As if you need any reminding, Art Basel Miami Beach is going down this week. Just like last time, I’ve rounded up the best of the best parties, installations and events to hit at the annual artsy extravaganza, but instead of serving a mere eight must-stops I’m throwing you a generous roster of 14 noteworthy calendar items. Be forewarned that some of these events are invite-only, but that shouldn’t stop you from attempting to crash the party. Now, the list!
Wednesday, Dec 5:
·Le Baron will be hosting secret late-night parties all over Miami through December 9. You can track the parties down by 6pm nightly with the "Where is Le Baron?" iPhone app or by tuning into the dedicated website.
·Valentino and Interview host the launch of the “Pop Pois” capsule collection, which will be sold exclusively at The Webster and Valentino Boutiques nationwide. Drinks by Belvedere. The Webster, 1220 Collins Ave. 6-8:30pm.
·From December 6 through 8, Havaianas is teaming up with Art Basel to host a series of space-inspired soccer games. Designed by the French art duo Kolkoz, the beach will be transformed to replicate the lunar landing site of Apollo 11. Miami Collins Park between 21st and 22nd street on the beach. 11am-6pm daily.
·Carter Cleveland, Art.sy CEO Wendi Murdoch, Pay-Pal co-founder Peter Thiel and Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova host a Chanel beachside BBQ that will be attended by the likes of Drew Barrymore and Owen Wilson. Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave. Invite only (obvs).
Thursday, Dec 6:
·Cult-favorite brand Clover Canyon is hosting a sartorial bash with artist Alexandra Grant. Scoop at the Shore Club Hotel, 1901 Collins Ave.
·Diane von Furstenberg and evian are hosting an intimate luncheon at Soho Beach House Miami to celebrate the launch of the 2013 limited edition bottle that Diane designed. Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave.
Friday, Dec 7:
·amFar Inspiration Party presented by MAC Viva Glam with silent art auction presented by Two x Two For Aids and Art. Chloe Sevigny expected to attend. Soho Beach House. Invite only.
·Visionaire and Net-a-Porter party to launch their "Free Store" at Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach. Invite only.
·Maison Kitsune pop-up boutique wih cocktails and special performances by Kitsune guest deejays. Alchemist’s boutique,1111 Lincoln Road. 9pm-12am.
Saturday, Dec 8:
·An art discussion with LACMA director Michael Govan and MET director Thomas P. Campbell called "Rethinking the Encyclopedic Museum". Miami Beach Convention Center, 10 am.
·Stylecaster party with performance by ArtBattles and music by The Misshapes. The Gale South Beach, 1690 Collins Ave.
·Roberto Cavalli, Rico Love and Saks Fifth Avenue host a fancy-pants cocktail reception at the Cabanas at the SLS Hotel South Beach. Invite only.
·LCD Soundsystem book launch party celebrating a book from photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya documenting seven years on tour with LCD Soundsystem. Featuring DJ sets by LCD Soundsystem’s Eric Duncan and Nancy Whang. Hotel Victor, 1144 Ocean Drive. 9pm-2am.
Sunday, Dec 9:
·Monocle Order + Black Banditz host "Sunset Sessions" with music by Rick Rude and special guests. Learn more about the duo’s parties throughout the week here. King and Groves Tides Hotel, 1220 Ocean Dr. 12-6pm.