Miami Haute 100: Michelle Bernstein, Stephen Ross, Michael Capponi, Lennox Lewis

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A. MICHELLE BERNSTEIN TO HOST 3RD ANNUAL WORLD FESTIVAL MIAMI

Haute 100 lister and culinary great Michelle Bernstein is set to play host at Common Threads’ 3rd Annual World Festival Miami on October 2. The event, which will take place at The Moore Building from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., benefits the city’s youth and will help raise funds for health and nutritional education. The evening will feature tantalizing bites from renowned chefs including Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill; Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak and Bar Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami; Paula DaSilva of 1500°; Sam Gorenstein of My Ceviche; Julie Frans of Essensia Restaurant, The Palms Hotel and Spa of Misha Gomez of Misha’s Cupcakes; Freddy Ortiz of Lantao Kitchen + Cocktails; E. Michael Reidt of Area 31; Alex Rosado of Little Palm Island Resort and Spa; Jason Schaan of Michy’s; Cesar Zapata of The Federal Food, Drink and Provisions; Makoto Okuwa of Makoto; Mathieu Godard of db Bistro Moderne Miami; and Christian Testa of La Gloutonnerie Vintage Kitchen.

B. IT’S SHOWTIME FOR STEPHEN ROSS’ MIAMI DOLPHINS ON HBO’S HARD KNOCKS

The Miami Dolphins franchise, purchased by Stephen Ross for a cool $1.1 billion, released a season preview of the team’s HBO Hard Knocks series. The show will profile the team throughout the season, and will study the trials and tribulations that each player faces while living life in the NFL.

The Dolphins’ new coaching staff includes head coach Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman, while other NFL stars to appear on the show are Kevin Coyle, Vontae Davis, Karlos Dansby and Reggie Bush.

While a Super Bowl championship is the ultimate goal for Ross and the Miami Dolphins, it seems an Emmy could quite possibly be in their midst instead. Stay tuned. 

C. MICHAEL CAPPONI TAKES PALM BEACH WITH DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

Chairman of Capponi Construction Group and Haute 100 lister Michael Capponi recently announced his company’s expansion into the Palm Beach market; a move that was made possible by a new partnership formed with Vanessa Grout, CEO of real estate firm Douglas Elliman.

For the July 26th ribbon-cutting and celebration, several real estate power players and local tastemakers took to the Racks Downtown Eatery & Tavern in Mizner Park. Guests in attendance included Mayor Susan Whelchel; Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie; Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams; restaurateur Dennis Max, founder of Max Restaurant Group; Jamie Telchin of LXR Development/One Thousand Ocean; Adolfo Cotilla of ACAI Associates; Beau Breckenridge, Senior Vice President US Trust; Reid Boren, Principal of K&B Equity Group; Richard and Robin Bernstein, CEO Of Richard Bernstein and Associates; Andres Fanjul, Associate, Sun Capital Partners; William Eubanks of William R. Eubanks Antiques and Interior Design; architect Reinaldo Borges; and Jim Pappas, CEO of Pappas Enterprises.

D. LENNOX LEWIS 2012 OLYMPIC TORCH BEARER

Thousands of people cheered as world heavyweight boxing champion, Olympic gold-medalist and Haute 100 Miami lister, Lennox Lewis, carried the Olympic torch through Danson Park in Bexley.

The 46-year-old athlete said it was an “amazing honor” to be a part of the lighting ceremony adding, “I feel proud and honored to be able to carry the Olympic flame, I feel like I was carrying the Olympics in my hand and have now passed it on.” The Olympic formality, which started with a stop at the top of the London Eye, was carried through the eastern side of the English capital, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Bexley.

E. GEORGE FELDENKREIS’ PERRY ELLIS TO LAUNCH NEW BRAND LOGO AND PACKAGING THIS FALL

Perry Ellis, the brand internationally known for quality men’s and women’s apparel, fragrance and accessories, will turn a new leaf this upcoming season with a redesigned brand identity inspired by the “legacy of its namesake designer and his spirit of optimism and modern wit.”

The new brand campaign will consist of a new logo and redesigned packaging which influences “Very Perry Ellis, a term used to describe the brand’s clothes during the designer’s prime, as its tagline.”

“We wanted to invigorate our brand with an updated personality to appeal to a younger man,” said Carmine Petruzello, President of Perry Ellis Menswear. “After months of research, we found that a sense of levity and irreverence was not only key to that consumer, but also embodied in our founding designer. So, we are defining our future by staking a claim in the past.”

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