I was once interviewed by Journalist Tara Gilani for her groundbreaking CBS4 segment Women to Watch. Tara asked me, “As a Miami fashion Expert, who has the best personal style in Miami?” I immediately responded Criselda Breene, hands down, best style in any town.
As the Beloved Breenes depart the Magic City for yet another Magical City (San Francisco), I thought I would add a little tribute to an extraordinary style star. These are all photos I have taken just the past year for my monthly Social Styles: Style Standouts column with the added bonus of fashion illustration by Artist Lesli Brown. Her grace, presence and certainly her unique and whimsical style will be missed.
STYLE STANDOUTS: Winning in Fashion
Fashion trends come and go quickly these days. Winning the fashion game doesn't necessarily mean you're wearing the boldest, most expensive, most fabulous, trendiest, or that one would the best-dressed person in the room. Those winning in fashion are simply those who stay true to their personal style - and make us look!
The Royal Wedding: The Debut of The Dress
The Big Reveal was worth the wait! To describe the bride as breathtaking in her authenticity, as exquisite is an understatement. The beyond beautiful Meghan Markle (now HRH, Duchess of Sussex) looked absolutely stunning, in an elegant, sophisticated gown.
The choice of the designer, albeit a surprise, was no accident - Markle, a self-described "feminist," chose the first female Artistic Director in the history of the revered Parisian House of Givenchy, British designer Claire Waught Keller...
OC Jewellery Trunk Show and Luncheon at Neiman Marcus
Over 50 guests attended an exclusive seated luncheon at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, set right in the midst of the store's fine jewelry salon. Joining host Neiman Marcus V.P. and General Manager Stephen Brunelle, along with host committee, Swanee DiMare, Brownyn Miller, Norma Jean Abraham and Lesli Brown, guests previewed designer Orianne Collins' latest OC Collection, trying on the beautiful jewelry and sipping pre-lunch champagne cocktails. The lunch was catered by Neiman Marcus' own Mariposa Restaurant.
Spring Style Standouts with Elysze Held
Dressing well is not just about having an in wardrobe - having great style is only about determining the variety of clothing you wear to express your genuineness. As for personal style, a phrase so often overused on social media, it is a means to reveal who you are without even having to speak. I began this column years ago when Miami itself began to submerge from the label of being a 'beach town', and morph into the foundation of becoming a world-class city. The development of this occurrence was first noticeable not only in the emergence of the sky-high buildings or the plethora of art enthusiasts cascading into the 305, but in the manner in which the Miami set began to dress. And, for me, a life-long devotee of fashion, I set my roots. Fashion fuels me, excites me, you can never know everything about it, and I continue to be inspired by the style that has become Miami Style. And Spring is THE season for the social set -- I once asked a designer what he thought of Miami style, and he said GREAT! The Miami woman actually does wear the color that is shown on the Spring runway!