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On Sunday evening, Whitewall and ARTECHOUSE Miami celebrated the opening of Refik Anadol’s “Infinite Space” and the launch of the 6th edition of Whitewaller Miami. Hosted by Whitewaller Guest Editor Sarah Arison in collaboration with Osklen, Hotel Janeiro, and BrightFox, the evening saw attendees like Louise Stefani, Sébastien Léon, and Tom Bastok gathered at the art space sipping augmented reality cocktails, surrounded by the immersive digital environment of Anadol’s latest show.
Then on Wednesday, hosts Winnie Harlow, Pierre Gagnaire, Andrea Mancuso, and Herve Deschamps celebrated Artisans of the Wild 2019 with Perrier-Jouët. Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, the brand treated guests to a Banquet of Nature, which explored ways for those in attendance to reconnect with the natural world during a dinner experience. Featuring a menu by Chef Gagnaire, the banquet was complete with bespoke glassware by Mancuso and an unforgettable unveiling of Metamorphosis by dancer and choreographer Bianca Li.
Also that evening, Balmain presented a preview of Cécile B. Evans’ A Screen Test for an Adaptation of Giselle at the Knight Concert Hall. A modern-day video adaptation of the French ballet, the work features a retelling of the classic story where the protagonist’s death opens new strategies for escape, unfolding in a mix of animation, image upscaling techniques, and AI. After a screening of the video, guests also enjoying a showing of historic pieces loaned from Balmain’s archives (which were featured in the film) and a presentation of stills from the work.
Yesterday, sportswear brand Kappa celebrated the 50th birthday of its Omni logo at Miami’s new public skate park, Lot 11. For the occasion, the brand collaborated with artist Vanessa Beecroft and curator Neville Wakefield to present a performance that brought the iconic logo to life in 50 different live paintings. Inspired by Michelangelo Antonio’s Zabriskie Point, Beecroft orchestrated a group of 50 coupled models, situated throughout the park, as they reenacted variations of the logo in a choreographed symphony of movements by Jacob Jonas The Company.
Completing the day, Paddle8’s Valentine Ukovski held the annual Basel Brunch at The Standard Miami Beach. This year honoring Tschabalala Self’s fundraising efforts for UN Women UK, the event saw guests like Chloe Wise, Shantell Martin, Kennedy Yanko, JiaJia Fei, Antwan Sargent, Studio Drift’s Ralph Natua, and Mickalene Thomas enjoying their midday meal al fresco, by the hotel’s pool.