While Art Basel Miami Beach is largely about the latest and greatest in modern and contemporary visual art, fashion has gradually been making the yearly festivities its biggest stomping ground. Creation takes countless forms, some of them garments, textiles, and wearable art.
For all of those style-savants who would rather revel in the art of fashion (and let's be honest, contribute to the economy in the chicest way possible) instead of tent hop and marvel over stoic artworks come this time of year, we've got a customized line-up just for you.
Sheers and Sneakerheads at ATC
Where else can you leisurely mosey in for a pair of exclusive Copper Nike Foams and one hell of an undercut? Why, ATC, of course. On December 4 from 7 to 10 p.m., the homies at the consignment sneaker shop off of Washington Avenue will release their collaborative t-shirt and hat line with (street wear) brand British Knights and barbershop Notorious in honor of Basel 2014. Dj Daai Lo, owner of ATC, and DJ Aliyo will be spinning the beats for the night while free drinks embolden dudes to get their hair snipped and shaped up by the stylists at Notorious Barbershop. And, as per always, after the party is the after-party, where the night will segue on over to the backyard of the Broken Shaker at the Freehand from 10 p.m. to midnight. On top of hot releases, dope apparel, and sick illustrations showcased by local artist Mwanel Pierre-Louis, heavy inebriation seems to be the trend of the night as the outside bar of the Broken Shaker will also be doling out free drinks for the first hour.
Harper's Bazaar Pop-Culture Series
Back for its third consecutive year as Basel's premier fashion and beauty stake-out, Harper's Bazaar will be holding the Soho Beach House hostage December 2-4 for a series of events, from personal shopping consultations with contemporary lines such as Altuzarra, the Row, and Jennifer Meyer ripe for the pickin', a water bar hosted by Fiji, and a Day of Beauty, equipped with a fragrance bar and Dior Beauty nail artists. Fashion photographer and illustrator Garance Doré and Bazaar's very own contributing Illustrator Avery Nejam will be there to coax all the artsy folks to the fashion-centric event, and will be supplying savory intoxicants while you shamelessly splurge on La Perla's current collection of sexy somethings. Lingerie and libations -- need we say more?
Grand Opening of Club Monaco on Lincoln Road
Yet another heavy-hitter to join Lincoln Road's retail clique, Club Monaco will celebrate the opening of its doors on December 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Caroline Belhumeur, the creative director and head designer of Club Monaco, will helm the event whilst artist Olek will trek all the way from the Big Apple to feature one of his trippy crochet installations.
Great-and-Meet with CFDA Winner at Capretto
On Thursday, December 4, you'll get to meet CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Paul Andrew in the flesh at Capretto Shoes (5822 Sunset Dr., Miami) while you try some of the colorful stilettos from his spring/summer collection. Naturally, you'll be one of the first ones privy to said collection, but make sure you get there in a timely manner, being the event is but a wee two-hours long from noon to 2 p.m.
Celebrate Linda Farrow's Ten-Year Anniversary at the Mondrian
Miami's sun shows no mercy, and Linda Farrow is the first one to empathize with Magic City citizens on that score. That's why the sunglasses designer, alongside Parisian nightclub Le Baron, will be throwing a bumpin' pop-up party to celebrate her ten-year anniversary right off of West Ave. in the Mondrian Saturday, December 7 from 2 p.m. on.
Fashion and Art Installation in the Design District
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Fashion and art both fall under the same family tree. At least fashion designers Walter Van Beirendonck of Antwerp Six and L.A.-based Bernhard Willhelm can certainly testify to this. Come December 1-7, the two South African designers will hit the Miami fashion and art scene at full throttle with their installation "The World of Mr. Somebody and Mr. Nobody." Every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Design District (91 NE 40th St.), their narrative of opposition will transfix exhibitors, juxtaposing contradictory elements such as "beauty and the bizarre," using the designers' clothes to fuse with the artwork of Lombard and Chisholm. Celebrity fashion photographer, Miles Ladin, will be there to snap "on-the-spot" images of the installation, while graphic designer Peet Pienaar will contribute some out-of-this-world graphics.
Live Music at the Opening of Chrome Hearts
Basel 2014 is about to get all sorts of heavy-metal up in here with the opening of the first ever Chrome Hearts store in Miami on Wednesday, December 3, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. In true Ozzy Osbourne fashion, the goth hardware and rosary-clad emporium will offer some pretty sweet visuals of the brand's collection for this season along with a plethora of artwork by both established and emerging local artists. Zoe Kravitz of Lolawolf will provide the music for the night with a live performance. The boutique will embody a "factory-style" motif, where the L.A.-based Fahey/Klein Gallery will feature all the art goodies, some including the still photography of Chrome Hearts co-owner and designer Laurie Lynn Stark.