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Blasblog From Miami: What’s The Difference Between Art Basel And Fashion Week?


So, in the world of one-of-a-kind female performers, last night could have been great. It should have been great. Deitch Projects had invited Beth Ditto from the Gossip to shimmy her business in the Oasis of the Raleigh and Grace Jones was making a one-night-only appearance at the Mondrian hotel. Unfortunately, however, I missed them both because of prior commitments that ran late. It reminded me of the time I found a fashion editor bawling outside a Catherine Malandrino show when she missed Mary J. Blige’s surprise performance because some appointment for a keychain line went long. (I didn’t cry, but I did think about it.) This of course begs the question: What is the difference between fashion week and Art Basel Miami? The answer: about three days. To be honest, when it comes to the late-night happenings here during this “art” fair, there’s not much difference. (And I’m not saying this in a good way.) Store parties, book signings, fashion dinners, and more designers than you can shake a stick at. Heck, even Naomi Campbell is in town, methodically working the party circuit like a show schedule. She swooped into the Puma dinner last night for a grand total of ten minutes. And like Beatrice Inn, the West Village hangout that turned into the late-night catchall last fashion week, the Raleigh hotel is fast becoming the after-after-party hot spot. At least that’s where I went when I missed Jones and Ditto last night, to sulk among three Schnabels (patriarch Julian, daughter Lola, and son Vito), Benicio Del Toro, and more hipsters than you can throw a sand castle at.

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