MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 05: A general view of atmosphere at a dinner and auction hosted by CHANEL to benefit the Henry Street Settlement at Soho Beach House on December 5, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for CHANEL)
Peter Brant Jr., Harry Brant

On December 5, Iconic fashion house Chanel hosted a beachside barbecue for at the SoHo Beach House, co-hosted by Vanity Fair editor-at-large Carter Cleveland, Wendi Murdoch, Peter Theil and Dasha Zhukova. The event was held during Miami’s annual Art Basel, a three-day art show (one of the most prestigious in the country) that features more than 260 of the leading galleried from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa taking part in showcasing the works of more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.Chanel worked in conjuncture with, a website that has, since its launch in 2010, attempted to make the world’s most incredible art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. The free platform allows users to discover, learn about and collect art, and has made it of paramount priority

Chanel’s Basel event brought together a who’s who of fashion, film and culture, with guests like Demi Moore, Lenny Kravitz, Renee Rockerfeller and more, many of which were covered head to toe in some of Chanel’s latest ready-to-wear pieces from the this past Fashion Week. Earlier in the evening, before the beach festivities started and the barbecue began roaring, Chanel, as well as donating artists Dan Colen, Ryan McGinley and Spencer Sweeney, hosted a private dinner and auction that successfully raised over $1 Million to benefit the Dash Snow Initiative for the Henry Street Settlement.

Dash Snow is, of course, the New York artist known for his philanthropic support of youth charities, and the Harry Street Settlement, in an effort to preserve Snow’s legacy, is giving back to the vulnerable youth located on East 6th Street and Avenue D—a significant neighborhood in Snow’s legacy. The initiative will annually “support Boys and Girls Republic youth programs with enhanced education and social services.”

The mix of philanthropic support and high fashion was the perfect, descriptive blend to ring in Art Basel, which was slated to begin its three-day show the next day on December 6. Much of the crowd in attendance has stuck around during the Miami festivities, but December 5 proved a quieter and more heartfelt affair, elegant in its handeling of issues near and dear to the hearts of departed artists, and a wonderful way to start one of the city’s wildest weeks.

Dinner guests in attendance: Demi Moore*, Jen Brill*, Lenny Kravitz, Stacy Keibler, Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman, Robbie Antonio, Klaus Biesenbach, Derek Blasberg, China Chow, Frederic Fekkai, Harry Brant, Peter Brant Jr., Amalia Dayan & Adam Lindemann, Rosa de la Cruz, Gavin Brown, Laura de Grunzburg, Urs Fischer, Liz Goldwyn*, Karlie Kloss, Olga Kurylenko* and Danny Huston, Renee Rockefeller, Mark Fletcher, Lori Loughlin, Inga Rubenstein, Leigh Lezark*, Xin Li, Brooke Garber Neidich, Alberto Mugrabi, Eugenio Lopez, Leo Villareal and Yvonne Force, Diana Widmaier-Picasso, Stavros Niarchos, Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo,  Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Pat Tenore, Laure Heriard Dubreuil* and Aaron Young,  Jamie Tisch, PC Valmorbida, Andy Valmobida among others enjoyed cocktails by the pool and a live auction conducted by Tobias Meyer in the Club Room. In addition, an online auction hosted by Paddle 8 included works by Rita Ackermann, Matthew Barney, Lizzy Bougatsos, Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Brian DeGraw, Gardar Edie Einarsson, Alex Hubbard, Jeff Koons, Hanna Liden, Klara Liden, Nate Lowman, Adam McEwen, Barry McGee, Jack Pierson, Rob Pruitt, Emily Sundblad, Richard Prince, Julian Schnabel, Agathe Snow, Banks Violette and Christopher Wool.

*indicates guests dressed in CHANEL

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