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Art Basel Miami Beach came and went over the extended weekend in a flurry of bright colors and corporate-sponsored synergy. WWD’s art world correspondents fanned out across the manses and hotels of southern Florida to report back on the goings on in the art scene.
• Stefano Tonchi squinted his eyes as he walked inside the Pringle of Scotland pop-up store Friday night in Miami’s design district, the doctor’s-office lighting demanding attention for the brand’s new accessories collaboration with artist Liam Gillick. Those making the trek from South Beach included Pringle of Scotland “brand ambassador” Tilda Swinton. “I’ve lost my voice, what do you want?” she asked, when a reporter walked up to ask a few questions. “I’m sorry, I’m just here with friends and here to support the brand.” Swinton and her group headed to a stark white industrial space just upstairs from the party to dine on baby arugula salad and beef tenderloin. Every inch of the floor was covered in swirls of red glitter and Pringle of Scotland design director Alistair Carr hoped it would get a little messy as the festivities wore on. “I hope people have some fun with it, make their own art.”
• Earlier on Friday, Lanvin had planned to hold a cocktail party outside the W South Beach hotel but moved guests indoors to a lobby bar when confronted with rain. The party continued with dinner on the terrace of the recently opened restaurant, The Dutch, to fete the close of Lanvin’s two-year sponsorship of the Rubell Family Collection’s annual exhibition.
• A few blocks away, Naomi Campbell, Bruce Weber and Gina Gershon made a late appearance at the Dsquared2 and Vman dinner at The Webster. “I just flew in and I’m leaving tomorrow,” said Stephen Gan. “I’m playing catch-up on everything that’s happened here.”