by Lesley Abravanel | Lank@aol.com | @LesleyAbravanel
November 30/December 1
Rockwell, the new Washington Avenue night spot, debuted Monday with major star power as Leonardo DiCaprio and Lenny Kravitz were seen mingling as 8 bottles of Dom Perignon were delivered to their table. To top off the night, hip-hop legend Lupe Fiasco grabbed the mic to bring fellow party-goers a show-stopping performance including his famous hit, The Show Goes On. The best-in-show party guests also included Miami HEAT champion Dwyane Wade, Michael Bay, Lukas Hass and actor Ethan Suplee.
And now we know why DiCaprio's really in town. Not for the "art" (aka the models), but, rather for The Casper Quiet Rooms. Huh? Casper is a "sleep startup that launched in 2014 with one perfect mattress sold directly to consumers." Leo's an investor. Casper has set up shop at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach, St. Moritz Lawn, where from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 1 through 5, four open to the public "quiet rooms" will offer 30 minutes of a "multi-sensory installation featuring a suspended Casper mattress along with video art by NY-based artist Colin Snapp. To reserve your space in the quiet room and for a possible, albeit doubtful, Leo before midnight sighting, click here.
Lionel Richie was seen having drinks with friends Monday night at The Tides.
Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis kicked off Art Basel Miami Beach Monday at the cocktail reception for Hublot’s collaboration with artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. The celebration held at the Espace Expression Gallery in the Design District was hosted by Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, who unveiled the limited edition Classic Fusion Cruz-Diez watches for the first time in the US.
Actress Rosario Dawson is among the celebs expected (and hosting) Friday at the by invitation only 6th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale Party Friday co-hosted by Russell and Danny Simmons in the beach tents at the Nautilus Hotel. The actress is the series' first ever Creative Mentor. Besides the hosts, Solange Knowles, Swizz Beats, Alicia Keys, Miguel, models Karlie Kloss, Garrett Neff, Jasmine Tokes, Nina Agdal and Shanina Shaik, Ciara, Urban Bush Babes co-founder and musician TK Wonder and her twin Cipriana Quann and Instagram celeb Patrick Janelle will be there as will a surprise DJ. We asked Dawson about her involvement and she told us, “It’s an honor to be able to work with Bombay Sapphire, Russell Simmons and his RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation -- as the first Creative Mentor -- on their annual Artisan Series program. I look forward to standing among some of the nation’s top artists, curators and industry influencers to offer my personal perspective and fresh eye on the 12 finalists’ works for the renowned Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series judging panel.”
In other Basel-related celeb news, we're hearing that several boldfaced and beautiful were bold enough to actually ask for appearance fees to show up at certain arty events. Among them, allegedly, a former Desperate Housewives star, who wanted $25K to grace one event with her presence--the event planners declined. Not so brazen, but seemingly blacklisted have been the cast members of Bravo's Shahs of Sunset reality show, whose attempts to get on party lists have been nothing short of what the kids call an epic fail.
After hazily hopping around Art Miami, the ubiquitous DiCaprio emerged later in the evening in the bowels, or bowling alley, rather of The Edition where earlier, a Paper Magazine and Dobel Tequila dinner for 40 was hosted by Paris Hilton. DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx & once scorned LA socialite and oil heir Brandon Davis bowled and bowled over a star stalky crowd. Earlier that night, the equally ubiquitous Kravitz was seen at Wall with Richie. Easy like Sunday morning. Or at least Tuesday night. Art watchers should keep an eye out for DiCaprio on Wednesday at Art Basel--the actual art fair at the Convention Center.
Meanwhile, Stallone was on an art walk of his own Tuesday night when he drove by the Bass Museum and popped his head out asking museum staff if he could take a quick peek since "They have me in the convention center all day the rest of the week." Stallone's fave was the new neon site-specific sculpture on the facade of the Bass Museum by Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury - Eternity Now.
Getty for Soho House
Over at Soho House, the Don Corleone of Disco, the legendary Giorgio Moroder, took over the DJ booth at the White Cube & Vinyl Factory Art Basel kickoff party at which artist Chuck Close and hotelier Andre Balazs boogied to the beats. Well, not really, but it would have been cool. We got to talk to Moroder, who told us that, obviously disco is not dead and that, "74 is the new 24," a reference to his age(lessness) and a title of a song on his neo-disco album Deja Vu.
And although Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood was a main attraction at the DJ booth where he spun with Zach Cowie, the other half of his musical duo Wooden Wisdom, the real showstopper was the Brickell City Centre, whose awe inspiring and frankly fabulous raw construction site wowed guests who witnessed the first-time illumination of the newly completed Brickell City Centre CLIMATE RIBBON™, "imagined" by famed designer, Hugh Dutton. Wood spent his time playing tunes, posting for pix with star stalkers and smoking cigs.
Another ABMB regular, Owen Wilson, was seen Tuesday night at the Dom Perignon/Hublot Toys for Boys Lapo Elkan Cover Release Party where he checked out watches and mingled with pals. Earlier that night, Wilson was seen supping at La Mar by Gaston Acurio at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami with brother Andrew.
Following her event last night at the Sagamore at which she was honored as the cover girl of upscale culture pub, VENÜ, Pamela Anderson and her best gal pal, drag diva Elaine Lancaster were invited to the former Versace manse by Sylvester Stallone, who was there for a party for Galerie Gmurzynska, where DiCaprio also made a cameo, "Pamela and I chitchatted for a moment before turning around and there was Sylvester asking us to pose for a photo. Me being so shy, I politely obliged [insert sarcasm font here], and then we were out the door and into an Uber to catch Giorgio Moroder at the Soho House."
Anderson made the rounds last night, stopping by a dinner at the newly opened Hall hotel hosted by Snarkitecture's Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen along with The Surf Lodge's Jayma Cardoso. There, Anderson and bestie Lancaster held court with Out of Order magazine editor Dorian Grinspan and filmmaker Luke Gilford. Public School's Dao-Yi Chow and DJ Ibe Soliman spun fun music until the wee hours. Also seen there was singer Dev Hynes.
So where do Miami Heat owner/Carnival tycoon Micky Arison and Heat president Pat Riley do dinner during Basel? Not at the many dinners to which they were invited as Arison was overheard telling someone, but rather, Dolce Italian, where he seems to be a big fan of the pizza. Following the dinner, Arison and Riley crossed the street to make appearances at a party for DuJour magazine at the Delano.
VH1's The Breaks Lounge at 801 Ocean Drive saw appearances by, among others, Amar'e Stoudemire and visual artist Jeremy Penn. There, actor/singer/songwriter Mack Wilds performed and spun, because that's what actors do at Art Basel sometimes.
Straight off their tremendous trip to the White House, Gloria and Emilio Estefan were spotted last night at The Bazaar by Jose Andres for an intimate soiree in celebration of Spanish artist Africa Aycart, known for her portraits of celebrities including, ahem, Andrés, Gloria Estefan, and Steve Jobs to name a few. During the event, Andres surprised Gloria with her very own Aycart portrait which he bought her as a gift for "an undisclosed price." We tried.
But back to Stallone. Seems that Rocky can't defend himself anymore as he traveled Wednesday afternoon from The Edition to the Convention Center with ten, count 10, security guards. A few hours later, DiCaprio was seen--sort of--hidden underneath a canopy of umbrellas heading back into The Edition.
Photo by Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for Palmeiras Beach Club
The Gypsy Kings gave a surprise performance last night at the opening of the Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle where a crowd of 700 checked out exhibitions from Venezuelan artists Flor Troconis and Rafael Barrios.