Miami … [sizzle!]

Gainsbourg sang about sex, sea and sand; and I would endorse (or sing) that about Miami! Top pick for this month is a two-fer in Miami:

First, the inimitable Ricky Martin (who could ever forget La Vida Loca!) sings at the Fontainebleau’s Bleau Bar, from November 24 to 27, continuing the Fontainebleau’s BleauLive tradition of entertaining guests with performances by Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Tiesto, Pitbull and other celebrity artists. Fontainebleau has been a destination for entertainment since opening in 1954. In the glamorous golden era, legendary artists including the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley and other classic performers graced the iconic hotel with their gifted talents. Anyway you look at it, Ricky is hot hot hot, yummy to look at (ok, we love how he sings too)! Click the link for details.

What else?

Hang out in Miami a few more days (tell ’em your recovering post-Ricky rapture!), and get into one (or two, or all) of the hottest parties on the international jet-set scene this side of the world. Art Basel is the art world’s hot game, and everyone comes to play in Miami Beach from November 30 through December 4.

They are:

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Art Basel Miami Beach party hosted by Vanity Fair, honoring Sandra Brant and Ingrid Sischy. This is the top party. Try to get in. Contact MOCA North Miami, 770 NE 125th Street, November 29, 7 to 9 p.m. or if you got your invite, RSVP at

Ferrari is always oh so present at Art Basel. Every year they do up a car by the hot artist of the moment. In 2009, it was Mark Grotjahn, last year, Jeff Koons had a go. Rev up your engines! Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo will be on hand to unveil the new 458 Spider, a speedy and sexy car to inspire envy in the owners of other speedy, sexy cars clogging up Collins Ave. Plus, there will be a 3-D video installation by artist Marco Brambilla and a surprise musical guest! Where: 3 Indian Creek Island Road, November 29, 8:30 p.m. Invitation only. Good luck. If you get in, have fun and think of me.

Since ARTINFO seems to be the official word on the power art world, it’s natural its ARTINFO and Art + Auction Power 100 party, is on the hot party list! Yes, these are green eyes you see (I didn’t get the invite). But if you do, co-presented by adidas SLVR at the Mallick Williams installation, it will no doubt be the best party of Art Basel Miami Beach, objectively (ahem…) speaking. Fêting their Power 100 list poolside, guests are advised to wear swim trunks under le power suits in case things get a little crazy (that’s a guarantee, they do). Shore Club Pools, 1901 Collins Ave, 10 p.m. to midnight. Invitation only.

Luminaries of fashion, culture, and design including Zaha Hadid, Christian Louboutin (shoes!!!), and Silvia Fendi are expected to show up to honor Dacra CEO and Design Miami co-founder Craig Robins. Pharrell Williams will present Robins with the 20th Anniversary Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, and the tunes — courtesy of Paul Sevigny — are guaranteed to get people on the dance floor. Watch out for the shoes! Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, December 1, 7:30 p.m. Invitation only.

The champagne will be flowing as party boys Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos, and Vito Schnabel host an after party for Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman’s private dinner to celebrate Dom Pérignon’s new Luminous Label. Can you cram more opulent words into a sentence? No, you cannot. Where: Wall at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, December 1, 11 p.m. Invitation only. (Shhh…don’t tell anyone, but if you’re a Ruinart fan…it’s the ‘official’ champagne at the Art Basel digs!)

Arbiters of men’s style DSquared2 and VMAN join forces to celebrate the label’s presence in the magazine’s latest issue at one of Miami’s coolest boutiques. While of the style set in Miami is sure to be there, there may even be an appearance by VMAN 24’s ubiquitous cover boy, James Franco. Cross your fingers probably not necessary as Mr. Franco is quite the artist, and can notch an excellent exhibition at this year’s inaugural LA Art Platform on his belt!  The Webster, 1220 Collins Avenue, December 2, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Invitation only.

Arty party boy Andy Valmorbida hosts a dinner and soirée at Mr. Chow and with Diddy and Jimmy Iovine to showcase photographer Raphael Mazzucco’s new book “Culo by Mazzucco,” which displays the female behind in all its adipose splendor through artfully produced photographs. This event is going to be an A-list art affair: Rem Koolhaas, Aurel Schmidt, and even John Chamberlain are expected to attend. In other words, not your average derriere-guard. Mr. Chow at the W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, December 2, 8 p.m. Invitation only. Word: Mr. Chow anytime during Art Basel week is amazing. Last year, Larry Gagosian hosted an amazing party (yes, we were invited!), rubbing shoulder with art illuminati was almost as ecstatic as the eye popping noodle tossing show! Another word: Diddy is an Art Basel Miami Beach regular, and loves it when you say ‘Hi!’

The bass will be pounding as Beats by the good Dr. Dre provides the music for what Fendi Casa calls a “celebration of sound and design” to honor artist Nick Cave. We’re hoping to see Cave’s sculptures vibrate to the rhythms. Fendi Casa Luxury Living Showroom, 90 NE 38th Street, December 2, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Invitation only.

Artist Liam Gillick, actress Tilda Swinton, and designer Alistair Carr will gather for cocktails to debut Gillick’s Pringle of Scotland collaboration. There will be no traditional Scottish plaid here as Gillick’s clean bright lines cover the brand’s knitwear and accessories. Expect even less spaces in the crowd than there are in the title of the artist’s line, liamgillickforpringleofscotland. Mosaic Building, 161 NE 40th Street, December 2, 8:30p.m. Invitation only (You can have my invite for this one, I just can’t wear cashmere in Miami. Ever.).

Monsieur Le Baron, nightlife impresario and graffiti artist André Saraiva, will host a Lazy Sunday BBQ to close Art Basel Miami Beach at the Standard. Anyone who is still partying at this point deserves a medal and a transfusion. The Standard Spa, 40 Island Avenue, December 4, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Invitation only.

Confession: All the ‘invitation only’ notes leave me quite numb. I’m off to get the blood back with some of that champagne I stashed somewhere from my last jet-set trip to Paris!


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