This Month’s Merrick Style Visits the Showroom of Silvia Tcherassi, the Coral Gables-Based Colombian Designer who has Taken the Fashion World by Storm, With Selections From her Spring and Summer Collections. Our Model: Anabella Smith, Gables Resident – and Partner of the Award-Winning Firm Zyscovich Architects
Photography by Jon Braeley
Anabella Smith just celebrated her 25th year with Zyscovich Architects, where, as Director of Interior Architecture she is responsible for the final appearance of the space, and how it affects the user experience. “I’m very curious about what makes people happy. And I think that architecture and design is an amazing tool to make people feel differently, to affect their moods… the colors, textures, lighting and flow of the spaces, this is what people experience.”
Smith attributes her amazing shape to, among other things, four decades of avoiding meat and limiting her intake of alcohol. “I just try to take care of myself,” she says. “Every human being is beautiful, so do what you can to look good. Don’t change with plastic surgery, just take care of yourself and doing the best with what you are given… Fashion has a lot to do with it. If you don’t feel right with your fashion, you can’t be confident, even at work.”
Born in Venezuela, Smith came to Florida in 1979. She has served on the board of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce for nearly a decade, where she created the Chamber’s first Green Task force. She was honored as the first ever Queen Awardee at the Chamber’s 2017 Green Means Green Awards for her lifetime commitment to green practice.