We’re not sure what’s worse: Leonardo DiCaprio’s hoodie, Bono’s bodyguards threatening people if they take pictures, or the fact that Paris Hilton is still a ‘name’ at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018, but all three vexations were under one roof last night at the Casa Tua Karaoke Party with Cocktail Experiences by Beefeater Pink–their name, not ours and, alas, another botheration curated especially for this, Miami’s biggest week of art and freeloading.
Among the others spotted in this, cough, curation of celebrity, cocktails and celebrity wannabe’s was someone with talent and willing to pose for pix: Serena Williams, in town with her own pop-up shop at the Faena. Then there were some so-called moguls, tycoons and a few spawns of such including fashion dynastina Caroline Vreeland.
While DiCaprio emerged from his hoodie (a global warming statement or just pure douchery? Money’s on the latter), sitting with friends and avoiding the cameras, he was seen eyeing Vreeland as she did her best karaoke to Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.” Hilton was seen twirling around to the music in an Alice and Olivia Keith Haring dress and sunglasses. Inside. At night. At least she took them off to say hi to Serena, who was seen dancing with friends underneath the glow of her disco-ball sized wedding ring.
Bono showed up with his entourage (and bodyguard) following his Sotheby’s and Gagosian (RED) Auction in the Design District that raised $10.5 million to support the fight against AIDS. Just for that he gets a pass on the bodyguard thing. He sat at the center table and listened while trying not to visibly cringe as karaokers sang U2 songs.
Celebrity-wise, this Casa Tua ‘do may have been the best of Basel/Art Week ’18 yet. Between the current political climate and the devastating California fires, some say ABMB just isn’t good optics for celebs this year unless you’re Nobel Peace Prize-nominated chef José Andrés, who has two late night food trucks feeding starving art fans in Wynwood and the Design District as part of the American Express Platinum House at the 1 Hotel South Beach, proceeds from which go to Andrés’ non-profit, World Central Kitchen. American Express, of course, will be the only form of payment accepted. More on that below.
And then there are the others. Sure, there’s, um, Cardi B , a slew of rappers with face tattoos, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell Williams, Eva Longoria, casino magnate Steve Wynn, who pulled a Bono and Leo last night at Ball & Chain, adamant that no one take a picture of him even though no one really wanted to, and, erm, uh, oh, yes! Lance Bass. A far cry from the days of Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas and Babs Streisand, but again, it’s about the art.
Said one A+ lister who wanted to remain anonymous: “Art Basel has become a shitshow, so I stayed away this year.” (S)he wasn’t the only one. But back to that art . . . .
Wynwood: 390 NW 27th Street
Design District: 95 NE 40th Street
Thursday, December 6
Stops at: Design District/ 8pm-12am & Wynwood from 11pm-2am
Friday, December 7
Stops at: Design District from 8pm-12am & Wynwood/11pm-2am
Saturday, December 6
Stops at: Design District/ 8pm-12am & Wynwood from11pm-2am