Morphew Editorial: Calle Ocho with Iva Kosovic

IVA KOSOVIC

Iva Kosovic brings glamour everywhere she goes. Any cultural event, a fundraiser or a party hosted by Iva has the same underlying convention that most of the guests adhere to: elegant and classy attire is a must. Born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia Iva spent most of her adult life in Miami and considers herself a passionate local. #MIAMIGIRL followed Iva to Little Havana.

Iva Kosovic photographed inside of Versalles Restaurant in Calle Ocho - Miami Girl Magazine
Photographed by Ekaterina Juskowski for #MIAMIGIRL

THE DRESS

Gold metal mesh dress by Morphew Lab is one-of-a-kind piece inspired by the iconic 90’s Versace looks. Brand’s co-founders Morphew and Lyon reconstructed vintage pieces to create contemporary silhouettes from carefully selected historical fabrics. The result is a collection of unique, trend-forward designs with strong historical contexts. Emily Ratajkowski is one of many celebrities, who wear Morphew Lab creations on the red carpet.

Iva Kosovic in front of Versalles restaurant - Miami Girl Magazine
Morphew Lab gold metal mesh dress $13,000. Jimmy Choo shoes $850. Vintage metal clutch.

VERSAILLES

Versailles Restaurant has been the heart of the Cuban exile experience ever since its founding in 1971. One is free to interpret its setting with etched glass mirrors as either kitsch or vintage glam. It’s a perfect place to start the evening and set the mood for a fun night of dancing in Little Havana.

Iva Kosovic photographed inside of Versalles Restaurant in Calle Ocho - Miami Girl Magazine
Versailles restaurant’s famous floor-to-ceiling etched glass mirrors were created by the artist Juan Pérez Cruz
Iva Kosovic photographed inside of Versalles Restaurant in Calle Ocho - Miami Girl Magazine

CALLE OCHO

Miami locals go to Calle Ocho at night. During the day tourists come here in double-decker busses to watch old men playing in Dominos Park, to drink Cuban coffee, or to buy cigars. In the evenings, live music attracts a mixed crowd of people looking for a fun night without VIP lines and exclusive guest lists. Ball & Chain, a 1930s-era jazz club, Hoy Como Ayera Latin music venue and bar, CubaOcho and many other places offer nightly cultural events, music and an authentic feel of a neighborhood.

Iva Kosovic & Cleaveland Jones in Little Havana - Miami Girl Magazine
Iva Kosovic with husband Cleaveland Jones in Little Havana
Iva Kosovic in Little Havana - Miami Girl Magazine
Art Deco Tower Theater is one of Miami’s oldest cultural landmarks opened in December of 1926

OLD’S HAVANA

This traditional Cuban bar and restaurant located right next to the Dominos Park is a perfect place for an after-dinner cocktail or two. It is small and gets crowded , but the live band singing Cuban classics is worth the visit.

Old's Havana in Calle Ocho - Miami Girl Magazine

CUBAOCHO

It is an eclectic place that is hard to define. Two things that stay the same here are the bar and the dance floor, the rest, music, art people, change every time you visit.

Iva Kosovic photographed inside of Cubaocho - Miami Girl Magazine
Iva Kosovic photographed inside of Cubaocho - Miami Girl Magazine
Art works from pre-revolutionary Cuba cover the walls of the venue
Iva Kosovic photographed inside of Cubaocho - Miami Girl Magazine
Cubaocho art collection features masters of Cuban art from 1800 to the 1960’s
Iva Kosovic photographed inside of Cubaocho - Miami Girl Magazine

Little Havana is one of my favorite Miami neighborhoods; in a city that is often criticized for its perceived superficiality and artifice, most of what is found along Calle Ocho still bursts with flavor and authenticity, reflecting its vibrant community.

Iva Kosovic
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