop, theater district and the Art Institute of Chicago. A $50 million dollar renovation completed in 2008 has distinguished this downtown Chicago luxury hotel as a prestigious address. 

The Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, features a convenient location in the Chicago Theater District near entertainment and shopping venues on State Street and the Magnificent Mile. A sparkling renovation unveils thoughtfully-designed guestrooms and suites and a colorful lobby await you. Enjoy a complimentary wine recepetion every night of your stay!

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