MIAMI — It could have been 1984 — some of the fashions notwithstanding.
Barneys New York chose the hip-hop culture of the Eighties as inspiration for the kickoff party of its new South Beach Co-op store last Thursday night. Breakdancers were flown in from New York and tripped the light fantastic throughout the party to an audience of rapt revelers, many of whom joined in. Outside, street performers drew a crowd as they banged on pails on the sidewalk. Even the food, catered by Barton G., was a homage to those early, gritty days, with iconic New York eats like mini hamburgers and hot dogs served on trays reflecting elaborate cityscapes.
It was a mélange of party-goers, roving spotlights, Mini Coopers and rain as a parade of guests stopped to congratulate Barney’s chief executive and president Howard Socol. “I feel like its my bar mitzvah,” laughed Socol, a longtime South Florida dweller.
Inside the fete, Christina Getty-Maercks was just back from traveling abroad. “I’ve been in Italy. I went to my cousin Anna’s wedding,” said Getty, referring to the nuptials of Anna Getty and Gregory Pruss in Florence last month. Meanwhile, Barbara Becker, Boris’ ex-wife, arrived in a Missoni mini, sporting strings of elaborate necklaces she designed. Always a regular on the Miami social scene, thanks to her nearby Fisher Island residence, Becker spent most of her summer in London.
Simon Doonan, in an orange tuxedo shirt, stood on the curb outside threatening to go back to his hotel and take off his mammoth gold Dior pinky ring. “I’m worried I might get struck by lighting with this,” joked Doonan.
“Don’t you think your height will counter the effect of the ring?” quipped potter Jonathan Adler to his diminutive companion.