Ringing in the New Year, Miami Style

Growing up in Miami is great for several reasons. The best is being able to spend the holidays in eighty-degree weather while simultaneously fulfilling required parental time. While many of my friends back in New York were making plans to start their New Year quietly by a fire – anywhere, really, so long as it was indoors – I was mapping out a night of party hopping on Miami Beach.

First stop was the Mondrian, where the Sevigny siblings were hosting a party by the pool. Despite the blizzard that hit New York days earlier, there were still plenty of snowbirds who made it down for the big event. The Misshapes’ Leigh Lezark was one of those fortunate enough to catch a flight. Then, just before midnight, I hit Skybar at The Shore Club. The hotel was hosting a night of old-school beats with DJ Cassidy. I arrived just in time to catch Naughty By Nature perform “Hip-Hop Hooray” as the clock struck midnight, a great way to ring in 2011. R&B legends Bel Biv DeVoe were up next with a thirty minute performance that ended with their classic song, “Poison.”

image DJ Cassidy and Bel Biv DeVoe.

I ended my NYE at nightlife impresario Susanne Bartsch’s fete at The Delano. The annual extravaganza held up to its usual wondrous standards as Bartsch and her creative clan of hosts transformed the hotel into a decadent, royal court-themed soiree. Patricia Field was enlisted to deck out the lobby lounge, and Joey Arias, alongside a clan of creatively-clad fixtures of the New York club scene, were sprinkled about poolside to add scandal to the evening. There were “harlots” in the Orchard, “clans” in the Court, and a Bloody Mary beach bar. The party traveled into the hotel’s underground club, The Florida Room, where yours truly stayed and danced until the sun came up, Miami Style!

Photos courtesy of w.orldredeye

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