Basel Beach Blanket Bingo – Miami

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that last weekend I was in Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach – an annual winter ritual where I pretend to look at art while attending lots of fun dinners and parties. And actually I arrived in Miami a bit early – before Art Basel officially began. And uhh, actually I’m still in Miami…because while “New York, New York is a helluva town”, it’s a helluva lot more fun to wear flip-flops in December than snow boots.

Speaking of arriving in Miami a bit early, these photos were all shot on Wednesday DEC 5th…as I made my way from the Valentino and Interview magazine party on the roof of chic boutique The Webster…on to the somewhat-less-chic-but-no-less-amazing Mac’s Club Deuce…then across the street to the wonderful La Sandwicherie for a mid-evening snack…then later across the dunes at Soho Beach House for Chanel’s awesome BBQ in a tent on the beach…before finally ending up at the Paris-under-the-palms South Beach pop-up of French hotspot, Le Baron. LOTS more photos from Miami and Art Basel coming soon! x

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Moon Over Miami

Out and about in Miami last month during Art Basel Miami Beach…these photos were all shot on my second night at Art Basel, Thursday Dec. 1st. I started the night off by driving off South Beach with some friends and heading to the Design District for the OHWOW group show opening…then later it was back to the beach (literally and figuratively) for Interview magazine’s party at The Standard featuring a screening of the previously-unseen-anywhere Warhol beach movie, San Diego Surf. Of course I brought my camera along and shot some photos too – check ’em out! xo Mr. Newton

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“Spotted” On South Beach

Spotted on Collins Ave. (above) – her vintage Versace leopard-print pants and South Beach, Miami are a pretty perfect match, don’t you think? You can see more looks below…and some party photos and stuff too…all shot on my first night at Art Basel Miami Beach, Nov. 30th 2011.

So I’m back from Miami now – I decided to stick around for a couple of weeks after Art Basel ended. I was doing a shoot down there…and I was also working on a couple of magazine/web deadlines with photos that I’d shot previously…and well, all that aside, it’s just darn hard to get on a plane bound for somewhere wintry when the place where you are currently is 80 degrees and sunny! The Miami apt. that I was renting was available…so I mixed in some pool and spa time at The Standard, some beach time at The Delano, and no small amount of Cuban pork sandwiches from Puerto Sagua in with my end-of-year work wrap-up. Now that my deadlines and pseudo-vacation are finished though, I really want to get all of my Miami photos up here on Mr. Newton ASAP! On this first night, I was chatting with my boy Brainwash…kicking it with thecobrasnake…and watching Soulwax play live (along with 2manydjs) on the beach at The Raleigh at the Jeffrey Deitch/Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A. party. It was a great start to a great weekend – despite the fact that it’s always a bit disorienting to get off a less-than-3-hour flight from chilly NYC and find yourself dancing on a tropical beach! More soon… xo Mr. Newton

(P.S. – Speaking of magazine and web deadlines – here’s the link to one of the projects I was working on while in Miami – “Harper’s Bazaar + Mr. Newton’s 50 Best Street Style Looks of 2011” – with my comments on all 50 looks! Hope you guys like… )

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Midnight At Mamushka’s – Miami

Out last night at Mamushka Arts Cafe on NW 36th Street, Miami…we’d had dinner earlier at Joey’s Italian Cafe in Wynwood. As some of you know, I arrived in Miami a week ago – for Art Basel Miami Beach – and I’m sort of dragging my heels about leaving! Can you blame me? Well if you’ve seen what passes for “winter weather” down here (that would be 81 degrees and sunny), you would not blame me. I’ve actually been sitting inside working all day today though – editing loads of Art Basel street style and party pics to show you guys! I’ll be posting Basel photos starting later today/tonight. As for Mamushka’s, I think Kent S. of Chicago, IL did a great job of describing the appeal of the place in his recent Yelp review dated 12.6.11. Over to you, Kent…

“As far as grungy bars go, this place was the ultimate shit show that I was looking for when visiting Miami. I always love a place that still pulls in a massive late night crowd while always, always maintaining a level of filth that keeps the people that I don’t want going there to never return again.
I went here every single night that I was in Miami. Some of those nights I remember and some of them I don’t.
It served as a common grounds for people who really don’t care about much more than getting drunk and kind of dancing. Some might call it pricey, but those people just don’t know how to plan ahead. Sure, it would be kind of annoying that they ran out of the cheaper beer options every night, but that’s a pretty clever business strategy, especially during Basel.
My brand of babes stomped around this place like nobody’s business and that’s all I need to think a bar is great. For those who gave this place 1 star, I’m glad to know that I won’t run into you the next time I’m in Miami.”

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