Some Like It Very Hot: Festive, Fun Summer Styles 

On Miami’s First Avenue, two young Frenchmen have opened the hottest nightclub in the city and named it El Tucán—the perfect the backdrop for the season's steamiest looks.

Anders Overgaard
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French-born Mathieu Massa, who has lived in Miami for nine years and co-owns the South Beach lounge Bâoli and the Brickell Mediterranean restaurant Marion, thought he knew his adopted city. So he was a little thrown when his mother, in town for a visit, asked to go to a chic live-music venue. “She wanted a place to hear big-band Cuban-Latin music, a dinner-and-a-show kind of place,” says Massa, who asked around, only to find that none existed. So he and his business partner, Michael Ridard, decided to build one. The result is Brickell’s El Tucán, a riotous throwback to the cabarets of Havana of the 1940s and ’50s, when rum-soaked joints like the Tropicana were the last word in jet-set glamour. Its twice-nightly show speaks in a thick Cuban accent, right down to the burlesque dancing girls in their feathered carnival finery. Tied together by the 11-piece house band (fronted by Grammy Award winner Marlow Rosado), the Latin-inflected spectacle is served up in a joyous and relaxed atmosphere. Not surprisingly, a conga line of celebrities has been treading a path to El Tucán, including Will Smith, who recently jumped onstage and performed an impromptu 40-minute set with a salsa band. ¡Azúcar! 1111 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-535-0065; eltucanmiami.com.

On her: Gucci dress, $7,990; 877-482-2430. Monique Lhuillier sandals, $750; 800-878-5938. On him: Isaia tuxedo, $3,595; isaia.it. Brooks Brothers shirt, $225; brooksbrothers.com. Stubbs & Wootton shoes, $495; stubbsandwootton.com.

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