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All the weekend shenanigans at Art Basel Miami Beach

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Glenn O'Brien's latest creative endeavor, the "post-Christian" book Penance, was the cause célèbre at The Standard Spa's Alldayeveryday Newsstand in Miami on Friday. "I was raised Catholic and was forced to go to confession when I was completely guiltless," explained O'Brien of the origins of the project, "so it always made a big impression on me." The book represents a transcription of the "all-true confessions [that were] told to me [when I received confessions] at the Chelsea Hotel last year. I figured: If they can do it, I can do it; if they can forgive people, I can forgive people." André Balazs, André Saraiva, and Johan Lindeberg stopped by to get a first read—and to confess themselves. "I have some sins to confess from last night," revealed a partygoer who preferred to remain anonymous. "It's been a very naughty week." Art Basel brings that out in people.

Later, Ryan McGinley and the Art Production Fund's Yvonne Force Villareal and Casey Fremont Crowe helped Francisco Costa toast the arrival of his Resort collection for Calvin Klein at The Webster. "It's fantastic for this city," Costa said of the special pieces he designed for the store. "It's light, it's colorful, it's fun, and it has the spirit of Miami itself—the bright reds and blues." Alessandra Ambrosio, Theophilus London, and Desiree Rogers were in the mix, but there was a distinct sense of the week (finally) winding down. Not, however, for a recently arrived Leandra Medine. "Hit it and quit it," she said. "That's my strategy."

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