‘Wel­come to Mi­ami’

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Wed­nes­day night on Mi­ami Beach in­cluded par­ties with Ser­ena Wil­liams, Alan Faena, Pad­dle8 and Leonardo DiCaprio. BY LEIGH NORD­STROM AND KRIS­TEN TAUER PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY LEXIE MORE­LAND

MI­AMI BEACH — For­get the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and its many ex­hi­bi­tions — Ser­ena Wil­liams is at Art Basel with her paint­ings, and they come with a side of fash­ion.

Wil­liams, her­self a Florid­ian, trav­eled to Mi­ami to open a pop-up of her Ser­ena cloth­ing line on Wed­nes­day night at the Faena Bazaar; the walls of the shop were lined with the ten­nis leg­end's own paint­ings.

“It's some­thing else that I do — don't ask me where I have time for it,” Wil­liams said of her side hobby, be­tween min­gling with guests like Caro­line Woz­ni­acki and Aude­mars Piguet chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer François-Henry Ben­nah­mias.

Mo­tion­ing to­ward a red paint­ing on the wall, she ex­plained it was about cap­tur­ing lay­ers of emo­tions. “This par­tic­u­lar one

I did a cou­ple of years ago and it's a part of our tex­ture se­ries, and it talks about emo­tions and anger and the lay­ers of it that you have,” she said. “And I re­ally feel like some­times you only see one layer of that. But it goes deeper. And there's also mean­ing be­hind that: it's from hurt, it's from be­ing abused, it talks about that, go­ing through dif­fer­ent vi­o­lence. Like a friend of my sis­ter died of gun vi­o­lence. It's all those lay­ers that a per­son has in them. And re­ally, that's what the whole col­lec­tion is about. As a hu­man, you don't re­ally see those lay­ers that we all walk around with. You only re­ally see one. But this re­ally rep­re­sents all the lay­ers un­der.”

Wil­liams has been paint­ing for up­ward of 10 years. “I didn't bring my old­est pieces. I should've but I didn't,” she said.

As for the rest of her Basel plans? “I'm go­ing to stay here for a lit­tle while. It's go­ing to be fun,” she said. And that might be the last bit of fun for her for a while: she's sit­ting the hol­i­days out this year.

“I don't cel­e­brate hol­i­days; in fact, I'm leav­ing at Christ­mas to start train­ing, to start play­ing tour­na­ments,” she said.

“Wel­come to my home. Did you walk around?” Alan Faena was wel­com­ing guests at his pri­vate home on Mi­ami Beach for a cel­e­bra­tory din­ner, just a short drive from his col­lec­tion of Faena prop­er­ties, and the in­vi­ta­tion to walk through his var­i­ous liv­ing spa­ces was cer­tainly en­tic­ing. The man of the hour was sit­ting on a throne in his liv­ing room, which was packed with friends — in­clud­ing Michèle Lamy — a giant golden Bud­dha sculp­ture, glow­ing can­dles and an ex­ten­sive crys­tal col­lec­tion. Walls painted “Faena Red” en­veloped the space, ad­ding to the sen­sual mood.

“It's a big col­lec­tion from the 1800s, and each one of them has a story,” he said of the var­i­ous crys­tals sur­round­ing him, the scent of Palo Santo waft­ing through the room. “Ev­ery base is dif­fer­ent, and have been done by artists 200 years ago, so it's ►

Alan Faena at the Alan Faena and Elle Decorhouse party.El­lie Gould­ing at the Pad­dle8 bowl­ing party. Alex von Fursten­berg atKaraoke Night.

Ser­ena Wil­liams at her cloth­ingline pop-up.

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