It feels like an ETERNITY since I last wore a dress, slapped on some heels and painted my face with makeup — and it sure felt good (and weird) when I did so last week to toast the grand opening of the René Caovilla boutique inside Bal Harbour Shops. I wound up wearing a Rebecca Taylor dress (now on sale — I wear a size 8) and was kindly gifted these René Caovilla sandals. TALK ABOUT A CINDERELLA MOMENT! I love that this particular “Cleo” style snakes up your ankle and is replete with crystals. HOT!
Now, let me walk you through the freshly minted store nestled on the second floor of Bal Harbour Shops. Designed by the Italian architect duo Bonelli Radovic of m2atelier — popular for their distinctive approach to style and interiors — the new boutique encompasses over 1,200 square feet and blends modern elegance with sophisticated creativity.
Integrating the brand’s heritage, elegance and innovation, the boutique reflects the concept of new Caovilla spaces with additional novelty elements such as an external and internal golden wall finish, characterized by a refined hand-crafted layout. Additional store elements include a grey carpet floor with silk effect, golden galvanic details, fabric with reflections and pink velvet. Got to love that plush blush pink ottoman moment!
The main stylistic innovation is found in the desire to create a golden envelope to evoke the Venetian origins of the brand. The space wants to be seductive, modern, and young. The large oval pink velvet sofa with a soft shape is part of the desire to create an enveloping and feminine space. The Caovilla logo is the main focal point of those looking at the boutique from the outside and is the first contact of the customer entering the boutique.
The new boutique houses the latest René Caovilla Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. Worth noting for those of us lucky to live in Miami? Exclusive colorways of iconic Caovilla styles that were specially designed for the 305.
René Caovilla boutique at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue; Bal Harbour, FL 33154.