This year’s Art Basel brought us everything we wanted: million-dollar works by the top artists in the world, a crop of exclusive exhibits and installations across Miami, and endless celebrity sightings. Here, we bring you our favorite celeb-centric moments from the past week.
Seen: Miranda Kerr, Kate Hudson, and Michelle Williams all rocked Louis Vuitton to—what else? A private event hosted by Louis Vuitton to welcome Basel-goers to Pierre Paulin's "Playing with Shapes" furniture concept on December 2. More photos here.
Heard: This year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund recipient Paul Andrew held a spring/summer trunk show at Capretto on December 4. As he graciously took photos with shoppers, it became clear that the shoe designer is still on cloud nine after being recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue: “Our Instagram following just jumped up maybe 10,000 in the last week,” he said. “It’s crazy—I’m trying to keep very level-headed about the whole thing.”
Seen: Artist and Instagram darling Donald Robertson (a.k.a. Donald Drawbertson) rolled up to Art Basel on December 4 in a customized, lip-print 1974 Cadillac El Dorado. The car, which started its journey in LA on November 29, celebrated Robertson’s new partnership with Smashbox by handing out tubes of limited-edition Be Legendary Lipstick shade, Bing, with a custom, kissy-face sleeve designed by Drawbertson.
Lem Jay Ignacio and Jena Malone of The Shoe.
Heard: Two-man band The Shoe, comprised of Hunger Games star Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio, mesmerized an intimate crowd at the Thompson Miami Beach’s Crown Room with an off-the-cuff musical performance on December 2. It was the now-redheaded beauty’s first time at Basel. “It's so fun and overwhelming here in the best way,” she said. “I love the feeling of so many artists coming together in a single place.”
Seen: Leonardo DiCaprio sat at a private table with friends Tobey Maguire and Lukas Haas at artist Mr. Brainwash’s party at WALL Lounge on December 3. Rick Ross and Joe Jonas were also spotted chatting with friends, while A-Rod popped Champagne with his entourage.
Heard: The next day at WALL, Paris Hilton took the stage as DJ, playing a mix of top hits. The heiress is no stranger to the Magic City: “Miami is such an amazing scene,” she said. “I come out 3-4 times each year and always have a great time. I actually came out to a studio in Miami to work on some of my singles. I find the atmosphere here very relaxed and fun.”
Chrome Hearts Founder Laurie Lynn Stark with Kate Hudson.
Seen: Kate Hudson, Elle Macpherson, Marina Abramovic, and Iggy Pop watched Zoe Kravitz perform with her band, Lolawolf, at the opening of Chrome Hearts in the Design District on December 3.
Heard: At the official launch party for The Miami Beach EDITION on December 2, hotelier Ian Schrager chatted with guests about the birth and creation of his newest property. What makes it stand out? “Originality,” according to Schrager. “It has to be daring. There has to be a level of sophistication that creates that magic that happens when you mesh all the details.” (The hotel features a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, a bowling alley, and a Studio 54-like nightclub.)
Seen: Between gigs and red-carpet appearances all over Miami Beach, newlywed Solange Knowles caught the FKA twigs show presented by YoungArts and iii Points on December 4. FKA twigs’ boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, was also in the audience and kept a low profile during the performance.
Heard: Miley Cyrus performed in a tinsel wig and silver tights (and not much else) at The Raleigh South Beach on December 3 during the Art Basel party hosted by Tommy Hilfiger, Jeffrey Deitch, and V Magazine. Cyrus engaged with the crowd and candidly shared, “Usually I don’t smoke and drink on show days, but I felt like it was fine in Miami.” Also spotted: Cyrus’ boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger, Keith Richards, and Lady Bunny. Cyrus continued the party at E11even with Schwarzenegger in tow.
Frida Giannini with Kris Knight.
Seen: Canadian artist Kris Knight kicked off Art Week on December 1 with a private preview of his latest exhibit, “Smell the Magic.” Hosted by Gucci and the Spinello Projects, the event drew influencers—like Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini and actor/designer/restauranteur Michael Chow—to the Design District pop-up featuring Knight’s stark yet masterful works. More photos here.
Heard: Two was the lucky number for crochet artist Olek, who spent two days cutting more than 200 pieces of Club Monaco clothing, followed by two nights crocheting and two nights sewing all of the pieces together. The result is the Endless Outburst in-store installation, which Club Monaco and Jeffrey Deitch presented during a party on December 4. “Inspiration is for amateurs,” Olek told us. “I put my lipstick on and go to work.”
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SASKIA LAWAKS (MIRANDA KERR); THOMPSON MIAMI BEACH (THE SHOE); DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY IMAGES FOR CHROME HEARTS; ROBIN MARCHANT/GETTY IMAGES for YOUNGARTS; JOE SCHILDHORN/BILLY FARRELL AGENCY (KRIS KNIGHT)