World Cup Champion Blaise Matuidi Receives The Surprise Of His Life At Haute Living Cover Celebration

World Cup Champion Blaise Matuidi Receives The Surprise Of His Life At Haute Living Cover Celebration

Haute Time
By Haute Time February 21, 2021
Blaise Matuidi poses next to his Haute Living cover
Blaise Matuidi poses next to his Haute Living cover

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Inter Miami CF star and World Cup champion Blaise Matuidi celebrated his Haute Living Miami cover with Ulysse Nardin at 57 Ocean.

Haute Living celebrated World Cup champion and newly-minted Inter Miami CF player Blaise Matuidi — its latest cover star — over the weekend with a beautiful beachfront brunch.

Matuidi shows off his soccer skills on the beach
Matuidi shows off his soccer skills on the beach

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The Saturday event began with a lovely cocktail reception, where 57 Ocean Developer Marcelo Kingston greeted guests and welcomed Blaise to Miami.

Custom-made artwork for the Inter Miami CF player
Custom-made artwork for the Inter Miami CF player

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This was followed by a soccer demonstration on the beach, where the French MLS player played alongside two ‘next generation’ players, Francisco Raggio and Edison Azcona.

Eduardo Kingston, Footballer Blaise Matuidi and Marcelo Kingston
Eduardo Kingston, Footballer Blaise Matuidi, and Marcelo Kingston

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Custom soccer balls were on hand from Inter Miami CF artist, Alexander Mijares, adorned with the logos of event partners Ulysse Nardin, Haute Living, and 57 Ocean. The balls served as collector’s pieces from the event.

Kamal Hotchandani and Blaise Matuidi
Kamal Hotchandani and Blaise Matuidi

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Blaise then led a procession from the beach to the second floor of 57 Ocean for a second cocktail reception, which then opened to a French-themed brunch from Inedit Gourmet, both outdoor, with hand sanitizers from eOn Mist liberally dotting each surface to ensure the safety of each guest.

Custom-made soccer balls
Custom-made soccer balls

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Haute Living and Ulysse Nardin luncheon hosted In Honor to celebrate World Cup Champion Blaise Matuidi at 57 Ocean Miami
Haute Living and Ulysse Nardin luncheon hosted In Honor to celebrate World Cup Champion Blaise Matuidi at 57 Ocean Miami

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The brunch menu
The brunch menu

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Menu items included cured red salmon tartare with fennel vichyssoise; Croque Madame and poached egg, served with hollandaise sauce; lamb chops, grilled and served with aged mustard sauce and roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic; and a classic caramel flan for dessert.

Haute Living And Ulysse Nardin Celebrate World Cup Champion Blaise Matuidi At 57 Ocean MiamiPhoto Credit: Romain Maurice/Getty Images for Haute Living

Team artwork from Alexander Mijares was then presented to Blaise by Haute Living‘s CEO, Kamal Hotchandani, and Vice President, April Irene Donelson.

Blaise Matuidi inspects a Ulysse Nardin timepiece with company President Francois Xavier Hotier
Blaise Matuidi inspects a Ulysse Nardin timepiece with company President Francois Xavier Hotier

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A Ulysse Nardin timepiece on display at Blaise Matuidi’s Miami brunch
A Ulysse Nardin timepiece on display at Blaise Matuidi’s Miami brunch

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All guests — including Francois-Xavier Hotier, President Ulysse Nardin Americas, and Kering Luxury Watches shared services; Severine Charlet, Marketing and Communications Director Ulysse Nardin Americas; North Bay Village Commissioner Julianna Strout; and Inter Miami CF player Rodolfo Pizarro; Haute Living‘s Seth Semilof; Brad Cutler, CEO of The Cut; Jacob Rey of The Cut; Luciana and Marcelo Kingston of 57 Ocean; John Utendahl, Executive Vice Chairman, Investment Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch; John’s fiancée Radmilla Lollyopera singer, fashion designer, and Haute Living Miami ambassador, received gift bags with Ulysse Nardin plush beach/bath towels, hats, and candles.

Rodolfo Pizarro, Francois-Xavier Hotier President of Ulysse Nardin, Blaise Matuidi and Kamal Hotchandani
Rodolfo Pizarro, Francois-Xavier Hotier
President of Ulysse Nardin, Blaise Matuidi and Kamal Hotchandani

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Musical artist and fashion designer Radmila Lolly
Musical artist and fashion designer Radmila Lolly

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Charlet Severine, Julianna Clare Strout and April Irene Donelson
Charlet Severine, Julianna Clare Strout, and April Irene Donelson

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Seth Semilof
Seth Semilof

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Blaise, who spent time graciously greeting each guest, had one last treat in store: a surprise appearance from his childhood hero, NBA legend Scottie Pippen, who arrived at the event after Hotchandani learned of how much Matuidi admired him.

Blaise Matuidi and Scottie Pippen
Blaise Matuidi and Scottie Pippen

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Blaise Matuidi, Scottie Pippen and Rodolfo Pizarro
Blaise Matuidi, Scottie Pippen and Rodolfo Pizarro

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Professional footballer Rodolfo Pizarro
Professional footballer Rodolfo Pizarro

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All in all, it was a warm, safe and very Miami welcome to the Magic City.

Blaise Matuidi shows off his World Cup ring
Blaise Matuidi shows off his World Cup ring

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