There’s a lot going on in Miami during Art Basel.
You arrive at your hotel, shower and dress. Smoke a cigarette out front while you wait for your taxi to take you to dinner. It takes forever to get a taxi… but I soon learn that in Miami, it takes forever to do just about anything. An irritating realization for someone living in a city with a little more hustle.
The tangle of colors is stimulating; the art, sounds, buildings and fashion all seem to be a part of a big production made to entertain and/or confuse you.
You rise early the next morning, jet-lagged or hungover? Maybe a little bit of both. But that won’t stop you from tackling your 8am meeting and your jam-packed schedule. Your slow-moving day is anything but lazy. Filled with meetings, shows, luncheons, late nights and early mornings, the cycle of obligations continues until you say ‘fuck it’ and take a day to do whatever the hell you want.
For me, this day was Saturday. I called up Ladyshark and headed over to her hotel, coffees in hand. She greeted me with a kiss and a pair of shades from D’Blanc. She must have known I was starving cause she took me to eat right away at her favorite sandwich spot in Miami, La Sandwicherie. I scarfed that all-dressed turkey & salami sandwich down – by far the best meal I had on this trip.
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Our next stop was the beach. My first experience actually sitting and enjoying Miami beach. I rolled around in the sand and surf while she watched and snapped polaroids of me, sun reflecting off my shades…
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Our walk back to the hotel took us down Ocean Drive where club music infiltrates your eardrums and countless servers will try to lure you to lunch by offering a free glass of champagne. As tempting as this was, we had made other afternoon arrangements…
We jumped in Carlos’ mini and headed over to newly opened Edition, where The Supper Club and Bernstein & Andriulli were hosting an Art Basel luncheon sponsored by VieVite Rose, Champagne Jacquart, Purity Vodka & Perrier featuring our friend and very talented artist, Tristan Eaton. We sipped on bottomless cocktails and feasted, surrounded by good company – and took home the best goodie bag.
Our day off concluded at South Pointe Park just in time for Sunset. The sunsets in Miami seem to have a blue hue to them. Maybe I was just seeing things. We sat in silence for a minute with the wind howling, drowning out any apprehensive thoughts we had about tomorrow. This was by far the best day off I had had in a while…
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