Flaunt Magazine Didn't Pay Its Art Basel Bills, Locals Say

Well, that didn't take long. The dust hasn't even settled yet on this year's Art Basel but already accusations of broken promises and unpaid bills are emerging.

Los Angeles-based fashionistas Flaunt Magazine, for instance, hosted a much-hyped party at Wynwood's Mana warehouses featuring Kendrick Lamar. But locals say Flaunt founder Luis Barajas flew in for Basel, berated them, and bounced without paying.

"I'm pissed," says Kerry McLaney, an event producer who estimates Barajas owes her and her crew $17,000. "I felt like I was coming onto this project as a favor. But instead, it turned into hell."

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.