The synergy of art, fashion and design comes into crystal-clear focus this week with the arrival of Art Basel Miami Beach, the universe of accompanying fairs and the wave of fashion-related events unfolding across the city and across the bridges.
There’s no better place to watch the disciplines bend, blend and blur.
“Fashion and art are such a big part of the contemporary culture; they are both strong forces in society, a way of personal expression. There has been a long history of collaborations and energy between fashion and art,” says Stefano Tonchi, editor-in-chief of the monthly fashion magazine W. “In Miami, especially this week, there is a great concentration of art and fashion and design, a place where it all comes together.”
Tonchi, whose annual Art Meets Fashion issue will be distributed during Art Week Miami, will hold a public conversation Wednesday night with Diane von Furstenberg as part of Design Miami/’s Design Pioneer program. The Design Talks, running Wednesday through Friday, bring together pioneers who have crossed the ever-softening boundaries of design, art, fashion and architecture.
“I am very excited to be there with at him at Design Pioneers,” von Furstenberg said. “…we are going to talk about design and art, women and life. All of the important things.”
The country’s largest contemporary art fair has evolved over its 11-year run to become a curated exhibition of sorts for other disciplines — as retailers, labels, boutiques and brands work to capture the discerning audience. The style-minded can shop at newly opened stores and pop-ups, take in fashion-related installations or sit front row at fashion shows. For the RSVP-only crowds, there’s a buzzing schedule of events: searsStyle hosts an event at the Raleigh penthouse featuring a DIY jeans bar and mini-glam stations. Chloe is presenting a one-night photography, sculpture and painting retrospective celebrating its 60-year legacy at the Soho Beach House penthouse. And Donna Karan and photographer Kelly Klein give separate book signings at the Delano and the Webster.
Among the public happenings:
Pop-Ups/Store Openings/Trunk Shows
• Prada opens its store, 180 NE 40th St. in the Design District, on Thursday. Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the store features the brand’s collection of women’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories and footwear collections.
• Designer Ramy Sharp previews her Ramy Brook Resort 2013 Collection at Sebastien James, 130 NE 40th St.. The trunk show runs 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. RSVP to RamyRSVP@BrandLinkCommunications.com.
• Harper’s BAZAAR presents ShopBAZAAR, an e-commerce pop-up, Wednesday through Saturday at the Buena Vista Building, 180 NE 39th St. Shoppers can stroll the 2,200-square-foot space and visit eight e-tail podiums along with beauty and juice bars. Doors open at 11 a.m.
“Art and Design are vital — in fact, perhaps the most vital — part of the BAZAAR legacy, which makes Art Basel Miami Beach the perfect place to bring our new e-commerce platform to actual, physical life,” said Carol Smith, the magazine’s publisher and chief revenue officer.
• In celebration of photographer Kelly Klein’s newest book, Pools: Reflections, ATM’s designer Tony Melillo has collaborated with her on a T-shirt available at the Webster, 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Introduced this week, the T-shirt features an image from the book and is available in men’s and women’s. The shirt is $85; proceeds will be donated to ACRIA.