More Polka Dots! Valentino Debuts Pop Pois Collection at Art Basel

MIAMI--Hot on the heels of Louis Vuitton's spotty collab with dot-obsessed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, comes Valentino's Pop Pois collection.
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MIAMI--Hot on the heels of Louis Vuitton's spotty collab with dot-obsessed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, comes Valentino's Pop Pois collection.
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MIAMI--Hot on the heels of Louis Vuitton's spotty collab with dot-obsessed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, comes Valentino's Pop Pois collection.

Valentino debuted the new capsule collection at an intimate party Wednesday on the rooftop of the Webster, hosted by Interview. Guests including Interview publisher Peter M. Brant, his sons Peter Brant II and Harry Brant (who seem to be, along with Demi Moore and Martha Stewart, the "everywhere people" of Art Basel), along with Joseph Altuzarra, Brian Atwood, and Kenza Fourati mingled enjoying Belvedere cocktails and snacking on little polka-dotted, Valentino-beribboned cake pops.

Beautiful young things decked in the new Pop Pois collection--a range of pop-art inspired beach wear and accessories like caftans, silk scarves, and swimsuits--fit right in with South Beach's bright Deco-vibe.

And, a rarity at fashion parties where the guests' enthusiasm for the products can sometimes seem to wane with the closing of the bar, people were actually shopping. Perhaps the acquisitive air that inflects the art fairs that currently dominate South Beach had an impact on the crowd: I saw one guest making his way to the register with an armload of four of the polka-dotted shoulder bags (which retail for $1895 a pop, which means he spent $7,580) and three copies of the Vogue scribe Stephanie LaCava's new book, An Extraordinary Theory of Objects. The polka-dotted espadrilles ($445) also seemed to be popular.

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As the party started to wind down, I spied the London-based designer and D.J. Kesh holding court with some friends in a corner, and One Management's Scott Lipps sipping on a cocktail and enjoying the nighttime views of the South Beach skyline. As I left, I passed another guest in the hotel lobby. He was holding two pairs of the espadrilles.

Click through to see the beautiful guests in the polka dotted-finery. Photos: BFA