Despite a day of torrential rain and flooding, over 1,000 guests attended the Fashion House event on July 18 at Artefacto Home (17651 Biscayne Blvd.) in Aventura.
Hosted by Artefacto CEO Paulo Bacchi and his wife, Lais, the evening soirée featured a fashion show by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables with pre-fall collections by designers including Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Givenchy and Stella McCartney (fall trends include lots of red), as well as free-flowing champagne and summer bites by Karla Catering.
VIPs in attendance included Brazilian interior designer Mirtha Arriaran, psychologist Maria Fordin, David Martin (Terra Group), developer Manuel Grosskopf and Neiman Marcus Senior V.P./fashion director Ken Downing.
The event was held in celebration of the Aventura store’s first anniversary. The two-story, 50,000-square-foot showroom is the company’s second in the United States. Bacchi, 45, opened a sister store, Artefacto, in Coral Gables in 2002.
The brand was originally founded in Brazil in 1976 by his father, Albino Bacchi (also at the party). Paulo, a Brazilian native who lives in Coral Gables with his wife and twin sons, joined the business at age 18. He says the 16-year-old boys, Bruno and Pietro, are being groomed to take the helm “when the time is right.”
Artefacto designs, manufactures and sells high-end contemporary indoor and outdoor furniture. In addition to its two South Florida sites, the company has 25 showrooms in Brazil.
To learn more, visit www.artefacto.com.
WAITRESS UNIFORMS WANTED
Were you or members of your family in the food-service industry in decades past?
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (301 Washington Ave., South Beach) is seeing 1950s and 1960s waitress uniforms from Florida’s deli-style restaurants (think Wolfie’s, Corky’s or Rascal House).
The uniforms will be considered for inclusion in an upcoming exhibit called “Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish: A Gastronomic Look at Florida Jews & Food,” slated to open Oct. 14. Deadline for submission is Sept. 1.
If you have an old uniform (or know someone who does), contact assistant curator Jackie Goldstein at 786-972-3166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUBAN FOLK MUSIC AT THEA’S
Thea Pizzeria & Cafe will host Pavel Vitier and his band on Friday, Aug. 9, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The group plays Cuban folk music in the style of Trova and Son, from the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
Trova refers to trovadores, 19th-century roving Cuban musicians who earned their living singing and playing guitar; the son cubano, which gained worldwide popularity in the 1930s, combines Spanish canción and guitar with African rhythms and percussion instruments.
“The group performed at the restaurant in June, and they were outstanding,” says proprietor Thea Goldman. “We are thrilled to have them return.”
The evening will feature a special three-course prix-fixe menu (choice of one appetizer, one entrée or pizza, and one dessert) with a reserved table for $32 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). In addition, the eatery’s regular menu will be served at the bar.
Thea Pizzeria & Café is located at 1951 NW Seventh Ave. (just west of Wynwood) in Miami’s Health District. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays. Valet parking is complimentary.
For details, visit www.theapizzeria.com. For Pavel Vitier reservations (suggested), call 305-777-3777.
SWIMWEAR: YESTERDAY AND TODAY
As usual, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim (July 18-22) brought design, parties, models and press galore to Miami Beach. While most events focused on the future of swim and resort wear, one offered a perspective from the past: The History of Swim.
Hosted by Jantzen and Xtra Life Lycra at The Raleigh Hotel on July 21, the poolside event featured an exhibit of archival images from 1915 to today, plus a fashion show highlighting Jantzen’s 2014 collection.
While synthetics have been used in swimsuits for decades, experts say it was the commercialization of Lycra that revolutionized the industry with lightweight, fast-drying, form-fitting and more comfortable options.
Jantzen introduced its “No Suit” with Lycra in 1962 with the slogan “Just Wear a Smile and a Jantzen.”
“This durable fiber stands up to environment stressors that cause fit loss and fabric breakdown,” said Elana Page, marketing manager of swim at Invista, a leading textile fiber company.