The Edit by Brett Graff
SocialMiami editor covers Miami Art Week.
Miami Art Week drew crowds, starting last Monday as the collectors and the cultured browsed the fairs and paraded the festivities. Monday night’s most exclusive soiree was the Christie’s party at the residence of Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer. For Phaidon Books’ “Women Made” and honoring Solange Knowles, guests included Sam Keller, Domenico De Sole, Elle MacPherson, Sarah Harrelson, Sarah Arison, Eddie and Kinga Lampert, George Hamilton, Ambassador Paul Cejas and Trudy Cejas, Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne bon Haes and Monica Kalpakian.
In Allahpattah, meanwhile, the stylish crowds were mingling outside Dior. There, the design house unveiled its Medallion chair in a showroom illuminated a highly artistic seating ensemble, with furniture perched on pedestals. Outside sipping and sauntering were Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz, Guerdy Abraira, Ariel and Jeremy Milgroom, Jenni and Josh Coba, the Design District’s Sandra Santiago, Jolie Balido, Maya Ezrati and Jillian Jacobson. Across the street, Rubell Museum opened its doors for a VIP preview where art observers included Claudia Potamkin, Fabian Besabe, art collector Kathryn Mikesell and artist Natalie Ball from Southern Oregon’s Klamath Tribes. And just down the street in Wynwood, Goldman Global Arts CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick celebrated 13 new installations — murals and sculptures — featuring artists such as AIKO, Addfuel, Bordalo ii, David Flores and Scott Froscheuer. Also at the event: Camila Cabello, who marked the occasion with an Instagram post, and Peter Tunney.
On Tuesday night, Louis Vuitton transported by boat a bevvy of fashionistas to Marine Stadium for a men’s show capped off by a choreographed drone light show and fireworks to honor visionary designer Virgil Abiloh, who recently died of cancer at age 41. There on the water by the runway and capturing the moments for their Instagram feeds were Erica Wertheim Zohar, Jessica Goldman Srebnick, Alexa Wolman, Suzy Buckley Woodward, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Pharrell, Venus Williams, and from the HEAT Tyler Herro and PJ Tucker, who was reportedly carrying a custom silver Louis Vuitton briefcase.
Earlier that day, Isabella Grutman and Barbara Sturm threw a party at the Surf Club for Jimmy Choo and guests including Behati Prinsloo, Allison Statter, Erica Wertheim Zohar, Charly Sturm were handed satin handbags as parting gifts. At the same time, international fashion school Istituto Marangoni Miami held a VIP reception to debut its new exhibition of contemporary Italian art, MI + MI = MILAN + MIAMI, which benefits its scholarship program. CEO and President Hakan Baykam welcomed guests including Italian Consul General Cristiano Musillo, exhibition curator Aldo Premoli, New York philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, fashion designer Rene Ruiz, Brazilian model and influencer Victoria Brito, and actress and model Celesta Hodge.
On Wednesday Erica Wertheim Zohar hosted a lunch in honor of Giorgio Armani. There, some 20 women including art collector Lisa Mendelson, Ann Kroenke Caryn Zucker, Sela Ward and Marta Bloom arrived sipping champagne and left with gorgeous decorative playing cards. Meanwhile in the Design District that evening, Prada presented the Prada Glow Pop-Up Store and showed an exclusive dedicated Miami collection in conjunction with creative foundation YoungArts. Sipping cocktails and dancing to the beats of a DJ whose booth was stamped with a giant Prada label were Sarah Arison, Ariel Pinzur Milgroom, Stephanie Saunders, Evelyn Leduc, Jolie Balido, Danielle Garno.
At Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) over 2,000 guests gathered for the museum’s signature art week celebration PAMM Presents, this time co-presented with UTA and featuring a live performance by interdisciplinary artist and musician Moses Sumney on PAMM’s waterfront terrace overlooking Biscayne. Beforehand, guests gathered for an intimate screening of Sumney’s new film Blackalachia, which was followed by a lively conversation with PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans.
Also that evening, ArtNexus, the leading art magazine in Latin America, celebrated 45 years. Susanne Birbragher with her family Denise Birbragher, Francine Birbragher and Leon Birbragher hosted a cocktail reception at the Hotel Greystone to honor family matriarch and the publication’s founder Celia Sredni de Birbragher. There, guests enjoyed croquetas, salmon with caviar and and countless cocktails as a trio of musicians filled the room with jazz sounds that morphed to funk as the night progressed. On Miami Beach, Burberry and W Magazine hosted a party at a private and sprawling residence that for this occasion was populated by stars in fashion, art and film including Sarah Harrelson, Evelyn Leduc, Karolina Kurkova, Phillip Levine, Meadow Walker and Candice Swanepoel. Servers passed lobster and crab cakes while the London-based brand created martini bars with Tanqueray No 10 gin served in a dozen directions, such as dry, dirty, with cucumber or even champagne or Eldeflower.
On Friday night, the Lavazza Calendar by Emmanuel Lubezki was presented by the photographer himself with artists and activists Ben Harper, Saype, Dr. Shamell Bell, Shilpa Yarlagadda and Sonita Alizada at the Faena Forum. Also in attendance, Cristina and Daniel Rachmanis, Sofia Joelsson, Eloy Carmenate and Michel Combes.
Wrapping up in style on Sunday, Kendall Jenner hosted a VIP gathering for her award-winning 818 Tequila at SAAM Lounge at SLS Brickell. Jenner was all smiles in a form-fitting midi dress, posing for photos while she played hostess, her guests sipping the hand-crafted spirit and enjoying bites including Smoked Golden Beet Tartar and Spicy Tuna & Rice Cracker “Sandwich.” Miami’s glamour set danced the night away to beats by DJ Cardi at the cozy cocktail lounge.
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.