Floral art exhibit celebrating women featured at Bal Harbour Shops

Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE display with mannequins adorned in flowers at Bal Harbour Shops until March 10

The Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE show features more than two dozen mannequins adorned with flowers. (Craig Davis, craigslegztravels.com)
The Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE show features more than two dozen mannequins adorned with flowers. (Craig Davis, craigslegztravels.com)

By Craig Davis, craigslegztravels. com

The Bal Harbour Shops are just about the pinnacle of pricey.

When they offer something for free, it gets your attention.

It took the worldwide launch of Fleurs de Villes’ ARTISTE floral art exhibition to lure me to the mecca of hoity-toity name brand shopping just north of Miami Beach for the first time. It was an eye-opening experience in various ways.

Fleurs de Villes – flowers of the cities — is known for combining the love of flowers with local talent to create artistic displays throughout the world.

The Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE show features 28 mannequins and other intricate floral displays created by Miami florists.

Picture Rose Bowl Parade floats with mannequins, whose outfits and accoutrements are made up of a colorful assortment of flowers.

The Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE show features more than two dozen mannequins adorned with flowers. (Craig Davis, craigslegztravels.com)
The Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE show features more than two dozen mannequins adorned with flowers. (Craig Davis, craigslegztravels.com)

Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE celebrates Women’s History Month

They are scattered through the double-decker, indoor-outdoor mall and a few other places in Bal Harbour Village.

In addition to the mannequins, floral displays adorn store fronts of Brunello Cucinelli, Rene Caovilla, Versace, and Diptyque.

The intriguing melding of nature and art pays homage to Women’s History Month, and recognizes influential figures such as Mary Cassatt, Yayoi Kusama, Elsa Schiaparelli, Georgia O’Keeffe, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Tamara de Lempicka.

Unfortunately, the exhibit only runs 10 days — about as long as they can keep the flowers looking fresh — concluding March 10, 2024.

The Fleurs de Villes exhibits blend in well with the lush tropical greenery of the Bal Harbour Shops and the flowers add an appealing fragrance to enhance a stroll through the most high-end mall I’ve ever seen.
A true sight, sensory experience, but not a place that most of us would choose to shop.

Bal Harbour a haven of designer brands

Someone described Bal Harbour as a tropical counterpart to New York ’s Madison Avenue. Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive and Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue also come to mind. It’s that strata where status supersedes cost considerations.

The toniest of boutique brands adorn every storefront — the likes of Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Saint Laurent, Balmain, Harry Winston, Gucci, Agent Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Chloé, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tiffany & Co., Stella McCartney, Hublot, Tourneau sandwiched between mall anchors Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

No Hilfiger or Hollister in this lineup.

Every store has a doorman sizing you up upon entry. They were friendly in Tiffany, but don’t ask about prices unless you’re serious.

“Putting on the Ritz” was playing in my head as we strolled into Neiman Marcus, where even sneakers were $1,000. No exaggeration. Everything is a grand or more.

Where the top 2% shop

Neiman Marcus doesn’t care that most of us snicker at those prices and walk right out. They are targeting an exclusive clientele that doesn’t bat an eye at such prices and is proud to walk out with a Neiman Marcus bag in hand.

Geoffroy van Raemdonck, CEO of the store’s parent company, said in a 2023 interview in “Fortune” that they cater to shoppers who spend $27,000 a year or more at Neiman Marcus.

“We’ve decided that we are no longer about market share, and we are no longer about selling everywhere on the price spectrum, from clearance to high-end jewelry,” van Raemdonck said in the interview.

“There is a very large number of high-net-worth individuals, people worth more than $5 million to $10 million. And 2% of our customers are still a fraction of that population in the U.S. I see much more risk in having a one-time transaction where I don’t know if you will ever come back.”

Bal Harbour Shops is a double-decker, indoor-outdoor mall, one of the country’s most prestigious and pricey. (Craig Davis, craigslegztravels.com)
Bal Harbour Shops is a double-decker, indoor-outdoor mall, one of the country’s most prestigious and pricey. (Craig Davis, craigslegztravels.com)

If you want a glimpse of these people, you’ll see them at Bal Harbour Shops, which bills itself as luxury lifestyle and fashion shopping.

It is well situated to attract them amid the high-rise condos and hotels that form a wall of excess blocking the view of the ocean from Miami Beach to Aventura.

Bal Harbour Pop-up Tour opens in Sarasota

It is not confined there. Bal Harbour Shops has taken the luxury shopping experience on the road with its Access Pop-up Tour, which will begin an eight-week run in Sarasota, Florida, on March 8.

Many of the same high-end brands will recreate the flagship Bal Harbour Shops in more than 17,000 square feet built from 30 custom shipping containers outside The Mall at University Town Center at Sarasota.

The Bal Harbour Shops Access Pop-up debuted in November 2023 at Raleigh, North Carolina. Subsequent stops in 2024 include Walton County, Florida, and Greenville, South Carolina.

The Bal Harbour Shops Pop-up Tour opens March 8 in Sarasota with high-end designer stores operating in 30 custom shipping containers/ (Craig Davis, craigslegztravels.com)
The Bal Harbour Shops Pop-up Tour opens March 8 in Sarasota with high-end designer stores operating in 30 custom shipping containers/ (Craig Davis, craigslegztravels.com)

Last glance

As for the Bal Harbour Shops experience, the Fleurs de Villes ARTISTE exhibit interesting. Catch if you can before it’s gone. As for the shopping, I’ll stick to “Tarjay.”

If you go: Bal Harbour Shops are at 9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL, 33154

Mall website: balharbourshops.com

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