Miami Beach Art Basel is about art. Expensive art.
The kind of art that attracts millionaires and celebrities all who flock to the sunny destination to browse, buy and party. But, it’s hard to celebrate Basel without paying homage to the city that has hosted it for 18 years. Perhaps that’s why champagne house Moët & Chandon threw an intimate bash on Thursday night celebrating reggaeton singer (and two-time Latin Grammy nominee) De La Ghetto and his contributions to Miami’s music scene. Famed photographer Jonathon Mannion toasted the artist as part of Moët’s new Nectar of the Culture campaign.
Mannion has spent the last 25 years documenting “The Golden Era” of hip hop. Thursday’s dinner ushered in the next generation of tastemakers, in what has been dubbed the “Rose Gold Era.” The limited-edition bottle is as rose gold on the outside as its liquid on the inside. Held in the Drake Room at Mandrake Miami, guests sipped specialty cocktails and dined on a multi-course menu of caviar, eggplant, salads and dessert. Framed photos of Rafael Castillo aka De La Ghetto decorated the walls as Mannion raised a glass to the singer’s “Hollywood charm.” “When I first met him, I said to myself, ‘this guy has it… But it was off camera when it was just him and I that I got to know the real him,'” remarked Mannion.
Guests included big names like Pusha T, DJ Irie, Quincat, King Hoodie, Teheran Jones of Exclusive Game and more. After the dinner, the party continued at Miami hotspot Mokai where Tory Lanez, Don C and more attended to celebrate the occasion. Art Basel may be over Sunday, but Moët and Mannion will continue to celebrate various pioneers in key cities across the U.S including Atlanta, LA and Chicago.