Celebrity Travel Guide to Florida
Courtesy of Behna Gardner
Bruce Weber’s Miami
Florida celebrities dish on their favorite places to eat and
play in the Sunshine State.
In the mid 1980’s, photographer Bruce Weber put Miami on the
style map when he began to shoot fashion spreads in the then rough-and-tumble
area of South Beach. He still returns every winter to explore—and
photograph—Miami’s vibrant neighborhoods, from the sophisticated Design
District to the exile enclave of Little Haiti. It’s a city, according to Weber,
full of “hidden jewels.” Here, a peek at his top spots, along with some of his
“Little Haiti has all the exotic qualities of a unique
destination—a rich history, amazing music—but you don’t have to travel far to
get there,” says Weber, speaking of the 43-block district just north of
downtown. Its center is the Libreri Mapou Bookstore & Mapou
Cultural Center, with
exhibitions by up-and-coming Haitian artists such as Jean Brierre and
discussions by literary stars, including Edwidge Danticat.
In North Miami Beach, the 10,000-square-foot C
Madeleine’s pays homage
to all things vintage—1970’s Pucci floral-print dresses; Bill Blass gingham
trenches; classic Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry. “Whenever I take designers there, I
can’t get them to leave,” Weber says. In Coral Gables, Eutopia Books stocks hard-to-find tomes on fashion,
architecture, and Miami history.
On lazy afternoons, he watches independent films such as
Leon Ichaso’s Paraiso at Little Havana’s 1926 Tower Theater.