The Art of Dressing for Art Basel: 3 Experts Give Their Take
Every year at the beginning of December, a new swarm of fashionable jetsetters descends on the city of Miami. We’re not just talking of sun-starved beachgoers fleeing winter for South Beach, but instead the thousands of art world insiders, collectors, and artists who flock to Miami for Art Basel, one of the most important art fairs of the year.
Art Basel is always quite the feast for the eyes, and the art isn’t half-bad either. However, just as entertaining—and inspiring—as the masterpieces on the wall, are those walking about the fair and sipping Champagne at the after-parties. So now the challenge, if you’re flying XOJET in the direction of Miami Beach, is what to wear?
While you’ll certainly want to blend in with those well-dressed hordes, you’ll also want to stay relatively comfortable. We spoke with three Basel-bound style experts, including artist Jenna Pietrobon, stylist Ian Bradley, and gallerist Leila Greiche, for tips on how to pull off the ultimate Basel look.
What to Wear…for the Preview Day
“I wear my most valued ensemble during the Preview day, something that shows taste (which is what the fair is about), creativity, and prestige,” explained Greiche, owner and director of Galerie d’art L’Inconnue in Montreal. “For instance, this Zimmermann dress with these earrings, which add a conservative and tasteful finish to the floral dress, paired with my new J.W.Anderson piecing bag.” Since you’ll likely be walking around quite a bit, add classic slip-on sneakers in a neutral color—as the outfit is already noteworthy enough!
What to Wear…for the Fair
“When visiting Art Basel, I like to wear the opposite of my New York blacks, navys, and greys,” said Pietrobon, a Brooklyn-based mixed media artist. “For me, the Art Deco city calls for colorful outfits and patterns on patterns on patterns.” Heed Pietrobon’s advice and get creative with a mish-mash of prints in complementary colors. Even better, opt for items with a tropical flare, like these festive Alice + Olivia trousers, paired with this pretty Tory Burch shell, and chic but comfortable mules. Perfect for Miami’s balmy temperatures!
What to Wear…for the After-Parties
Stylist Ian Bradley knows a thing or two about stealing the spotlight after dark; after all, this is the guy who is credited with helping to craft stylist Sky Ferreira’s edgy look. His word of advice? “Remember, this is Miami, so you don’t have to worry too much about being tasteful or comfortable,” he said.
Greiche echoes the sentiment: “Evening events at ABMB are filled with lots of flash,” she said. “I like to creatively play off that with a metallic slip dress or this ruffle Latin-inspired black dress, paired with a red lip and a signature pair of heels that will attract the artful audience.” For extra bonus points, wear an up-and-coming designer: We recommend these statement heels from Marco de Vincenzo, a recently-launched eponymous line from a designer who formerly worked at Fendi.
Artists, fashionistas, and art aficionados can fly directly into Miami Beach with XOJET, offering on-demand private jet charters from over 5,000 private airports across the U.S. For quickest access to Art Basel, we recommend flying into Miami International Airport’s General Aviation Center (MIA), roughly a 20 minutes’ drive away, or Opa-Locka Executive Airport (OPF), roughly 30 minutes away.
By Hayley Phelan
Hayley Phelan is a seasoned fashion writer/editor who was formerly the Features Editor at Lucky and Senior Editor at Fashionista.com. She lives and works in New York and contributes to the New York Times, T Magazine, Elle, Interview, Vogue, Glamour, and Business of Fashion.