The Most Stylish Attendees of Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

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The Miami sun wasn’t the only thing sizzling this weekend. A Boeing 787 full of fabulous art and party lovers flocked to Florida for a little fun by the sea. Kim Kardashian celebrated her attempt to break the Internet and Scout Willis channeled her party-loving mom. In true South Beach fashion, the fashions were all over the place. Who’s your best dressed?

1. Kim Kardashian at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet Issue Release Madison-McGaw-2
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2. Rosario Dawson at the “Time to Rise” film cocktail party Billy-Farrell
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3. Brenden Fallis and Hannah Bronfman at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet DinnerMadison-McGaw-3
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4. Stacey Bendet at Dom Perignon’s Metamorphosis Party DOM PERIGNON with ALEX DELLAL, STAVROS NIARCHOS, and VITO SCHNABEL celebrate ~ Metamorphosis ~ Art Basel Miami Beach
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5. Elisa Sednaoui at LHD X ERES Capsule Collection Launch at The Webster Billy-Farre;;
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6. Scout Willis at the Out of Order Magazine Party Paul-Porter
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7. Jourdan Dunn at Paper Magazine’s Break the Internet Issue Release PAPER MAGAZINE, SPROUT by HP & DKNY Break The Internet Issue Release
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8. Megan Williams at Hunter and Gatti’s “I Will Make You A Star” opening HUNTER and GATTI 'I Will Make You a Star' opening hosted by TONI GARRN
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9. Jenny Bastet at the V Magazine PartyTOMMY HILFIGER, JEFFREY DEITCH, and V MAGAZINE host private Art Basel Miami Beach opening night with special performance by MILEY CYRUS at The Raleigh Hotel
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Who’s Your Best Dressed? Our Most Stylish Party Goers of the Week

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Your favorite party-goers were white hot this week. Awards were given in Los Angeles and socialites swooned at the Cartier party in New York. Through all the fabulous gowns and daring jumpsuits we’ve narrowed down our favorite looks of the week. Who gets your vote for best dressed?

1. Gigi Hadid at the MAC Cosmetics x Prabal Gurung Launch in New York David-X-pruttingPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

2. Chiara Ferragni at Panthere de Cartier party in New York Panthere de CARTIER PartyPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

3. Hannah Bronfman at Panthere de Cartier party in New YorkPanthere de CARTIER PartyPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

4. Natalia Vodianova at Amex’s evening celebrating Stella McCartney in New YorkAN EVENING HONORING STELLA McCARTNEY PRESENTED BY AMERICAN EXPRESSPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

5. Carolyn Murphy at Amex’s evening celebrating Stella McCartney in New York Joe-Schildhorn-2Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

6. January Jones at Vogue’s Toast to Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 2015 Collection in New YorkOwen-KolasinskiPhoto: Owen Kolasinski/BFAnyc.com

7. Emily Ratajkowski at the Hollywood Film Awards in L.A. 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - ArrivalsPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

8. Julianne Moore at the Hollywood Film Awards in L.A. 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - ArrivalsPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

9. Kristen Stewart at the Hollywood Film Awards in L.A. 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - ArrivalsPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

10. Keira Knightley at the Hollywood Film Awards in L.A. 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - ArrivalsPhoto: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

Chandon Kicks Off Its American Summer at the Dream Downtown

Chandon Brut Classic is a sparkling wine from California that tastes very good, costs $22, and comes in a red, white, and blue bottle that’s inspired by the idea of the American summer. The Dream Downtown is a hip New York hotel owned by my Indian alterego Vikram Chatwal that’s popular with celebrities, artists, and bon vivants of all stripes. Last night Chandon hosted a party at the Beach at the Dream Downtown, a funky day-and-nightclub by its second-floor swimming pool–to kick off a season of sun, fun, and bubbles. Naturally, the Chandon was flowing freely, both on its own–in white and rosé expressions–and in cocktails. I arrived early with my English friend Steve, and we plopped down on a cushioned bench by the pool and watched the scene unfold.

And what a scene it was. In addition to all manner of beachy decor and several bars serving Chandon, the organizers had gone through the trouble and expense of hiring models to personify the summer theme of the party. There were a couple of buff young guys wearing sailor outfits who looked like they could have just stepped out of an Old Navy commercial. There was a shirtless dude in red trunks batting around a beach ball and occasionally swimming in the pool. And there was a tall, blonde female model wearing a dress designed by Trina Turk and inspired by the Chandon American Summer bottle. DJ Hannah Bronfman kept the beats going with a summery mix of modern disco hits. Being a pool area, all the glassware was made of plastic, which didn’t bother me a bit. The weather was lovely and it was a pleasure to relax and take everything in. 

One thing we couldn’t help but noticing was how many women were in attendance, and how few men. Of the men who were there, the vast majority appeared to be gay. And so we witnessed a parade of well-dressed, professional-looking women teetering on uncomfortable-looking heels and looking just a little bit nervous, their eyes darting around the party and eventually resting on the male models, who, at various points during the evening, were attempting to race miniature remote-controlled boats in the pool. Several of the boats took on water and began to sink before someone fished them out of the pool with a skimmer. It’s like a friend once told me about the joys of being a single straight guy in New York. "The best-looking women in the world are here looking for men," he explained. "And the best-looking men are here looking for each other." 

This really didn’t affect Steve or me, we’re both accounted for, but we actually felt a whiff of sympathy for these ladies. Where were all the guys? I really don’t know. We hypothesized that the women in attendance simply outclassed most men their age. Better jobs, better apartments, better prospects in this new, information-based economy. It can be intimidating for a guy. In any case, my advice for any straight guys reading this is get yourself to New York, fix up, look sharp, and head to the Dream Hotel. I really like your chances. 

We chatted with a few people, tasted the cocktails, sampled pretty much every one of the passed hors d’oeuvres (the mini crabcakes were the best), listened to music, caught up on old times, and stayed until they shut down the bars and ushered everybody out. It was 9:00 p.m. Time to go home. 

Lest we forget what the whole thing was about, Chandon’s American Summer release is a fine sparkling wine for poolside sipping, and yet another reminder that you don’t need to wait until 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to pop a cork. Have a great American summer everybody. 

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