“Art Basel is the leading global platform connecting collectors, galleries, and artists,” according to the official website’s about section. “Art Basel’s Initiatives strive to create unique artist-led experiences and strengthen local art scenes.”
If you ask around though anyone will tell you it pretty much feels like it’s LA and New York crowds coming together with the tropical backdrop that is Miami. A chance to mix and mingle, attend fabulous parties, discover emerging artists, and do so all in the name of art.
Of course, The Knockturnal was on the scene in paradise city where we got to stop by the Zadig & Voltaire + Cultured event. Taking place at Zadig & Voltaire’s Miami Design District location, the celebration honored the brand’s philanthropic partnership with the L.A. Dance Project. Andrew Warren, RHOSLC’s Brooks Marks, and Gaia Matisse (great-great granddaughter of late artist Henri Matisse) hosted the event.
Special guests in attendance included Montana Tucker, Devon Windsor, Austin Mahone, Blake Gray and Michelle Salas among several others. Sips were had courtesy of ultra-luxe tequila brand Cincoro Tequila and their Miami inspired cocktail menu.
While, it’s no surprise fashion has infiltrated the Art Basel scene, the film landscape has also made it’s way into the event/ basel party circuit with an exclusive pop-up put together by Universal Pictures and Stella Artois. The private rooftop party took place at the notorious Soho Beach Club Miami to celebrate the release of the upcoming film The 355.
DJ Amrit hands down understood the assignment and gave the crowd some latin music mixes to bop to. It’s Miami after all! Specialty cocktails were flowing (obvi) and the most delicious appetizers were passed around. Cannot confirm or deny but suspicion that night was they were from Cecconi’s downstairs. Do I need to say more? You already know the hors d’oeuvre‘s were automatically a hit. My personal favorite were the truffle honey whipped ricotta crostinis. *Insert gasping emoji.* That’s how good they were.
In attendance model Charlotte McKinney, influencer Charly Jordan, and dancer Montana Tucker amongst more lovely guests. No sightings of Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, or any of the stars of the film, but that’s okay because we can watch them on the big screen once the film hits theaters January 7th.