Sartorially Inclined

The fashion crowd settles in for a long week of parties at Art Basel Miami Beach


Alexia Niedzielski and Alessandro Sartori   
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"Visionaire's done a million parties, but we've actually never done a party where it's quiet!" said Visionaire cofounder James Kaliardos from outside the stained-glass cube where the pub hosted its first Art Basel Miami Beach bash with the National YoungArts Foundation. Last night's event marked the premiere of Matthu Placek's all-immersive, five-minute, 3-D film, A Portrait of Marina Abramovic. Guests—including Rafael de Cárdenas, Jeremy Kost, and, for a brief moment, Abramovic herself—sipped rum cocktails before entering the massive, completely empty structure lit from the outside in ("So it will look like the sun is coming into it at night," said Cecilia Dean). Once inside, they watched a clip in which Abramovic emerges from within her new estate in upstate New York, nude and staring directly at the audience. "Marina had this vision, and we pulled it all together," said Kaliardos. "And I did the makeup for the film; she told me, 'You made Botticelli!' "

Down the road a bit, Interview and Porsche Design got together to celebrate a new capsule collection from the French pop artist Thierry Noir. "Thirty years ago, I started to paint the Berlin Wall in Kreuzberg," Noir recalled. "Those characters have become the symbol of freedom: You can see them all over the world—in New York, in Los Angeles, in Yokohama. And now, in Miami." Noir was talking about the now-ubiquitous hearts he scrawled on the Wall so many years ago—and, for Porsche last night, painted on two hundred limited-edition handbags that were strung into a large-scale heart installation. The party also featured a special performance by Zoë Kravitz's new band, Lolawolf, not to mention quite a few vodka cocktails.

Slightly later, in the Design District, Berluti threw a party of its own. "The brand is about knowing the rules but also changing the rules," said head designer Alessandro Sartori from his seat at the opulent dinner. And bend the rules they did, serving fresh stone crab (bibs included) and some very rich spiced lamb to a crowd that included Kris Van Assche, Daria Strokous, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, and her mother, Silvia Venturini Fendi. The guest of honor? Dutch design wunderkind Maarten Baas, who created four pieces for Berluti's Miami outpost. "They have a more traditional way of working, whereas I have a more avant-garde way," explained Baas of the collaboration. "And I like exactly how those two meet with each other—how I can emphasize the refreshing spark that Berluti has within itself. That's, for me, the challenge."

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