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Miami still gets a bad rap for being the home of lewd behavior and tacky neon lights. But once a year, a drove of expats mix in with seriously sophisticated locals to remind us that unlike the days of Miami Vice, the city has become the home of what often feels like a mini cultural renaissance.
That’s what happened last week in the Magic City, where art buyers, fashion editors, celebrities, and party revelers looking for a good nightcap crossed the MacArthur Causeway in search of all things Art Basel Miami. The week-long event itself is essentially a massive showcase of seemingly priceless art that actually does fly off the walls. However, it’s not just the great works of Damien Hirst or David LaChapelle that have transformed the decades-long festivity into what feels like a tropical, steamy version of New York Fashion Week.
On Saturday, Madonna channeled Miami’s frenetic energy behind the gilded closed doors of Faena Miami Beach, a massive, multi-building hospitality complex that feels like King Triton’s IRL layer. Décor aside, the Material Girl herself invited A-list friends like Leonardo DiCaprio, Adriana Lima, Dave Chappelle, and Ariana Grande for a James Corden-hosted gathering to raise funds for Raising Malawi, Madonna’s non-profit that supports orphans overseas.
Dressed in a carnival-like pink, black, and white clown costume, she took the stage to perform favorites like “Holiday” and politically driven songs like “American Dream.” She even delivered a paced-down version of Britney Spears’s “Toxic.”
Jeremy Scott took over The Surf Lodge’s 305 pop-up at The Hall, where the designer greeted guests in one of his kaleidoscopic prints and Paris Hilton kept it hawt. Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, who just announced their resignation at DKNY, were in celebratory spirits at a dinner they hosted inside of The Confidante, while Audrina Patridge made us pine for a Miami-based resurrection of The City as she bopped from party to party.
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Scroll down to see more stars across the Art Basel Miami late-night circuit.