As any seasoned Art Basel Miami–goer knows, RSVP to everything, and just show up to what you can. From Brickell to Miami Beach, there are openings, panels, and the actual fairs—Design Miami, Untitled, Scope, and Art Basel Miami—to see and be seen at. And come nightfall the parties begin; invitations flood inboxes and Instagram DMs like an embarrassment of riches for the social butterfly.
Last night saw Alan Faena host a rager chez Faena, Bottega Veneta do diner style, Iggy Pop perform at the Snapchat x Gucci x Harmony Korine bash, and more. All the details, below.
Iggy Pop Gave a Surprise Performance at the Gucci x Snapchat x Harmony Korine Rager
There were a lot of questions the partygoers at last night’s Gucci-filled rager could ask. Where am I? An abandoned office building in the Design District. What is Snapchat doing with Gucci? Launching a pair of glasses—Spectacles 3, which come outfitted with dual HD cameras that allow Snapchat users to create content that appears 3D. Who’s the special performer of the night, kept so hush-hush? As time would reveal, legendary punk icon Iggy Pop (who, in true form, whisked off his shirt the moment he got onstage). Why is everyone here so cool? It’s a Gucci party, after all. And lastly, what’s with the videos of dancing panda bears? Well, that’s just Harmony Korine.
Beginning at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. in Basel time), the event drew the usual Gucci suspects. Alessandro Michele was holding court with Jared Leto, Sienna Miller, Gucci Mane (but of course), Chloë Sevigny, and Selby Drummond. Guests toured the neon-light-trimmed space (which was very Miami) while they nibbled on chocolate-covered bananas—a delightfully random yet crowd-pleasing snack. The glasses were on display (most notably on the likes of Jeremy O. Harris), and Harmony Korine’s videos (created with the glasses) were on view upstairs in a colored, light-splashed room that was very trippy.
At one point the lights shut off, and Iggy Pop took to the stage and delivered a performance that belied his 72 years of age. It was certainly the place to be last night and would likely make for everyone’s Basel-week highlight.—Lilah Ramzi
A Party in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden With Ruinart and Vik Muniz
Everybody loves good Champagne. Especially Caroline Vreeland, who disembarked her plane at Miami International Airport and headed straight to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden to celebrate Art Basel with “a nice, cold, bubbly glass of my favorite” at a party hosted by Vik Muniz and Ruinart.
Guests perused and cruised through the crowd of colorfully dressed women and men in the Basel uniform—tight, skinny, colored jeans, loafers, and slick tailored jackets. There were endless smiles among the group; many likely just arrived from the invite-only collectors’ preview across the street at the newly renovated convention center.
At the food station in the back corner of the tropical botanical garden, world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud was whipping up a classic Brazilian fish stew from Bahia that included “red snapper, grouper, and shrimp, garlic, ginger, palm tree oil.” The ceviche-esque snack just so happens to be his dear friend Muniz’s top choice, which “I only prepare for him at his special events,” Boulud conceded.
Muniz’s artwork series Shared Roots was the inspiration behind the evening, which fused art and gastronomy while officially launching the Muniz and Ruinart’s Leaf, a limited-edition print where 100% of the proceeds benefit Imazon, a Brazilian nonprofit dedicated to Amazon rain-forest conservation.
As expected, the guest list was stellar, from Joan Smalls and Karolina Kurkova to Peter Marino, Gaia Matisse, artist Hank Willis Thomas, Aureta Thomollari, Marion Guggenheim, Jenny Lopez, and Olivia Perez. —Erin Michelle Newberg
The ICA Miami Honored Artist Damián Ortega With a Splashy Dinner
Along the walls hung dozens of photos of Spanish bullfighters in gilded chaquetillas—gazing at them quickly, they appeared to waltz mid-arena. With similar panache, another bold flock—Miami’s contemporary-art cognoscenti—gathered before the images as they marched into the Matador Room Wednesday night. Beneath a glowing rotunda, supported by columns of light, they toasted the work of Mexican artist Damián Ortega, this year’s inaugural winner of the Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture.
“He’s so wonderful, not just as an artist but as a person,” said Irma Braman, founder and board cochair of the ICA Miami, in a gold-accented Chanel uniform. “We are so appreciative to have his work Replicant Stone and the new Ezratti award.”
The soft-spoken artist seemed to be a walking contradiction as he fluttered from cluster to cluster of smiling faces—among them Laura de Gunzburg, Chloe Wise, Larry Milstein, and Kinga Lampert. Though a bit reserved in person, his work is loud, explosive even. The man dissects heavy things in midair by wire to play with them at the particle level, such as a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle in his 2002 breakout piece Cosmic Thing.
In his new work, now housed in the ICA Miami’s garden, a teetering stalagmite-esque form rises toward the sky, composed of glimmering boxes. It stands when it appears as though it shouldn’t. “Damián’s Replicant Stone gives the illusion of defying gravity by combining nature and geometric design,” said a starry-eyed Diana Morrison, whose family’s gift launched the new Ezratti prize. “He’s given a gift to our world, from his soul.”
Amid the dinner, between clinks of wine glasses and servings of pumpkin crème brûlée, you felt as though Ortega had somehow managed another artistic feat during the evening—he brought everyone together.—Jonathan Kendall
Gitano Opened With a Buzzy Dinner at Casa Faena
Coolhunters know Gitano. It’s the place to dance in the sand down in Tulum and, more recently, to feel like you’re in a tropical oasis smack-dab in the middle of Canal Street in Manhattan. And now the Mexican restaurant calls Casa Faena home. The much-Instagrammed neon-pink Gitano sign cast a glow onto a crowd who gathered on Collins Avenue eager to scope out the new space. A large dinner that sprawled the entire space was hosted by Leigh Lezark and the Misshapes, and attendees included those cool enough to get an invite, like Stephen Jones and Young Paris. Like the space’s other properties, this one teems with greenery—especially because St-Germain and Brooklyn-based landscape architects Manscapers NY created a disco-ball-laden installation in the atrium of Casa Faena. Palm fronds, orchids, and banana leaves were splashed with scattered lights courtesy of the disco balls, a wink to the famous nightlife Gitano is known for. As expected, the dinner turned into a Mezcal-fueled dance party.—L.R.
Valentino Launched an Artsy Line of Handbags With Emilio Villalba
Approaching the Valentino boutique in Miami’s Design District, it appeared to be a fashionable block party. Guests, most making their first stop of the night, pooled outside the store, gabbing and snapping photos of one another. The reason for the gathering was to fête artist Emilio Villalba—the San Francisco–based painter whose portraits evoke those of the Old Masters yet blurred and dotted with a few superfluous eyes—and his collaboration with the Italian fashion house. Presiding over the in-store cocktail party was Colby Mugrabi, who lured the likes of Caroline Daur, Ezra J. William, and Mia Moretti to celebrate the launch.
On display were Valentino handbags, nine one-of-a-kind crossbodies that featured the artistic interventions of Villalba, and, for something less strenuous on the budget, black T-shirts scattered with Villalba’s motifs. Partygoers pursued the wares, sipped on Champagne, and took a turn about the makeshift dance floor (the soundtrack provided by a glittering Dre Ngozi), before air-kissing one another farewell. There was really no need: Everyone would likely bump into each other at their next stop of the night.—L.R.
Bottega Veneta Gilded South Beach’s Famed 11th Street Diner
In November Bottega Veneta opened a new boutique in Miami’s Design District. And what better time to celebrate the occasion than during Basel? They took over the iconic South Beach haunt 11th Street Diner and wrapped the exterior in gold foil—an ode to the brand’s signature codes. The metaphorical cherry on top? The pulsating, neon Bottega Diner sign.
Inside, Bottega designer Daniel Lee (fresh off his sweep of the British Fashion Awards) welcomed fashionable guests like Kate Bosworth, Paloma Elsesser, and Jean Pigozzi in the classic Art Deco–style car, in vinyl red booths, or at the counter turned bar. A spiked milkshake called the All-Nighter was the drink of choice, and guests danced late into the night.—Elise Taylor
Alan Faena and Lenny Kravitz Popped Bottles of Dom Pérignon to Celebrate the Singer’s Champagne Collaboration
Lenny Kravitz’s collaboration with Dom Pérignon included, yes, a limited-edition bottle designed by Kravitz himself and adorned with hammered metal. (“Brutalist art is very dear to me,” he told Vogue of his inspiration.) But it also included a coffee table that, when opened up, holds ice and Champagne bottles…and also lights up. So, c’mon, you must celebrate such a partnership.
Last night in Miami Beach, Kravitz sure did. He teamed up with Alan Faena to host a lavish dinner, called the Last Supper, at the famed hotelier and developer’s Miami home. Glamorous guests like Sean Penn, Teyana Taylor, Paris Hilton, and Caroline Vreeland waltzed through the palatial home, adorned with rich reds, animal-print couches, and candelabras, to the backyard, where a sprawling table stretched out to the water. Family-style food by Francis Mallmann was served, and soon the whole night spiraled into a raucous party. Diplo DJ’d, and the Champagne naturally was endless. Word got out and the crowd, clamoring to get inside, kept growing and growing. That’ll happen when so many fabulously designed bottles are getting popped.—E.T.
Beauty Took Over Joel Robuchon’s Le Jardinier and L’Atelier in the Design District
On Tuesday and Wednesday, while traffic was booming and a few of the scattered satellite art fairs actually started opening throughout the city—nothing stopped the socialites, celebrities, and tastemakers coming to experience the best beauty brands that Italy has to offer.
Hidden in Paradise Plaza, right behind Gucci, the two newly opened Robuchon restaurants invited Beauty Made in Italy’s brands like Carthusia, Marvis, Rephase, Proraso, Skin & Co, Eva Garden, Perlier, and Mesauda to take over.
On Tuesday, the entire garden space of Le Jardinier was transformed into a grandiose garden party, welcoming Robert Verdi, jewelry designer Luis Morais, Caraline Goldenfarb, Gigi Whitman and more. On Wednesday, the following afternoon, a 21-person lunch was hosted—a four-course wine pairing experience at L’Atelier (which, by the way, is not open for lunch, ever). Brands offered guests a real one-on-one experience with the beauty brands and left them with a hefty gift bag. - Erin Michelle Newberg
Originally Appeared on Vogue