Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach
The Pringle of Scotland pop-up shop in Miami, featuring a capsule collection by artist Liam Gillick
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There's always been a flirtation going on between fashion and art, but judging from last week's action at Art Basel Miami Beach, things are suddenly looking pretty steamy. A mecca for the immaculate dressed anyway, the world's top ranking art fair became a fashion fest like no other this year with major labels launching pop-up shops, limited edition collaborations, collections and runway shows all over town.

Previous years have already seen Christian Louboutin, Fendi, YSL (opens in new tab) and Maison Martin Margiela (opens in new tab) marking their territory in Miami's Design District. This year, they were joined by Dior (opens in new tab), which launched a neon-bright collaboration with artist Anselm Reyle (opens in new tab); Pringle, with a pop-up shop and capsule collection by Liam Gillick (opens in new tab); and Donna Karan's (opens in new tab) charity Urban Zen Foundation (opens in new tab), which featured artwork, jewellery and home accessories produced by Haitian artisans.

Meanwhile, Fendi continued to lure the art and design crowd (in town for Design Miami) by teaming up with Elisa Strozyk (opens in new tab) and artist Sebastian Neeb (opens in new tab) to launch Craft Alchemy, a celebration of the golden age of cabin-making; Bally launched its second Bally Love collection with artist Olaf Breuning (opens in new tab); and Margiela held an off-site show of objects, publications and interior design.

An art/fashion relationship isn't all that's blossoming - creativity (and we'd expect sales) are too.

Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Part of the bag collection, by Liam Gillick

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Located in the Mosaic Building in the Miami Design District, the temporary store incorporated design elements from the label's forthcoming Hong Kong store, conceived by Swiss architects Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrille Haechler

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

The pop-up also played host to Pringle design director Alistair Carr's first collection, as well as the S/S 2012 women's resort collection

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Pringle's curated Steidl book corner

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

In a first for Dior, the couture brand popped-up shop in Miami to launch its collaboration with Anselm Reyle, featuring two of his paintings and a reproduction of his Berlin atelier

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Describing the collaboration, Reyle said: 'I loved working on the Lady Dior Handbag. Most of my work builds on objects that already exist, which I then transform. I applied the same philosophy'

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

The store also incorporated a nail bar offering a palette of colours from the collection

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Bally presented the full Bally Love #2 Collection, its second collaboration with artist Olaf Breuning, first glimpsed at Art Basel

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Inspired by vintage Bally posters, Breuning showcased the collection by covering models with white paint and dressing them in the shoes, gloves, scarves and handbags. The resulting images lined the pop-up store in Miami

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

The Bally Love #2 Collection

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

The Bally Love #2 Collection

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

MOCA North Miami celebrated its 15th year in business with a number of parties, as well as hosting the debut of Donna Karan's Urben Zen pop-up store, featuring artwork, jewellery and home accessories produces by Haitian artisans

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Exhibiting the brand's Line 13, Maison Martin Margiela's show was dedicated to objects, publications and interior design

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Fashion brands pop up at Art Basel Miami Beach

Inside the Maison Martin Margiela exhibition

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