Scads of the smugarati got shut down outside pop-up nightclubs such as Chez André at the Shelbourne’s downstairs karaoke joint, by Paris’ Le Baron nightclub and hotelier André Balazs; and Silencio, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive-inspired Parisian cabaret, doing a Basel residency at the Delano. And there was the beachside blowout at the Soho House, hosted by Chanel, where Demi Moore danced it out but mortals packed like sardines could barely reach the bars to beg for beverages. That’s if you got in at all, even after you were invited, even after you RSVPed.
“I RSVPed for the Chanel party and later received a message saying, thank you, but we can no longer accommodate you,” said Amy Rosenberg, director of the Overtown Music Project. “I was clearly outranked by a Russian oligarch or a supermodel. It was a first for me. I had never been disinvited from a party.”
Call this also the year of the curious revelation. Who knew, for example, that Martha Stewart, in town to shop the convention center and make cameos at some of the most coveted parties, spent a lot of time as a child in — wait for it — Hialeah.
“I had an uncle who lived in Hialeah. I came down all the time,” Stewart said at the champagne-fueled opening for Dior Homme in the Design District. “He was a mechanical engineer for Eastern Airlines. I’ve been watching Miami evolve for a long time. Every year it gets better and better.”
And who knew the Freedom Tower is said to be haunted in a most delicious way?
“I was here in the middle of the night the other day, still painting, when I heard conga music,” artist Ruben Toledo said at the Thursday night opening of Toledo Toledo: Full Circle, a show featuring his work and the work of his wife, Isabel Toledo, the star fashion designer who dressed Michelle Obama for the 2009 presidential inauguration.
The Cuban-born Toledos were both processed at the Freedom Tower when their families reached exile in the 1960s. In addition to being known as Miami’s Ellis Island, the historic tower was also the place where queen of salsa Celia Cruz laid in state in 2003 as hundreds of thousands of fans filed by her coffin.
“All of a sudden the music stopped. Somehow, I knew it was Celia,” Ruben said. “Later I talked to some of the security guards and they said that they’ve all seen Celia and heard her music. She’s still here. I got chills.”
And in Wynwood, the spirit of the recently deceased Tony Goldman burned brightly. Goldman, a force behind the neighborhood’s reincarnation as an arts hub, was celebrated Thursday by his family, friends and more than two-dozen internationally famed street artists who all sat down to a formal dinner at the graffiti park he founded, Wynwood Walls, in honor of his birthday.
“He would be over the moon tonight,” said daughter Jessica Goldman. “Look at everything that is going on in Wynwood tonight. Look at all of the art and all of the artists in the neighborhood. What’s happening here is exactly my father’s vision. And I plan to do my best to keep moving that vision forward.”