Ah, Art Basel. Home of poolside fashion shows, celebrity sweat, gyrating waterlogged strippers and your run-of-the-mill clothing-optional Playboy soirée. It’s where the art quickly becomes an afterthought as soon as the clock strikes cocktail, and where after the show it’s the after party, and after the party it’s the after-after party. Each boasting descriptors eerily similar to this one, champagne slip ‘n slide and all (RSVP yesterday, please and thanks), Art Basel’s party roster is pretty much the only place you can find yourself splashing in the Hyde Beach pool wearing nothing but Donald Trump’s toupee and clutching a plastic flamingo.
While not all of us can hop on a plane to party in the city where the heat is on this year, that’s not to say you can't lay out your prospective outfits for the occasion, right?! Think mini-dresses, playful playsuits, bold color palettes, airy fabrics to keep from looking like Weird Al in the humidity, and waterproof lucite clutches (not a chance we’d skip out on a rooftop dip to keep the Céline pristine).
Leave your little-black-somethings behind (if you scored an invite, surely you can think of something a little more imaginative), along with any footwear that can’t stand up to the drink all day/ play all night Miami mantra. After all, what happens if Jay Z shows up and decides to do the whole rapping-as-performance-art thing again?
But really, when it comes to Basel dressing, anything goes—and if anyone asks, it’s art.
— Chelsey Burnside