Art Basel FOMO: When Non-Arty People Attend Art Fairs

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Every once and awhile an event will happen that will engulf your Instagram feed whether you like it or not. Basically the two weeks of Coachella and the days of Art Basel Miami take the cake on the obnoxious photo posts that create a major fear of missing out for those not involved. That little Facebook status saying “Miami” has a much more powerful effect if it’s between the 3rd and 7th of December.

Welcome to America, where every event, regardless of the subject matter, is turned into a fanfare of celebrities and brand powerhouses. Case in point, the fabulous array of people in attendance at the Basel events in Miami. In honor of making you even more green-eyed over Art Basel and its eccentric famous attendees, we’ve collected our favorite party pupils.

1. Michelle Williams at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner Billy-Farrell-2Photo: Billy Farrell/

2. Kate Hudson at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner LOUIS VUITTON Dinner PLAYING WITH SHAPES / Pierre Paulin, 1972Photo: Billy Farrell/

3. Derek Blasberg and Kate Hudson at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner LOUIS VUITTON Dinner PLAYING WITH SHAPES / Pierre Paulin, 1972Photo: Billy Farrell/

4. Bella Hadid at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner LOUIS VUITTON Dinner PLAYING WITH SHAPES / Pierre Paulin, 1972Photo: Billy Farrell/

5. Miranda Kerr at the Louis Vuitton’s Playing With Shapes Dinner LOUIS VUITTON Dinner PLAYING WITH SHAPES / Pierre Paulin, 1972Photo: Billy Farrell/

6. Chelsea Leyland at the W Magazine and Miami Beach Edition Hotel Party THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION HOTEL launches with a celebration for W MAGAZINEPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/

7. Toni Garrn and Douglas Booth at the W Magazine and Miami Beach Edition Hotel PartyJoe-SchildhornPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/

8. Tommy Hilfiger at Celebration of Marc Quinns Collab with Dee Ocleppo Celebration of MARC QUINNS collaboration with DEE OCLEPPO, benefitting AUTISM SPEAKS, at the home of Dee and Tommy HilfigerPhoto: David X Prutting/

9. Karolina Kurkova at Celebration of Marc Quinns Collab with Dee Ocleppo Celebration of MARC QUINNS collaboration with DEE OCLEPPO, benefitting AUTISM SPEAKS, at the home of Dee and Tommy HilfigerPhoto: David X Prutting/

10. Leigh Lezark at Morgans Hotel Group The Teepee Project Opening Party MORGANS HOTEL GROUP presents The Teepee Project Opening Party featuring The MisshapesPhoto: Madison McGaw/

Emma Roberts, Gia Coppola, and Dev Hynes at James Franco’s ‘Palo Alto’ After Party

Up & Down hosted the after party for Ms. Gia Coppolas film ‘Palo Alto’.


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Performance by Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) who also did a few songs on the soundtrack

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Professional Brant Booster Derek Hastings Joins Gagosian Mothership

“I’ll pioneer, imagineer, shake up some lazyheads,” said Derek Hastings in the wake of the announcement that he would join Larry Gagosian’s gallery empire as a vaguely defined Coordinator of Sycophancy. “I’ve never met a box that I want to think inside. I’ve never encountered chains that could confine my flexing mind-muscles. My modus operandus is all Blam! Kapow! Motherfucker, the sky is purple, and I’m your real daddy!

Hastings, best known for a recent incest-themed editorial spread in German magazine Oedipus Epic, is a man of many hats. He began his career as an intern at Purple–where his responsibilities included buffing effluvia out of Olivier Zahm’s leather pants–before relocating to a 10,000 square foot East Village loft, where he used his parents’ money to throw lavishly themed birthday parties for NYU undergrads. “Hastings has an enviable talent for attaching himself to important people who basically don’t notice him,” said a frenemy who wished to remain anonymous. “I’ve always thought of him as a turd-y piece of plankton suctioned to a fabulous whale. But not in a bad way.”

It’s Hastings’s paid relationship with the Brants, however, that has truly scorched his name into the book of New York’s elite. (Patriarch Peter I keeps Hastings on a reportedly $12,000/month retainer, leaving him responsible for party chaperoning, make-up retouching, and the occasional advertorial puff piece. In the summer he’s employed as a pool boy at the Brants’ Greenwich compound). “Derek is so cute,” Harry confirms, “and versatile. He’s swabbed up my puke, read me bedtime stories, hugged me and told me it’s going to be all right. Sometimes I almost forget that he has no real life of his own, just a completely vacuous existence flailing among the sad, sloppy seconds of the 1%, paying his own way to fly to Dubai for some despotic Sheika’s dog’s debutante ball.”

“Young Derek will be an asset to my imperial empire,” Gagosian said in a written statement. “His lips were tailor-made by God to kiss ass. He has appropriately nonexistent levels of shame, and his family wealth enables him to seek employment without concern for remuneration. By that I mean I’m not even paying him. Derek Hastings is a golden egg, and I look forward to hatching him beneath the warm weight of my heaving, omnipotent haunches.”

Aby Rosen & Samantha Boardman Dinner At The Dutch




FashionFeed: The Best ‘Best-Of’ Lists of 2011

● Fashionista’s roundup of top fashion editorials features that memorable Vogue spread with the ageless Natalia Vodianova cuddling with stylish wunderkinds Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz, and Hailee Steinfeld. [Fashionista]

● Here’s a roundup of the 10 best pop-up stores of the year, which includes Nicola Formichetti’s spectacular concept store. [Racked NY]

● Derek Blasberg’s best-dress of 2011 features a mix of obvious choices (Alexa Chung, Kate Moss), but also includes some surprises, like breakout star Elizabeth Olsen. [Harper’s Bazaar]

● Cathy Horyn’s picks for notable moments in fashion range from the John Galliano debacle to Giovanna Battaglia’s gravity-defying Stephen Sprouse gown at the Cannes Film Festival. [NYT]

● Fashion Gone Rogue’s best beauty editorials include Anais Pouilot‘s striking braid game and Joudan Dunn’s intricate headwear in Vogue Paris.  [FGR]

● Some of this year’s top fashion magazine covers include a crying Hailee Steinfeld for LOVE and a provocatively positioned butterfly for Garage.  [Styleite]


FashionFeed: Alexa Chung for BFC, Nicole Richie for QVC

● In an obvious good move, British Fashion Council has tapped Alexa Chung to be their Young Style Ambassador. [Telegraph]

● Here’s a first look at Nicole Richie’s line for QVC. [Grazia]

● Ellen Barkin loves a body-hugging dress by L’Wren Scott so much that she has it in 12 colors. [The Cut]

● In case you missed it, watch the Ralph Lauren FW12 show in full here. [Fashionologie]

● Peep the NYFW edition of Sh*t Fashion Girls say, starring Derek Blasberg. [Fashionista]

● Downton Abbey paper dolls actually exist.  [Jezebel]

Setareh Mohtarez Named Finalist for Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize

Last night’s 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize involved two hours of intense deliberation by an elite group of judges that included international fashion writer Derek Blasberg, Calvin Klein Collection women’s creative director Francisco Costa, and Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo. Their job was to narrow down a list of 77 highly qualified candidates and select five finalists to compete for the grand prize, which includes $40,000 and the opportunity to display their collection during Paris Fashion Week in 2012 at Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

They certainly had their work cut out for them, but they’ve managed to round up a great mix of innovative designers, including one of our favorite futuristic fashion talents, Setareh Mohtarez (pictured above). Read on for the complete list of chosen finalists and some things you may not know about them.

Anndra Neen: Handcrafted, Mexico-inspired jewelry line founded in 2009 by sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens. The designers also have stellar personal style.

Giulietta: RTW line founded by Florentine-born Sofia Sizzi, who has worked at Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, and Gucci, where she met Dorchester Collection judge, Francisco Costa when she was 19.

Julian Louie: If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the designer recently collaborated with footwear brand Aldo to create some killer patchwork platforms.

Setareh Mohtarez: This designer has an unmatched talent for dreaming up out-of-this-world partywear. Fellow visionary Luxirare is a big fan of her galaxy/floral prints.

Siki Im: This Ecco Domani winner.

image The 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize judges, from left: Shala Monroque, Lauren Santo Domingo, Keren Craig, Derek Blasberg, Giovanna Battaglia, Bronwyn Cosgrave, Thom Browne, Elizabeth Saltzman and Francisco Costa.

Derek Blasberg on How to Avoid “A Big Slut Symbol”

The title of the latest fashion tome to hit bookshelves this spring, Classy: Exceptional Advice For the Extremely Modern Lady, may sound like your run-of-the-mill etiquette atlas, but rather than dole out dry, boring advice, the book is superbly cheeky, thanks to the fashion scribe behind it. Derek Blasberg, man about town and writer for the likes of V, and Interview, among other publications, is releasing his very first book (if you don’t count his editing of the Olsens’ Influence). Its mission is simple: instructing men and women on how not to dress like a tramp (or how not to send out “a big Slut Symbol”).

The book goes on sale April 6, but, in the meantime, Refinery 29 has landed a few telling scans of pages including a graph giving out life advice (read: ‘If you lose a lot of weight, a good friend will say this and a bad friend will say that.’) Also highlighted: tips on how to tell when a hemline goes from short to too short, as well as photographic guides to what to wear, and what not to wear to various destinations.

For instance, ‘at the airport,’ apparently it’s not only important to dress with style for your own sake, but for the sake of your future relationship. Blasberg writes: “Given that the venue is teeming with single men, you’d think girls would put more effort into their appearances. But, no you see far more skanked-out, PJ-clad hoochie-momma’s trolling the terminals than you do chic put-together young ladies.” While I don’t agree with the idea that women only dress for men–what about other women, or, better yet, themselves?!–the book looks pretty entertaining. Besides, given the fact that JWoww was seen front row at fashion week (sporting Ed Hardy no less), I’m all for more ‘classy’ these days.