While the rest of the global North moves one inch closer to SAD every day, the global art elite is partying in Florida. Yes, it’s that time of the year: Miami Basel. The only time when you’ll see the world’s most famous art critics queue up in the same bar as guest stars of Keeping up with the Kardashians. An art heaven, Miami has in recent years become a treasured spot for fashion and design events, who see the point in promoting their projects on a small peninsula packed with HNWIs. What not to miss this year, beyond the art fair itself? A few tips below!
Emilio Pucci x Nicholas French
The maximalist Italian fashion brand, that evokes 1970s glam more than any other, has teamed up with master hair stylist Nicolas French on the occasion of the fair, as a result of the newly minted Emilio Pucci Heritage Hub in Florence. French, who hails from one of the UK’s most famous hairdressing families, and has styled over 2000 shows and movies in his impressive career, has styled hairdos on a series of futuristic mannequins inspired by some of Pucci’s most iconic looks through time. Back in the day, the Pucci hairdos were envisioned in collaboration with Italian hair stylist Alba Armillei who produced some of the most iconic Pucci editorials together with photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri for Vogue Italia. Who better to pick up this job than French, who has worked for everyone from L’Oreal to Ridley Scott? Expect lots of neo-tribal, proto-cyberpunky looks. Very Miami, actually. [Emilio Pucci boutique located in Miami’s Design District – from Dec. 5th]
Prada Mode Miami
Last year, the Prada Double Club devised by artist Carsten Höller was one of the most out-there party sets we’ve ever seen, and lasting a total of three days, it’s no doubt it became the talk of town. Reigning things in slightly this year, our favorite Italian fashion brand has launched Prada Mode, a club that invites its “members” to experience art, music, dining, conversations and late night festivities. Imagined as a traveling club that augments and extends significant global cultural gatherings at diverse locations worldwide, you can think of Prada Mode as a really chic Soho House. The inaugural edition in Miami feautres planned events throughout each day as well as a site-specific intervention by Theaster Gates. The only issue? How to get in. [Dec. 4th to 6th – Indian Creek Hotel]M.Gemi Corsa Launch
The Italians always do it better – also at Miami Basel, you’d think looking at this year’s list of invitations. We were beyond excited to hear that M.Gemi, the bespoke leather shoe producer was launching an art-infused capsule collection for this year’s fair. M. Gemi tapped seven emerging artists to launch one-of-a-kind designs on the brand’s best-selling, fan-favorite style, The Corsa which will be auctioned off in partnership with Paddle8 on December 6th. With names such as Kay Griffith, Lori Lamont and Tony Abeyta, it’s the kind of collectibles you can’t get in any regular ol’ store – plus, proceeds from each auction will be donated to a charity of each artists’ choosing. Merry Christmas! And happy bidding!
You came for the art, but will remember the design – that’s how it always goes in Miami, which has the attention span of a Latte Macchiato at Starbucks. While Art Basel, NADA, and all the countless other satellite fairs will blend into one, undecipherable art cloud, DesignMiami always stands out as offering the best of contemporary design from across the world. From Copenhagen’s Etage Projects to New York’s Kasmin, it’s both the old renegade and the latest frontier that rub shoulders at this event – and sometimes, you might even find something that’s within your budget! We personally have our eyes on this gorgeous Jean Cocteau ceramic from 1958, available at San Francisco gallery Lebreton. [Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Dec 5-9]