Ansel Elgort and Offset Party during Art Basel
A misty Offset concert. A Generation Z model blew out birthday candles. A signing session at Gucci. The tropical bacchanal of art fairs, private dining, and premier parties known as Art Basel Miami Beach is back in full force. Here are some highlights from Wednesday night.
Disco Balls and Fried Chicken
There was a long line at the Gucci store in Miami’s Design District, but this time it was for a book. Mickalene Thomas and her partner Racquel Chevremont signed copies of their new art book, “Monograph”. Less bookish fans posed in front of neon lights and disco balls for the perfect selfie.
Opportunity: A signing session and a cocktail for Ms. Thomas.
Bedroom: Upstairs in Gucci’s shiny store, with images of Ms. Thomas’ work displayed on giant screens.
Waiting for: Mrs. Thomas; Mrs. Chevremont; Michael Chow, the restaurateur, and his wife, Vanessa Rano; Tourmaline, an activist; and models including Selah Marley.
The food: Nina Compton, a chef from New Orleans, served hot fried chicken, tuna tartare, and dried tofu.
Mood: âI’m really excited to see the work at the Untitled Art Fair tomorrow,â Ms. Thomas said. “They do a wonderful job of showing the work, and it doesn’t look like you’re walking through a mall.”
A Generation Z model grows up
Jordan Barrett, a model once referred to by Vogue as “It Boy,” said he had never had a real birthday party before. So he invited 40 of his closest friends to Art Basel to help him celebrate.
Opportunity: Mr. Barrett turned 25. He was also promoting his brand of sparkling sake, Hape.
Bedroom: Gitano Miami, the South Beach outpost of the clubby Mexican restaurant in Tulum.
The food: Small plates to share like queso with chorizo, guacamole and kiwi branzino.
Waiting for: Mr. Barrett; his partner Fernando Augusto Casablancas; Ricky Thompson, an actor; Chloe Wise, an artist; Candice Swanepoel, model; and musician Duckwrth.
Time of night: At around 11 p.m., Mr. Barrett blew out the candles on two large cakes, one resembling his box of sparkling sake.
Mood: âBy the time I leave here, I really want to get away from as many people as possible and be alone for a moment,â Barrett said of his vacation plans. âI want to be in the jungle and in nature, so I hope I can go to the Las Palmas waterfall.â
Shooting with offset
The mezcal flowed freely and the dance floor was drenched in spilled drinks. After midnight, revelers crowded into a basement lounge for a nighttime performance of Offset.
Opportunity: Flaunt, a Los Angeles fashion magazine, celebrated its latest issue.
Bedroom: The ground floor lounge at Gale, a South Beach hotel, decorated with tropical wallpaper.
Waiting for: Hip-hop musicians Offset and Quavo; MichÃ¨le Lamy, the fashion designer; actor Ansel Elgort; Shaun Ross, model and musician; and Cuba Gooding Jr., the actor.
Time of night: After some technical glitches, during which Offset asked for a few shots of tequila to fill the awkward silence, he performed two songs including “Bad and Boujee”, around 1:30 am.
The mood: “I signed books that introduced me. I also do a few things with Offset, but I’m mainly here in Miami for Virgil, âMs. Lamy said, referring to Virgil Abloh, who passed away last week. A Louis Vuitton show on Monday has become an impromptu tribute. âThe show was absolutely awesome, it was the best thing we’ve ever seen from him. It’s tough, but it brought people together. Monday I’m going to Chicago for the funeral.