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MIAMI BEACH BLANKET BINGO: Fashion is back at Art Basel/Miami Beach. The annual art fair, known as much for its strenuous after-hours schedule as the contemporary art on show, suffered social attrition last year because of the recession. But this year, brands are flocking to host events, starting tonight with a François Nars and Chandelier Creative cocktail at the Standard. Cartier also will host a cocktail at the Miami Convention Center for art commissioned from Alessandro Mendini and David Lynch. Jefferson Hack’s Another Magazine is hosting a dinner at the Delano celebrating limited edition artworks sold on the pub’s Web site, while Purple Magazine will occupy the wee hours with a party cohosted with Design/Miami at Le Baron’s temporary digs in the Florida Room.
On Thursday night, Nike cohosts a party at OhWow’s art space for Lance Armstrong’s “Stages” exhibit benefitting his Livestrong foundation. Pucci’s Peter Dundas will put in an appearance at upscale boutique The Webster, which also is hosting designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren Friday night. Also on Friday, over at Casa Tua, Moncler will hold a bash toasting Pharrell Williams, who designed a jacket for the outerwear brand. A few miles to the north, Lanvin will celebrate the opening of its new Bal Harbour, Fla., boutique. Visionaire magazine is hosting its annual party at the Delano. Photogs Bruce Weber and Sante D’Orazio each have their own party — Weber at the Standard (for his new book on dancer Roberto Bolle), and D’Orazio feting his book, “Barely Private,” with Francesco Clemente at the W’s new nightclub, Wall.
Those still going on Saturday can take in a Versace show featuring the spring collection at Casa de Suenos or head back to The Webster to have a final glass of Champagne with designer Joseph Altuzarra.