At Art Basel Miami Beach, show-stopping fashion beckons along with the art

12/05/2013 3:20 PM

12/05/2013 3:22 PM

Fashion and art mingled this week at Art Basel Miami Beach, where pops of color, bouquets of flowers and eye-catching wearable designs competed for attention with paintings and sculptures.

Color ruled, especially bright shades of orange and red, at the art fair’s V.I.P. preview, where patrons were swathed in luxury designer labels from head to —especially — toe.

Julio Quaresma, an architect, painter and sculptor in Lisbon, wore a flower-garden print shirt from Robert Graham, pink jeans and a Prada jacket, accessorized with a Calvin Klein belt and Donald Pliner shoes.

"We need color now in the world today," said Quaresma, 55, who is originally from Angola.

Bright flowers also adorned Mary Frank’s jacket by Lee Anderson, accessorized by a coordinating tangerine garnet ring by Alberto Nardi of Venice, an orange Hermès bag and Chanel slippers.

"I always wear a lot of color," said Frank, 52, of Coral Gables. "I’m usually a red person, but today I’m orange."

Melis Bischofberger, who lives in Istanbul, wore head-to-toe Issey Miyake — a magenta jacket and fuchsia pants.

A red tie from Balthazar and burnt orange suede Tod’s loafers completed Vincent Herrmann’s checked Zara suit.

"I am colorful in my mind and in my heart," said Herrmann, 38, a magazine publisher originally from France who lives in Coconut Grove.

Cecile Tailbot’s dress by designer Lynn Adler flattered in a soft shade of purple. She bought it in a Paris boutique, on the Rue du Courceilles. Tailbot paired her dress with Maje shoes and delicate, dangly earrings.

"I thought I would change from black," said Tailbot, 46, who lives in Paris. "In Miami, you see the colors of the buildings and you want to wear color."

Junichi Hakamaki, an "haute couture" artist and painter who lives in Mougins, France, designed his own French army pants, colorfully beaded with a tree of knowledge and life. The pants were tied with a purple and white beaded belt of his design, with the words "War" on one side and "Peace" on the other.

Flowers also flocked Alexxa Gotthardt’s vintage blue and white dress, which had been her great aunt’s, and Dr. Gail Weingast’s Mother brand denim pants, which she paired with a Majestic of Paris top.

Several mother-daughter and father-son pairs coordinated or juxtaposed their outfits.

Missy Carricarte said her 17-year-old daughter dressed her in a black Balenciaga top and black-and-white swirly Balenciaga pants, which she paired with a Chanel purse. Daughter Sophia Kardonski wore the same swirly Balenciaga print in a top with a black Zara skirt and Givenchy purse. She put reflector tape on her boots, which she found in a second-hand store.

"We have so much fun coming together," Missy Carricarte said, "and I get to see art through my daughter’s eyes. She is a young collector, a great collector, and I learn from her."

Kenneth Weisman, a criminal defense attorney from Miami Beach, looked dapper in a Carolina Herrera suit and tie with Tod’s shoes. His 16-year-old son, Benjamin Weisman, wore a blue Fred Perry for Comme des Garcons sweater, Levis and Sperry Topsiders.

"I love coming for the people," said Kenneth Weisman, 52. "The outfits — are you kidding me?"

Lisa Hahn of New York stood out in a lacy Prada dress, black Hermès crocodile Birkin bag and Christian Louboutin shoes, accessorized with a Chanel watch and Hermès bracelet. Her daughter, Sabrina Hahn, 21, an art history major at Harvard, chose a Chanel purse and shoes and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.

Couples also showed their love — of designer fashion.

Art collectors Norah Stone, a lawyer from San Francisco, wore gold lamé pants from Etro’s spring 2014 collection with an Alexander Wang top, Zara shoes and Issey Miyake purse. Her husband, Norman Stone, a retired psychologist and head of their family’s foundation, wore a brightly printed blue Etro shirt and jacket with white Prada jeans. On his wrist: his father’s vintage Christian Dior watch.

"I’m a shopper — I just go in and see what appeals to me, and wear what is going to be fun that day," he said. "Life is basically a costume party."

Former actress Vivian Ventura, who lives in London and Key Biscayne, wore a fire-engine red dress of her own design, set off by a red flower in her hair and a magenta Hermès Kelly bag.

"I always wear lots of bright colors. They cheer me up," Ventura said.

"I love you in red," chimed in her husband, director and producer Errol Wetson, who wore a white linen suit by Ralph Lauren with a polka dot belt.

Ryan Su, 25, and Adrian Chen, 33, both of Singapore, dressed in casual, printed shirts and shorts they had bought in Thailand. Su paired his with Lanvin sneakers; Chen, with Yves Saint Laurent slippers.

"I saw a zebra with a human head at Art Miami last night, and I wanted to look just like it," Su said.

Anna Mour floated in a delicate pastel flowered Prada top and pink Prada skirt, toting a green crocodile Hermès purse. She coordinated her outfit with pink flowered Valentino espadrilles.

"I just wanted something classic and comfortable," said Mour, 32, of Bal Harbour, who was with two friends: Margarita Hernandez, of London and Bal Harbour, in Chanel from her cream wool dress to her shoes and purse, set off by Cartier and Graff jewelry, and Nina Moaddel, an art advisor from London, in an Alaia dress, Chanel purse and Hermès shoes.

Wearing a green paisley Givenchy shirt and matching shorts, mono-named Di Mondo summoned attention.

"I think this was perfect," he said of the warm-weather outfit. "I feel like a pajamaed kid in it.”

His accessories: Gucci sandals, an Hermès watch and Cartier bracelet.

"I love art, it’s inspiring," said Di Mondo, a tech entrepreneur who lives in New York. "I have an emotional connection with fashion and with art."

Models Emma Miller, 24, of London, and Brazilian Regina Sil, 27, who lives in Miami Beach, turned heads in their colorful outfits. Miller wore a mini-dress by Opening Ceremony and shoes by Laurence Decade, topping it off with a Valentino clutch. Sil dressed in a Camilla by Intermix maxi with a Herve Leger purse and Diane Von Furstenberg gold lamé heels.

New York fashion buyer Andrea Foster delighted in a wide-skirted blue Chanel dress, accessorizing with a mustard Chanel bag, Céline sandals and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.

"I’m in fashion," Foster said, "and I just knew I wanted to wear this today."

Black and white with a splash of color also made a statement. Juliana Costa, a Brazilian who lives in South Beach carried a multi-colored Chanel bag with her white Stella McCartney dress and black Céline leather jacket.

Purses and other accessories were often eye-popping touches. Feodora Pallas, 27, of Paris, wore a dyed, rainbow-hued mink purse she bought in Paris; Sarah Mirmelli of Miami Beach carried a camouflage Valentino bag. Laura Day, a collector and interior designer from New York, completed her look with bright orange suede Aquazzura high-heeled sandals.

Amalia Deak, a designer who lives in Key Biscayne, donned gold-toed Yves Saint Laurent heels and an Hermès Kelly bag, slinging a sparkly blue Malene Birger sweater over her shoulders. Helene Nguyen-Ban, who lives in London and Paris, wore buckled Chloe shoes and a brightly embroidered clutch she bought in a flea market in Thailand.

Laura de Gunzberg, who works at Sotheby’s in New York, wore a gold necklace by Aurelie Bidermann and delicate Sophia Webster stilettos with dangling fish on the ties. April Freitag of Los Angeles carried a Givenchy Rottweiler bag and wore Stubbs & Wooten slippers, with a screw decoration on one foot and a "U" on the other.

Janice Laff of West Palm Beach wore a watch by a Canadian designer, made with a Bakelite ball, that she bought at a museum gift shop in Chicago.

Henrique Faria, who is originally from Caracas and now owns an art gallery in New York, set off his pastel striped shirt with a bright pink Charro Mexican tie cinched tightly around his neck. He completed the look with a loden-green jacket and slacks, Lanvin sandals and tortoiseshell bracelets he bought in Fiji.

"I always wear fabulous stuff," Faria said. "Men can only go so far, so accessories are key."

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