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At Miami’s Art Basel, art might be the impetus for the occasion, but fashion makes a serious statement.
The decadent and sometimes irreverent fashion world has its own curatorial experience during Miami Art Week; this year, Public School, Patricia Field, and Dior are just a few of the brands that have a presence.
Art lovers travel to Miami to see and buy new works, but there are also ample opportunities to shop for clothes, handbags, and jewelry at art-themed pop-up shops from the Design District to the hotel hot spots on the beach.
And for the style-minded spectator, the art parties and openings double as runways for fashion shows as glamorous gallerists, chic collectors, and celebrities breeze by the booths.
We’ve rounded up some of the key fashion-minded events that will go down in this delirious weekend, where escapism of such a grand scale has never been more welcome. If you want to fit even more shopping in between events and exhibitions, check out our map of Miami’s best stores, too.
Faena Bazaar’s Pop-Up
The first cycle of the Faena Hotel’s ambitious retail project, Faena Bazaar is a shopper’s dream village, modeled after a Moroccan souk and featuring a heavy-hitting cast of designer pop-ups and artist installations. Maison de Mode will sell exclusive products from Tina Craig and Nouvel Heritage, Viktor + Rolf, Edun, Cover Swim x Donald Robertson, Bea Valdes and Brother Vellies. Big names like Henrik Vibskov, Edie Parker, Figue, and L’Objet are also staging pop-up shops at the Bazaar. Check the event’s website for info on daily designer appearances. Friday, November 25th to Sunday, December 4th at Faena Bazaar; 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Hollie Watman’s “Elements” Pop-Up
Athleisure and swimwear designer Hollie Watman opens “Elements,” her first-ever pop-up shop. Pieces from her new collection, The Art of Wellness, will be on sale. Big, bold, bright-colored skate decks, bicycles, surfboards, canvas tote bags, fleece sweatshirts, and leggings are among the items that carry her splashy floral theme. Tuesday, November 29th to Saturday, December 3rd, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 1 Hotel South Beach; 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
WNL Radio by Public School New York
Public School New York is taking design to the airwaves for what’s being billed as a “pop-up radio installation.” Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne draw from the brand’s acronym “We Need Leaders” to expand on a statement represented in their past work and collections. Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 3rd at The Confidante; 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Armarium Pop-Up Shop
If you left your best dress in New York, the Armarium pop-up shop should be your first stop to spruce up your Art Basel wardrobe. Stylists from the high-end clothing rental app are on hand to construct a profile and choose from selections that work for long days wandering art fairs or for nights at chic poolside parties. Tuesday, November 29th to Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at The Raleigh South Beach; 1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Lingerie Française Exhibition
This provocative exhibition traces the evolution of female undergarments dating back to the 1880s. The Association for the Promotion of Corsetry Industries has organized the extensive show that features over 100 pieces of lingerie from 11 French makers including Aubade, Barbara, Chantelle, Maison Lejaby, and Simone Perele. Tuesday, November 29th to Tuesday, December 6th at Sagamore Hotel; 1671 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Luxury Garage Pop-Up
High-end Chicago-based consignment shop Luxury Garage Sale is transforming a green cabana at the Mondrian into a three-day vintage shopping haven for bag lovers. Shoppers will find a treasure trove of Hermès, Chanel, Celine, and Louis Vuitton accessories and handbags — including Birkin and Kelly bags — along with jewelry from Chanel and Cartier. Thursday, December 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Mondrian Hotel South Beach; 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach
Limited-Edition Dior Lady Bags
Seven artists debut their own takes on the iconic “Lady Bag,” commissioned by the brand. The limited-edition collection — which includes the top handle style as well as clutches, scarves, bracelets, and key chains — by artists Ian Davenport, Mat Collishaw, Jason Martin, Marc Quinn, Daniel Gordon, Chris Martin, and Matthew Porter is available at Dior’s Design District store; prices run from $350 for a card holder to almost $12k for a mink purse. Tuesday, November 29th through December at Dior Miami Design District; 162 NE 39th St, Miami
Patricia Field’s Artfashion
Sex and the City costume designer and punk fashion icon Patricia Field has been at the epicenter of the downtown New York art world for decades. She makes her Art Basel debut with Artfashion, a curated collection featuring handmade, customized clothing by artists Scooter Laforge, Suzan Pitt, Jody Morlock, Iris, Barbee Bonner, Thomas Knight, Suzanne Mallouk, Kyle Brincefield, Ben Copperwheat, Steven Wine, and Kiss. On view through December at White Dot Gallery; 2245 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
The Webster x Enoc Perez Capsule Collection
Artist Enoc Perez has created a tote bag and a series of ten archival ink prints for this capsule collection, which captures the iconic Art Deco Miami retail institution. One-third of the proceeds will be donated to charities Sandy Hook Promise and mothers2mothers. At the Webster, an Enoc Perez and Bamford Watch limited-edition watch will be sold for $17,600 apiece. The Webster Miami; 1220 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes
A truncated version of Museea’s original exhibition exploring the archetypes of femininity both mystical and maternal is on display at ArtSeen Gallery, featuring rare pieces by Alexander McQueen, as well as items and artwork from designers including Vetements, Comme des Garçons, Vetements, Vivienne Westwood, and other boundary-pushing designers. Open Thursday, December 1st through Monday, December 5th, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily at ArtSeen Gallery; 2215 NW Second Ave, Miami
Siwy X Lulu Laboratorium Hand-Painted Denim Jackets
Artists Lola Blu, Skott Marsi, and Domingo Zapata are among those who will hand-paint Siwy’s limited-edition denim jackets, which will be on display at the Wynwood shop. If you want to see the action first-hand, Lola Blu will paint live on December 4th. Thursday, December 1st to Saturday, December 3rd, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, December 4th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lulu Laboratorium, 173 NW 23rd Street, Miami
Narcisco Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism
Michelle Obama’s favorite Cuban-American designer is the subject of the first couture exhibition at this Miami museum. Over 40 of his designs are included in an exhibit that incorporates some of the designer’s most influential pieces dating back to his tenure at Calvin Klein. On view through January 8th at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum; 10975 SW 17th St, Miami
CND Vanity Projects
An all-star cast of nail artists will be creating Art Basel-inspired geometric manicures. Ashley Craig, Britney TOKYO, and Miss Pop are among the six artists creating an array of designs that will be all over Instagram during Art Basel; the designs will be available to Vanity Projects clients for a limited time. Monday, November 28th through Saturday, December 3rd; @cndworld, @VanityProjects, @VanityProjectsMIA
LOEWE and Jonathan Anderson
The Loewe Foundation has transformed the Loewe Design District boutique into an awe-inspiring installation featuring the works of Irish artist William McKeown and British potter John Ward. Ward’s 40 vessels gleam on the 18th-century Portuguese building installed permanently to the space for an effect that makes the high-end handbags incredibly inviting. Wednesday, November 30th through March 31, 2017 at Loewe; Miami Design District, 110 NE 39th St, Miami
MM6 Maison Margiela Pop-up Shop
MM6 Maison Margiela has opened its first-ever pop-up shop with an art installation in the space by Aaron de la Cruz unveiled for Art Basel on November 29th. Shop the label’s avant-garde and feminine collection, which feels right at home in Miami’s Design District. MM6 Maison Margiela; 173 NE 40 St, Miami