The Fashion Side of Art Basel

As much as Art Basel is about art (as you’d deduce from the name), it also brings a heavy dose of fashion with it: designers, pop ups, the effort people put into their looks. And while I dedicated Tuesday to acrylics on canvas, statues and graffiti, Wednesday, I delved into what Fashion Basel was all about. Here’s a look:


I started off the day at the American Express and Harper’s Bazaar lunch at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, where we were introduced to ShopBazaar. The site, which is curated by the editors at Harper’s Bazaar, lets you shop the pages of the mag. The team chose Art Basel to launch the site because, as the editors explained, all eyes are on Miami right now and what better time than now? Amex was kind enough to deck out each table with enough iPad minis so we could each shop the site while we noshed. Alexis Bittar earrings, Stella McCartney dresses, all on the site. Amex actually partnered with the site to give cardmembers exclusive access and is hosting an Amex Trends page, with benefit. Perfect for racking up those miles and scoring awesome pieces at the same time. Afterward, editors from the mag shared upcoming spring trends, like:

A return to platforms (thank god), ankle straps in metallics and a new boot silhouette the mag’s team is calling the “sandaloot.”

Here’s something I’m all over already. So glad it’s not going anywhere for spring: black and white stripes. Love it.

 And in accessories: over-sized UV glasses, bigger than big boho baubles and gold. Loving the same ring for every finger look.

 Then, over at the Webster, it was tea time with Stella McCartney.

The designer arrived at the event in her own dress, a neon floral number, which, coincidentally, was for sale on ShopBazaar. She’s seen here with the Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil.

In matching Stella McCartney shoes, nonetheless.

A look at Stella’s work, all vegan friendly.

And me in my Alexis pants, vintage vest, Forever 21 tank, Marc Jacobs bag, Aldo shoes, Alexis Bittar bangle, and vintage accessories.

Later in the night, I glimpsed Can I Make the Music Fly by Bruce Weber for Dior Homme at The Moore Building. By far the most beautiful crowd and best music of the week.

As for the rest of Fashion Basel, I’ll be hanging at the Raleigh on Friday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. hosting The Art of Fashion with SearsStyle, complete with a denim bar, mini manis, makeup applications and more. Pics to come. Follow along tomorrow on Twitter at #ArtofFashion to get the scoop.