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Miami Swim Week: Trends, New Brands and Highlights of the Shows

Miami Swim Week: Trends, New Brands and Highlights of the Shows

Miami Swim Week came to town in July. Highlights included SwimShow turning 40, Cabana’s attendance exceeding its 2019 numbers, Hammock relaunching under new ownership, Paraiso holding more than 25 runway presentations, and ProColombia getting behind 50-plus brands to participate in fashion shows. The word on the beach is that buyers are back. Here, they critique the week. (Editor’s note: The comments have been condensed and edited.)Divya Mathur, chief merchandising officer, Intermix
Trends: Microkinis, tankinis, shine, sheer, mesh, crystals, crochet (here to stay), cutouts, ruffles, bold color and prints, and matching sets.
New talents: Lily Franco, Palo Rosa, Ancora, Alix Pinho, Gigi C, Monica Hansen, My Beachy Side, Alma Arena, Bahama Mama and VDM.

Designers Maddy Marchesani, Dayna Mignone and Allanah Rosenwald pose backstage with models for VDM The Label Fashion Show during Paraiso Miami Beach at The Paraiso Tent.

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Impressions of the overall week and industry: There was incredible energy. It was well attended by countless brands, including a high number of emerging brands, and designers at various curated event spaces. With high interest and demand, it will be interesting to see how long the Florida and travel booms can last.

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Side notes: Collections are more curated and sexier with bold cutouts and micro bikinis. Brands are going after head-to-toe looks to wear day-to-night. Size inclusivity and sustainability remain key pillars.
Arielle Siboni, ready-to-wear fashion director, fashion office, Bloomingdale’s
Trends: This season was all about empowerment and feeling comfortable, most importantly, confident in your skin. “Look at me” shades including hot pink and lime green were fun pops of color and continued the celebratory spirit of high-shine fabrications and crystal trims. Lingerie-inspired separates, mesh panels and flirty cutouts were bold trends that will undoubtedly turn heads. Mermaid-inspired styles were one of the newest trends (and my personal favorite). Look to shell shapes and motifs, crochet in many forms, ombré and sea-like cerulean to drive this trend.
Favorite collections: Baobab, Bahía María, Capittana and Agua Bendita.
Impressions of the overall week and industry: After seasons away, there was a definite excitement to come together and showcase the latest in creative pursuits for the swimwear market. From casting to design details, inclusivity was top-of-mind.
The buying team led by Karen Klimkiewicz, general merchandise manager, Ron Jon
Trends: Texture solids still continue to be big, and we’re seeing ditsy florals for 2023. Next year’s colors like lime green, bright orange and browns are bold and polarizing.
Best collections: I was very impressed by the print offerings from missy/contemporary brands like Maxine and 24th and Ocean. For juniors, Kulani Kinis and Rhythm had the best prints for our customer.
New talents: Unfortunately, we were unable to find new brands. We found that the vendors we work with had the busiest booths. Most of the show’s new vendors are out of our price range. There was a surplus of beautiful printed caftan/cover-up vendors that were priced $200 and up.
Impressions of the overall week and industry: The show was just OK. We didn’t find the newness we were looking for, and most brands were just not in our price range. A big focus was finding vendors that offered juniors/contemporary with extended cup sizes — there’s a demand for them. I haven’t been able to find many price point vendors with great silhouettes and prints for younger customers.

Lori Marten, vice president and divisional merchandise manager, active, Nordstrom
Favorite trends: Three-dimensional textures and a new take on embossing, shine, mesh, eyelet, terry and seersucker. We were excited to see linen cover-ups with new color and shape fabrications that our customers will love.
Emerging trends: We saw the evolution of sexy, minimalist style emerge with an emphasis on cinching, ruching, twisting and knotting for a more elevated look.
Noteworthy collections: We’ve been watching Andrea Iyamah for two years and really love where she’s taking the label with a focus on details, color palette and new silhouettes. Ostra Brasil has beautiful strap details, wrapping techniques and interesting cutouts. Good American had strong silhouettes, textures, colors and cover-ups.
New talents: Maylé Vásquez’s versatile cover-ups stood out as timeless, elevated pieces that take you from poolside to a wedding. Cala de la Cruz has stunning print work. Devon Windsor’s swim and versatile rtw collections featured newness in fabrications, and cutouts and hardware that were subtly sexy.
Impressions of the overall week and industry: It’s exciting how brands are pushing the limits of swim and cover-ups as wardrobe foundations beyond styling solely for vacations. We appreciate how the industry continues to celebrate and elevate brands founded by diverse designers, and emphasizes the importance of size inclusivity.
Nicole Perry, senior buyer, Marissa Collections
Trends: Head-to-toe crochet, whether your bathing suit, sarong or handbag. Cutouts — the trend that never ends — what came back in the high designer world a few seasons ago is now prominent in our casual, everyday wear. Nautical — all your favorite yacht attire like wide-legged linen pants, cutout shirt dresses and swimsuits versatile enough to be worn as tops and bodysuits.
Favorite collections: Paolita, Temptation Positano, Azulu and Maygel Coronel.
New talents: S-Mode, an Argentinian line focusing on linen with beautiful nature-inspired prints.
Jodi Kahn, vice president, luxury fashion, Neiman Marcus
Trends: We’re noticing a shift from the minimalist trend that we saw in swim last year to more novelty pieces. Collections feature unique design details such as crochet textures and embellishments including ruffles, appliqué trims and jewelry hardware. We see an explosion of color with the return of neon pink, orange and blue hues, along with sophisticated, artistic painted florals.

Favorite collections: Lenny Niemeyer, Paolita, Alémais and Verandah all presented extraordinary collections.
New talents: Azulu, La Revêche and Me369.

A look from Azulu.

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Impressions of the overall week and industry: After coming off of a strong swim season, the energy was electrifying. We’re looking forward to continuing this momentum with resort.
Side notes: Swimwear continues to draw inspiration from sportswear designers by upping the sophistication factor. Swim tops and one-pieces that double as sportswear and bodysuits are becoming more prevalent, as well as chic ensemble cover-ups that effortlessly transition from beach to cocktails.
Jenni Johnson, senior director, fashion office, Macy’s
Colors: Hyper brights with a spotlight on pink, textured whites in eyelet, lace and crochet; black with black, aqua blues.
Key styles: The slipdress and matching sets (swimsuit and cover-up, matching top and shorts/pants/skirt).
Fabrications and details: Feminine details like 3D floral appliqué and ruffles. Summer shine such as sequins, lurex, paillettes and metallics. Terry cloth, textured and crinkled fabrics, crochet and openwork. Cutouts continue.
Teresa Azizian, owner, Pesca Boutique
Trends: Shimmer, textured/ribbed, and lots of blues, knits and appliqués. High-waisted bottoms shouldn’t be full coverage, so I’m happy how they’ve evolved.
Lacking items: Underwire in general, and one-pieces with underwire. Fun, cute prints and styles for larger cup sizes. We need more thong one-pieces like in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The ‘90s had a great high leg.
Favorite collections: Bohodot and Lily & Rose had beautiful detail, Lenny Niemeyer was stunning, and Pho Firenze for beachwear bikini dresses.
Impressions of the overall week and industry: As a buyer, it’s extremely inconvenient to run around to all the shows. It was truly draining. Buyers would place more orders if the show’s in one place. I found the most unique mix of lines at SwimShow.
Dayna Ziegler, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, women’s contemporary and modern rtw, Saks Fifth Avenue
Trends: Bright and bold colors, particularly green hues, as well as beautiful resortwear to complement swimwear. Cutouts and crochets also continue to be strong.

Best collections: Camilla, Andrea Iyamah and Shoshanna.
New talents: It was lovely meeting Carolina Lopez at Cabana as we just introduced Cala de la Cruz at Saks this spring.
Impressions of the overall week and industry: We loved swim week’s overall energy, and it was exhilarating to be back in Miami for the first time in a few years. We are coming off of a strong swim season, and it was great to see new offerings from so many of our brand partners. Saks pursued the category in a big way this spring with the introduction of more than 20 brands including Baobab, Veronica Beard, Good American and Agua Bendita.

Formula 1 Miami Preview: Tag Heuer and Red Bull Racing Tag Team on the Fan Experience

Formula 1 Miami Preview: Tag Heuer and Red Bull Racing Tag Team on the Fan Experience

There’s a renaissance occurring in the US, a cultural awakening to the international fervor that is Formula 1—and it’s at full throttle. Launched in 1950, the world’s top-tier motorsport has always lagged in the rearview when it came to stateside popularity, especially compared to homegrown NASCAR and IndyCar. That is, until now.

“Formula 1 was always very tightly controlled and did not have a lot of access to fans, and we’ve tried to change that,” says Greg Maffei, president and CEO of Liberty Media, the company who bought Formula 1 in 2016 for a reported $4.4 billion. In a recent panel discussion with Robb Report and Sportico, Maffei went on to say: “Some things we were smart with, like fan experiences, e-racing and fan festivals; some things we got very lucky on, like Drive to Survive [the Netflix reality-TV show], which built a whole new base of a much younger and gender-diverse audience. Lastly, the product on the track has gotten a lot better; we’ve seen a lot of competitive racing.”

The circuit for the 2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. 

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Indicative of this seismic shift in what’s traditionally been a Euro-centric race series, boasting storied names like Ferrari, McLaren and Alfa Romeo, is this weekend’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix. And looking to further build its own legacy is the relatively new yet already dominant Red Bull Racing team which has partnered with Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer. The six-year-old relationship, extended through 2024, has just experienced it greatest success to date last season.

Max Verstappen putting in track time before the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. 

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Even many unfamiliar with racing got drawn in to the drama of the 2021 campaign and the rivalry between seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, with Mercedes-AMG Petronas, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Reflective of their incredibly close battle for supremacy all year, Verstappen took the 2021 Drivers’ Championship title on the last lap of the last race, but not without enough controversy to have race director Michael Masi eventually replaced.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen after the latter was named Formula 1’s 2021 Drivers’ Champion. 

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That backstory promised to fuel a renewed dual between the rivals this season, but regulation changes to the cars have seemed to hamper Mercedes. And Red Bull’s Verstappen has been boom or bust, failing to finish two of the four races so far, though winning both he’s completed. So far, the fledgling season has Ferrari and its driver Charles Leclerc leading in the Constructors’ Championship and Drivers’ Championship, respectively, while Red Bull and Verstappen hold second place in each.

Saturday’s qualifying fell lockstep with the overall standings. On a day with temperatures peaking at 92 degrees and nearly 50 percent humidity, several racers were knocked out of the top ten starting positions early, including Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, Mercedes’s George Russel and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel. Near the end of the third and final qualifying stage, Verstappen was in pole position until oversteer with his car resulted in Ferrari’s Leclerc and Carlos Sainz garnering the top two spots for Sunday, while Hamilton will start in sixth.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on his way to earning pole position during Saturday’s qualifier. 

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“You do two runs in the final qualifying, and there was a moment in turn five, so the second run didn’t really turn out,” Verstappen told Robb Report later in the evening. When asked about the new changes to the cars for 2022, Verstappen says, “the racing, in general, is a bit better this year, you can follow better; the cars are heavier, which is not great, but as long as the racing is better, I think that’s what we all wanted.”
Hoping to manifest Red Bull’s goal of dominating the track around Miami’s Hard Rock stadium on Sunday, Tag Heuer has laid claim to the Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza and transformed it into a go-kart circuit complete with machines not unlike the ones that gave Verstappen and Hamilton their own competitive start at a young age. In line with Maffei’s comments about fostering greater interest in Formula 1 through enhanced experiences, Tag Heuer has opened the venue to the public, free of charge, with roughly 350 aspiring racers cycling though each day since May 3.

The TAG Heuer go-kart experience in the Miami Design District’s Jungle Plaza. 

TAG Heuer S.A.

“We really wanted to take part in the activation of the first-ever Miami Grand Prix, which is why we put together this go-kart experience,” says Benjamin Beaufils, president of Tag Heuer Americas. “We needed to give the sense of racing to the local community.”
On Saturday night, the atmosphere of collaboration between the two brands was fueled even more when Verstappen and teammate Sergio “Checo” Perez both clocked a few laps in the all-electric rides. Says Beaufils, “They started their careers in go-karts, Max was seven years old and Checo was six, so I think it brought back a lot of memories for those two.”

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez at TAG Heuer’s go-kart experience. 

Joe Schilborn, courtesy of TAG Heuer S.A.

The mini circuit also features a mural backdrop of Verstappen’s race car artistically reimagined, along with gas-pump-like displays of Tag Heuer timepieces that pay tribute to automotive competition—the latest being its Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Special Edition. The commemorative watch—sporting a 43 mm brushed-steel case—features aesthetics specific to the team’s livery, duplicated with the blue sun-brushed dial and red accents. Splashes of yellow take the form of the 1/10 second chronograph at the six o’clock position, and the central second hand. The other two counters comprise a second indicator at three o’clock and a minute counter at nine o’clock.

The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Special Edition. 

TAG Heuer S.A.

Additional motorsport-inspired embellishments on the watch include the Arabic indexes reflective of those on a speedometer, and the starting-line grid markers above the five o’clock and seven o’clock positions. Along with Formula 1 badging on the face, the blue tachymeter fixed bezel is fittingly engraved with the word “Speed,” while the caseback is inscribed with the special-edition moniker and Red Bull Racing logo.

Max Verstappen during Saturday’s qualifying session. 

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“When you look at the DNA of both Tag Heuer and Red Bull in terms of performance and being avant-garde, it’s such a match from that perspective,” says Beaufils. And the fact that we have the worldwide champion in Max is a perfect fit for us.”
How does the current title holder feel about this new race in Miami? “The city is amazing,” says Verstappen, though he adds that “the course is challenging because of very low grip, but not a lot of fun.” Perez agrees, saying, “the tarmac is not spectacular, if you go a bit off line, you tend to lose downforce.” Regardless of whether Red Bull’s duo has a winning time, the roughly 85,000 spectators certainly will when the action starts at 3:30 p.m. ET this afternoon.

Miami’s Brickell City Centre Finesses Its Retail Mix

Miami’s Brickell City Centre Finesses Its Retail Mix

The Shops at Brickell City Centre in Miami is bringing in a fresh group of brands, restaurants and experiences, and moving past pandemic declines and some tenant turnover.A 5,000-square-foot Nike Live concept store launches toward the end of the summer. Sunglass Hut and Warby Parker are expected to open before the end of this year. Psycho Bunny men’s fashion is opening within a few weeks, and last week, Azulu, a fashion brand from Columbia, Ohio, opened shop.
Also coming to Miami’s downtown mixed-used complex: Puttshack, billed as “the world’s only upscale tech-infused” mini-golf course, and on the food and beverage side, New York’s Black Tap Burger; The Henry restaurant; Miu’s Tea for Taiwanese bubble tea, and Café Americano.

Marciano, Intimissimi, Solid and Striped, and Rebag, as well as a San Francisco-based preventative health care start-up called Forward Health, are among recent additions to the Brickell City Centre mall.

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Officials at Swire Properties, developer of the $1.05 billion, 4.9-million-square-foot Brickell City Centre, told WWD that its 500,000-square-foot mall component is now 98 percent leased and on solid footing, after the five-year-old mixed-use complex experienced some growth pains and pandemic-related challenges.
“Retail turnover is part of a natural evolution any mall goes through,” David Martin, vice president of Swire Properties, said in an interview. “Very rarely does anyone get it completely right from Day One. When you put a mall out there you see who it attracts and you get to know your customers. We have a great mix of customers, and a strong local market. There is new condo development, thousands of units have been going up, and that density is only going to increase. We are two blocks from Brickell Avenue, the CBD (central business district) of Miami. And we have a captive office crowd. Occupancy rates are back up, but not quite all the way yet,” to pre-COVID-19 levels.
The three-level Shops at Brickell City Centre also draws international customers, particularly from Latin and South America, though the numbers vary with currency fluctuations and were brought down by the pandemic.
“We have a young customer, 40 percent are between 20 and 35,” Martin said. A lot of the new stores, such as Psycho Bunny, target younger audiences, he added.

The Shops at Brickell City Centre, with its environmental trellis overhead.

Overall, the mix of fashion offerings and prices is eclectic and includes Saks Fifth Avenue, the anchor tenant; a Chanel fragrance and beauty shop; Kiton; Lafayette 148 New York; Lululemon; Victoria’s Secret, and Zara, to name a few tenants.
According to Martin, whose primary responsibility is leasing the project, Miami fared better than other major U.S. cities during the pandemic, in terms of visitors. “Domestic tourists who weren’t able to travel to New York or California opted to visit Florida and Miami. The big advantage was after the lockdown period in 2020, Miami’s reopening was progressive and didn’t reverse. Markets like New York and California flip flopped,” with changing and sometimes confusing protocols, mandates and restrictions designed to curtail COVID-19 infection rates. “Florida and Miami never reversed opening up. That helped businesses enormously,” Martin said.

Tourists, he said, could book trips with confidence that they wouldn’t have to cancel, and businesses regarded Miami as a “consistent and improving market.” That helped Martin find retail tenants and arrange leases.
Still, Florida at times during 2020 and 2021 was a hot spot for new COVID-19 cases and regarded by some as being lax on implementing health protocols. That seems behind Florida and most of the rest of the U.S. this spring, with the rate of COVID-19 cases falling way down with the exception of a few areas where upticks have been reported. A new variant of the Omicron variant is causing concern among officials, however, that a renewed outbreak could happen soon, as is being seen in some European countries.
As an open-air shopping center, The Shops at Brickell City Centre would be regarded as less risky to visit during the pandemic than enclosed malls because of the difference in air circulation, which could limit the spread of COVID-19. Generally, open-air, strip and outlet centers drew greater shopper traffic than enclosed malls during the pandemic.
“I was in Miami the whole time of the pandemic. People have the impression Florida never locked down, but there was a strict and well-observed lockdown in March, April and May of 2020. It was quiet for three months. People were not out. I don’t think Miami necessarily opened up earlier than anywhere else, though the difference was the reopening in Miami was progressive,” without fits and starts, Martin added.
With Brickell City Centre’s influx of new stores and restaurants, the mall is 98 percent leased, according to Swire.
“Having closed out 2021 with The Shops at Brickell City Centre 98 percent leased, this new and improved mix of tenants will be an exciting point of difference,” Teri Hernandez, general manager of The Shops at BCC, said in a statement.
Nike Live, the brand’s new concept based on providing locally relevant experiences and personal service and leveraging technology and digital capabilities, is moving into space previously occupied by Emporio Armani; Psycho Bunny replaces a Nest high-end home store; Warby Parker is filling the former Stuart Weitzman space, while Sunglass Hut fills the former Alex and Ani jewelry shop.

Among Brickell City Centre’s most unique feature is its $30 million, three-block long, elevated glass and steel trellis called the Climate Ribbon, which protects visitors from sun and rain. It cools the environment and collects rain water that gets recycled for irrigation and other uses. Due to the construction, the light in the center changes constantly as the day progresses and the position of the sun, in relation to Earth, shifts.
Another unique element is the Metromover station right at Brickell City Centre. Metromover is a free train service that operates seven days a week in the downtown Miami and Brickell area, taking people to the FTX Arena, where the Miami Heat basketball team plays, Bayside Marketplace and Miami Dade College. Also, the Metro Rail line stops two blocks away.
“The biggest thing is really how we are fitting into the neighborhood. Above the mall, there are two office buildings, two condo towers and the East, Miami Hotel. It’s all linked and sitting above the retail and parking. This is a true mixed-use development. It’s become very much the center for the Brickell neighborhood. Brickell was missing a significant retail presence. We really filled that gap,” Martin said.
Last year, sales were up 121 percent compared to 2019, and foot traffic was up 11 percent, he said. “We’re celebrating Brickell City Centre’s fifth anniversary by becoming better suited to serve longtime locals, newer Miami residents and our national and international visitors alike — all under the same umbrella.” Gains would be attributed to finessing the mix of retail tenants, the waning of the pandemic, people anxious to get out and shop and refresh their wardrobes after living a stay-at-home lifestyle for too long, and others just discovering the mall for the first time.

Brickell City Centre in downtown Miami.

Pictures: The Best Street Style at Art Basel Miami 2021

Pictures: The Best Street Style at Art Basel Miami 2021

Photo: Giovanni Mourin
Art Basel Miami is always a buzzy, well-attended event, but the week has taken on new significance following the death of Virgil Abloh. The designer’s last show for Louis Vuitton was staged at the city’s Maritime Marina on Tuesday night. With a moving speech from Vuitton CEO Michael Burke and ‘Virgil Was Here’ written across the sky in lights, it was a poignant start to the festival. Here’s hoping Abloh’s legacy of supporting young talent is still reverberating through the city, with art world leaders and fans in town to discover the next great emerging artists.
That it’s the first in-person Art Basel Miami since 2019 only adds to the excitement. Local photographer Giovanni Mourin is zig-zagging between galleries and shows to document the scene; scroll through his latest photos below, and come back for his daily updates.
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First Drive: The Haunting New Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost Brings Extra Style—and Attitude

First Drive: The Haunting New Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost Brings Extra Style—and Attitude

The Florida police officer turns and peers ahead, then looks back and gives me the thumbs-up. I stomp the throttle and the nearly 5,490-pound sedan I’m piloting responds like a locomotive with jet turbines, the soft growl of its exhaust note keening higher as I ride the wave of acceleration. This dragstrip-style launch is not to test an Italian supercar but rather a stately British four-door, the 2022 Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost, just hours after its global debut in Miami.

Rolls-Royce introduced its Black Badge treatment in 2016 to attract a younger clientele, and its done just that, according to Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, who says that the average age of the brand’s customer base has lowered from 57 to 43, and that 27 percent of Rolls orders are for Black Badge versions across the lineup. Müller-Ötvös calls the option a “darker, menacing image of Rolls-Royce, that alter ego.”

Piloting the 2022 Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost in Miami. 

Photo by James Lipman, courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Now applied to the completely revised standard Ghost, Robb Report’s Luxury Car of the Year for 2021, that upgrade enhances the base model’s already spirited ride. Built on the Ghost’s same aluminum spaceframe platform, the new variant, starting at $395,000, also shares that car’s 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-12, though cloaked in Black Badge guise it delivers 591 hp and 664 ft lbs of torque—an increase of 28 hp and 37 ft lbs, respectively—allowing zero-to-60 mph coverage in 4.5 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than before.

Although the same 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-12 as in the standard ghost, the engine now makes 591 hp and 664 ft lbs of torque. 

Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“It’s not just about painting every part black,” Müller-Ötvös tells Robb Report. “It’s very much about how the drivetrain feels, how the steering feels, how precise the car maneuvers around corners—everything.” And while testing is currently underway on the company’s first fully battery-powered offering, Spectre, he assures that the Black Badge ethos will continue when the entire line is electrified by 2030.

With each light placed by hand, the Black Badge Ghost’s celestial headliner includes animated shooting stars. 

Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Performance is further souped up by the package’s exclusive Low mode, a setting that unleashes full torque at only 1,700 rpm and cuts shift time by half when the pedal is at least 90 percent deployed. (The Ghost’s eight-speed automatic transmission, you may have heard, is aided by satellite to better shift according to road conditions.) The added thrust and athleticism is appreciated even after exiting the closed course at Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park, with the sedan able to jockey deftly around the rush-hour gauntlet and a slew of construction. Given the car’s mass, it’s deceptively agile thanks to its modified all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering (for a shortened turning radius) and larger air springs on the wafting planar suspension. Each system is tailored to the vehicle’s more aggressive performance capabilities.

The Black Badge take on the marque’s “post opulent” aesthetic, presented in the debut example’s two-tone interior. 

Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The posh yet uncluttered aesthetic—a fairly new look dubbed “post opulent” by the automaker—is defined inside by obsidian-like Bolivar wood paired with composite veneers and shaded brightwork. Outside, the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and striking Pantheon Grille, both blackened with a chrome electrolyte, are complemented by formidable 21-inch wheels, each comprised of 22 layers of carbon fiber.

The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and striking Pantheon Grille are both blackened with a chrome electrolyte. 

Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Crossing Rickenbacker Causeway after sunset, the celestial headliner seems an extension of the skyline’s myriad lights; the car becomes the night. Fittingly, the haunting opening to Shakira’s “Don’t Wait Up” flows from the 1,300-watt sound system, a message that’s sure to be every Black Badge Ghost owner’s sentiment when behind the wheel.

Learn more about Robb Report’s 2022 Car of the Year events taking place in Napa Valley here and in Boca Raton here.

A Formula 1 Grand Prix Is Finally Coming to Miami Next Year

A Formula 1 Grand Prix Is Finally Coming to Miami Next Year

As Will Smith’s backing singers cooed way back in 1997, “Bienvenidos a Miami.”

The 2021 Formula 1 season may barely be at its halfway point, but planning for next year is already well under way. And one of the biggest days on the upcoming calendar will be the championship’s first-ever race in Miami.
Months after announcing that there would finally be a Miami Grand Prix, Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that, barring further pandemic-related complications, the race will be held next May, according to Planet F1.  The race will be one of two held in the US next year, along with the United States Grand Prix held in Austin, Texas, and the first held in the Sunshine state since 1959.

“We can confirm that the much-anticipated Miami Grand Prix will happen in the first half of May, and demand for tickets is high, even though sales have not officially started,” the executive said during a recent investor call.

The latest addition to the Formula 1 calendar won’t be a one-off event. Formula 1 has entered into a 10-year contract with race organizers, the organization announced in April. The race will be held on a brand-new, semi-permanent course built at the site of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. The circuit will cover 3.36 miles, feature nice curves and top speeds should hover in the 200-mph zone, according to race organizers.

Coming together👀19 corners. 5.41km.3 potential DRS zones. 320 km/h top speed.We can’t wait for 2022. #TrackTuesday pic.twitter.com/clGnziThsA
— F1 Miami Grand Prix (@f1miami) August 3, 2021

Although the full 2022 Formula 1 race calendar won’t be released until the fall, it’s believed that the Miami Grand Prix will take place during the same month as the competition’s crown jewel, the Monaco Grand Prix. As of now, it’s also unclear if the new race will just be an addition to the schedule or if it will supplant an existing race like the Turkish, Japanese or Brazilian Grand Prixs, all of which could be candidates for replacement, according to Planet F1.
Whichever it is, Miami will be just the 11th location to host a Formula 1 race in the US. Along with Austin, other locations include Indianapolis; Sebring, Florida (which hosted the state’s only other F1 race in 1959), Riverside, California; Watkins Glen, New York; Long Beach, California; Las Vegas; Detroit; Dallas and Phoenix.
Even if the competition decides to leave Austin after next season when its contract runs out, American Formula 1 fans won’t have to worry about leaving the country for racing action for years to come.

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