Justin Bieber was seen checking in Tuesday The Villa Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace Mansion) before heading to WALL where he gave a surprise performance. Bieber left that club with fifty--yep, 50 people-- and brought them back with him, partying until 8 a.m. Wednesday. The Biebs lounged it off all day at the pool before heading to sceney steakhouse Prime 112 for lunch around 3:30 p.m. A waiter said Bieber "seemed to be intoxicated, most likely from the night before." Ya think? Following lunch he went back to Casa Casuarina to nap before hitting LIV Nightclub, where he showed up just after midnight and spent the majority of the evening singing along to his songs and dancing to them from the DJ booth.
December 30, 2010
Off the court, LeBron James has not been nearly as ubiquitous on the scene as the other two who complete the Miami Heat's so-called holy trinity. Sure, he's had his fair share of meat at Prime 112 and Red ,The Steakhouse, but, unlike Chris Bosh, who, of the three, is the most likely to attend the opening of an envelope, James has kept things relatively low key. Until tonight, that is, when he will be red carpeting South Beach, specifically at STK, where he will be hosting his own 26th birthday bash that will eventually spill over into Coco DeVille. Less shocking than the fact that James is only 26 is the guest list, which, so far, includes names like Ciara, Jamie Foxx (quick, hide the microphones!), Lil' Wayne, Serena Williams, leading her own trifecta including Kelly Rowland and Gabrielle Union and, lest you forget, Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
December 26, 2010
Before we jump to any conclusions, let's just state the obvious: besides his best friend Ingrid Casares, Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez does not typically cavort with women who aren't blond--natural or otherwise. So while we may rightfully be able to nickname him Dagwood, the Blondie he was dining with tonight at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink was definitely not Cameron Diaz, but we can't say she was definitely anything more than just a friend. Our spies, however, say something was awry, adding "She was a hot blond and they were very into their conversation." To Dagwood's credit, however, our spy also added that "They weren't touching or acting in any romantic way, just talking mostly." Perhaps it was his ex wife Cynthia, the one he allegedly left for Number One Blond also known as Madonna? Or not. "You think he'd risk it?" asked our spy, "In a city like this? If so, he's not too bright." That's up for debate, but, the point is, 'twas the day after Christmas, a slow news day and, well, A-Rod was with a blond. No news is good news. Or is it?
December 20, 2010
With foreclosure sales making up 39.7 percent of home sales in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, there's nothing like someone coming to town and rubbing in the fact that the closest thing he's ever come to foreclosure was on a golf course. Chapter 11 and Chapter 33? Ok, fine, but eh, those are just sections of his many know-it-all-books. Ones he'd love for you to skip. War scars of the rich and famous.
That someone would be Donald Trump, who, back in the 80s, staged a "mortgage burning" in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower, showing off the fact that he raised money to save a Georgia widow's farm. On January 7, 2011, The Donald will recreate that very mortgage burning, only this time it's to show off the paid-off $210 million construction loan of Dezer Properties’ Sunny Isles Beach oceanfront condominium, The Trump Royale.
Rather than just being happy that his debt has been paid off, Trump will celebrate in his typical bombastic style--or lack thereof--with fire dancers, among other things, culminating with the burning of the mortgage. Of course the event is open to all credentialed media, The Donald's second favorite thing next to AquaNet, but not to any of the thousands of Miami folk who'd love to just set their mortgages ablaze too. That, unfortunately, will have to come if and when he decides to make a run for it in 2012.
December 17, 2010
Launching January 6, SmartWater's Modellounge, an "exclusive and private retreat for female fashion models at invited top 10 agencies," is back from its humble Miami Beach beginnings a year ago in a virtual closet at the Delano and moving into a much roomier space at The Raleigh, where it will stay until April 30. Realizing that breath mints as meals for models are as passe as stick thin models, trucker hats and fedoras, the new and imrpoved Modellounge will feature sustenance from Popchips and ZonePerfect as well as, of course, Smartwater and Vitaminwater Zero. As for what these models do in this, a no guests allowed zone? Every month, all models will be outfitted in a different bikini by Volcom. The lounge will offer on premise, poolside yoga sessions, among other things. In other words, it's "a private destination where [models] can hang in between castings and shoots on a daily basis while being pampered and entertained." Sort of like a fashionable Facts of Life, we suppose, with Mrs. Garrett on vacation. Castings though? We thought the only castings left in Miami these days were for reality shows. Imagine the kind of lounge that would be. Oh, wait, never mind. We already know. It's called Jersey Shore.
December 10, 2010
Contrary to those erroneous rumors that had Alex Rodriguez "flirting" with the gummy bear loving Real Housewives of NYC's Kelly Bensimon during an Art Basel party at Wall (a rumor some say Bensimon planted herself), and contrary to all those rumors that have the NY Yankee shacking up with pretty much every blond he shares the free air with, it seems that A-Rod only has eyes for Cameron Diaz--at least this week. In town as Rod's plus one at his teammate Nick Swisher's wedding at the Breakers, Diaz made sure gawkers saw she was Rodriguez's date for the weekend as the couple sauntered into a packed Prime 112 Friday night, taking a table in the back room near Gloria and Emilio Estefan, at a huge table celebrating shoe designer Donald Pliner's birthday. Though their backs were to the crowd, our source tells us that Diaz "was beaming from the time she walked in to the time she walked out." Cam-Rod's public outing was hardly their first, but when any couple wants major exposure, they don't call their publicists, they simply hit Prime 112, where privacy is as rare as your steak.
December 09, 2010
We vaguely recall back in 1994 when NATPE, the television industry trade show, was held on Miami Beach. We even have some yellowing photos of a few of the "celebrities" in town for the wheeling and dealing--a young, pre-Daily Show Jon Stewart straight from his college stand up tours and stint as host of his eponymous MTV show, and a paunchy ex CHiPs star turned then Telenovela star Erik Estrada come to mind as do a smattering of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 stars. There were some parties, sure, and lots of deal making. But then NATPE packed its bags and left, never to return until, well, now-ish.
Taking place January 24-26 at the Fontainebleau, NATPE, now known as NATPE||Content First, will bring to the city some of the TV industry's biggest movers and shakers, mostly in the fields of advertising, broadcast and new media. Parties will also take place at venues like the Eden Roc, among other places. "Conversations" with people like former NBC co-chairman and now Electus ("a new form of advertising network in coordination with the traditional and the new-media outlets" that's part of IAC, Barry Diller's company ) honcho Ben Silverman, MTV Networks Entertainment Group's Doug Herzog, Univision's Cesar Conde, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and CAA's Bill Haber, among many others.
Celebrity panels include "Coffee With" sessions with the cast of Burn Notice, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos, Sábado Gigante's Don Francisco and more. There's even a panel featuring weight loss drill sargeant turned reality star Jillian Michaels on "Becoming the Brand," and another featuring our personal fave, Daryl Hall of the great Hall & Oates, who will speak about Live From Daryl's House, a monthly internet musical webcast that proves he's more than a flashback to the 70s and 80s. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards will honor Dick Ebersol, Mary Hart, Regis Philbin and CEO of Germany's RTL Group Gerhard Zeiler. Not the typically tabloid name droppy events Miami is so well known for, that's for sure. For more information on NATPE schedule, click here.
December 04, 2010
Lots of random celebrity encounters have been reported around town, from Ben Stiller on line at the Starbucks at 69th and Biscayne to Barry Manilow and Elvis Presley (see below) at Art Miami to, well, Isabella Rossellini in the urban trenches of Wynwood. In between the randomness, however, have been expertly curated, carefully orchestrated gatherings where celebrities and assorted luminaries have been nothing short of expected.
That's Me In the Corner. That's Me in the Spot. Light: REM frontman Michael Stipe was seen Friday night at The Standard Spa for the screening of video artist Marco Brambilla's newest piece, Evolution (Megaplex).
Bonfire of the Vanities Redux: If you didn't know any better, you'd almost think it was 1987 Friday night at The Royal where photog Bruce Weber, wife Nan Bush and designer Victor Alfaro hosted a dinner poolside with 30 guests whose names have filled many a NYC fashion sheet and gossip column. Among them: Calvin Klein, stunning socialite and ex wife of Donald's brother, Blaine Trump, Ingrid Sischy, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and her partner Sandy Brant, international editor of Vanity Fair and ex wife of mogul Peter Brant, who is currently in a detente from a nasty divorce battle with supermodel Stephanie Seymour, YSL designer Stefano Pilati, Estée Lauder Group president John Demsey, and PR macher Paul Wilmot, among others.
Elvis Was Here: Just before the anniversary of his father's death, Julian Lennon stopped by Art Miami to marvel at a portrait of his late dad--composed entirely of miniscule visages not of Yoko Ono, which would have been way too predictable, but of Elvis--by artist Alex Guofeng Cao from New York’s ChinaSquare Gallery. Also seen gawking at the artist's work: Barry Manilow, whose portrait, may we suggest, should be composed of miniature visages of Michael Bolton. Just kidding. We meant visages of Bette Midler.
Pop (Chips) Art: For those expecting any of the so-called celebrities to drop $30 million for a Rothko, consider this. After refusing swag including a thousand dollar pair of jeans and a Corum watch, actor Gerard Butler had only one request: Pop Chips. Yep, those light 'n' airy chips, whose ads you've probably seen everywhere, have been the crunch of the town. Adrien Brody requested a delivery, too. Why? Says our insider, "They're too cheap to break into their hotel mini bars."
Love and Haiti: After raising over $120,000 on its first night, the Haiti Art Expo continues to raise funds for housing in Haiti at SCOPE Miami tonight at an event featuring an appearance by Russell Simmons and then most definitely on Sunday when Wyclef Jean will perform live with a 7-piece Haitian band and provide what will undoubtedly be priceless sound bytes on his most recent trip there during elections and that whole, thwarted running for Haitian president thing. Remember, though, this is all for a good cause--the goal of the night will be to sell the remaining pieces of art still remaining from which 100 percent of the proceeds go to United Way for a specific earmarked project, promoter/philanthropist "Michael Capponi's camp in Belvil," his greatest promotion to date.
December 03, 2010
Despite what you may think, no that's not some desperate Miami party crasher disgused as Hello Kitty in an attempt to get into LeBaron at The Florida Room, but, rather, the real deal, the Hello Kitty herself, the true star of Art Basel, at last night's preview of the uber whimsical Small Gift Miami homage to 50 years of Sanrio. And while HK and her fashionable, animated friends were the real stars of the event, Isabella Rossellini, after marveling at animal photography by Joe Zammit-Lucia at Soho Studios' Art For a Better World show, managed to slip in unnoticed, though we don't think she waited on line for the free tattoos.
In the Design District it was standing room only at the Fendi Casa party where standing on a corner never seemed so fashionable. Nearby at the Paper Magazine/Friends With You event, an exploding crowd gathered around what seemed to be one big bounce house in order to catch the performance by Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D. "This is the Spring Break of art," said our intrepid, observant companion who most likely was paying a backhanded compliment, adding that instead of bikinis, the de rigueur dress code involved glasses, facial hair and, in terms of local Miamians excited by the frenzy and the chill in the air, formal wear, stilletos and fedoras.
Back on the beach, following the chichi dinner hosted by W South Beach tycoon Aby Rosen and shrink slash socialite Samantha Boardman at Soleá, an after party slash tribute to the new Andy Warhol Dom Perignon bottles at Wall hosted by art dealer/artist Julian Schnabel's son Vito, gallerist Alex Dellal and Paris Hilton-ex Stavros Niarchos. Guest list at that one read like an issue of one of those socialite porn magazines that fills all its space with bold faced names and no real articles.
It was a name dropper's delight and Warhol certainly would have approved: A-Rod, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, Nicky Hilton, oily heir Brandon Davis, Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen, hedge fund gazillionaire Steve Cohen, writer/reporter/socialite Anthony Haden Guest, artist/original Warhol Factory member Jane Holzer, writer Bob Colacello, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Calvin Klein, Miss Ubiqutious Art Basel 2010 Naomi Campbell, a Real Housewife of NYC, designer Yigal Azouel, and more--like hundreds more fine looking, sneaker-sporting hipsters who likely spent hours creating that just out of bed or rehab look.
Over at the Delano, an arty, A-listish madhouse that had Susan Sarandon (pre-W) on the terrace, au natural, signing autographs and posing for pix, and A-Rod (pre-W) "behaving himself and avoiding the blonds" with manager Guy Oseary who was overheard introducing himself to someone as "Madonna's manager." Speaking of Madonna, rumors of her arrival in town have been greatly exaggerated and, according to our mole firmly embedded in the Madonna camp, are completely untrue.
Down at The Florida Room, a swelling, eager crowd storming the LeBaron bastille, including that aforementioned Miami party crasher who managed to sneak in thanks to a creepy Eyes Wide Shut mask, and rock royalty's first born son Julian Lennon plus 8 who were unfortunately neither as fortunate nor as shameless.
Photos of Calvin Klein and A-Rod by Billy Farrell Agency
December 02, 2010
The boldfaced and the beautiful have started to trickle down to this arty, boozypalooza sponsored by [insert favorite high end liquor brand here] and so far, celeb-wise, we're sort of underwhelmed. First one to make sure he was spotted: self professed amateur art collector Lance Armstrong, at a table Monday night at Blue Door Fish at the Delano. 'nuff said. More interesting than the so-called celebrities have been the colorful (and at times odiferous) crowds, who make Art Basel the second best excuse next to Halloween to dress, uh, freely.
No stranger to Art Basel Miami Beach, fiesty supermodel Naomi Campbell has begun to make her rounds, first at the MOCA Vanity Fair International party Tuesday night where she refused to pose for pictures--because, duh, that's work and pictures of her will cost you more than some of the art work for sale at Vernissage last night.
Speaking of Vernissage, the convention center was bustling with buyers, braggarts and freeloaders last night. Among them, and you decide who fits into what category: Bravo's Work of Art judge/gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, photog Bruce Weber, seen at the book store where he spent some time adjusting his trademark bandana, George Hamilton, who said he couldn't afford any of the art, Danny Glover, vying for the title of most random Basel celeb, and a solo Ben Stiller, who had earlier checked into the Shore Club. Besides a showcase for museum quality (and questionable) art, Vernissage also doubled as one big gay pickup joint, with nattily dressed hipsters checking each other out, looking for the next human Statue of David.
Later that night at The Raleigh, where there were approximately 300 events taking place at once, including the Vogue Lounge and the MOCA Los Angeles party with LCD Soundsystem, a buzzy scene in the front of the house drowned out any background noise as people scrambled for tables at the just opened Royal restaurant, starring star chef and recent Gossip Girl cameo, Chef John DeLucie, who, like a fine piece of filet, was inundated with peoples' business cards all night--people hoping that when the Basel dust settles, they'll be able to go straight to the source for that highly coveted reservation at The Royal or its NYC sibling The Lion. Begging as performance art at its finest, we love it.
Setting up next to us, a huge Last Supper-esque table for art dealer Tony Shafrazi and his illustrious guests--among them, Campbell, Stiller (who was overheard later at Skybar marveling at the fact that his hotel room had a private pool), and a Cameron-less Alex Rodriguez. Strange tablemates indeed, but then again, if everything during Art Basel Miami Beach was perfectly matched a la Garanimals, it would just be another day at the office.
Speaking of offices, former Raleigh owner Andre Balazs stopped by that very hotel he sold for $30 million in 2009, checking out the action like a teenager in a playground, spying on the child she gave up for adoption.
Later on, Campbell and Shafrazi made their way over to Wall at the W South Beach, where Paul Oakenfold was spinning the DeLeón Tequila Art Basel kickoff. Also spotted there, another random: Adrien Brody.
Tonight: another ubiquitous Baselite: Pharrell Williams and NERD at the Paper Mag/AOL/ Friends With You opening party for bounce house--er, inflatable installation, Rainbow City, and Sanrio's Small Gift Miami, featuring Art Basel's number one star, Hello Kitty, and her entourage of hangers on.