Dolce&Gabbana, which has operated a long-time boutique in Bal Harbour, opened a second store here in the Miami Design District. The two-story space is as dramatic as the Italian fashion duo’s collection. Reminiscent of museums in Italy, its display of classical statues and busts entices passersby to pop in for an Instagram moment. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were inspired by Teatro alla Scala, a famous opera house they frequent in Milan. Gwenael Nicolas of Tokyo-based Curiosity Studio, which has designed many D&G stores, mixes rough travertine and Veselve marble for the rock-solid temple to style. A rippled glass façade, as well as the second level’s wood beam and black grid ceiling break up the solid mass. Gold, from velvet to heavy Baroque frames, increases the glam quotient.
Now that the Bass art museum is back in full swing after an extensive expansion and renovation, it’s focusing on educational events. Curator Culture, a four-part conversation series with notable guest panelists, premieres Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. The concept pairs tastemakers from diverse fields such as sports, art, cuisine, politics and design to share insight into which topics and cultural activities truly warrant attention in a very noisy world. Tom Healy, a poet, activist and art collector who directs the Brooklyn Conference on Art and Social Change at the Brooklyn Museum, moderates the inaugural event with artist Pedro Reyes and drummer and DJ Questlove of the Roots. Though complimentary with museum admission, reserve a seat here.
NOT HORSING AROUND
Two young equestrians who winter in Wellington, Fla., introduced Free x Rein, a women’s clothing collection that can go from the stable to supper. Their business model borrows from other disruptors and direct-to-consumer brands like lululemon, Warby Parker and Everlane. Signature riding breeches with suede patches omit the need to wear slimming undergarments like Spanx; their fabric and construction are so comfortable and flattering that non-equestrians are pairing them with boots and blazers or slouchy sweaters for everyday looks. Bodysuits—especially a competition style with long sleeves and a poplin collar and cuffs—have also crossed over to the office and beyond. Sportier tops incorporate jersey blends, mesh paneling and zippers. The cofounders test-rode the entire collection, which is manufactured in New York. An equestrian fanny pack for smartphones launches soon.
CHANGES AT CHEECA
Now that spring break company has departed, South Floridians deserve a vacation. Cheeca Lodge & Spa in the Florida Keys reopened after a $25 million makeover. Every facet of the historic property-from 214 guestrooms, whose new coastal décor blends distressed wood, quartz and rattan, to the lobby with a tarpon painting by local Islamorada artist Elena Madden, to multiple restaurants for Italian, sushi and fine dining-has been touched. The 5,700-square-foot spa, which is exclusive to guests, has been upgraded to seven treatment rooms, including two dedicated to facials, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Boaters are invited to dock at the new 525-foot fishing pier. Next month introduces even more amenities like an oceanfront pool, which brings the total to three, and a second tiki bar called South 25.