And, you know me by now: I’m not one to miss a party. As some friends would say, I wouldn't miss the opening of an envelope...and I'd have to agree. I love to support my friends, colleagues and, generally, creative individuals and brands showcasing during Basel. Attending their opening launch parties is a great opportunity to do just that. So, for seven straight days right after Thanksgiving, Art Basel completely fills my social calendar.
Preparing for its arrival, I have found myself scrambling to assemble the perfect outfits. This sounds a bit dramatic, but if you live in Miami, or venture to Basel every year, then you understand the anxiety that comes with the endless not-to-be-missed event invitations and the need to look your best at every single one. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. I really do love that my hometown is host to such an enormous, world-class event.
However, I do find the hardest challenge of all is trying to find the appropriate attire that will take me to and from each event comfortably and appropriately. I've talked about this subject before, during Swim Week or SXSW, but Basel is a bit different. Miami gets packed with artists, the type of people toward whom I have always gravitated. As an artist myself, I find it so incredibly important to embrace and show off your creative sides - specifically through your attire. Of course, a picture being taken of you for some publication is always nice too. But, even more wonderful is being complimented by one of your favorite fashion bloggers or art collectors on your latest look.
As I prepare myself, and my wardrobe, for this year's Art Basel, I've decided that my chosen piece will most definitely be a simple dress. With dresses, you don't need much, just a few accessories and, of course, a great pair of shoes. I'll be taking advantage of the cooler weather and going all out makeup-wise. But I'll rest easy knowing I can just slip on a little lace dress and be ready for whatever the Days of Basel unveil.