Saturday night was the end of Art Basel Miami Beach, and over dinner to celebrate Daphne Guinness's upcoming collaboration with MAC, one could see the wear and tear that full days of art browsing combined with fuller nights of partying had left on the fashion and art world elite there to celebrate. Marilyn Gauthier, owner of Marilyn Models, had been in Miami since opening night. "I have seen everything. NADA, Scope, the convention center." And when duty called and Gauthier was needed back in New York for a dinner, she left all of her things in her room at The Delano and hopped a plane back for a quick dine-and-dash. "I went dressed for the night and all I brought was this," she said, pointing to her minaudière. Group President of MAC, John Demsey, had an equally frenetic Miami experience. Only able to make it down late Friday night, Demsey spent his Saturday cruising from fair to fair in an exotic sports car. But by dinnertime he was happily playing host to the elegant and decidedly Daphne Guinness-esque event. Just three black tables of 15 sat under red hued lighting, with black boxes burning with fire as centerpieces. Guinness, who had spent the day hosting a press junket, sat tucked into a back corner, seated with Interview's Christopher Bollen. At neighboring tables, the topic of exhaustion recurred. Laure Heriard Dubrueil, owner of The Webster (or, ground zero for the fashion meets art events of Basel), was savoring the subdued, smoky, well thought out dinner she shared with seat-mates Danny Shea and Aaron Young. In another corner, publicists Bettina Prentice and Celine Kaplan shared notes on their lengthy weeks. "I haven't even seen any art yet, and its Saturday!" Kaplan exclaimed.
The event highlighted MAC's expansive reach, from the mass-appealing collaborations with Nicky Minaj to the esoteric, elite fashion events and partnerships such as the one being celebrated on Saturday night. The kind of event where pashminas were passed around to chilly female guests such as China Chow and Celine Kaplan, trays of cigarettes distributed with dessert, and drinks that never stopped flowing. "We have to do both. We have to do the big events with Nicky and Gaga, but we also have to maintain our street cred within the fashion community. And really, Daphne is a genius." Demsey explained.