Art Basel Art Overload? The Shopping Worth Stopping for in Miami

Between Art Miami, NADA, Pulse, Design Miami… the list goes on… there’ll be a point this week when all we want is some breathing room, a cocktail, and a little retail therapy. Fortunately, part of the Art Basel festivities include designer collaborations and Miami-centric beauty. Here’s what’s worth hitting while you’re in town:

Our Lady Linda

The Gap and Visionaire are collaborating for the second time (11 years later) on a limited-edition series of 45 t-shirts. One features the lovely Linda Evangelista (the super of all supers, in my  book). The tees will be available at Gap in Miami and NYC, and at – where else – The Webster.

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Piamita x The Webster

What better boutique than The Webster for Miami’s best fashion (a little less Hervé and a little more Proenza)? Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, The Webster’s collaboration with loungewear brand Piamita hits the store with flamingo-laden silk separates. Perfect to wear in the day, for dinner, or to bed, this set will take you anywhere. 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

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NARS Loves Miami

If you’re heading to Miami from NYC, chances are you had to dig into the depths of your closet to find something less black and more … exuberant. If the thought of a shocking pink dress is too painful to bear, you might be able to work in a splash of Miami heat across the face a little better. Cue: NARS Loves Miami, a collection of the best-selling colors from the beach in one very convenient box-set. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.

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SUNO’s Capsule Collection at The Webster

The Webster will be the only place to find this SUNO capsule collection – eight tropical-fresh pieces full of bright colors and prints (flamingo-mascot-inclusive). The Webster’ll host a party to kick off the capsule.  Available from December 5.

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Colette Art Drive-Thru at Alchemist

For a completely different shopping experience, roll on over to Herzog & Meuron’s parking structure (5th floor). Place your order and let girls on roller skates deliver your selections right to the car window – think André “Art Smoke” e-cigs, a Rolex by Bamford, Delfina Delettrez jewels, a Darcel beach towel, and a Moncler/Pharrell collab, among many, many other things.

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Happy shopping.

The News: Supermodels, Tall Boys and a Lizard Monster

Still-gorgeous former supermodel Linda Evangelista is locked in a nasty custody battle with her baby daddy, luxury goods magnate Francois-Henri Pinault, who just so happens to be married to Salma Hayek. Evangelista, who once famously declared that she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 is hitting Pinault up for $50,000 a month in child support so that their five-year-old son, the product of a four-month fling, can live in style. The only way that we can think to solve this dispute? A walk off. [USA Today]

A new trailer for the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” has dropped, giving us a better sense of what we can expect from our new Peter Parker, “Social Network” star Andrew Garfield – and it looks good, especially the crazy lizard creature. [YouTube]

As Facebook nears its IPO, it looks like the social networking behemoth might allow regular people – you know, the ones who create all of its content and give it all of its power – to buy shares in the company. Most of the stock will go to big, evil banks, but not all of it. See how not evil Facebook is, guys? [DealBook]

Because nothing makes us thirstier than seeing a can of bubbly sugar drink with a dead man’s likeness on it, Pepsi has announced that a new series of cans – regular size and tallboys, one billion in all – will feature the image of one-time spokesman Michael Jackson. Get ready for the “Jesus juice” jokes. [Rolling Stone

Supermodels Boycott “Muse” Gala

imageLast night’s Vogue-sponsored Costume Gala at the Met Museum wasn’t without its fair share of controversy. And, no, I’m not talking about Madonna’s thigh-high boots and bunny ears, nor am I referring to Helena Christensen’s frock fit for figure skating, which was outfitted with crystals spelling out the aforementioned magazine’s moniker. In fact the tempest in question instead had to do with the supermodels that didn’t show up at all last night — the result of Anna Wintour snubbing a particularly revered (not to mention Michelle Obama-approved) Parisian designer.

The Met’s “Model as Muse” exhibition, the opening of which was being celebrated last night, fails to include any representation of famed French fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa’s work (an omission for which the designer blames Wintour, according to this piece in the New York Times). In protest of his having been excluded, Alaïa pulled designs of his, which were to be worn by seven different models to last night’s gala. Supermodels Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell decided to forgo last night’s festivities; in the case of Seymour and Campbell, it was officially out of protest. Of her decision, a spokesperson for Campbell told the New York Times, ““As Naomi has been the muse of Azzedine Alaïa for 23 years, she feels she doesn’t want to attend unless she can represent his work.” While the exhibit’s overlooking of such an influential designer is no doubt condemnable, the omission has other implications as well. Campbell is one of only a handful of non-white models who have ever achieved supermodel status. So, to exclude the designer with which such a revolutionary model has had a long, influential relationship seems in especially poor taste given the exhibit’s intention of paying homage to “the model.”

Invasion of the Supermodels

This spring marks the invasion of the supermodel. Just as “new nostalgia” is affecting fashion trends from the red carpet to clothing racks at Topshop (not to mention TV dinner trays at Target), the recession has likewise sparked a resurgence of interest in the seasoned supe. Take one look at high-fashion advertising campaigns for SS09 and the trend is clear: “Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista for Dsquared2, Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss for Versace, Stephanie Seymour for Valentino, Claudia Schiffer for Yves Saint Laurent, and now, Amber Valletta in a stunning campaign for Loewe,” says Fashionologie. And fashion rags are following suit.

For its February issue, Vogue Canada has featured none other than icon Iman on its cover. Same with designer look books — think Missy Rayder making a comeback via Alexander Wang’s SS09 look book. Considering all of the aforementioned models have perhaps passed their heyday and still look flawless, the trend is infinitely inspiring. That is, objectively speaking. Realizing you’ll never have that figure and face — no matter what age you are — is another story entirely.

Naomi Campbell Will Not Make You a Supermodel

imageWhat makes a supermodel? According to Naomi Campbell, “Models need to earn their stripes — I just think the term [supermodels] is used a little too loosely.” Campbell, who’s lucky enough to have arguably earned the title, goes on to say that “Kate Moss is obviously a supermodel but after Gisele, I don’t think there’s been one.” The original crop of supermodels includes Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, and of course, Campbell, who dismisses the new crop of popular models like Agyness Deyn and Hilary Rhoda as unworthy of the supermodel tiara. Easy for her to say, all perched high on her glass stilettos and hurling objects at servants.