Stay: The Art Hotel Faena, 3201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, 1 (305) 534 8800
Drink: "The New Deal" a bourbon drink at he FDR at the Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach and of course "Tequila on the rocks" everywhere else.
Fired up about: Moma Party, Mary Boone Gallery, Aquavella Gallery
The first week of December 2015, brought a swarm of international buzz to Miami, Florida. No longer solely the retirement center of the East Coasters, nor the focal point of the Organized crime world of Meyer Lansky in the 1950s, Miami has come to be recognized as a pulsating, sexy international destination, most especially for the art and design world.
International gallerists, designers and artists flocked to Miami to savor a taste of Art Basel. Art Basel was skillfully started by 3 gallerists in Basel, Switzerland in 1970, to promote the ambitious vision and hip thinking of the art world. It's now an international fair held in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami. I was really interested in a Barbara Kruger piece from Mary Boone Gallery but had days to drink in all the other goodies by Richard Prince and Wayne Theibaud.
This past year brought an impressive mix of traffic to Miami. Friday night, following his photography debut at the Fair, Lenny Kravitz dined at Mr. Chow at the W Hotel and then rocked out "American Woman" at 2am at the hotel's club, for collectors such as Aby Rosen. The W, the Edition and the SLS hotels are the places to stay, but make reservations well in advance. Try to cozy up to your concierge to make certain you can dine at all the party spots. At the Delano, we added a bit of presidential pomp and circumstance to any party we discovered a new cocktail at FDR. Formerly The Florida Room, the subterranean lounge is now run by a new nightlife regime out of Las Vegas and the cocktail menu pays homage to the leader that brought our country out of a dark time. Nothing says relief, recovery and reform like a progressive pour of bourbon.
I took in a hot Show at the American Airlines Arena, about a month earlier, that JLo performed in with Pitbull. Then I saw Jenny from the Block at Matador Bar at the Edition. This is the home to Jean George Vongerichten's sexy and sophisticated, mood-lit restaurant. A chic "see and be seen, under the radar" spot. Don't forget to sip on a glass of Don Julio on the rocks with a splash of fresh lemon juice. My fave.
Saturday night was for players and invitations only so be sure to do your homework early and call your friends in PR or in hospitality so they can give you the scoop. We piled into the Surf Lodge's André Saraiva's party with
Pre-book your attendance at Art Basel, Switzerland June 16-19, 2016, or Miami December 1-4, 2016. You'll have to wait for Hong Kong in the spring of 2017.
Remember, party on in style, always remain ahead of the trends and don't ever forget to be fashionably presented.
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