Don’t call her an icon. But Patricia Field is that and more in a big, bad art world.
You know her as the fashion brain behind hits like Sex & the City, The Devil Wears Prada, and the newly released Second Act with Jennifer Lopez. Her styling magic turned Miranda Priestly into an ice-cold fashion queen and Carrie Bradshaw into every woman’s best friend. Now, for the third year in a row, Emmy-winning Patricia Field has brought her passion for art and fashion together in the form of her Art Fashion showcase—making heads turn and mouths drop during a runway show featuring her out-of-the-box artists like Scooter LaForge, Jody Morlock, Madly Made, and more. We caught up with the fashion legend to chat all things fashion, art, and Miami.
It’s your third year back with Art Fashion and one of the most anticipated events of Art Basel. What keeps you coming back?
PATRICIA FIELD: Well, I love Miami, number one. I have had an apartment on Ocean Drive for years. And I watched Art Basel develop, and then I started my Art Fashion concept and I said to my family, “let’s go to Art Basel, we belong there!”
Tell us about the energy you find here in Miami, fashion wise, that maybe you don’t get in another city?
PF: I love Miami because the mood is happy. People come from South America, from Europe, from New York, and I always say, “In Miami, when you go to Bal Harbour and you want a pair of Gucci Loafers, they’re pistachio!”
And they’re suede and colorful!
PF: Exactly! In New York, they’re brown and black.
We add a little extra spice here.
PF: It’s about enjoying without anticipation and the mood is right.
What can you tell us about the artists that are going to be strutting their pieces?
PF: You know, I represent about ten artists and they all do their thing. I don’t tell them what to do, so I’m not coming here with a message or a vibe, other than art and fashion are the same family.
You just finished working on Second Act with Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens. You did the costume design for the movie. Tell us about working with Jennifer?
PF: I love working with Jennifer and the cast in general. You know, I respect Jennifer. She’s a work horse. She’s a machine! And that really caught my attention about her. I cannot even describe the respect that I have for her. You know, when you start off respecting someone, it’s the best scenario to do what you do with a happy heart.
When you hear people refer to you as a legend or a fashion icon, or how you revolutionized fashion with Sex and The City, what’s your reaction?
PF: I go, “really?!” [laughs]. I mean, people say that about me but honestly I don’t think of myself in those ways. I do my work that I love and enjoy it.
Any places you like to hang out in in Miami? Any Pat Field gems?
PF: Well, sad to say that my favorite gems are no longer here because it’s been a while since I’ve come down, since I’ve been so busy in New York. But I used to love the waterfront—El Centro Español, on the river by the airport. I loved that place! It was my favorite place in Miami. I love Miami now, don’t get me wrong, but it’s definitely changed. It used to be funky—artists, and tons of friends. When I first came to Miami, there was a disco, and El Centro.
And I know you love the Cuban food!
PF: I do. I love it. I love the Cuban rhythm. I love the soul, the music, the dance. That’s the Miami I love.
Photography by: Photography courtesy of Patricia Field