Concierge.com's insider take:
Miami, long dissed and dismissed for its sequin-obsessed fashion scene, is finally producing some standout, world-class talents. Take glitzy unisex designer Julian Chang, who has a loyal following of local Latina celebs (yep, Gloria Estefan is a fan). At his workshop/showroom in Biscayne Corridor, expect brocade and plenty of bare skin, two of his signature touches (6667 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-751-8900; www.julianchang.com). Couturier Rene Ruiz makes red carpet–ready clingy gowns with ample va-va-voom and displays them at his storefront in Miracle Mile, the retail hub in downtown Coral Gables that's experiencing a revitalization (2700 Ponce de Leon Blvd.; 305-445-2352; www.reneruiz.net).