The Scoop: Weekend of March 16th

LADY DIOR

Dior fetes new artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inaugural ready-to-wear collection with an exclusive retail tour. Her appointment represents a big shift for the brand; she’s the first female designer in its 70-year history. Among the 15 stores the house plans to pop up around the world, such as Colette in Paris and Maxfield in Los Angeles, the Webster’s South Beach location receives her Spring/Summer 2017 looks from March 20-31. Each store is creating a special experience, whether art installations or events, and the Webster’s founder, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, hosts a private cocktail party on March 23 for clients to shop the whole collection including finely embroidered dresses. Since launching in February, popular pieces have been a starry sweater and Chiuri’s fresh take on the iconic Bar jacket.

1220 Collins Avenue; 305.674.7899; thewebster.us

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MAISON MIAMI

The British restaurateur behind Zuma and Coya imported another of his successful dining concepts to Miami. Originating in Nice, France, in the late Eighties, La Petite Maison opened its first U.S. restaurant in Brickell. He discovered the charming place while on summer vacation in the South of France and decided to bring it to the rest of the world (other locations are London, Dubai, Istanbul and Beirut). Chef partner Raphael Duntoye, who spent five years at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, oversees the 4,600-square-foot addition. His menu highlights classic Niçoise cuisine—scallop carpaccio, prawns grilled simply in olive oil, and of course, the region’s namesake salad. Signature ingredients like lemon and artichokes appear throughout, such as with whole roasted sea bream and turbot with chorizo. Save room for the famous cheesecake.

1300 Brickell Bay Drive; 305.403.9133; lpmlondon.co.uk

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SMILE SUMMIT

ONE Sotheby’s International Realty isn’t the only one hosting a summit this week. The World Happiness Summit premieres at the Ice Palace in Miami from March 17-19. With the rise of yoga, meditation and wellness in general, the time seemed right to create a platform for experts in psychology, fitness and life coaching, among many fields, to come together and share their insight. The conference explores six elements:  purpose, social, financial, community, physical and mindfulness. Lululemon’s director of mindful performance and yoga ambassador start the conference with meditation and a vinyasa flow class. Dozens of speakers include Jennifer Moss, author of “Unlocking Happiness at Work,” Lord Richard Layard of the London School of Economics, and Tal Ben-Shahar (pictured), an entrepreneur and author who taught psychology at Harvard University. Register here.

59 NW 14th Street; happinesssummit.world

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LUCKY CHARMS

Van Cleef & Arpels opened a two-story boutique in the Miami Design District. Its second location here offers a larger selection of jewelry, including Bouton d’or, whose whimsical paillette theme is inspired by designs dating to the Thirties; and Alhambra, the house’s signature lucky emblem created in 1968. The sweet charms are introduced in malachite with pave diamonds (pictured) just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, in case you need to sport a little green. Another main motif, nature, is represented through a shower of brass leaves down the steel blue stone façade. The ceiling’s pattern of concentric ripples references water, a nod to the seaside location. The ocean tie-in continues in large curved screens lit up like a blue halo. A cozy library transforms into a private salon.

140 NE 39th Street; 786.792.3925; vancleefarpels.com

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