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.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye