Though there have been many highlights of this year’s Miami Art Week schedule, here we’re shining a spotlight on events from the past two days, like Mickalene Thomas’s party with Gucci and Deux Femmes Noires, a dinner with American Express, and more.
For our first stop on Wednesday, Prada hosted a soiree in commemoration of YoungArts on its 40th anniversary. At the brand’s location in the Miami Design District, we saw YoungArts members, donors, artists, and supporters like Sarah Arison, Craig Robins, Coco Bassey, Anaa Saber, and Amalie Gassman come together to exchange stories and anecdotes over cocktails.
Then, we headed to The Miami Beach EDITION, where American Express hosted a dining experience to reveal its latest collaboration with artists Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley. After debuting for the first time the latest Platinum Card designs—which include two designs featuring works by Mehretu and Wiley, respectively—guests enjoyed a delicious beachside meal, provided by Global Access Partner Cote.
Also that evening, CULTURED Magazine celebrated the release of its December issue with luxury development Five Park in the nearby Arquitectonica GEO-designed Canopy Park. In an elegant gazebo outfitted with warm chandeliers and cascading overhead floral arrangements, guests were treated to an innovative three-course meal by chef Sandy Ho, which included mouthwatering victuals like handmade bao buns and sesame sundaes. After words from the designer Ronan Gregory and curator Sarah Harrelson regarding their work for soon-to-open Five Park, guests ended the night with Villa One margaritas, leaving the party with Victoria Beckham beauty gift bags and fresh orchids (provided by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) in hand.
Yesterday at The Rubell Museum, fashion maison Valentino fêted its latest designs in “The Party Collection” with an open-air party in the museum’s garden. Welcoming friends of the house like Mia Moretti, Tyler Joe, Alex Jerdine, Larsen Thompson, Blake Gray, and Lori Harvey, those present were given a preview of the playfully celebratory collection through a special exhibition (open by appointment for the next two days) before heading to a private lunch at The Goodtime Hotel’s Strawberry Moon.
Next, Gucci threw a party with co-hosts Mickalene Thomas and Deux Femmes Noires’s Racquel Chevremont in honor of Thomas’s newly released Monograph, published by Phaidon. In the Miami Design District at Paradise Plaza, a disco-inspired installation of bright hues and mirrors that looked to the artist’s 1970s-esque works set the stage for a book signing, bites by chef Nina Compton (of Compere Lapin and Bywater American Bistro), and a dancefloor, which was brought to life with tunes from DJ Kitty Ca$hb. And finally, we stopped by a private residence where W Magazineand Burberry were hosting a soiree for the occasion of Art Basel. Sipping Tanqueray beverages and dancing to the tunes of DJ Chloe Caillet was a recognizable guest list of names from across the worlds of art, fashion, music, design, and more, including Jadé Fadojutimi, Casey Fremont, ASAP Ferg, Joan Smalls, Joe Jonas, Isabela Grutman, and Camila Coelho.