With a gentle breeze rolling in off the Atlantic, guests casually dined in the luxurious sand-set tent at Miami Beach’s Nautilus hotel for this year’s ACRIA Artists Ending AIDS Fund at GMHC brunch. Here, Meredith Melling and Valerie Macaulay, founders of stripe-driven womenswear brand La Ligne, showed off their artist-designed caftans—featuring the work of Katherine Bernhardt, Zoë Buckman, Ariel Dill, Barbara Nessim, Betty Tompkins, Anne Vieux, and Wendy White. Proceeds from the pieces benefit ACRIA’s young women’s program—and in fact the whole project was female powered.
As Champagne was poured, Benjamin Anderson Bashein, ACRIA’s executive director, explained that “we solicited artists that we thought would best fit the cause. They’re all female artists who did work that spoke to the issues that were important to them.” Melling, whose New York City–based brand is female founded and operated, added that it was the La Ligne team who decided upon the piece that the collaborators would embolden. “We thought we had the perfect item,” she told Vogue. “A caftan that we knew ACRIA’s network of artists could customize as if it were a canvas.”
Notable guests, including Luis Morais, Logan Horne, and Jeremy Kost, strolled in to browse the items and enjoy the ocean view, and Sixty Hotels cofounder and creative director Jason Pomeranc stopped in to show his support. During Art Basel, brunch has always been an opportunity to catch one’s breath—but at the La Ligne brunch it was done with social consciousness and a desire to support ACRIA and GMHC’s mission of realizing a world with AIDS. As Bashein made clear, “We were founded by folks in art, fashion, media, and design. This is always where we have drawn our support from. It made sense for us to have a presence here. It’s where our people are.” - David Graver