Last night was way cool. I went to 2 Art Basel events. Art Basel is an annual contemporary art exhibition held in Miami. Every December, since 2002, thousands of folks flock to Miami Beach to see and be seen. There are dozens of events held in conjunction with Art Basel. So, last night was opening night and, although a bit cool, it seems that everyone was out.
The first event that I checked out was the Masters’ Mystery Art Show at the tony Ritz Carlton South Beach. This isn’t your regular art show, but rather has a twist to it. More than 300 artists, hailing from 31 different countries, are invited to submit works of art. These pieces are then sold for $50 each. But, again, there’s a twist. It is only AFTER the purchase that you find out who the artist is.
Well, this year, for the private Opening Night Cocktail Party, they added another twist–a silent auction of one of a kind tote bags, with proceeds benefitting Florida International University’s Master of Fine Arts Program. The tote bags were created by fashion designers. So, guests were invited to browse the bags (they were all FAB), and to bid on them. Only after the completion of the auction (at 7pm tonight), will the designer revealed. Cool, huh?
A few of my FAB friends were bag designers this year, so I had fun trying to figure out which totes were theirs. I think that I figured out which was designed by my purse designing friend, Adriana Castro. I had a much harder time trying to figure out which bag had been designed by my couture house friends over at ellabellaroZio. I’m also kind of leaning towards one bag in particular that could have been designed by my shoe designer friend, Lisa Pliner. I can’t wait until the Big Reveal tonight.
There were also bags by others, like Julian Chang, Eduardo de las Casas, and Karelle Levy. I had a great time and saw plenty of friends, like Beth Sobol of Miami Fashion Week, Olivia Wolff of Sofi Magazine, Matt Heine of Funkshion, and Michelle Payer of Ritz Carlton Hotels.