Although Silvia Tcherassi is Colombian through and through (the couturier still runs her atelier outside Cartegena), she’s also Miami. “We used to stay at the DiLido Hotel, which was designed by architect Maurice Lapidus,” the Barranquilla-born designer says of family trips to South Beach when she was young. “Of course, a lot has changed since then,” she added. “Miami’s architecture and diverse history is something I will always appreciate and cherish.”
She was very impressed by the city. Today, Tcherassi spends about half her time in Miami, a city she considers her second home. During the recent Miami Beach Art Week, Tcherassi hosted a fashion show — designing with her daughter, who is the brand’s ready-to-wear director — that was read as a nod to Morris Lapidus and all things Miami. Bias-cut satin gowns in tie-dye shades echo the city’s famous sunsets, and feature oversized eyelet cutouts for a decidedly retro vibe.
Not only did the pioneer of Miami’s modern movement inspire Tcherassi’s Pre-Fall 2023 collection – Lapidus is also credited with perpetuating Art Deco with his A sleek all-white streamlined structure, her architectural vernacular enters the mid-century — but her Miami studio is actually housed in one of his buildings in Coral Gables. (Tcherassi always finds inspiration in her surroundings, and her first collection in Milan was inspired by the bayan trees that surround her Coconut studio and home and the Grove for inspiration in the shadows.) In the neighborhood outside of lively South Beach, she says, “I believe this is where you’ll find the best of Miami living — quaint streets, lush greenery and palms. Trees, sailing clubs, marinas to enjoy the sea, casual cafes, and chic shops.”
So who better to travel than a local? Here’s your guide to the best of Miami in Tcherassi.
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