Unfortunately, my friends– this is my last post until I finish finals…. From being candidly photographed in the Miami Herald (yes, you read that correctly) to witnessing some of the most inspiring art on the streets and celebrity sightings, Art Basel Miami Beach was definitely packed with unparalleled excitement and creativity. Apart from obsessing over the exquisite art exhibits, one of my favorite spots included the streets of Wynwood. As a graffiti enthusiast with a lust for this medium as a freedom of expression, Wynwood was a life-size paradise in my books. Buildings throughout the area were covered in psychedelic patterns, mismatched designs and words of wisdom. Also, the parties in the Design District made the momentum for the sartorial-savvy– a much coveted playground for playing dress-up and going on a spree. In addition, I’m sharing my diary of celebrity sightings featuring Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Tommy Hilfiger and much more. Plus, I was also photographed by The Coveteur’s Jake Rosenberg at The Webster Miami Beach and spent time with Alastair Gordon from the Wall Street Journal. But, most of all, the best part was hanging-out with friends from Toronto, and socializing and meeting talented people, which made this experience extra special.
My day started off with running into Martha Stewart at brunch at the Sagamore Hotel on Collins Ave. Shortly thereafter, I went on an excursion to explore some art fairs, relax on the beach, do some work and run errands around Miami Beach. To coordinate an ensemble that resonated with my schedule, I casually kept it South Beach chic. Given, the hoards of belongings, I was traveling with including my camera and laptop, I grabbed my Phillip Lim satchel to do the trick. Nonetheless, I was mainly inspired by the art deco architecture and adornments throughout the city from a sartorial standpoint. For the skirt, I worked my multicolor tulip-style skirt from BCBG, which I paired with customized earrings by James Hannah and miscellaneous pink baubles. Of course, an oversize hat was in order, so I resorted to my white Ralph Lauren sunhat, which worked beautifully with my black crop top from ASOS and black and white studded kicks from Zara.
From previews to parties, here’s my scoop on Art Basel… First, there are those who go to Art Basel to admire the striking exhibits and masterpieces, while others go to crash parties. I consider myself much more of the former because no living space is complete without art… Artwork to a room is like an accessory such as a shoe or bag is to an outfit. And, when I arrived in Miami on Dec. 3 for Art Basel, I stopped by the preview of an installation exhibit inspired by Charlotte Perriand’s breathtaking Parisian chic architecture, which was brought to life courtesy of Louis Vuitton. While I was awaiting to enter the exhibit, I met and mingled with Alastair Gordon from the Wall Street Journal. After chatting for a bit, Alastair and I ended up venturing off to the press unveiling of PAMM (Pérez Art Museum Miami). However as a Miami neophyte, I let Alastair drive my mom’s ride to the preview (mom, he was an exceptional driver), as I’m still learning the rules of the road in this art deco metropolis. In my opinion, my favorite exhibits and collections at PAMM include but aren’t limited too, the silver stacked bicycles by Ai Wei Wei and the Museum’s extensive collection letter press artwork. Following our excursion at PAMM, we made our way to Design Miami, where I met Pharell Williams at Fendi Casa. Design Miami boasts some of the world’s most unique interior decor and so much more. From Guilherme Torres’ collaboration with Swarovski Crystal Palace to stunning adornments to spice-up any room, the curatorial arrangements at Design Miami are breathtaking. Regarding the next day, I went to checkout the Art Basel vernaissage, which featured a plethora of exquisite contemporary artwork from the world’s finest emerging and established contemporary artists. I ought to admit, the more unusual and avante garde artwork, were definitely the better and most interesting pieces! Plus, I also swung by Scope right on South Beach, the Harper’s Bazaar Collaboration with MCM at Soho House, and a party at The Webster on Collins Ave., and the red carpet event at the Delano Hotel, which included a roster of A-List celebs including Paris Hilton, Pharrell Williams, Lionel Richie, Tommy Hilfiger, among many more!
With Art Basel kicking-off in Miami on Dec. 5, plus a plethora of previews and parties beforehand; I caught up with Laure Heriard Dubreuil owner of The Webster Miami (one of the most exquisitely curated shops and one of my favorite places — not just limited to South Beach). Laure isn’t only an Art Basel veteran looking forward to the buzz around the city and the elation of the fair, she’s also one of Miami’s preeminent socialites with insider tips to the best of Art Basel and she has a matching much coveted wardrobe to take on the festivities with serious style. As a creative enthusiast herself, art inspires the way Laure coordinates her personal ensembles— and the way she curates her shop on Collins Ave. From collaborating with Eddie Borgo on a limited edition jewelry line to dishing about the hottest events happening at The Webster, Laure also shares the scoop on wardrobe essentials to survive Basel and some of her favorite events around town!
ONLY AT THE WEBSTER MIAMI
During Art Basel The Webster Miami is hosting a roster of VIP events with a trove of limited edition treasures, which are perfect treats to adorn your own wardrobe or give for the holiday season. There’s undoubtedly plenty in store to look forward to including the launch of Laure’s jewelry line in collaboration with Eddie Borgo and SUNO’s latest line exclusively for The Webster. In addition, Laure is holding an exclusive curation of iconic Dennis Hopper photographs from the 1960′s, the inception of the Gap x Visionaire collaborative t-shirt line, plus a cocktail party to celebrate the Calvin Klein Resort Collection with Creative Director Francisco Costa.
TIPS FOR LOOKING CHIC AT BASEL
Some of Laure’s must-haves to survive Basel include heels, especially kicks that are chic and comfortable — since you’ll constantly be ‘on the go.’ Another one of Laure’s must-haves includes an exquisite evening clutch ranging from the timeless Chanel goodies— to a contemporary, quirky one from Charlotte Olympia. To go along with these wardrobe essentials, she recommends simple hair and make up to be efficient.
FAVORITE EVENTS AROUND TOWN
Just like many traditional festival goers, Laure is also ecstatic to checkout the annual art fairs such as Design Miami, Scope, NADA, and Pulse. However 2013 features a fresh array of exhibits, which ought to intrigue visitors like Charlotte Perriand’s ‘La Maison au Bord de L’eau’ from 1934 courtesy of Louis Vuitton, MOCA will be unveiling Tracey Emin’s first exhibit in the U.S. ‘Angel without you’ and Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is officially opening their doors with inaugural exhibits by Ai Weiwei, Amelia Pelaez, among many more talented artists.
(I’ve been issued official credentials to cover Basel, so I’ll be covering lots of these events and many more to give you a sneak peak)
P.S. My friend Nicole, she’s an emerging artist from Toronto will also be in Miami for Art Basel. As an admittedly self-proclaimed contemporary art connoisseur, I’m including Nicole’s work here because I lust her vivid use of color, sartorial inspirations and original aesthetic, which resonate exquisitely with Miami’s unique art deco architecture too. Though Nicole’s work won’t be at Art Basel this year, I hope we’ll see her work in South Beach in the near future. For more information on the Network Series (below) checkout my recent piece on Trend Hunter.
Lady Gaga has joined forces with Versace for the brand’s 2014 Spring/Summer Campaign, which has been dubbed ‘Lady Gaga For Versace.’ Here, Gaga resembles Donatella Versace with her long-straight platinum blonde locks, as she poses in a pale lilac Versace dress and hoards of oversize silver accessories– for a spread shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. My love for Lady Gaga stems from her creativity and originality as a musician and fashion icon! Unlike most artists, Gaga doesn’t use her completely sex to sell records, rather she markets originality and an alternative style that makes her unique and sets herself apart from any artist on the market. In fact, I think her ensembles are just as exciting as her music. And, I’ve been fortunate to see Gaga perform and her performances are much more theatrical and exciting than any other artist. Although I wouldn’t mind rocking one of her unconventionally structured outfits, body suits with exaggerated silhouettes, or over-the-top headpieces; I’m definitely lusting over her fresh take on the Versace’s latest campaign, which juxtaposes Gaga’s unorthodox style with Versace’s contemporary Italian flavor.
At Thanksgiving dinner, I don’t want people to notice that my stomach is gradually turning into Santa Claus’ belly!
Or I’ll need to adopt a pet reindeer named Rudulph to befriend my dogs! However, I do want to show that I’m thankful for being inherently endowed with sartorial coordination without looking like I just devoured an entire feast. This year, I’ll be celebrating with family friends in Florida. Thus, it’s important to keep the ensemble chic, comfortable and somewhat conservative without any need for a jacket or coat. But a classic J.Crew blazer and scarf always comes in handy for incorporating a classic touch into any motif. Yet, being in the South is the greatest excuse to incorporate vibrant colors into the mix! And, of course, you guessed it… I’m doing just that! This time around, I’m going casual chic by color-blocking it, with hoards of sparkling baubles and red lips for a taste of Hollywood Glamour.