Haute Event: Mirror Ball During Art Basel

Van Cleef & Arpels along with Mr.and Mrs. Leonard Abess held a black-tie dinner benefitting the Wolfsonian-Florida International University on Wednesday, November 30th in Miami.

Over 400 guests made their way to Hanger 102 Opa-Locka Executive Airport, which was transformed into an enchanted forest and a hall of mirrors under the direction of curator Neville Wakefield.

A special performance featuring Nick Cave’s acclaimed Soundsuits, a combination of ceremony, costume, wearable art and social commentary snaked through cocktail hour, followed by a series of intriguing and provocative tableaux vivants as conceptualized by Vanessa Beecroft, a Los Angeles-based artist known particularly for her work with nudes.

The evening ended with a stunning performance of opera singer Jacqueline Fontaine accompanied by guitarist Mick Barr.  The evening’s music was composed by Jonathan Bepler.  Van Cleef & Arpels’ most recent high jewelry collection “Bals de Légende” was featured throughout the evening and Daniel Boulud presided over the menu for the evening.

Photos Courtesy of Elizabeth Lippman