The 10th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach is almost here, bringing with it the custormary blend of A-List celebrities, collectors, socialites, fashionistas, artists, gallerists, and more. Sure, there’s the art fair during the day, but the parties are where the fun will be. ARTINFO got wind of ABMB’s most anticipated events so we can give you a preview.
KICKING IT OFF
Start off Art Basel Miami Beach right as Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami brings back its annual ABMB party with Vanity Fair, honoring Sandra Brant and Ingrid Sischy. Some may remember them from their involvement in another magazine that throws parties during Basel.
MOCA North Miami, 770 NE 125th Street, November 29, 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP at email@example.com.
Rev up your engines! Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo will be on hand to unveil the new 458 Spider, a speedy and sexy car to inspire envy in the owners of other speedy, sexy cars clogging up Collins Ave. Plus, there will be a 3-D video installation by artist Marco Brambilla and a surprise musical guest!
1111 Lincoln Road, November 29, 8:30 p.m. Invitation only.
The ARTINFO and Art + Auction Power 100 party, co-presented by adidas SLVR at the Mallick Williams installation is going to be without doubt the best party of Art Basel Miami Beach, objectively speaking. We’re going to fête our Power 100 list poolside, so wear swim trunks under your power suits in case things get a little crazy.
Shore Club Pools, 1901 Collins Ave, 10 p.m. to midnight. Invitation only.
Luminaries of fashion, culture, and design including Zaha Hadid, Christian Louboutin, and Silvia Fendi are expected to show up to honor Dacra CEO and Design Miami co-founder Craig Robins. Pharrell Williams will present Robins with the 20th Anniversary Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, and the tunes — courtesy of Paul Sevigny — are guaranteed to get people on the dance floor.
Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, December 1, 7:30 p.m. Invitation only.
The champagne will be flowing as party boys Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos, and Vito Schnabel host an after party for Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman’s private dinner to celebrate Dom Pérignon's new Luminous Label. Can you cram more opulent words into a sentence? No, you cannot.
Wall at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, December 1, 11 p.m. Invitation only.
COOL GUY STYLE
Arbiters of men's style DSquared2 and VMAN join forces to celebrate the label’s presence in the magazine’s latest issue at one of Miami’s coolest boutiques. While of the style set in Miami is sure to be there, there may even be an appearance by VMAN 24’s ubiquitous cover boy, James Franco. Cross your fingers!
The Webster, 1220 Collins Avenue, December 2, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Invitation only.
DIDDY GETS BOOTYLICIOUS
Arty party boy Andy Valmorbida hosts a dinner and soirée at Mr. Chow and with Diddy and Jimmy Iovine to showcase photographer Raphael Mazzucco’s new book “Culo by Mazzucco,” which displays the female behind in all its adipose splendor through artfully produced photographs. This event is going to be an A-list art affair: Rem Koolhaas, Aurel Schmidt, and even John Chamberlain are expected to attend. In other words, not your average derriere-guard.
Mr. Chow at the W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, December 2, 8 p.m. Invitation only.
GET OUT YOUR SOUNDSUIT
The bass will be pounding as Beats by the good Dr. Dre provides the music for what Fendi Casa calls a “celebration of sound and design” to honor artist Nick Cave. We’re hoping to see Cave’s sculptures vibrate to the rhythms.
Fendi Casa Luxury Living Showroom, 90 NE 38th Street, December 2, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Invitation only.
NO PLAID HERE
Artist Liam Gillick, actress Tilda Swinton, and designer Alistair Carr will gather for cocktails to debut Gillick’s Pringle of Scotland collaboration. There will be no traditional Scottish plaid here as Gillick’s clean bright lines cover the brand’s knitwear and accessories. Expect even less spaces in the crowd than there are in the title of the artist's line, liamgillickforpringleofscotland.
Mosaic Building, 161 NE 40th Street, December 2, 8:30p.m. Invitation only.
GOING OUT IN A PUFF OF SMOKE
Monsieur Le Baron, nightlife impresario and graffiti artist André Saraiva, will host a Lazy Sunday BBQ to close Art Basel Miami Beach at the Standard. Anyone who is still partying at this point deserves a medal and a transfusion.
The Standard Spa, 40 Island Avenue, December 4, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Invitation only.