There’s no shortage of designer boutiques these days on Miami’s newest luxury row—40th Street in the Design District—but last night, the focus was on just one: Dior Homme, which held a party to celebrate its new store there and debut a film directed by Bruce Weber, Can I Make the Music Fly?
“I hardly ever go out so I’m kind of freaked a little bit,” admitted Weber, who said he usually stays home with his six dogs. “I’m seeing all my friends—this is like a high school reunion.” One of those friends was Martha Stewart. “Bruce is a pleasure to work with,” she said, recalling when he shot her for Vanity Fair. “He’s so professional and he’s so creative. An amazing man.” Also in the crowd were Calvin Klein, Pharrell Williams, and, of course, Dior Homme’s Kris Van Assche, who’s attending Art Basel for the first time. “It’s almost like a vacation,” he said. “It’s just that I’m really close to the shows in January, so I’m not really relaxing.”
There was no relaxing for the party set. After Dior Homme it was off to the Chanel and Art.sy barbecue at Soho Beach House, hosted by Larry Gagosian, Wendi Murdoch, and Dasha Zhukova, but no Karl Lagerfeld, who’s apparently still coming off his Scottish Métiers d’Art show. A throng of art world stalwarts danced on the beach, and some celebrities too, in the form of Demi Moore, Lenny Kravitz, and Will Ferrell, in a mustache straight out of Anchorman.
Not far away at the Delano pool, Playboy and The Hole co-presented a Parker Ito installation and concert with A$AP Rocky. Neville Wakefield—new creative director of special projects for Playboy Enterprises—surveyed the Ito stage installation and observed, “Why not mix high art and high sex?”
The evening was bookended by an Interview and Valentino party at the Webster and late-night dancing at Le Baron. The pop-up party is being held at a different secret location each night, and yesterday it was Jelsomino. At one point, we spied the likes of Riccardo Tisci, Leigh Lezark, and Johan Lindeberg all huddled in a small room off the main dance floor under a sign that read, “One for the money.” It is Art Basel, after all.
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