several days and nights of nonstop events, poolside cocktails,
networking, and, oh yes, art to absorb, Basel frazzle was setting in as
Sunday arrived. Genevieve Jones had lost her voice. Yvonne Force Villareal
's schedule was all out of whack after an all-nighter at a strip club. Only André Balazs
seemed to know the secret of keeping sane: "I work out at the Standard gym every morning," he said.
Back on Wednesday, though, with showgoers fresh off their private jets,
the parties came fast and furious. The Whitney Contemporaries teamed up
with jeweler David Yurman to show off film and video from the museum's
and David Lauren
celebrated his father's eponymous new book, Ralph Lauren
; and Pucci's Matthew Williamson
and Laudomia Pucci
put the label's 60th anniversary festivities to bed with a sit-down dinner for the likes of Anh Duong
, Delphine Arnault
, and Becca Cason Thrash.
Thursday evening began calmly (although it didn't end that way) as Balazs hosted a book launch for Bob Colacello
's seventies flashback book, Out
"Bob is an old friend and Warhol was a good friend as well, so it's
like old home week," said Katherine Ross. Over in the Design District, Nadja Swarovski
unveiled Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Light Sock
as guests such as Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
, Todd Eberle, and Emma Snowdon-Jones
looked on. Maybe it was the Champagne, but the provocative chandeliers produced plenty of naughty talk and giggles.
If bacchanalia has a sound, it could've been heard at Visionaire's
Friday bash. "You know sometimes when you're hosting you don't really
get to just let go?" asked Cecilia Dean
She didn't have to worry about that at the Delano's new Lenny
Kravitz-designed Florida Room, as DJs kept the party going well past
the 11 p.m. end time listed on the invite. Elsewhere that night, Tamara Mellon
's dinner for Richard Phillips
and the Vanity Fair
pool party vied for showgoers' attention. The former had free handbags
going for it; the latter, a photo booth. Saturday was just as packed: Vogue
hosted a Grey Goose-sponsored Alberta Ferretti mini-show; Y-3 curated a
video installation at its store; and Julian Schnabel screened his new
new film, Berlin
But none of those events were as difficult to get into as the Colette
shindig at Le Baron. Revelers who tired of the velvet ropes,
clipboards, and endless lines could be found at Twist, a local gay bar.
There, editors, stylists, and artists sweated it out to hip-hop and
dance classics until the wee hours with nary a paparazzo to pose for.