Recap: Parties of the Season

Dirk DeSouza reports back from the parties you wanted to go to.

November 01, 2012

A star-powered Champagne-ebration unfolded at the W South Beach at the hands of Hublot, the haute Swiss watch crafter, to celebrate the limited release of 40 very expensive, acceptably blingy gold-and-platinum timepieces, dubbed the King Power “305” series. Omnipresent DJ Irie pumped out hits in the ballroom after downpours forced the party inside from Wet poolside, sonically soothing a scattering of impossibly tall former and current Miami Heat players—Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, Alonzo Mourning, and Juwan Howard among them. Actress Gabrielle Union, looking sufficiently starish, rarely left Wade’s side, even during his slightly cheesy bongo-playing pit stop, as the heavily tatted heavyweight Rick Ross claimed a couch and tiny-weight Lisa Hochstein, of The Real Housewives of Miami notoriety, mingled as well as a porcelain doll can. Also seen: man-about-town Alexander Anthony Mijares, Superbowl footballer Jeremy Shockey, and rapper Rico Love. Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe and President of the Americas Rick De La Croix then took the show on the road to Las Vegas, where they hit the Bellagio to throw a charity auction gala featuring legendary fighters such as Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Sugar Ray Leonard, and George Foreman, raising $1 million in one night for injured boxers. Philanthropy at its finest.

The Friends of the New World Symphony had their 2012 pre-season opening concert at Frank Gehry’s magnificent New World Center. About 400 suited-up culture lovers poured into the main hall to witness 86 dedicated Fellows lovingly create Jeffrey Mumford’s A Dance Into Reflected Daylight, a magical musical combination of Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,” featuring Manuel Barrueco on Spanish guitar, followed (after a wine-fueled intermission) by Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70. Barrueco masterfully fingerpicked into the hearts of Sony Music’s Jorge Mejia and fiancée Amanda Parker, a radiantly pregnant Stacey Lauren Mizener Glassman and husband Joe Mizener, and venture capitalist Carl Kruse with girlfriend Griselda Lechini. After the last “Bravo!,” a few hundred partiers hit Shore Club for Hip-Hop Symphony, a live collaboration between DJ Irie (see what I mean?) and Opus Love Quintet, a fivesome of violin-, cello-, and flute-playing hotties who burned the Red Room to the ground.

The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater is on a bit of a roll, hosting the hottest concerts in town. The latest: the smoldering hipness of M83. Determined to wow after a failed stint at last year’s Ultra Music Festival, the French group delivered with twinkly lights, dreamy vocals, and walls of echoey guitars and synths. But the hero was the drummer, who deliciously sticked every electronica song live. In the crowd? Every girl for 50 miles who despises pop and hip-hop. Hipsters united again, way down this peninsula.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HUGO LOPEZ (OPUS LOVE QUINTET, CHO, KEIDA); SETH BROWARNIK/STARTRAKSPHOTO.COM (UNION)

—Dirk DeSouza

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