Every year, jetsetters from around the globe converge in Miami for a who?s-who festival of art, and design?Art Basel. Slated for December 6 through 9, this 11 year-old f?te is renowned for its fusion of emerging artists and respected art industry heavyweights. Artists sell and exhibit their work by day, but after dark, major fashion brands host ultra-chic parties. With its unmatched mix of culture, food, and non-stop party action, it?s not surprising that the contemporary art stars are joined by the bold face names of music and film. Last year?s attendees included Sean Penn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, and Lady Gaga, not to mention hundreds of fashionably dressed gallerinas and art collectors. Not sure which soirees you should drop in on or what outfit you should choose to stand out in the crowd? Check out L-atitude?s list of Art Basel party picks?and browse our suggestions for what you should wear there.
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Vanity Fair and MOCA?the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami?are teaming up for the second year to fabulously ring in Art Basel. This year, the party?s centered around Bill Viola: Liber Insularum, the latest video art exhibition by celebrated American artist Bill Viola. Snag your tickets here! 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami
During the entirety of the festival, the Morgans Hotel Group will be hosting a pop-up version of the famed Parisian hotspot Silencio at their own Delano South Beach. The club?s original Paris location is renowned for its darkly chic ?Mulholland Drive?-inspired vibe; expect sleek cocktail offerings and a buzzing salon-esque atmosphere.
Miami?s Bass Museum of Art?noted for its distinct collections of historical and modern work?is putting on a special exhibit called ?The Endless Renaissance? that features the solo projects of six international artists. Eija-LiisaAhtila (Finland), Barry X Ball (USA), WaleadBeshty (UK), Hans-Peter Feldmann (Germany), Ged Quinn (UK) and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand) are the artists highlighted in the exhibit. Celebrate the exhibit?s opening on Wednesday, December 5 from 9 P.M. to midnight. 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
The Standard Hotel in Miami Beach is another hotspot for Art Basel soirees. Terry Richardson?the top photographer who?s snapped everyone from Barack to Gisele?is signing copies of his new book, Terrywood, on December 7, then hosting an after-party at the Standard (which promises some raucous entertainment). On Sunday, December 9, the hotel is partnering with NYC?s Hole Gallery for a Lazy Sunday BBQ, which combines a delicious array of wings, burgers, and fries with a curated selection of thought-provoking art. 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach
The ever-cool South Beach boutique The Webster is hosting a bevy of invite-only Art Basel events guaranteed to attract the A-listers of the festival. Designer Stella McCartney is bringing her British heritage to the U.S. by hosting a VIP tea party for the event?s top fashion lovers. Later that evening, Valentino and Interview magazine will take over The Webster?s rooftop for a night of cocktails hosted by Sofia Sanchez, Chelsea Leyland, and Laure Heriard Dubreuil. 1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
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