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Celebrations Surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach

Regina Campbell

December 10, 2013

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Art Basel Miami Beach kicked off early on Monday with intimate collector previews and first choice parties for the international art crowd of collectors, dealers, gallerists and curators. By Thursday, the younger fashion-and-music crowd hit the streets to party and Miami’s Design District, a creative neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, art and architecture, was the place to be.

Miami Design District
Miami Design District

Click the photos to see the full slideshow from the parties.

DJ Chelsea Leyland got the evening started at the Christian Louboutin Miami Design District boutique. The celebration honored artist Carmelo Tedeschi’s exhibition, a series of five freestanding sculptures made of vegetable tanned leather, carved and hand stitched. Tedeschi is most known as the creator of one-of-a-kind accessories for Martin Margiela, Kenzo, Gianfranco Ferre and Acne. Los Angeles-based fashion blogger Aimee Song and Decades owner Cameron Silver enjoyed the evening of art, delicious bourbon cocktails and, of course, shoes!

Unlike New York, Miami is a driving city which allowed partygoers to pull out all of the stops in regard to fabulous footwear. Driving is a good thing because the parties span the city. Later in the evening guests gathered at the Wall, the W Hotel’s old-school nightclub where Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel presented a limited-edition Dom Perignon bottle by artist Jeff Koons. Bottles of Dom Perignon bubbly were passed and beats by DJ Rukus and Zoe Kravitz were played. Damien Hirst attended as did model Jessica Hart, Eddie Borgo, Paris Hilton and Lisa Marie Fernandez.

The next day Jonathan Simkhai’s seaside lunch at The Dutch, the W Hotel’s outdoor grill, was the perfect remedy from a late night. Flutes of champagne and savory margaritas were passed as designer Jonathan Simkhai mingled with an intimate group of friends. A delicious family-style lunch of lobster rolls, margherita pizza and savory side-dishes were served. Simkhai didn’t let the formality of the seated lunch keep from interacting with his guests. He quickly suggested playing a game of “Head’s Up” with the iPhone. Before you know it, we were acting out farm animals and Eighties icons as Simkhai began guessing. The afternoon ended on a sweet note with Jonathan Simkhai branded cupcakes.

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