Season is in full swing, evidenced by some stellar events this week, most noticeably the Cultural Collection at The James Royal Palm. But what’s a fashionista to wear in chilly weather? I threw my faux-Blonde locks in a bun with a John Rochas leather headband that I scooped up in London, a black Carven dress that I bought in Paris and pantyhose I grabbed in Italy. I was channeling an old NYC broad, SO Upper East side. I also committed theft in my mother’s jewelry drawer. Divine!
The James event was clever. The James, as you know, is a hotel that is art-centric, aligning itself with Miami’s most prestigious cultural institutions. For the first time I witnessed Bonnie Clearwater of MoCA actually approve of any sort of event with another institution. That is a huge shocker! The other orgs that were involved included Young Arts, The New World Symphony and Public School.
When I entered, I was given an agenda of the evening. There would be four performances going on, starting with Young Arts. I, of course, had to vote for them, after attending their gala on behalf of the Arison family just last month. I really LOVE what they do. The performance that went down was also totally insane. If you saw my video coverage of the event, you would have noticed this talented hip hop dancer. He performed at the pool of the hotel, on a stage close to the beach. The entire crowd at The James gathered to watch. It was incredible to see the interest from our community, not only for a great party, but to expand our minds.
I knew I had to leave soon for a private dinner engagement with Christian Roth and Eric Domege, but I totally joined a dance circle with David Aaron and his friend Megan Harmon, the Director of Alumni Relations at Young Arts. Mia Moretti was spinning, with her violinist Caitlin Moe. That duet fo-real knows what is up. I ran into SO many amazing friends of mine at this event, including Sarah Arison, Anne Owen, Carolyn Travis, Edward Nieto and his new HOT boyfriend, Ximena, Tony Cho, Martin Rosenblum, Austin Cohen, Sarah Mirmelli, Beau Beasley, John Lin, Tracey Carter, Mike Marguiles, Bernardo Coleman, Brittany Lopez, Meredith Becker, Karissa Knight, Jessica Anderson, Robbie Blumenthal and Evan Agaston. There were also SO many unfamiliar faces, Kind of refreshing!
I was on my way out and I ran into future Commissioner of Miami Beach, Joshua Dunkelman, and his partner Justin Clinger. Joshua just announced that he is running for Commissioner at Chalk Lounge last night. I also bumped into some handsome ex-Miami resident named Santiago Roman, who said he recognized me from the deceased 944 magazine as being an “IT” girl approximately in 2008! I was impressed and ran to my dinner.
I was LITERALLY fashionably late to the CFDA-award winners’ home for dinner, which was attended by the gorgeous Fiona West and her husband Britt, Christian’s brother and wife, who were in town from Germany, and this amazing Realtor named Marjorie, who runs the real estate show on Island Ave in the Venetian! Dinner, as always, was impeccable, the conversation was hysterical and nothing is more chic than dining with my co-muse Fiona, who also ended up gracing the “cover” of Christian-Roth.com. It is SO refreshing to dine with international people.
Here is the funniest part of it all: At the end of dinner, Christian offered me an espresso. I don’t know why I accepted, but I did. Maybe it was the vintage Tiffany china? Well, when I left I wanted to go dance. Joshua Wagner, Mr. Miami Nightlife, who owns the Rec Room, had told me DJ Maseo from De La Soul was spinning, so I swear I went out alone. I wanted to dance, hey, why not? OMG, have I gone mad? So, as expected I ran into SO many friends like Zubin Nagpal, David Aaron (with his Michael Jackson dance moves), Jilian Sanz, Cati Ruiz and Neige Guitoun aka #fashion. Then, of course, John Turchin. We danced up a storm. I drove JT home, he wanted to go to Bardot, but HELL NO. It just was not happening.
The night was incredible. When it rains it pours, and indeed it was pouring out. The fabulosity in this city is explosive, and you only live once. It was one of those nights that defined everything I represent: Friendship, Fashion, Art, Music and Beyond.