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Costume party celebrates glamor of ‘Magic City’


If you were seduced by Magic City — which brought the glitz, glamor and sometimes gruesomeness of mob Miami life in the ’50s to the TV screen last year — you might be tempted to attend a local event that helps kick off the mesmerizing Starz series’ second season.

The Magic City costume party on Thursday at the Miami vintage-clothing store L.A. Boudoir welcomes all cool cats and dolls decked out in their best 1950s gear (there will be prizes, too, plus “Moon Over Miami” cocktails). The show returns at 9 p.m. Friday on Starz.

The event is the brainchild of owner Lauren Arkin, an extra on the show who convinced the Magic City wardrobe department to purchase clothes from her store for the series.

“I saw a casting call for the show, and the 1950s is one of my favorite periods,” said Arkin, 26, a Miami native and graduate of Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH). “And I said, ‘Hey, what the heck — let me try out and see.’ And one of the stipulations was that you didn’t mind having your hair cut to better suit the authentic period for hair. And so they cut about eight inches off my hair.” She laughs. “Which was a little nerve-racking, but it’s growing out.”

Although Arkin’s role has increased slightly in the second season (“I don’t have speaking parts, but I was bumped up to a more specialized extra, and I was a mob wife for one episode”), she doesn’t have any desire to pursue an acting career. Answering the call was mainly a strategic move for her business.

“Kind of in the back of my mind when I went for the casting call, I was like, ‘You know, let me see if I can try to network with the whole production company,’ ” she said. “And every time I went, I’d kind of talk to wardrobe and costume and hair, like, ‘Hey, you know I have a vintage shop! If you ever want to come check out what I’ve got, you’re more than welcome to.’ And it turns out for the second season, I guess I worked my magic enough, and they actually came.”

Arkin’s sincere love for the period no doubt had a role in the company choosing to buy from her shop.

“Just the way the styles accentuate the woman’s figure,” she said. “And of course that’s when Christian Dior had the hourglass shape. And the details that are put in, not only for the clothing, but the accessories — I love the whole hairstyles, the cat-eye sunglasses, all the details.”

“Magic City” Costume Party runs from 6-10 p.m. Thursday at L.A. Boudoir, 6900 Biscayne Blvd.; free; info at

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