LOOK WHO WE BUMPED INTO AT ART BASEL? It’s our very own December cover star, IAN MELLENCAMP!




Wilhelmina x Perrier-Jouet Kickoff 50 Golden Years of Wilhelmina


On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Our own Michael Travin, Melissa Kassis, and Hillary Latos attended the L’EDEN BY PERRIER-JOUET event, an enchanted experience created by Simon Hammerstein. The event was held at Casa Faena, 3500 Collins District, Miami Beach, FL.

Melissa took a small video showcasing one of the performers in her alluring and magnificent performance.

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Model Karolina Kurkova Hosts Rooftop Soirée at L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët in Miami Beach

Photo credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouët


MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 30: A view of L'Eden By Perrier-Jouet Rooftop Soiree With Karolina Kurkova on November 30, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet )

MIAMI BEACH, FL – NOVEMBER 30: A view of L’Eden By Perrier-Jouet Rooftop Soiree With Karolina Kurkova on November 30, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet )


After an enchanting opening night, Perrier-Jouët hosted an intimate afternoon soirée on the rooftop at L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët with former Victoria’s Secret model Karolina Kurkova and award-winning artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, who’s custom works, inspired by the whimsical Belle Epoque era, are on display throughout the space.


MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic (L) and Model Karolina Kurkova attend the L'Eden By Perrier-Jouet Rooftop Soiree With Karolina Kurkova on November 30, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet )

MIAMI BEACH, FL – NOVEMBER 30: Artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic (L) and Model Karolina Kurkova attend the L’Eden By Perrier-Jouet Rooftop Soiree With Karolina Kurkova on November 30, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet )


Iconic supermodel Elle Macpherson dropped by to say hello to longtime friend and fellow Miamian, Kurkova, who was dressed in a silk Olivia von Halle suit paired with a playful Mark Cross bag. Other notable guests included legendary tennis pro Martina Navratilova and designer and model Barbara Becker.


MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Models Elle Macpherson (L) and Karolina Kurkova attend the L'Eden By Perrier-Jouet Rooftop Soiree With Karolina Kurkova on November 30, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet )

MIAMI BEACH, FL – NOVEMBER 30: Models Elle Macpherson (L) and Karolina Kurkova attend the L’Eden By Perrier-Jouet Rooftop Soiree With Karolina Kurkova on November 30, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet )


Guests enjoyed clear ocean views of South Beach and champagne cocktails while noshing on exotic fare from the famed Faena hotel.



Faena’s Neon Night Market Launches at Pao by Paul Qui w/ Bombay Sapphire

Photo Credit: World Red Eye, Night Market at Pao by Paul Qui with Cocktail Collaboration by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Faena Miami Beach



Faena Miami Beach
debuted Neon Night Market @ Pao by Paul Qui, a brand-new tent pole experience that will pop-up at Art Basel each year. The Night Market opening introduced festival goers to the illuminated indoor/outdoor epicurean spectacle, transporting guests to South East Asia with an electrifying culinary and cocktail experience. The Neon Night Market will be open to the public today through Saturday, December 3rd and features exclusive chef collaborative nightly menus paired with music and cocktail collaborations by Bombay’s Brand Ambassador Gary Hayward and Faena’s mixologist Marko Tomovic.




Outside on the terrace, “Neon Night Market Carts” create a lively marketplace inspired by the side alleys in Southeast Asia with hand-held street market-inspired bites themed after the specially crafted dinner menus inside. Each Night Market cart is paired with a specialty Bombay Sapphire Gin craft cocktail and live music all night long. Featured street style bites include Chicken Inasal, Picadillo Lumpia and Lumpiang Sariwa. Signature Bombay Sapphire welcome cocktails for the week include the East of Eden, a banana leaf wrapped cocktail with a neon pink spray painted cone filled with salted almonds for a snack; The Northern Lights, a jazzed up version of your classic gin + tonic with specialty tonic infused botanical ice cubes; Clear Negroni, an artistic take on the classic with smoked mulling spices for an added twist; Duchess of Bedford, a tea-based cocktail featuring a Blue Pansy floral ice cube; Pao Wow!, this spray painted work of art has foam art on top with a kick of black pepper grenadine.




Guests looking for a more personalized experience opted for the “Neon Night Market Chef Collective Dinners” at Pao, which begin nightly at 8pm and offer a 3-course menu with cocktail pairings each evening – last night’s menu was designed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Paul Qui. Dish highlights include Lobster Nam Prik, Kimchi Jamon, Oxtail and Lobster Kare, Calamansi Sorbet and Banana Lumpia. Throughout the rest of the week, chefs including John Fraser, Edward Lee and more will collaborate with Chef Paul Qui to feature their exclusive menus.




I’ve included visuals below from the opening night and would be happy to set up interviews with any of the chefs or mixologists to speak more about the Night Market, inspiration, and/or how they came up with  their artistic street style creations during Art Week 2016.


Here are some artfully influenced cocktails made with Bombay Sapphire East:





0.75oz fresh lime juice

0.5oz kaffir lime syrup

5 leaves Thai basil

Shake and serve long.
Top w/ club soda and Thai basil garnish.

Served in 10oz Highball glass wrapped in Banana leaf – painted with neon food paint

with mini peg attaching bamboo cone filled with neon pink spray painted

Thai Basil salted almonds for a little snack




Yuzu, Bergamot and Grapefruit tonic

Tonic ice cubes* Infused with assorted Blueberries,

Lemon zest and mini Grapefruit slices.

3oz COLD club soda.

Garnish with 2 Lavender sprigs tied with Neon blue Ribbon




1oz Martini Rosso

1oz Campari

Using a hand smoker, smoke drink with Mulling spices and serve under bell glass.

Garnish with dehydrated orange wheel and twist




0.5oz black pepper grenadine 1oz pink grapefruit

Vanilla foam*

Shake and serve up in coupe

Served with extra-long, Grapefruit ribbon and Neon food color painted foam art



2oz Bombay Sapphire East

0.25oz lemon grass & Bergamot syrup

1oz Lapsang Souchong tea

Large edible flower (BLUE PANSY) infused ice cube.

Cocktail is served from a Mini teapot with charcoal stir rod all on black slate serving tray



Locust Projects Kicked of Art Basel with Trio of Experimental Exhibitions


Last night, the not-for-profit exhibition space Locust Projects kicked off Art Basel with a trio of experimental exhibitions. Founded by artists for artists, the organization continues its 18-year-long mission to provide contemporary artists the freedom to experiment without the imitations of conventional exhibition spaces.



In the main exhibition space, Alexis Gideon debuted The Comet and the Glacier, a new video opera and immersive installation. Originally trained as a musician and composer, Gideon is best known for his animated live video operas and related multidisciplinary artworks. For his first large-scale exhibition, Alexis Gideon’s musical compositions, sculpted clay reliefs, glass paintings, stop-motion animations, videos and live performances came to life, transforming Locust Projects into a surreal dreamscape, populated by the personal effects and relics from the creation of The Comet and the Glacier and Alexis’ own past, both real and fictive. These elements reinforce the complex narrative world of the artist’s invention, where reality and fiction are confused and interspersed along the many stratified layers of his story.


Gideon further pushed the boundary between the real and the imagined with his live activation of the piece. He performed a musical arrangement that corresponded to the videos housed in each of the installation’s rooms, like chapters informing the overall narrative. In moments of virtuosity, the animated characters mouthed along in sync to the lyrics sang and rapped by Gideon, embodying the real and fictional Alexis at once.


In the project space HUFFER COLLECTIVE created the city’s first monumental pyramid, in a continuation of their attempts to annihilate Miami’s status as an “art world mecca for rich tourists”.  HUFFER COLLECTIVE mined their homes, studios and storage spaces for personal artifacts that piece together their individual and collective memories; and, by extension, construct an impression of Miami. Titled SAVE YOUR SELVES, the collective will present a monumental pyramid-like structure, including artifacts that reference the high crime, seedy motels, punk venues, underground clubs and graffiti that once distinguished the surrounding neighborhoods.


Also on view was Backsplash II an installation by Brooklyn-based artist Katie Bell that serves as a visual and conceptual sequel to her previous exhibition in the space, Backsplash. Utilizing wood, laminate, paint, foam, hot tub fragments, shock absorbers, cork, and rope, the artist has created physical, sculptural paintings that evoke the domestic sphere. The artist’s materials become abstracted from their original purpose, and act as ruins and relics.


Extended Gallery Hours During Art Basel Miami Beach: November 28-December 3, 10am-7pm
Exhibitions on View Through January 21, 2017


Locust Projects is a Miami-based not-for-profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work.


Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public. Locust Projects’ exhibitions and programming are made possible with support from: The Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Cowles Charitable Trust; FAENA; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural A airs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant; Locust Projects Exhibitionist and Significant Others Members.

The Setai Miami Beack Kicks Off Art Basel Miami Beach with a Celebration of Gaetano Pesce
Pesce Sculpture Inaugurates The Setai’s Renovated Courtyard




Guests including Jean Nouvel, Chuck Close, Nikolai Haas, Michele Oka Doner, Karim Rashid, Sara Arison of Arison Arts Foundation, Dominique Levy, Laura de Gunzburg, Bass Museum Director Silvia Cubina, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Ruth Shuman, Cathy Leff, Kavi Gupta, Design Miami Director Rodman Primack, Cora Bischofberger Sheibani, Cedric Morisset, Felix Burrichter, Sarah Harrelson, George Lindemann, Outsider Art Fair founder Andrew Edlin, Ben Brown, Henri Timi, Tatiana Silva, Fabian Basabe, and Javier Peres joined hosts Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Paul Johnson to preview Gaetano Pesce’s Tree Vase XXL, the centerpiece of his latest sculptural series, installed in the intimate oceanfront resort’s newly renovated courtyard.




“The Tree Vase Series is a novelty to me. The tree is alive, it moves under the force of the breeze, it is always different and it is a miracle of nature. All this has inspired me to turn it into a type of work that is very dear to me, the ‘maternal womb vase’. I love to create vases shaped as trees with elastic materials resembling the movement of the trees when touched by the wind”, says Gaetano Pesce.




The internationally lauded Pesce, renowned for his multidisciplinary practice and iconic furniture designs currently has solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and at Museo del Novecento and Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. The complete Tree Vase series, along with a selection of cabinets, will be presented by Salon 94 Design – a collaboration between Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Paul Johnson – during Design Miami/, which brings together influential collectors, designers, curators and critics from around the world to celebrate design culture and commerce (November 30 – December 4).




“We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Gaetano Pesce to The Setai and are honored to feature his site-specific installation in our newly renovated courtyard. Tree Vase XXL is the perfect complement to the lush Zen-like space, an ultimate refuge away from the tents and a discreet oasis for our guests and residents during this exciting week.” says Alex Furrer, the General Manager of the property.


Situated in the courtyard, Tree Vase XXL installation will inaugurate the newly renovated space, which now features a built-in retractable rooftop that fully expands, allowing guests unparalleled sky views while enjoying the cool ocean breeze. A stone-filled pool stretches from the north to the south en of the courtyard with dining tables surrounding the edge. In addition to increasing the space’s versatility, the renovated Courtyard Bar arrives in time for Art Basel Miami Beach, offering guests sophisticated libations regardless of the city’s unpredictable weather.


Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, Pesce studied Architecture at the University of Venice between 1958 to 1963 and was a participant in Gruppo N, an early collective concerned with programmed art modeled after the Bauhaus. He taught architecture at the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France, for 28 years, at the Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, at the Domus Academy in Milan, at the Polytechinc of Hong Kong, at the Architectural School of Sao Paulo and at the Cooper Union in New York City, where he has made his home since 1980, after living in Venice, London, Helsinki and Paris. Pesce’s work is featured in more than 30 permanent collections of the most important museums in the world, such as MoMa of New York and San Francisco, Metropolitan Museum in New York, Vitra Museum in Germany, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Pompidou Center and Musee des Arts Décoratifs of Louvre in Paris; he exhibits art in galleries internationally. His award winning designs include the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation and Design in 1993, the Architektur and Wohnen Designer of the Year in 2006 and the Lawrence J. Israel Prize from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2009.  Pesce’s experience has been global, his innovations consistently groundbreaking. Boundaries between art, design and industry are irrelevant to him, as art is most certainly not something created and put on a pedestal: art is a product, it is our creative response.




Situated ocean-side in the heart of Miami’s most desirable location in South Beach, The Setai, Miami Beach is an award- winning, international leader in hospitality and the hotel of choice for the sophisticated international traveler. The Setai masterfully combines the warmth of Asian hospitality with the best in personalized service, the latest in-room technologies and truly rarified comfort. Housed in a restored 1936 landmark building within the historical Art Deco District, The Setai has been artfully designed, weaving the aesthetics of the Far East into its original Art Deco facade. The Setai features 87 Art Deco rooms, 42 Ocean Suites, 1 Grand Penthouse and incomparable amenities including three temperature-controlled sparkling pools, beach front services, exceptional dining experiences led by Executive Chef Mathias Gervais, The Spa by THÉMAÉ and a Clefs d’Or Chief Concierge. The hotel is privately held; holds membership with The Leading Hotels of the World, and was awarded the coveted Forbes Travel Guide.


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Dean & Deluca and Ole Scheeren Unveil “STAGE” at Design Miami/2016


Ole Scheeren and Martha Stewart

Ole Scheeren and Martha Stewart

On November 28, 2016, Dean & DeLuca, the legendary New York gourmet market and leading international purveyor of fine food, hosted an intimate preview of its partnership with world-renowned architect, Ole Scheeren, at Design Miami/2016. Guests including, Ole Scheeren, Giorgio DeLuca, Martha Stewart, Brett Ratner, Charles Finch, Waris Ahulwalia, Jean Pigozzi, Yves Behar and Maja Hoffman enjoyed a first look and taste of the innovative collaboration. The evening, anchored around the unveiling of a prototype of Scheeren’s design for a unique food retail concept titled “STAGE”, was held at Casa Tua in Miami Beach.


The exciting partnership between the two dynamic brands fuses the authority of Dean & DeLuca with the creative force of Scheeren, to produce a cutting edge vision that first debuted last night during Dean & DeLuca’s inaugural year as partner of Design Miami/.


Giorgio DeLuca, Maja Hoffmann, Charles Finch, Martha Stewart

Giorgio DeLuca, Maja Hoffmann, Charles Finch, Martha Stewart

Notable attendees included: Ole Scheeren, architect and principal of Büro Ole Scheeren; Giorgio DeLuca, co-founder of Dean & DeLuca; Martha Stewart; Brett Ratner, film producer and director; Charles Finch, CEO of Finch & Partners; Waris Ahluwalia, actor and fashion designer; photographer Jean Pigozzi; designer Yves Behar; and Maja Hoffmann, founder of the LUMA Foundation.


Ole Scheeren is internationally renowned for his highly innovative work.  At the helm of Büro Ole Scheeren, he has recently completed The Interlace, lauded World Building of the Year 2015, and with the much anticipated Guardian Art Centre in Beijing and the DUO towers in Singapore due to open in 2017, he is currently working on multiple new projects across Europe, Asia and North America. When partner at OMA, he previously designed the Prada Epicentres in New York and Los Angeles, an

Jean Pigozzi

Jean Pigozzi

d the remarkable CCTV media headquarters in Beijing.


Dean & DeLuca originated in 1977 when Joel Dean, Giorgio DeLuca and Jack Ceglic opened their first grocery store in an industrial space on Prince Street in Soho, New York. In 2014 the company was acquired by Sorapoj Techakraisri, CEO of PACE Development, launching a process of reinvigorating the brand and developing its vision for international expansion. Scheeren has been working closely with Techakraisri for many years and completed MahaNakhon, Thailand’s tallest tower, earlier this year.


The mission to recognize design as one of the three cornerstones of the brand’s identity positions Dean & DeLuca as a visionary player in the global food industry. Ole Scheeren has conceptualized this vision and created a powerful design, combining a strong contemporary identity with a diversified strategy of global specificity and relevance with “STAGE”.



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