Today our meals consisted mostly of Perrier and Advil, but the blur of Art Basel came into focus with a few aptly timed glasses of champagne courtesy of Viktor & Rolf and the Webster hotel. The swanky affair was hosted by the hotel’s boutique (founded by Milan Vukmirovic), which carries an enviable selection of Givenchy, Balmain, Balenciaga and, of course, our hosts for the evening. The duo was greeted by Diesel’s Renzo Rosso, China Chow, Fabien Baron and those perky little twins, Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared (you were expecting the Olsens?), who wore matching jackets, but raised the ante with matching model escorts.
Then it was off to the Delano penthouse for the annual Visionaire bash, which drew everyone from the Webster (was there shuttle service?) plus Roland Mouret, Aurel Schmidt, Lorenzo Martone and Rita Ackermann. By evening’s end the solemn affair had turned a rager of epic proportions. As is customary, the crowd surged until the bubbly was tapped and then headed to Le Baron. Thankfully, this only entailed an elevator ride to the lobby, but more than a few found the short trip hard to manage, ourselves included. The rest we can only reconstruct from hearsay, but we can assume it was more of the same.
For the next and final day, it’s back to our diet of Perrier and Advil as we take refuge by the pool. A gallery has set up some large-scale sculptures close to our deck chairs. Grateful, we’re laying back, soaking in the art and sun, and starting looking forward to next year.