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Fashion, music and art collided at Tory Burch’s dinner in Miami on Friday night, which celebrated the release of her new CD, a compilation of her favorite music, to benefit Save the Children. Lenny Kravitz and daughter Zoë, Venus and Serena Williams and Russell Simmons all crowded into Blade, the sushi restaurant in the new Fontainebleau Hotel. Burch herself had arrived in town only an hour before and had her mother, Reva Robinson in tow. It wasn’t Robinson’s first time at the Fontainebleau — she recalled attending a party at the historic hotel back in the Sixties that ended with having drinks with Fidel Castro in the very spot of Burch’s dinner (the then-renowned Poodle Room). “Thank God it was just drinks,” Robinson said. “Or else I’d be living in Cuba!”
As dinner wound down, Beyoncé made a fashionably late entrance with Jay-Z, who was greeted with belated birthday wishes from his friends (the real day was last Thursday). Meanwhile, Naomi Campbell showed up and introduced her “baby” — Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin — around the room.
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The after-dinner entertainment was British rap sensation Estelle, whose song “Come Over” is included on Burch’s CD. “What up, Tory?” she shouted as she took the stage in the hotel’s nightclub LIV to sing “American Boy” in front of a huge crowd of fans including Marc Jacobs. The designer had arrived from Paris the night before. “I’m just here looking,” said the usually avid art collector, echoing the prevailing sentiment at the Convention Center. “I didn’t buy anything. Maybe tomorrow? But I’m really just here to see friends and spend time with Lorenzo,” he said, referring to his boyfriend, ad exec Lorenzo Martone.
Over at the Bass Art Museum, Yigal Azrouël and Katie Lee Joel were making the rounds of South Beach together, with a first stop at Yves Saint Laurent’s party there with Artforum magazine. Also mingling in the museum’s courtyard were Lorna Simpson and Peter Som, who toasted a purchase he made at the satellite NADA art fair. Next on Joel’s agenda was the Vanity Fair party benefiting Free Arts, cohosted by Tommy Hilfiger at the Raleigh hotel Oasis. There, guests scooped up the Hilfiger-designed special edition totes with photographs by artist Jeremy Blake.
Meanwhile, Thom Browne was among the many who regrouped in the Raleigh lobby after all the parties.
“I wish I had the money to collect. All my money goes into my business,” he said.