CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Lanvin gets even more spectacular with every new collection. Here I am with Lanvin’s Lazaro Arias and Nicolas Turko at a cocktail party we recently hosted at the Bal Harbour Shops boutique; With Ambra Medda and Zaha Hadid at the Vik Muniz and Louis Vuitton dinner in the Design District.; Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard was picked as one of Ocean Drive’s 12 esteemed Stoli Innovators this year; here we are at the party held in their honor at Wet at the W South Beach.
It’s hard to believe it has been an entire decade since Art Basel chose Miami Beach as home to its first contemporary art fair outside Switzerland. In 2001, everybody was talking about George Sánchez-Calderón’s incredible La Bendición installation in Overtown, and by 2002 was clamoring for an invite to the unofficial—and so chic—Tuesday night dinner at Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz’s house on Key Biscayne. I’ll never forget the party crasher who walked right up to the check-in table and declared—in a Spanish accent, no less—that he was “[DACRA president] Craig Robins, plus guest” to gain entrée to the fabulous affair (and it worked!). Back then, since no one had GPS in their cars or cell phones yet, at least half of my friends asked me for directions to the Design District, where most of the weekend’s action was centered.
The fair’s evolution from four days of activity on the mainland to a full week of action extending to South Beach and beyond has been remarkable to watch, and I can’t wait to see what the more than 200 international galleries (including Miami’s own Fredric Snitzer, David Castillo, and Charest-Weinberg) will show and sell at the convention center this year. And of course there are the parties—the main culprits behind what everybody now calls “Art frazzle”—that seem to start moments after our last bite of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. I have a few set in stone, including the fair’s big 10th edition party with X-Patsys and the Joshua Light Show, our beloved contributor Iran Issa-Khan’s fabulous self-titled book-release bash, and longtime friend Seth Browarnik’s Art of Night retrospective at the Shelborne South Beach.
But will it be Norwood’s “Hit and Run” party at the Shore Club, or the Vogue and Missoni event at Loren and JR Ridinger’s estate? The Pringle of Scotland dinner with Tilda Swinton, Dean and Dan Caten’s Dsquared2 dinner at The Webster, or Raphael Mazzucco’s dinner with Diddy at Mr Chow? And if I party late at Le Baron, will I still get to the Women in Arts lunch on time? Follow us online and see: We’ll be blogging (oceandrive.com) and tweeting (@oceandrivemag and @suzybu) to help you enjoy it all virally and vicariously.