INDULGE MAGAZINE / ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2013

My 305 style: Dan Milewski and Nina Johnson-Milewski

 

Special to the Miami Herald

Wynwood pioneers DAN MILEWSKI , an artist, and wife NINA JOHNSON-MILEWSKI opened the now-closed Lester’s as a convivial hangout for locals. Her Galerie Diet is a magnet for idea-provoking art. Both favor a casual style — comfortable, but smart.

HER LOOK

Nina goes for “a mix of things. You never want to look like you’re in costume.” For major art events like Basel, she favors distinctive but simple outfits like this figure-flattering magenta dress by Victoria Beckham, (Victoria Beckham dresses, $695 to $1,050, available locally at Neiman-Marcus; Merrick Park, 390 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 786-999-1000; and Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-865-6161). Nina’s go-to pumps come from Maison Martin Margiela, 3930 NE Second Ave., #101, Miami Design District; 786-718-1931; martinmargiela.com; similar styles from $655 to $1,665.

THE ACCESSORIES

Vintage is the word. Bangles (a gift from Dan), Cartier watch (a gift from her mother) and her favorite Mother of Pearl clutch.

THE BROACH

It may not be vintage, but in pure Chanel style it sure looks like it. Mixing metals with rough fabric, pin this eye-catching brooch to a jacket or dress. $475, Chanel (Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-0550); chanel.com.

THE BAG

Big Marni totes hold all she needs for her business day — and they look terrific. $900 from Saks Fifth Avenue (Dadeland Mall, 7687 N. Kendall Dr., 305-662-8655, and Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-865-1100).

THE SHOES

When its time for more go-to shoes, Maison Martin Margiela fits the bill. These, $885, come from Neiman-Marcus, Merrick Park.

HIS LOOK

“A total ramble of things new and old,” he says. Though he has other suits, “I like [the J Crew suit] because it’s linen, so it’s great for the Miami weather.” It’s paired with a Wrangler shirt. Though he found his at a vintage shop, the suit, $425, is available from J Crew (726 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, 305-673-9806; Dadeland Mall, 7535 Dadeland Mall; Merrick Park, 350 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-444-3162, and Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-2739). Wrangler shirts can be found at wrangler.com and many department stores.

THE SHADES

Ray Bans, $185, are critical for combating the white-hot Miami sun. Oberle Opticians, 9552 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305-861-1010; oberleopticians.com.

THE CUPPA

THE WHEELS

The couple shares two multipurpose vehicles: a VW Jetta wagon, from $20,795, Deel Volkswagen, 3763 Bird Rd., Miami; 866-578-5240, and a Toyota FJ Cruiser, from $27,990, Kendall Toyota, 10943 S. Dixie Hwy., 305-665-6581.

THE BOUTIQUES

Vintage faves include Keni Valenti in Wynwood (2612 NW Second Ave., 917-686-9553; kenivalenti.com), Vintage Revenge (6301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-558-9759; thevintagerevenge.com) and Salvation Army stores nationwide (salvationarmyusa.org), along with Etsy.com. Nina is also a fan of The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-7899; thewebstermiami.com.

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