ART DECO WEEKEND
— Alfred Eisenstadt / Life Magazine (1940)
— Ocean Drive Magazine's 20th Anniersary Cover
— Unidentified flamingo (pinterest)
After World War II, Miami Beach experienced its first post-depression influx of population and culture, fueled mostly by returning soldiers who had been sent to South Florida for their basic training, before joining the fight in Europe and the South Pacific.
Throughout the post-war 1940s, Life Magazine assigned a number of tourism, fashion, and lifestyle stories focused on Miami Beach.
Victoria's Miami Beach Secret
@ the newly renovated FONTAINEBLEAU HOTEL
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (November 15, 2008) was hosted by TV-star, model HEIDI KLUM, and featured USHER, singing and dancing with a seemingly endless parade of beautiful women, confidently strutting (selling) their wares, and looking good.
1960s — COLLINS AVENUE was the perfect backdrop for the jet-setting lifestyle portrayed on television at the time. Frank Sinatra and Eva Gardner were frequent guests, and the entire RAT PACK performed and partied frequently at the Eden Roc and Fontainebleau hotels.
Like all of Miami Beach, the [1970s] saw a lull in the Collins Avenue action, but with the arrival of Miami Vice [1980s] after the [1990s] Renaissance and moving into the New Millennium the Fontainebleau came back in the most glamorous and celebrated way, as seen in the Victoria Secret Video here.
Living And Dying On Ocean Drive
THE FASHION INDUSTRY'S CLOSEST THING TO A SECOND COMING
VH1-Fashion Television did a South Beach feature story (1992), including an interview with Gianni Versace, and guests at the opening of his Miami Beach boutique in the heart of South Beach, Collins Avenue & 4th Street.
The height of Miami Beach being the "glamorous" media's center of attention, was when Italian Fashion Icon Gianni Versace bought a $33-million home on Ocean Drive and opened his own "Flagship" Boutique in the heart of South Beach, at Collins Avenue & 4th Street.
Unfortunately, less than four years later, on a quiet Sunday morning, Versace was executed on the steps of his Ocean Drive home.
It was immediately after, when the media, in its (reality show-feeling) coverage of a nation-wide hunt for Versace's Killer, became more "ugly" than "glamourous."
— Associated Press
Versace with Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell in Milan (1996).
Five years after making Miami Beach his home, Versace's Tropical Life came to a horribly violent end in July 1997.
One typical Summer day, after his routine morning of coffee and reading at the NEWS CAFE, a popular breakfast spot just two blocks north of Versace's home.
It was there, at the coral steps, where Andrew Cunanan, after stalking Versace for thousands of miles, casually and silently walked up from behind and shot Versace in the back of the head.
It was learned that Cunanan had been obsessed with Versace, and had stalked the designer for months before taking his opportunity to shoot and kill him on Miami Beach.
THE END of the man hunt found Cunanan dead (of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head) in a Collins Avenue houseboat, near the Eden Rock and Fontainebleau hotels, less than two miles north of Versace's Mansion.
ART DECO WEEKEND