What to Pack: LMF on Art Basel Miami Beach

Courtesy Lisa Marie Fernandez

Swimwear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez on what she’s bringing to the art event of the year.

It should come as no surprise that Renaissance woman Lisa Marie Fernandez, a former stylist and the designer behind her eponymous, cool-girl swimwear label, is as interested in art and design as she is fashion. Since she’s headed to Art Basel Miami Beach this week—and knows how to dress for a cultured beach destination better than anyone—we asked what she's packing in her carry-on, and what she’s most looking forward to seeing in Miami. 

How long have you been going to Basel? It is an annual trip for me, I have not been to every Basel but I started going to Basel in Switzerland about eight years ago and then started going to Miami. Since I started going I have traveled to Miami every year. 

Where do you like to stay in Miami? I always stay at Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Ave.; 786-507-7900; sohobeachhouse.com). The hotel is always fully booked during Basel but I was lucky and got the last room!

What are your favorite restaurants in Miami? My favorite restaurant is Mandolin (4312 Second Ave.; 305-749-9140; mandolinmiami.com) and I also love Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Ave.; 786-507-7902; cecconismiamibeach.com)

Are there any exhibitions, fairs, or artists that you specifically looking forward to seeing this year? I always go to the Main Fair on the preview day, I go first thing in the morning and then to Design Miami, which I love. There is so much to see so I have to be careful and make sure to space it out over the few days. 

What are your packing must haves for the trip? 
Fashion: My must haves for Art Basel always include beautiful day dresses; I will definitely be packing some from Vita Kin and some of our new ones that we have made for resort, including the Patchwork Chambray Shirt Dress ($555). For swim, I will be wearing my Leandra Bikini ($400)—the design is new for Resort 2016 and we are making it in a gorgeous yellow-and-purple stripe pattern. I always bring Ancient Greek Sandals with me. They are my sandals of choice and the most comfortable.

 Lisa Marie Fernandez
Pictured above, clockwise from left: Soho Beach House, terrycloth LMF Pochette, LMF Patchwork Chambray Shirt Dress, Hermès 
Chaîne d'Ancre Silver Necklace, Yves Saint Laurent waterproof mascara.

Beauty: I always use La Roche Posay for my face; I have over 25 products that I bring down to Miami. My terrycloth LMF Pochettes ($50) are filled to the brim with SPF ranging from four (unfortunately) to 30. I have a Bain de Soleil 4 Gelèe, Clarins, and then I have the Yves Saint Laurent waterproof Mascara.

Travel gear:  Lately, I have been living in our activewear, which is my new uniform since I do not have any time to work out. I have been wearing our black velvet Karlie pant ($265) almost every day—they are so comfortable and are the perfect item to wear on a plane. I have a few scarves that I found in Capri that I like to layer on with a knit poncho. I never like to wear a heavy coat when I am traveling somewhere warm so I always have to keep my fingers crossed that when I arrive back at JFK there is no snow on the ground!

Reading material: Magazines! All the magazine that I have not had time to read for the past few months.

Sunglasses and accessories: Of course Celine sunglasses, and I always bring a selection from The Row. For jewelry, I'm bringing my Hermes ankle bracelet that I never take off. We shot our Resort 2016 look book a few months ago and I styled the model in hoop earrings from Farone Mennella—ever since then I have been wearing the hoops! Of course I always have my Eddie Borgo estate jewelry and my Cartier Juste un Clou.

Photos: Courtesy Soho Beach House / Courtesy Lisa Marie Fernandez (2) / Courtesy Hermès / Courtesy L'Oréal