411: A Night at The Museum, Famed Designers and a Hat Lunch

Picon, Khan, Getty, Khan, Breene, & hugh bush

Picon, Khan, Getty, Khan, Breene, & Hugh Bush

A Night at The Museum

Every year, the Bass Museum of Art hosts, arguably, one of the most fun nights that can be had IN an actual museum. Last Wednesday’s fundraiser was no exception, bringing together a select group of the city’s leading arts patrons, socialites and tastemakers for the museum’s annual fundraiser, A Night at the Museum. The 500+ guests dressed to the nines, as the event invitation suggested, creative black tie for the multi-room, indoor/outdoor fete which was sponsored by Vogue México and Latin-America and Escada, and offered a private preview of Vanitas: Fashion and Art- the museum’s latest exhibit which presents fashion in a transformative light- we’re talking dresses made from poppies, real butterflies, skeletons…but don’t want to give too much away. To describe it officially, Vanitas: Fashion and Art explores the theme of vanitas as expressed in avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture as well as in contemporary paintings, sculptures, industrial design and new media. The exhibition includes work by contemporary designers and artists. The collection is showcased through a collection of historic frames,, strategically placed to provide an interactive encounter between the art and the viewer.

The elegant guests enjoyed a night filled with free-flowing cocktails, delicious risottos and bites from Lincoln Road mainstay, Tiramisu, Chateau D’Esclans rosé at the Escada Escape Lounge and beats by DJ Mauricio Parra, and meandered throughout the Bass’ various galleries. Guests also bid on exciting silent auction items including art, and experiences and luxury items.

Vanitas: Fashion and Art is on view Thursday, March 13 through Sunday, July 20, 2014. The exhibition includes works by contemporary designers and artists such as pieces by Isaac Mizrahi, Damien Hirst and a velvet mirrored evening jacket by Elsa Schiaparelli will also be on display, alongside dresses by Yohji Yamamoto and Iris van Herpen, among others.

John Hall Nelson Hosts Mario Buatta and Geoffrey Bradfield

John Hall Nelson hosted design legends Mario Buatta and Geoffrey Bradfield at Nelson’s Hollywood, Florida showroom for an afternoon filled with fanfare and flair. Buatta, aptly named The Prince of Chintz has designed interiors for S.I. Newhouse, Malcolm Forbes, Nelson Doubleday, Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Mariah Carey, among others. Bradfield has decorated residences for Oliver Stone, the late King Hussein of Jordan, the estate of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and many Silent Celebrities, fervently guarding their privacy. Both have appeared in Architectural Digest numerous times, and have had long-runs in the AD 100, the most prestigious list of designers the world over. Partygoers, decked out in their finest, hailed from POSH Palm Beach to Miami, not to mention the seasonal luncheon ladies from Newport to New York City. The afternoon was a blast, thanks to the efforts of Michael Leondas Kirkland- another great production for mkarte! We hear that John Hall Nelson has Stephen Sills and Alexa Hampton on the horizon… We can’t wait!!!

Vizcaya’s Hat Lunch

Ladies Who Lunch donned their most glamorous hats, fascinators and outlandish head pieces for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ recent Annual Preservation Luncheon, widely known as the Hat Luncheon, now in its sixth year. The beautiful event had well-heeled ladies traipsing carefully throughout the stunning gardens and museum, in support of the efforts of the Vizcayans.

Following a late morning cocktail reception in the spectacular formal gardens, the event continued with an elegant seated lunch on the East Terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay in the Courtyard of Vizcaya’s Main House. Just before lunch, guests enjoyed a fashion presentation of Mayda Cisneros’ Spring/Summer couture collection. Adding a bit of whimsy to an already spirited afternoon, came in the form of a friendly Hat contest. First Place, Best all around, went to Marile Lopez; Most Fashion Forward Hat went to Bianca Kannars and third place for The Most Creative went to Diane Sepler. The winners were awarded great prizes donated which included diamond stud earrings from Maurice Jewelers, a luxurious basket of Chanel Products and a very chic handbag from Michael Kors. This year’s generous sponsors include long-time Vizcaya supporters Cathy L. Jones, Africair, and M. Victoria Cummock. The event’s Co-Chairs were, M. Victoria Cummock, Swanee DiMare, Sonia Gibson, Laura Munilla and James Murphy. Jo Malone provided a special gift to all guests.

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left to right: Co Chairs Sonia Gibson, Swanee DiMare, Jim Murphy, Sponsor, Cathy Jones, President of the Vizcayan’s JC Flores, Co Chair Laura Munilla and Sponsor and Co chair M. Victoria Cummock.

Celebrity Sightings

Robert Redford was on-hand for the National YoungArts Foundation’s presentation of the world premiere of The Way of the Rain Miami, a collaborative performance art piece featuring an all-star creative team directed by Sibylle Szaggars Redford (the wife of the award-winning actor). The unique multidisciplinary show paid homage to Earth and its universal elements through the exploration of light, sound, color and texture. The following night, YoungArts presented the second of six YoungArts Salons, featuring the Redfords once again. Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the discussion on art, activism and environmental awareness was moderated by Knight Foundation Vice President/Arts, Dennis Scholl.

Saks Fifth Avenue & Donna Karan New York presented a dynamic Spring 2014 Runway Show, followed by a private after party at the SLS Hotel last Thursday night. Donna Karan, hosted the event with guests including Adriana Lima and Pitbull. Guests sipped Belvedere Vodka cocktails poolside while enjoying the exclusive, invitation-only event.

In Miami to mark the launch of a new bebe sunglasses collection Thursday night, Sports Illustrated cover girl and Victoria’s Secret model Nina Agdal celebrated with DuJour Magazine’s Jason Binn at WALL at W South Beach. Agdal dined with Binn along with bebe CEO Steve Birkhold at Milos prior to the party. She chatted about her upcoming birthday which she’ll be returning to South Florida to celebrate.

Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters and two of South Florida’s leading sports media personalities, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino celebrated the eighth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday night. At the party, MVP and World Champion of The Miami HEAT, LeBron James, accepted the evening’s most prestigious accolade in front of a star-studded capacity crowd, that included Miami HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra, owner Micky Arison, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Alonzo Mourning and Tracy Mourning. Miami HEAT President, Pat Riley, took to the stage to give a moving tribute and introduction to the legendary Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula, before both Riley and Shula presented James together with The Don Shula Sports Legend Award.

Seen dining at MC Kitchen last week on different days, tennis player, Martina Navratilova, Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade and fiancée Gabrielle Union, sportscaster Bryant Gumbel and Burn Notice’s Sharon Gless.

International tennis superstar and Calvin Klein model, Fernando Verdasco paid a visit to Perfecto Restaurant in Brickell Monday night. Accompanied by friends and his trainer, he reportedly left a note declaring the quaint gastropub his new favorite restaurant.

Miami Heat super star Birdman, Chris Anderson was seen keeping fit for the upcoming finals with a house-made turkey burger at Brother Jimmy’s Restaurant in Brickell.

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