Given that fashion is a wearable art form, it’s no surprise that the industry flocks to Art Basel Miami Beach each year to add a touch of style to the scene by way of exclusive parties, pop-up shops, and artist collaborations. This year, the show is chockfull of fashion parties, so we’ve rounded up eight events that are guaranteed to be the hottest tickets in town. Start making calls now, because the first one is tonight!
What: Johan Lindberg BLK DNM Worldwide 11 Fragrance launch
Where: The Webster Miami, 1220 Collins Avenue
When: Wednesday, November 30 (7-9pm)
Why: Because Johan Lindberg is a cool dude and has cool friends that will definitely be there, like Waris Ahluwalia. Also, the fashion world’s fuel of choice, Kanon Organic Vodka is sponsoring it.
What: Seth Browarnik "Art of Night" Opening
Where: Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Avenue (strictly invite-only)
When: Wednesday, November 30 (9pm-12am)
Why: Gilt Groupe chief advisor Jason Binn will celebrate the official grand opening of the Shelborne and honor photographer Seth Browarnik and his "Art of Night" exhibit, which features over 50 nightlife-inspired photos, like the Daphne Guiness image above. DJ Mia Moretti and electric violinist Caitlin Moe will provide the tunes.
What: Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards
Where: Moore Building, Design District (strictly invite-only)
When: Thursday, December 1 (7:30 cocktails, 8:30 ceremony)
Why: Montblanc is honoring co-founder of Design Miami Craig Robins with the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, presented by none other than Pharrell Williams. Expected guests include Christian Louboutin, Russell Simmons, Elle Macpherson, Silvia Fendi, Stefano Tonchi, and the night’s DJ, New York’s own Paul Sevigny. ‘Nuff said.
What: Vogue Lounge at Art Basel
Where: Sagamore Art Hotel, 1671 Collins Avenue
When: Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2 (12-7pm)
Why: This is open to the public! The two-day, VIP shopping experience features never-before-seen contemporary art fused with cutting-edge fashion. This is also where you can score some Keds for Opening Ceremony gear.
What: Pringle of Scotland Party hosted by Tilda Swinton
Where: Mosaic Building, Design District (strictly invite-only)
When: Friday, December 2 (8:30-9:30pm cocktails, 9pm dinner)
Why: To kick off the UK label’s pop-up shop, actress-turned-muse Tilda Swinton is hosting a Kanon Organic Vodka cocktail pairing dinner. The event will also reveal conceptual artist Liam Gillick’s capsule collection for the brand. But we know that you just wanted to see what Swinton wears.
What: Del Toro Artist Slipper Collaboration Launch
Where: Casa del Toro, 2830 Lucerne Avenue, Sunset Island One
When: Friday, December 2 (5-11pm)
Why: Although he still hasn’t been able to get Kate Middleton in his shoes, Matthew Chevallard has fashion girls and boys across the globe sporting his kicks. The cool kids over at Refinery29 are co-hosting the party too, so you know it’ll be hot.
What: GrandLife Hotels and Whitewall Present "This is New York"
Where: Le Baron, Florida Room, 1695 Collins Avenue
When: Friday, December 2
Why: GrandLife and their legendary "This is New York" parties never cease to rock the elite fashion crowds in New York and Paris. Now, they’re bringing their pop-up rager to Art Basel Miami – and we can’t wait to see which famous names kick off their designer heels to hit the jam-packed dance floor first.
What: Gareth Pugh Dinner Hosted by Byrdie Bell
Where: Baoli-Vita1906 Collins Avenue (strictly invite-only)
When: Saturday, December 3
Why: Because it’s Gareth freakin’ Pugh.