11 Fashion Bloggers Share Their Looks For Miami Art Week
Art fairs and parties are set to consume every waking minute of our existence as the Magic City bursts into the visual cacophony that is Miami Art Week. Top on our priority list is where to go and what to see — and it's also what to wear. With marathon days devoted to exploring thousands of square feet of contemporary art, not to mention late nights hopping from one fabulous party to the next, our ensembles need to be both chic and functional.
This is a week where Miami's most fashionable set is inspired to think beyond the de rigueur of Miami style and create looks set for the international stage. Here, Miami's top fashion bloggers share — in no particular order — their favorite looks for Miami Art Week, and their styling tips for looks that go from art fair to after party without skipping a beat.
1. Maria Tettamanti, TheWordyGirl.co
Image courtesy of Eduardo Ford
My go-to Art Basel outfit is part sexy, part comfortable. Here I am in a silky Alice + Olivia snow leopard print dress, BCBG suede moto jacket, and Chanel booties. Art Basel is all about schmoozing and sight-seeing, so comfortable shoes are a must. And always pack a camera — you never know who you will meet. Last year, I met P. Diddy, Adrien Brody, Chris Bosch, Mr. Brainwash, and Paris Hilton!
2. Ginger Harris, ElectricBlogarella.com
Image courtesy of David Marc Harris
Basel is a time of year to think outside of the box when getting dressed. It’s a time to be avant grade, play dress up, wear that thing you fell in love with, but hesitate putting on because it doesn’t exactly blend in. It’s about celebrating art, and let’s face it, fashion is wearable art.
Because it tends to be colder in Miami during Basel, it’s the perfect time to haul out those lesser-worn heavy pieces, too, like my vintage wool cape. I paired it with a vintage cream blouse, knit zebra shorts (because it is the animal print of the season), tights (to keep warm) and my Chanel bag. Keep in mind you’ll be trekking from the Beach to the Design District to Wynwood and everywhere in between, so wear stylish, but smart shoes. These booties may be tall, but they were made for walking. And dancing, too. And there’s as much of that come Basel as there is art.
3. Simonett Pereira, MiamiStyleMafia.com
For Basel, I recommend going for a chic look incorporating something one-of-a-kind. My friend Jacques Smith picked up this jacket in a vintage shop in Barcelona and added tiny white ghost patches above the pockets! I threw it over an all black look and added a printed scarf, leather knee-highs, and a chain bag.
4. Karla Garcia, KarGarOhhSnap.com
My inspiration behind this outfit was to convey a chic event attendee while maintaining a look of relaxed, girly coolness. Opting for a blazer instead of this H & M bomber jacket would have made my look feel too serious and stuffy, which really isn’t me at all. Lately, I find myself gravitating towards tailored pieces while sprinkling a hint of hipster/retro to make the look resonate with my personality. This look works well for a gallery event, a party, or one of the many music events Basel has to offer (sans sand, these Jeffrey Campbell shoes would be a nightmare in the sand). The H & M purse may seem too big to lug around on a night out, but for me it serves as convenient, incognito storage for my Canon 5d MII. I'm also wearing a Zara skirt, H & M necklace, and Forever 21 tank and bracelets.
5. Mayleen Gonzalez, WordInTown.com
I truly love this time of year and one of the reasons is Art Basel. I get to see great art, reconnect with friends that live in other cities, and make new ones, too. There is so much to do that I find myself making a schedule for each day, as well as pre-planning outfits.
This gave me another excuse to shop, so I headed to Topshop at Nordstrom and found this amazing dress. I like to dress up towards the weekend of Basel for events, dinners, and after parties. I chose this dress because I was drawn to the print and color along with the snug fit. I paired it with YSL heels and a lion choker from Topshop. Showing your personal style is fun during this time. There are so many people from so many different parts of the world that come in. I love to people watch and see who’s wearing what.
6. Annie Vazquez, TheFashionPoet.com
I love this look because it combines a classic print like houndstooth on an edgier menswear-inspired silhouette while mixing in fun, bold-hued accessories to make it stand out more. Art Basel fashion is all about being out-of-the box and unqiue. Plus, this is the quintessential ensemble to don for those days when you have a jam-packed schedule, since it easily transitions from day to night. I’m wearing a Nasty Gal dress, H&M hat, Chinese Laundry boots, and a vintage purse.
7. Juliana Cardona, AFashionSoiree.com
Image courtesy of Danny Delgado
Fashion, as well as art, is all about self-expression, so as long as you stay true to your self you can’t go wrong. This outfit is just my style, simple and clean with a little twist. My whole concept is to stay simple, but not boring, and most importantly not to compete with all the art. I chose a classic black dress with an on-trend drop waist and simple black booties with a silver cap toe detail. For the final touch, I chose a bold necklace and wavy, tousled hair.
8. Martha Dominguez, PrincessMartha.com
Image courtesy of Ria Michelle
Wear shoes you can actually walk around in because Art Basel is all about walking and seeing everything from inside the galleries to outside on the buildings’ walls. With all the creativity surrounding this week, it’s good to know that there are no rules or stuffy dress codes to adhere to, but one thing I always remember is to wear what you feel good in. Don’t try to overdo it or you’ll look like you’re trying too hard to either impress or get attention. Just wear your style, own it, and you’ll always be an original work of art. Try to use a lightweight bag. Your shoulder will thank you later!
In this look, I’m wearing Haute Hippie silk top, Zara blazer, Rock & Republic jeans, Christian Louboutin Babel boots, Armani Exchange suede hobo bag, MIA Jewels gold bangles, and Target exhilaration earrings.
9. Dee Trillo, HauteFrugalista.com
Image courtesy of Reactions Photography
Art Basel is the perfect time to showcase your personal take on fashion. There is room for chic, vibrant, and sophisticated outfits, and for edgy, avant-garde ensembles. I chose this high-low hem dress from Rik Rak Salon because the flowy shape felt uber-feminine. I think it’s perfect for ABMB because the patchwork pattern is inspired in abstract art, the colorful ombre palette ranges from soft pink to purple, and it has a geometrical cut-out neckline. I accessorized it with a vintage gold belt, statement earrings, rings, and thick bracelets. The on-trend platform booties allow you to walk Wynwood galleries with ease, and a chain-strap cross-body bag holds your essentials while keeping your hands free. Since Miami weather is unpredictable, a faux-fur or leather vest or jacket can add a luxe feel to the outfit, and at the same time help you stay warm.
10. Kristin Ondocsin, SkinnyIntern.com
Miami is known for beautiful people and people with an amazing sense of style, so as you can imagine, it’s very important to look your best at all times, especially when dressing for events as fabulous as Art Basel. When dressing for any occasion, I always try to remember to stay true to my own personal style and to stay away from dressing overly trendy. This year, I’ve chosen a hot pink blazer by Ark & Co. paired with a cropped tank, a black vegan leather Navoh bag, a fabulous pair of faux leather pants by MinkPink, and Steve by Steve Madden Eavan flats.
While running from gallery to gallery, and party to party, it’s important to wear comfy, yet stylish shoes to get you through the night. This is the perfect look for Art Basel 2012 because hot pink is so Miami Vice and midriff is totally in right now. A girl can’t go wrong while keeping it simple with a little attitude.
11. Erika Thomas, BlahBlahBlonde.com
I chose a wedge bootie. If you end up outdoors at the Standard at any point you will be wishing you weren’t in heels. I kept it in a palette of grays and black and chose a little shine with a sequin leopard clutch.