Blasblog: An American Weekend
With the haute couture starting today—as you read this, I’ll have already taken in Dior—I wanted to make sure I had my fill of American culture before I decamped to these French shores last night. That’s why, on Saturday, I did two things that were quintessentially American: exercise (which I have never seen a Frenchie do), and drink beer and eat hot dogs at a Madison Square Garden boxing match.
The first one was easy enough: SoulCycle, the “sanctuary for cardio exercise,” as its founder Julie Rice calls it, recently opened its swanky new Tribeca location. A friend introduced me to the super-cycling program this summer in the Hamptons, where I’d sweat next to the likes of Kelly Ripa and Hana Soukupova (which did nothing for my body issues, but never mind that), so I was glad to find a new location near me in the city. SoulCycle’s big-name clientele has followed it to this location, too. Saturday’s class—with the teacher reminding us loudly to consider Haitian charities, and then announcing, “Let’s hear it for Chelsea Clinton!”—seemed odd at first, but I looked over and sure enough, there was the sweat-drenched former First Daughter. As it turned out, she had hosted a special 90-minute class last week, raising $66,810 for earthquake victims.
Later that evening, changing into drier—and, if I may say so, more butch—attire, I headed to Madison Square Garden with Jen Brill and Interview‘s Christopher Bollen to watch a new pal of mine, John Duddy, spar a few rounds in the ring. Duddy showed us why he’s known as the Derry Destroyer (a reference to his hometown in Ireland) by defeating his opponent in the first round. No, really, blink and you missed it: He knocked the guy out in 1:52. Ah, but good Irish boy that he is, he even feigned humility when we met up after the match. With our buddy out of the ring so quickly, I whiled away the rest of the evening’s fights appreciating some of the looks in the audience, which consisted of enormous amounts of embellished leather jackets, hand tattoos, bling, headwear, and lots and lots of color from the extremely outgoing (OK, drunk) audience. Let’s see the couture compete with that!
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