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

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

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/BFAnyc.com

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

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/BFAnyc.com

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

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

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/BFAnyc.com

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

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/BFAnyc.com

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/BFAnyc.com

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/BFAnyc.com

The Most Stylish Celebs of the Week — Who’s Your Best Dressed?

Kate Bosworth showing some stunning back-cleavage. Photo courtesy of Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

From New York to LA, some fabulous people attended some fabulous parties this week. We’ve searched through all the looks and highlighted the most #stunning stylish celebs. Of course some looked better than others… who gets your vote?

1. Diana Agron at Hammer Museum’s 12th Annual Garden Gala in L.A.1Billy-Farrell-3Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com 

2. GiGi Hadid at The New Museum’s Cultural Innovation Celebration in New York2Madison-McGawPhoto: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

3. Claire Distenfeld at A Night of Fashion in New York3Angela-PhamPhoto: Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com

4. Marion Cotillard at Sundance Select and Dior Beauty’s celebration of Two Days, One Night in New York4Ben-RosserPhoto: Ben Rosser/BFAnyc.com

5. Karlie Kloss at the American Associates of The National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Fundraising Gala in New York 5Benjamin-LozovskyPhoto: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

6. Leigh Lezark at The New Museum’s Cultural Innovation Celebration in New York6Madison-McGaw-2Photo: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

7. Kendall Jenner at the American Associates of The National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Fundraising Gala in New York7Billy-FarrellPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

8. Byrdie Bell at The United Nations Trust Fund To End Violence Against Woman Event in New York8Leandro-J.Photo: Leandro J/BFAnyc.com

9. Evan Rachel Wood at Hammer Museum’s 12th Annual Garden Gala in L.A. 9BFA_10458_1265104Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

10. Kate Bosworth at Hammer Musuem’s 12th Annual Garden Gala in L.A.10Billy-Farrell-2Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

FashionFeed: Fashioneer Heads to Vegas, Coco Rocha Escapes to Venice

● We’re off to the MAGIC, Pool, and Project tradeshows in Las Vegas next week to peep the latest and greatest in textiles, clothing, and accessories. Be sure to follow my tweets and the hashtag #MAGICLV to get in on the action (and exclusive parties). [Magic] ● Ah, the life of a supermodel. Coco Rocha recently hopped over to Venice, Italy, to work with Americana Manhasset on their Fall 2011 fashion campaign. Watch the enchanting short film from the project. [Tumblr] ● DJ turned model turned Chanel darling Leigh Lezark is collaborating with H&M to curate the Swedish retailer’s first-ever shop-in-shop at London’s Selfridges department store on August 25. [Vogue UK]

● Designer Thakoon Panichgul is donating 100% of the proceeds from his limited-edition Masai-print scarf to aid famine victims in Somalia. [Vogue] ● We’re loving actress Sean Young’s style inspiration in these recently discovered polaroids from Ridley Scott’s 1962 sci-fi film, Blade Runner. Hint] ● We didn’t see this one coming. Spanish fast-fashion retailer Zara is being investigated by Brazilian federal prosecutors for alleged slave labor practices. [Zara]

Tommy Ton’s Picks for Best Dressed in 2010 Are All Related to the Industry

Tommy Ton, the founder of the much-adored fashion blog Jak & Jil and resident photoblogger for Style.com, has released his best-dressed list of 2010—and there’s not an actress or singer in sight. In fact, the list is comprised mostly of fashion assistants, editors, and stylists. Leigh Lezark is the only DJ on the list, but even she has a tie to the fashion industry, as a beauty ambassador for Chanel. Only one fashion blogger turned up on the list, and one NYC party girl, Michelle Harper. Other than that, it’s all business. It’s no surprise that BlackBook favorite Anna Dello Russo is on the list, but Ton also included both of her assistants—Viviana Volpicella and Aurora Sansone—which will certainly make them a new target for other street-style photographers.

See the complete best-dressed list here and peep the slideshow here.

Photo of Anna Dello Russo by Tommy Ton.

Where Celebs Go Out: Christina Ricci, Leigh Lezark, Eva Amurri

Christina Ricci at the Whitney Art Party: I like Da Umberto and Il Buco for pasta, the Peking Duck House for duck. ● Leigh Lezark of Misshapes: Kenmare, they make really good gnocchi. I do like the brunch at the Tribeca Grand. ● Eva Amurri: Jumbo’s Clown Room in L.A. is super fun. I also love to have a drink and get something to eat at Gjelina, which has amazing tuna crudo and really good vegetable sides and pizza.

Chris Benz: The 18th floor of the Standard, the Boom Boom Room. Kenmare is amazing. ● Geordon Nicol: Kenmare and La Esquina. I love the corn there. ● Maggie Grace: Gjelina in L.A.. My favorite dish there is the burrata. ● Ivanka Trump: Well, now my favorite restaurant is Quattro. I’ve been living there, I love it. There’s an amazing cod that I love, and there’s a beet and goat cheese starter. ● Jennifer Esposito: I love going to Tartine, a quaint little French bistro right by where I live. I like the omelettes. ● Paul Sevigny: Daniel—get the whole tasting menu. ● Kim Carnes at the Songwriters Hall of Fame” Awards gala : We went to a wonderful restaurant, Freemans, last night. It was incredible! I’m a vegetarian, so my favorite is any vegetarian dish. ● David Foster: I just went to a restaurant on Second Avenue and 84th Street. God, it was amazing, I wish I could remember the name of it! Ask my lawyer, Alan Grubman, he was there last night. We had pasta.

Designers Turn To Masses For Instruction

In addition to pop-up shops, online sample sales and fashion bloggers’ exponential rise to stardom, one of the most visible byproducts of the recession with regard to fashion has been a new found openness to what consumers want. “An array of European brands is conscripting consumers as never before, inviting them to give input into the design process with a bewildering choice of customization options and bespoke services,” says Women’s Wear Daily.

Dolce & Gabbana asked for shoppers’ feedback via a Youtube video, while Prada opened an entire store dedicated to made-to-order fashions in September. British designer Anya Hindmarch introduced bespoke leather goods into her repertoire. And, over at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld has enlisted the help of ‘it’ girls like Leigh Lezark, Caroline Sieber and Poppy Delevigne to test out products and offer feedback before they ever hit stores. The movement marks a distinct change in the hierarchy of where designers are sourcing inspiration; not to mention it means fashion houses are finally looking to demand before spitting out supply. The latter is, of course, what fast fashion retailers have been doing for seasons by watching what shoppers are buying and wearing on the streets and then immediately introducing those same styles in stores.

Fashion Week: Jill Stuart, Leigh Lezark on Obama

The Jill Stuart show this afternoon at the New York Public Library was full of surprises. First, there was some serious star wattage thanks to front-row seats holding Joy Bryant, Michelle Trachtenberg, Bette Midler, and, of course, a token “real” housewife: Bethenny Frankel. Then a fully exposed breast from a model mid-show. Gasp! Stuart sent down the library-length runway a flotilla of the beautiful, feminine looks she’s best known for. There was a whole lot of chiffon, a cropped white tuxedo jacket, and scarves warn over the head à la Thelma and Louise.

When I found myself standing next to Misshape Leigh Lezark (who was recently canonized as a talking cartoon thanks to Style.com) after the show, in honor of the literary setting I asked her what she’s reading these days. “I’m actually currently reading Obama’s The Audacity of Hope. I have it in my bag right now,” she said, gesturing to the large, black leather designer tote hanging from her hand. And her verdict: “I think it’s good so far.” A ringing endorsement of Change.