ART RAP: Music mogul Jay-Z created a small stir among the famously impervious art types on day two of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair Thursday. Along with a small entourage, including art adviser Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, the music and fashion star perused what was on offer as an admiring trail of gallery salesgirls followed behind. A fan of Takashi Murakami's work, he checked out a painting at the Marianne Boesky Gallery booth along with friend Russell Simmons. But while that work was still available, designer Cynthia Rowley discovered the piece she wanted was already gone. "It's almost not worth it coming today," she sighed. "Everything I want is already sold. There was a Tom Sachs painting that I loved, but — sold!" Instead, she perused what was on sale, namely books, at the D.A.P. booth. Tamara Mellon also managed to squeeze in a little viewing time before rushing off to catch her plane back to London. Meanwhile, many of the VIP collectors, including Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, were back for a second time to do a cleanup sweep. Uber art consultant Sandy Heller (who buys for hedge fund honcho Steve Cohen) was also doing the rounds, as fair founder Sam Keller rushed around with his assistant in tow fixing glitches and taking meetings.

MONKEY BUSINESS: Don't rule out a future design collaboration between French luxury giant Louis Vuitton and cult Japanese designer Nigo of A Bathing Ape. "I hope we're going to do something with Nigo very soon," Vuitton artistic director Marc Jacobs said Thursday. A close collaborator of Pharrell Williams', who is working with Vuitton on a jewelry project, Nigo has proposed a range of street-smart items for the brand, including a hooded sweatshirt, a down jacket and a DJ turntable case. "I think it would be really great and young people would really like it," Jacobs said. Although he declined to give a time line for any introduction, Jacobs hinted he would revisit the project in the new year.RED ALERT: First Lady Laura Bush found herself in a thorny situation Sunday at the White House's annual holiday party: She unexpectedly had to demonstrate her skills as a quick-change artist when not just one, but three other women wearing the same red floor-length Oscar de la Renta dress sailed into the shindig. Not one to be ruffled, the First Lady dashed upstairs and returned wearing a black sequined dress, but not before she and the President had taken their holiday portrait. De la Renta declined comment and the First Lady's press office did not return calls for comment Thursday.

DOHERTY'S DUDS: Pete Doherty's name might have become synonymous with gritty drinking dens, but Kate Moss' paramour found himself in the more salubrious surroundings of Selfridges on Thursday. Doherty tipped up at the London store's parking garage with his band, Babyshambles, at a respectable 2 p.m. to play a set to mark the launch of his clothing collection with the Manchester-based men's wear label Gio-Goi. The collection, which Doherty models, includes T-shirts printed with slogans such as "Too Much Rock & Roll" and, rather optimistically, "Drug Free." The spring collection will be sold exclusively at Selfridges for one month, and will launch at other U.K. retailers in January. No word on whether Moss plans to sport the T-shirts with her trademark skinny jeans.

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