Miami Art Basel is one of the city’s finest moments, where the fashion and art world collide in beautiful form. I unfortunately won’t be making it to Miami for Art Basel this time around; however, here are my favorite 5 picks to see and be seen at.
1. Refinery29 Double Vision – An Artistic View on Sharing Stories – Dec. 2 & 3, 11am-7pm
Gansevoort Rooftop, 2377 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139
When one of your favorite fashion sites pairs up with Art + Culture Editions to unveil a showcase of how art can be viewed through multiple lenses, you should sashay your way up to the Gansevoort Hotel Rooftop ASAP to mingle with Starbucks VIAtinis in hand. Find a new favorite emerging artists such as Poppy de Villeneuve, Leslie Shows, Amelia Bauer, Brion Nuda Rosch, Kava Gorna, Tina Tyrell and Brent Steen through the curation of R29’s style director, Piera Gelardi.
2. FriendsWithYou Presents Rainbow City –Dec. 2-5, 10am – 10pm
140 NE 39th St Miami Design District
Every year, the FriendsWithYou boys do not disappoint; one year I kicked off my Louboutins to jump with joy in their bounce house playland. This year, a forty piece environmental interactive installation inspired by Holi, a festival effectuated by Hindu followers throwing brightly colored water and powder at each other, FriendsWithYou presents a vibrant collection of mutable, air- filled sculptures. Interact, explore, and enhance your sensory experience in a psychedelic scene that will truly bring out your inner child.
3. Sanrio Presents Small Gift Miami – Dec. 2-5, call 1-877-705-8571 for hours
173 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127
Hang with Hello Kitty and show your serious love for the kawaii kitty by taking home some permanent ink memorabilia with the on-site tattoo artists. Sanrio is continuing their 50th anniversary celebrations by featuring renditions of fave Sanrio characters by 50 internationally-recognized artists such as: Shepard Fairey, Niagara, Jason Alper, Adam Wallacavage, Mark Mothersbaugh, Richard Colman, Mike Shinoda and Seonna Hong. Stop by the Small Gift, Big Smile gift shop and pick up specialty anniversary items that will have everyone grinning this holiday season.
4. The Overthrow Presents Basel Castle – Dec. 4, 5pm -4am
Overthrow Castle, 41 NW 20 Street, Miami, FL 33137
If you haven’t experienced one of The Overthrow’s epic parties where everything is done in excess, start mentally preparing for a nonstop 12-hour funfest. Features a plethora of music to keep you raging on by Theophilus London, Amanda Blank’s new band Sweethearts, Jesp, DJ Heroes + Villains, Tamara Sky, Damaged Goods, Troy Kurtz, and Pirate Stereo. Revel in carnival game art installations from TOTT Global and Greg Mike’s Atlanta-based ABV Galler. Enter Han Cholo’s retro jewelry and apparel pop-up show slash freak show. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
5. Veuve Clicquot Presents Once Upon A Dream – Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, 4pm -6pm
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street at Miami Beach Convention Center P-Lot, Miami Beach
Champagne bedtime stories, need I say more? Take some downtime at Design Miami inside one of the innovative sleep capsules created by famed designer, Mathieu Lehanneur. This exhibit is based on the research of noted professor René Quinton, and findings of sleep specialist Alain Nicolas, to create a space that evokes resynchronization through touch, sight, smell and sound. This dream land will kick off the upcoming re-opening of Veuve Clicquot’s Hôtel du Marc in Reims, France. RSVP for your naptime at: DesignMiamiVC@LSagency.com
So after you’re all Baseled out, party your ass off at Le Baron, the Art Basel Miami Beach pop-up nightclub, who’s spending their third year at the Florida Room. Tuesday, November 30, through Sunday, December 5. Florida Room, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Admission by guest list only. Call 305-674-6152 or visit clublebaron.com. Then fuel up with the fine dining of my favorite restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food and Drinks and then hammam at the Standard Hotel.