Luxury Miami Highrises, Karl Lagerfeld, & the City's Fashion-Condo Boom

Posted by Brian Enright on Monday, March 4th, 2019 at 3:27pm.

Miami sits at the crossroads of contemporary art, design, and high fashion which is evident across the city. Especially in its real estate market where you'll find a glittering array of high-end luxury tower developments adorning the coast with more on the way.

What draws the the most influential, innovative, and avant-garde people to Miami?  It could be the beauty of where the beach meets the ocean, the non-stop parties, the art, or the confluence of culture. What's known for sure is that the city is a place where worlds meet and opportunities is everywhere.

There are many ways in which fashion has influenced Miami's architecture and lifestyle. For those interested in living fashionably, surrounded by the influence of major fashion houses, here is a quick list of some of the most luxurious buildings to choose from:


Karl Lagerfeld's Legacy of Leadership

It's no surprise that the late Karl Lagerfeld and his legendary influence helped pioneer these new partnerships between high fashion and cutting edge architectural design. With the passing of this luminary, it is time take a look at the mark he left on the city. As one of the most influential designers in history, his legacy goes beyond the runways to become as monumental as the buildings he helped create.

Some of the most exclusive Miami real estate includes Lagerfeld designs. The uber-luxury Sunny Isles Beach Estates at Acqualina tower were the Chanel & Fendi creative director's first foray into interior design in the United States. Apart from the haute-couture public space, the towers include a staggering array of amenities — there's even an ice rink. It's a perfect complement to sister project Mansions at Acqualina: homes billed by the developers as the world's finest residences.

As Lagerfeld led, other fashion houses followed close behind. Armani and Missoni are now both heavily invested in Miami with major development projects. However, few were as quick as the German style icon.


Fendi's Groundbreaking Tower

After the Acqualina lobby, one of the first major European-international fashion-architecture-fusion projects was completed, unsurprisingly, by Fendi. With Lagerfeld himself at the helm, the house took on a major oceanfront condo project. Although the Italian fashion brand is known mostly for furs, bags and ready-to-wear, Fendi's attention to detail translated impeccably into this exclusive, 12-story Miami real estate project near Bal Harbour.

The Fendi Chateau Residences feature wraparound balconies on all 58 of the 3,400-to-7,000 square-foot units. There are ocean views and a walkout to a 300-foot private beach. The people who live in this community and take advantage of its plentiful services and fabulous amenities are certainly members of a discerning segment of the population. For example, one resident made the news after obtaining a special permit from the city to hoist a rare Italian sports car into one of the units as an art piece. The unit was subsequently remodeled to complement the vehicle.


Armani's Sleek Beachfront Project 

Armani is synonymous with women's gowns fine men's suits and formal wear. Pieces from the house make regular appearances at world class events as the de facto uniform of movie stars and influencers. Off the red carpet, the brand is also notable for endeavors in many other markets. Emporio Armani and Armani/Casa are beloved in their relative domains, proving that the house that Giorgio built has versatility and panache in everything that it attempts.

One of the most recent fashion-world Miami Florida real estate endeavors is the 56-story Residences by Armani/Casa condo development. The stylized parallelogram footprint echoes the sharp, aerodynamic tone of the Armani brand. Residences range from 2 to 4 bedrooms, with the most spacious units enjoying a 180-degree view from the interior, an exclusive bay of elevators and a number of other perks in addition to the meticulously designed amenities of the building. Even Dezer Development's project website reflects the classic formalwear aesthetic: It's done entirely in timeless black and white.


Missoni's Relaxed Bayside Highrise

Missoni makes clothes fit for royalty, but always with a focus on fun, luxury and elegance. The design company is known all over the world for its knits in meticulously crafted, colorful designs. From a humble start as a small atelier in the 1950s, the house has developed into a multi-faceted business empire that includes women's wear, high-end home appointments and, of course, luxury high-rise development design.

For those interested in obtaining a truly international luxury lifestyle in Miami, keep an eye on the 649-foot Missoni Baia project underway in Edgewater. Concept sketches reveal a vision for a sleek, minimalist high-rise tower on the edge of Biscayne Bay. 

The interior layouts are the work of legendary designer Paris Forino. The units at Missoni might be a little more accessible, with a 1-bedroom floor plan included in the master design. However, nobody would expect any less attention to detail from the partnership between Italian high fashion and internationally-acclaimed urban development design.


Miami's Unique Culture

The fabulous nightclub lifestyles, the exclusive opportunities for yachting and travel, the world-class high-art marketplace of Art Basel — these all draw some of the most discerning most demanding home buyers in the world to the Miami real estate market. These new developments are part of a trend of catering to these individuals. Lagerfeld may have started the movement, but it is still going strong in his absence.

There's no doubt that Karl Lagerfeld passing left a void in the fashion world. However, he also left behind an eternal legacy. The monumental contribution he made to la the world of fashion, the inspiration he gave other designers and the alterations he made to the very fabric of Miami: It's all right there in each new building that extends the definition of elegance and luxury.


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