Style Encounter: Joana Davila
Joanna embodies that understated solar Miami style – nonchalant, unconventional, a mix of sexy and gamine, unique yet reassuring. In other words, if she walks into a coffee bar, she is your girl! You want her to come and sit next to you and talk about a movie, a trip, or a pair of shoes, and be best friends at first sight.
Name: Joanna Davila
Generation: Generation Y
Occupation: Creative Consultant
FB – What brought you to Miami?
JD – Sunshine and a relaxed lifestyle
FB – Charitable, non-profit or philanthropic organization of choice?
JD – It is not in Miami – The Women’s Center in Danbury, CT
FB – Which article of clothing do you begin with when you get dressed?
JD – Typically I think about what I will be doing for the day and then think about shoes first. The rest is a sort of formula.
FB – You have been living in Miami long enough that . . .?
JD – I have learned to appreciate Ocean Drive for what it is.
FB – What’s Miami’s best kept secret?
JD – Bayfront Park, which was actually designed by Isamu Noguchi, and Lucila’s Vanilla Rum Cake
FB – Do you use public transportation?
JD – I typically drive but if it was convenient for me to use, I would do it. (When I lived in NYC, I loved taking the subway.)
FB – The one thing Miami is known for, but you have never visited, experienced, done, eaten?
JD – Stiltsville, I have been trying to get out there for years!
FB – The book on your nightstand?
JD – Wallpaper Guide Books to Portugal, where I’m planning to travel in the fall with my husband.
FB – The last time you went to the movies?
JD – I saw Jordan Peele’s film, Get Out, which was incredible. I highly, highly recommend it.
FB – A food you can’t resist?
JD – Rice. I grew up eating it and find it very satisfying, always.
FB – Your signature fragrance?
JD – I actually don’t have a signature per se, but right now I’m loving mostly everything by Maison Louis Marie, especially the Cassis.
Francesca Belluomini is a quick-witted fashion veteran and an unapologetic style savant. She has lived in Miami long enough to know not to blink when peacocks cross the street. She is originally from Viareggio, Tuscany, the same region where Marquis Emilio Pucci and Guccio Gucci were born.
With a degree in Fashion Sociology and a master’s in Mass Media and Communication from the University of Florence, foundations which formed her unpretentious taste, Francesca has dedicated her entire career to fashion and style, and life choices have led her to live in fashion capitals like Milan, Paris and London where she sealed her unmistakable knack for mixing sartorial garments, local market finds, and vintage.
People always complimented her chic style and wanted to dress like her. They admired her ability to put things together with a nonchalant elegance. Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” offers tools for every woman to achieve this flair by adapting their wardrobes to the Italian style.
SocialMiami.com, CBS Local Miami, TrustedClothes.com and Italian e-zine www.DDmag.it are some of the latest publications that have enjoyed her sharp and witty fashion writings. You can find her on www.FrancescaBelluomini.com where she voices her thoughts in a more intimate and personal manner.