August 20 2014

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In Miami, Sport Amid the Art


Of course Stella McCartney would enlist a troupe of synchronized swimmers for the debut of her Spring ’13 collection for Adidas. That’s just what you do when you launch a sportswear range during Art Basel Miami Beach. Held at an opulent mansion on Biscayne Bay, the presentation featured water ballet, Adidas by Stella McCartney-clad models posing in speedboats, and a few mermaids playing volleyball.

“This is my first time at Art Basel, and I’m so glad we did this in Miami: The sun and light here fit in so well with the collection,” said McCartney. The collection, which featured Running, Swim, Yoga, Studio, Cycling, and Tennis ranges, popped under the Miami sun, thanks in part to its vivid palette of cherry red, coral, and lilac, along with some leopard and botanical prints. The range embraces technology, offering featherweight multicolored running shoes and rashguard surf tops, plus breathable fabrics made with Climacool techniques, but McCartney seemed most pleased that the collection was in line with her do-right ethic. “Sports and sportswear keep pushing the technology, and unlike luxury fashion, you don’t have the waste, chemicals, and killing of animals,” she said. “Sports brands have to answer to people, which is so in line with what I do. It’s never about the money or the PR; it’s about what feels right.”


Where’s Le Baron?


Art Basel is upon us—the Miami Beach edition of this year’s fair begins next week—and the parties number in the triple digits each night. Sure to be a question at each: Where’s Le Baron? After five years of stationing their Basel pop-up at the Delano Hotel, André Saraiva and his Le Baron crew have decided to switch it up—five times. From December 4 through December 9, the now-mobile party spot will spend each night in a different locale. (The obvious joke about partygoers doing the same suggests itself here.) The details will be kept under wraps until dark—or, at least, 6 p.m.—when the addresses will be revealed via Twitter, Facebook, and the club’s new “Where’s Le Baron?” app (available for download at “I thought it would be fun to make it a challenge to find Le Baron this year,” Saraiva told, noting that last year’s overcrowding and round-the-block lines were a factor in the decision. “I wanted to make it a space that our friends and family come to every night without the trouble of the usual crazy doors in the same spots.”

As a nightlife-purveyor-cum-graffiti-artist, Saraiva plans to embrace the Basel spirit by throwing a party with Richard Prince for his new AriZona iced tea, for which the artist branded cans with his Nurse and Joke paintings. (At $0.99 to $1.25, they’re bound to be the most cost-effective Princes at the fair.) Not to be outdone, Saraiva will unveil a public mural he’s created in Miami’s Design District. Naturally, his work will be feted with a Baron-style block party.

Can’t Sit Still


Fact: GIFs have been around for 25 years. Only recently, however, has the world caught on to this moving picture format. (We admit, we have spent our fair share of time at toying around with them.) Needless to say, when we caught wind of a new digital GIF exhibition, we were intrigued. Starting today, Paddle8 and Tumblr are accepting GIF submissions via Tumblr (through November 17), to be judged by a panel of fashion and art experts like Johnny Misheff, Michael Stipe, the Rodarte sisters, Nicola Formichetti, Richard Phillips, James Frey, and Vinoodh Matadin & Inez van Lamsweerde. The chosen GIFs will be displayed at a physical exhibition, entitled Moving the Still, at Art Basel Miami in December. In the meantime, feast your eyes on original GIFS created by leading artists including Nick Knight, Casey Spooner, and Stipe, on view at Here, an exclusive first look at the GIF created by Kate and Laura Mulleavy for the project.

Photo: Rodarte, 2012