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Next to painting Concept Art Fair Sea Fair Art Basel Miami 2014

Albeit late, here is my recap of last weeks Art Basel activities. You’ll have to forgive the tardiness, as I was bedridden for several days with the cold from hell. Now lets get down to business. Last week art lovers and novices alike flocked to Miami to take part in one of the worlds largest Art Fairs. Art Basel, while around for over 40 years has only taken place in Miami since 2002 but each year has seen tremendous growth. With art lovers, millionaire, celebrities and the artsy-fartsy type taking over the city for about a week, Miami has become hands down the it place to be during the first week of December. Think Cannes Film festival in Cannes, France, only you can actually afford to come and enjoy the city of Miami without taking out a second mortgage. Here’s a round up of some of my escapades during Art Week.

Day 1 – Tuesday

Concept Art Fair: Preview Showing

Boat Concept Art Fair Sea Fair Art Basel Miami 2014

 

The Concept Art Fair held its preview party on Tuesday before it opened its doors to the public on Wednesday. I was super psyched about the venue, a mega yacht named the Sea Fair docked in the Biscayne Bay adjacent to the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown Miami. As we boarded we were greeted with drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres and made our way through the ship enjoying the works curated by the different galleries. The ship boasted 4 floors of galleries, a couple of full bars, and deck and seating areas where one could relax and enjoy the views of the downtown skyline and grab some fresh air. Unfortunately for us, it was raining so taking advantage of the decks was not an option.

Old woman Kerchief in Ghana Concept Art Fair Art Basel Miami 2014
A Kerchief in Ghana by Omar Arraez - Charcoal in wrinkled paper
Pokara Old woman Concept Art Fair Art Basel Miami 2014
Pokara by Omar Arraez - Charcoal in wrinkled paper

 

As for the artwork, there were several interesting pieces and two works from the Omar Arraez  actually turned out to be my favorite pieces from my entire Basel experience this year. A simple medium of charcoal on wrinkled paper created this amazing life-like effect. However, I can’t say that the Concept Fair blew my mind overall. As a party it was lovely but it was definitely on the small side for a fair. I’d be somewhat underwhelmed if I had paid $15 for the general admission day pass when I can see hundreds of works for the same price at some of the other fairs.

Concept Art Fair Sea Fair Art Basel Miami 2014

 

Day 2 – Wednesday

Diane von Furstenburg: Book signing party at DVF pop-up in Aventura Mall

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This is where fashion meets Basel. Diane von Furstenburg made her way to Art Basel this year and managed to schedule in a few stops to promote her latest books, “The Woman I Wanted to Be.” And “The Journey of a Dress.”  Being the fashion lover that I am, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to meet the fashion icon. Diane treated her supporters to wine, champagne and some of the most delicious passed hors d’ oeuvres a girl could ask for. She got up close and personal as she signed books and chatted with guests. Though not technically an art related event, I found art in the displays throughout the pop-up store, many chronicling her history as a designer and impact on the fashion world. Like a little gallery within a retail location, every piece strategically on display to showcase the accomplishments of this empowered woman and you know I was all for it.

DVF Diane Von Furstenburg art basel Miami 2014

 

Day 3 – Thursday

Disaronno Terrace: Miami Art Week Edition with Artist Jeremy Penn

 Cup Disaronno Terrace Miami Edition Art Basel 2014

Once again it rained on my parade. Or should I say it rained on my Basel. The Disarono Terrace event, was scheduled to be held on the rooftop of The Gale Hotel South Beach but was unfortunately moved to a rain location, the basement area of the hotel known to locals as the Rec Room. While it’s an interesting location for a Saturday night out, it’s not quite as scenic as a Miami Rooftop on a cool, breezy winter night. Furthermore, planned for this Art Week edition of Disaronno Terrace was an exhibit entitled “The Evolution and the Ego” by artist Jeremy Penn. This exhibit somehow never made it to the basement thus making this event a non-Basel related party with free drinks by Disaronno. I was disappointed by the lack of artwork but the drinks were delicious and there’s only so much complaining one can do when the drinks are delish and did I mention free.

Disaronno Terrace Miami Edition Art Basel 2014

ATC/British Knights Basel After Party: Footwear boutique & barbershop

After Disaronno Terrace we wandered into something. I’m still not quite sure what we wandered into but that’s what made it all the more interesting. Drawn in by the crowd milling outside and music pumping from the speakers, we stepped into ATC footwear. Apparently ATC and British Knights were celebrating the launch of their new T-shirt and hat line collaboration. The footwear was front and center. Actually, a patron in a barber chair was front and center as he received one of the most intricate hair cuts I’ve seen up close from a talented barber from  Notorious Barbershop while the footwear revolved around him on an airport style luggage carousel.

ATC British Knights Relaunch Event Art Basel 2014

 

Day 4 – Friday

Vibes: The Art of Inspiration Party by Gil Green and 305 Films

Presented by Coors light, this hip-hop meets art shindig has been held in the obscure Toe Jam back lot for three years running. It’s my favorite party of Art Basel. This years event showcased works by director Gil Green and photographers Jonathan Mannion and Derick G. I left my pretentious party pants at the door and came casual (but fashionable) and ready to enjoy old school hip-hop and reggae vibes and tons of random art installations and live graffiti paintings. From a stripped out school bus and part of a cockpit perched high above the crowd, the entire event is an explosion of cool. The explanation doesn’t do it justice. You had to be there.

Vibes 305 Gil Green Toe Jam Backlot Art Basel Party 2014

 

 

Day 5 – Saturday

Product Placement Exhibit by Derick G

I’d seen some of Derick G’s work the night before at the Vibe party but he was holding another event the following night at the maps back lot with more works.  The Product Placement exhibit provided a party atmosphere similar to Vibes party but on a smaller scale. Derick’s pieces are a little too risqué to showcase here on this blog but I can tell you that the works focus on how sex appeal is used to sell products. Derick G. uses nudity in the female form and strategically placed products from some of America’s most recognizable brands to capture the sexual innuendo. Though I can’t show you pictures of the artwork. Here are some pictures from my evening.

Derrick G Product Placement Exhibit Art Basel 2014

And there you go folks. That sums up my Art Basel experience this year. Typically on Sunday I go out to the Red Dot fair and walk the Galleries in Wynwood along N Miami Ave. It’s a great way to close out the week. Unfortunately, someone tagged my car and to add insult to injury, I came down with a nasty cold that totally killed by Basel mood.  Aside from how my week concluded, it was another great year at Basel and I can’t wait until it comes around again next year. Let the count down begin.

So Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week is over and because of an insanely busy week, I’m a little late on my recap but better late than never right? I just wanted to take a few minutes to share a few of the collections that really caught my eye along with highlights of neon green/yellow, the color that will apparently be the color of the Spring/Summer season this coming year.

Alexander Wang NYFW Spring Summer 2015 looks

Alexander Wang

High-waist pants made their presence known in the Alexander Wang collection. Perfect for a big city girl, there was lots of black yet all of that black was pleasantly offset by the use of plenty of bold color.  Daring hues of lime green and cobalt blue were not only hard to miss but also hard to not fall in love with.

 J. Mendel NYFW Spring Sumer 2015 looks

J. Mendel

J. Mendel was all about the flowy sheer fabrics. His collection provided a mix of whimsical, high fashion, and plain ol’ pretty.  There was quite a bit of neon green and white floating down the runway. I’m all on board. The looks were absolutely picture perfect for spring.

 

DVF  Diane Von Furstenberg NYFW Spring Summer 2015 looks

Diane Von Furstenberg

This latest collection from Diane Von Furstenburg was filled with plenty of  delicate grays but like classic DVF, the collection was also replete with bold colors and florals. Oh, and honey the silhouettes...  She gets me. She really, really gets me. Diane knows how to treat a lady.  The Spring/Summer line gracefully accentuated the models lovely lady parts while several pieces made the statement that the crop top still in full effect.  I loved the playful shorts and skirts but the sweet, sugary icing on the cake was a yellow, almost lime green dress that almost made my heart skip a beat.

 

Badgley Mischka NYFW Spring Summer 2015 looks

Badgley Mischka

Ohhhh Ma gosh, Badgley Mischka's runway looks absolutely stole my heart.  This collection was my absolute favorite. I love when fashion embraces a woman’s femininity and fashion house Badgley Mischka has always been on the same page. The collection dazzled in wonderful elegance. I couldn't help but be drawn in as chic look after chic look strutted it’s way down the runway. Some of the dresses featured a tiered, tulle element, which I can’t say I was too fond of but overall, I would probably wear about 80% of the looks if given the opportunity. Hey Badgley… uhh call me.

As most of you know, I’m a Sheryl Sandberg fan and have reviewed her book, Lean In on the blog. So when it was announced yesterday that Sandberg had launched a campaign to deter the use of the word “bossy” as it pertains to young girls, I was already on board without knowing much about the new initiative.  I didn’t need to hear that Beyonce, Diane von Furstenberg, Condoleezza Rice or Jane Lynch were involved (although that lineup is kinda friggin awesome). I was just excited to learn more about it.

Having read the book, I know exactly where Sandberg is going with this. It all stems back to equality in the work place for women, and what better place to start then by being mindful of the things we say to young girls so that we’re not stifling their possible growth into future leaders? It isn’t just about the word “bossy”. It’s about all the things that are said to young girls that give them the impression that it’s not okay to be ambitious or that it's not okay to want to be leaders. It's about all the things that tell them it’s more important to be liked than to embrace a natural inclination to be a great leader.

Okay, so the title of the campaign “Ban Bossy” weighs a little heavy on the cheesy scale.  I’m sure the copywriter who thought of it was focused on the alliteration, so pleased with how it sounded rolling off the tongue that the cheese factor didn’t quite register with him or her but is that reason enough for all of the negative backlash? I don’t know. A contributor for Forbes blasts Sandberg, essentially telling her to get her priorities straight because “There Are Far Worse Things Than Being Called Bossy”. Another site brands the initiative “The stupidest campaign ever”. While I don’t quite know about all that, I will give a little on the call to ban the word.  Ban is a hell of a strong word and like I just said it makes the whole thing sound super cheesy (yes, after consideration, I increased the cheese level from a little to super). However, I don’t think we should get caught up in word play. Let’ not let that detract from the intention of the campaign. Fact is, there’s a problem with inequality for women in this country and like Sheryl, we should be attempting to work at the root of the problem to try and resolve it. Rather than bashing a woman who’s trying to do something positive, why not take a deeper look at what she’s trying to accomplish here and try to encourage little girls with leadership skills to strive to be leaders they were born to be. Visit BanBossy.com for more info.

"Let's make power moves ladies."  Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,

J. Daniel

 

Here’s a great piece on a few women we know that have been called bossy. Among them Anna Wintour, Michelle Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Barbara Walters, and more.

16 Successful Women Who Were Once Called Bossy or Worse - Time