Taravision: A Style Diary of Art Week 2021
This Miami insider shows us the most unstoppable outfits of the week.
There are parties, and then there are parties. And Gucci’s clandestine cocktail party during Miami Art Week was everything it should have been: A happy, fashion-forward community of Gucci fans, mingling and taking photos and dancing to heady disco remixes spun by DJ Kitty Ca$h – the same DJ/producer responsible for the genius soundtrack of the brand’s “Gucci Love Parade” fashion show in LA last month.
The Thursday night fete was in honor of artist Mickalene Thomas, whose new monograph by Phaidon was just released. Yes, it was Gucci overload, but, to quote the flamboyant late astrologer Walter Mercado – whose look was my inspo for the night – it was all “mucho, mucho amor.”
Over at Faena, Jean-Paul Gaultier hosted a dance party at Faena Theater a few nights earlier, on Tuesday, where drag superstar Violet Chachki (sounds like tchotchke… an object that Merriam Webster defines as “decorative rather than strictly functional”) opened the festivities with an impressive cabaret strip tease, at times suspended up in the air on a swing, a skillset we’d die to have. Afterwards, the fashion gang flooded into The Living Room at Faena to see Omar (i.e. Omar Hernandez, who truly only needs one name, not unlike Cher or Madonna). As always, it was lots of fun, with Omar whisking us past the red velvet rope in his signature tux and top hat.
Which leads us to Basel’s Best Dressed, a short list perhaps, but a good one, including Guerdy Abraira, one of RHOM’s new cast members, who was a combination of demure and fire in a lilac Tibi blouse and skirt by Marie Saint Pierre (props to her stylist @wainachauncy!); Jenni Coba, in an orange Pucci caftan and fluffy sherbet-hued tulle mules (Pucci, again) that literally everyone she saw was drooling over; Gingi Beltran rocking the best black patent leather combat boots by Stuart Weitzman that she ordered from Neiman’s especially for Basel (such a smart idea); and stylephile couple Aneta Glam (love the name) and Emory Stewart, both over 6-feet-tall, in head-to-toe, head-turning black – Herve Leger and Rick Owens, plus some Dolce and Balenciaga for good measure — looking like fancy jet set types that could have appeared on an episode of “The Addams Family”… Morticia’s relatives visit from Zurich… and I mean that as an absolute compliment; Morticia was, and still is, one of my all-time-favorite role models.
Tara Solomon has been documenting Miami since the late 1980s, covering style, philanthropy, society and modern culture. She has written for publications including The Miami Herald, Elle, In Style, Food & Wine, People en Espanol, Vogue Latinoamérica, and German Vogue. Newly married, Tara chronicles her domestic life on Instagram at @tarasolomon. (Photo by Olga Miljko.)