Art Basel Miami is back, which means that fashion, art, culture, and jet setters have descended upon the city. There is no better way to end the year than with Miami Art Week!

Dear diary, 

Last week was one of the most tiring of the year. Art Basel came to town, and it was a whirlwind of events, parties, cocktails, breakfasts, exhibitions, and so on. It seems that everyone in the world came to Miami. There wasn’t a second of downtime. Yes, the days were full of pleasant moments, delicious meals, great outfits, and spectacular works of art, and while I enjoyed every moment, I think I overdosed on art.

Tuesday, November 30th

Even the first day was non-stop. I started with a visit to the new Chanel exhibition called “Five Echoes,” part of the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the famous Nº5 perfume. The creative mind behind this work of art was Es Devlin, who interpreted the fragrance’s elements in a multi-sensory experience. I loved every moment, and my look was a perfect contrast to the white hues of the labyrinth. I went with a mustard minidress and Marine Serre moon print jersey top and leggings. I wore my favorite Amina Muaddi see-through shoes, and beige leather Classic Double Flap bag and hair clips from Chanel.

Then I changed into a Saint Laurent metallic red bodysuit paired with a two-tone print skirt from Area, black Aveline Bows and a fuchsia Bonny bag from Jimmy Choo. I also put an oversized bow headband from Dolce & Gabbana in my hair. Then, I headed to brunch to celebrate and view the new Jimmy Choo collection at The Surf Club at the Four Seasons Hotel–one of my favorite places in Miami. The event was divine. I fell in love with the pieces in the new collection and also enjoyed a pleasant chat with Dr. Barbara Sturm, one of the best dermatologists in the world. Without a doubt, it was an unforgettable experience!

Then, I went home to start dressing up for The Daily Front Row cover release party with Candice Swanepoel. I decided to style my hair in a high bun, and for my makeup I did a smokey eye with copper and gold tones and some pale pink lips with a matte finish. My glam squad is the best; I loved this edgy beauty look. Upon arriving at the event, I realized that it wasn’t just a cocktail hour but a dinner, which was a welcome surprise because I love the Italian flavors of RWSB. What a great night! I was accompanied by friends like India Leclery and Jessica Wan, and my date for the night was Alex Acero (my brother, haha) and then there was the supermodel Candice Swanepoel, obviously. 

The first thing I did when I got home was take off my shoes. I love high heels but after all day wearing them, my feet were totally done. I put on my pajamas and did my nightly skincare routine with my favorite products (Sisley’s Nuit Velours Masque is a must in any night care routine).

Wednesday, December 1st

I started my day with a coffee. My body definitely needed it after yesterday, and I also knew that the day was going to be super chaotic (but fun). Once the caffeine kicked in, I got dressed in a casual chic look consisting of a green ruffled blouse from Prada, a lavender The Attico skirt, and Amina Muaddi’s satin Begum shoes. Then, my brother, Alex, and I headed to the Valentino boutique for our fitting.

When we got to the boutique, they were already waiting for us. I love going to fittings, but I always end up wanting to buy everything in the store. Among the garments I tried on were a two-piece suit in bright red, a floral print jacket with a feather detail on the sleeves, and a multicolored geometric print dress. It was really difficult to decide which one to wear, but I finally made a decision.

It was going to be a long night since I had several events on the agenda. My outfit was a polka dot print Prada dress I paired with a black Zizi Donohoe bow brooch. The first event was the Dior exhibition, “Lady Dior Art,” consisting of 12 artist collabs on the iconic Lady Dior bag (named in honor of Lady Di). This bag is part of the brand’s history and has been reinterpreted over time. It was spectacular to see how the personal style and creativity of each artist was reflected in the bags–an incredible fusion between fashion and art that resulted in everyday masterpieces. The next stop was the Prada boutique, where we were welcomed with champagne and music by an excellent DJ. We also got to know the brand’s new collection. I liked that all the garments were full of glitter, appliques, and crystals. Everything–crop tops, dresses, bags, hoodies, bucket hats, and loafers–sparkled! After, we made a brief appearance at Givenchy’s party at the boutique. I fell in love with the new Moon Cut Out hobo. This greyish pink bag has embroidery that resembles a spider’s web, and it’s already on my wish list.

The last event of the night was at Chanel, and as always, we were late. So, we had to run down the street to get there, and I arrived out of breath. The event was a drone show with lights to celebrate 100 years of Chanel No. 5 perfume. The sky lit up as the drones–which looked like stars–formed the unmistakable form of the bottle of the fragrance and wrote the words Chanel and the legendary double-C logo across the sky. The location was just as magical; it was like a campground with tents and a campfire. Unlike at a regular campground, all the guests were dressed super chic and carrying glamorous bags from this Parisian brand.

When I finally got home, it was a relief. I had a cold, and all day I was trying not to sneeze so that no one would turn around to look at me.

Thursday, December 2nd

Fortunately, I felt better and had plenty of energy for the third day of Miami Art Week. The day started very early with an event by Salvatore Ferragamo in the brand’s Design District boutique. The event was to launch the Trifolio Miniflap, the latest bag from this Italian brand. As a Ferragamo fan, I chose to wear a futuristic Nappa leather tulle dress in shades of sky blue, white, and black. I obviously combined it with the Trifolio bag in baby blue from Salvatore Ferragamo and the Monolith boots in white leather from Prada. It was a great way to start the day. My favorite bags from the brand for this season are the ones with `op art prints in pastel tones.

From there, we went straight to the presentation of “The Party Collection” by Valentino. It was a beautiful event under the bright Miami sun. I finally found my outfit for the end of the year parties: a wool and silk bubblegum pink minidress with sequins in the shape of bows. Just perfect! My outfit for the event was a copper tone satin dress with a deep V neckline and cut-outs at the sides, the Tan-Go platforms in off-white patent leather, and a pink VLogo mini bag with gold hardware, all of course from Valentino. After the presentation, the brand took us on a private tour of the Rubell Museum. We were able to enjoy the work of Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, a painter from Ghana, whose portraits capture the greatness of the country. We also saw an installation with lights, mirrors, star-shaped balloons, and garments from the new Valentino collection. But, I really fell in love with a work entitled “Narcissus Garden” by Yayoi Kusama. To close the day, the Italian brand took us out to eat at one of Miami’s hotspots, the Strawberry Moon restaurant at the Goodtime Hotel. There, we spent time with Karla Martinez, Editorial Director of Vogue Mexico and Latin America; Jessica Wang, Larsen Thompson, and many more friends. The perfect way to end the afternoon.

Then, I was able to go home, change, and say hi to my three children (even if I don’t see them for just a couple of days, I miss them a lot!). I got to relax, even for a second, and this helped me to recharge my batteries. For my last Art Basel Miami look, I chose a burgundy latex bodysuit with a bow at the neck and a mustard-colored wool jacket with white pants, all from Saint Laurent. I paired the outfit with a two-tone Chanel bag and Valentino platforms. After spending a long time in traffic (the traffic is horrible here; I think only Mexico City is worse), we arrived at the Chanel boutique in the Design District. The appointment was so that we could learn about the new book The Architecture of Chanel, which talks about the history, creativity, and art behind the design of the brand’s boutiques. Peter Marino himself was in the store, and I had the opportunity to talk with him and he signed my book. I quickly took advantage of my visit to the boutique to check out the newest items. I loved a bag in white quilted leather with gold clasps and pearls. I will definitely be back for it before the end of the year. Then, I went to the Fashion Pop Miami show, where I was interviewed for ¡Hola! TV at a runway full of beautiful clothes perfect for the beach. To end the evening, I went to Carbone on Collins Avenue and enjoyed a delicious dinner courtesy of Saint Laurent. The food was excellent, but being surrounded by friends was the icing on the cake.

XO

Sira

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