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Art Basel at The Delano: Art V. Fashion

Celebrity artist Domingo Zapata, along with the help of designer Carlos Falchi, presented his show Dangerous Things at the Delano hotel in Miami this past weekend. Over 1,000 people crowded the door to get in, but only the creme de la creme of Art Basel were in attendance. Celebrities, stylists, fashionistas, artists, and musicians alike were at the event. Selling out yet another show, it's no wonder that Zapata has so many star-studded clients including Johnny Depp, Sofia Vergara, and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few. Falchi's high-end, specially painted handbags were a great addition to the presentation and were shown poolside that night. When I asked attendee celebrity stylist Sandra Madjdi about Falchi's exclusive bags at the event, she said, "The handbags were exquisite, along with the textures of them. Everything was very colorful, and I was especially loving the snakeskin clutch that was displayed. It was a great blend of art and fashion. All the pieces were gorgeous." The handbags were actually painted specifically for Zapata's event.

The ambience was definitely eclectic. As soon as you walked in, you saw Zapata's "Girls and Guns" collection, which featured half nude models including Pamela Anderson and Sofia Vergara. Large, animalistic collages and paintings in the courtyard paved the way through the event all the way down to the party area, which was located near the pool and around the VIP cabanas. Celebrities enjoyed the fashions of the evening and danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Nick Cohen. A few of the celebrity guests included Lance Bass, Joe Francis, and Miami Housewife Lea Black.

The most incredible and crazy part of the evening was when Zapata began spray-painting his guests' clothing. N-Sync'er Lance Bass became adorned with a spray heart on the chest of his dress shirt. Guests began lining up for artist Zapata to spray paint their outfits… and these weren't low-priced clothes either. But I guess having your Versace and D&G dresses painted by Zapata could potentially bring up their value.

Overall, it was definitely an event for the books… or should I say the arts…


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