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André Saraiva to Expand His Kingdom of Cool


Andre SaraivaLast night, caught up with André Saraiva at the Armani Privé fete, where the international party czar let us in on a little secret. Fresh off of a Basquiat-inspired shoot with Jean-Paul Goude (“I was covered in yellow paint and dressed in Armani,” he said), the nightlife impresario revealed that this spring, he’s bringing more of his French flair to the States via a new bar in L.A. and a café on New York’s Broome Street. “Café Amour is just a place where I can read French newspapers and drink coffee how I like it—allongé,” explained Saraiva, who brought his famed Parisian hotspot Le Baron to lower Manhattan in 2012. Unfortunately for caffeine fiends, the new coffee spot won’t bow until after fashion week (the L.A. venture will follow), but we have no doubts that the chic set will be getting its fix chez Andre by the time the Spring ’15 shows roll around.

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Bono, Ive, and Newson Paint the Town (Red)


Bono“Welcome to the fine art of separating people from their money,” joked Bono at the Saturday-night opening of Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s auction for Project (RED)—the seven-year-old charity dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS in Africa. “The amount of money we raise tonight is important—it pays for lifesaving pills—but tonight is also about [generating] heat and excitement,” the rock-star-cum-philanthropist told “We really could see the beginning of the end of AIDS in the next couple years, but only if we keep concentration.”

Held at Sotheby’s, the [Project] (RED) auction drew the likes of Harrison Ford, Helena Christensen, Jenna and Barbara Bush, Misha Nonoo, and a few regulars such as Larry Gagosian and Peter Brant. Indeed, the bidders brought the heat, raising over $26 million—in a matter of hours—for the fund. Predictions had forecast closer to $2 million.

“People don’t know who they are!” exclaimed Bono of Ive—the man behind the iPod, iPhone and Mac Pro Air—and famed industrial designer Newson. “These are people who changed the world, and these are two of the most important artists and designers in the world—they really like to do difficult things. This is their drug of choice.”

An Ive-and-Newson-customized Steinway went for $1.92 million—but not before Chris Martin took the stage to pound out “Beautiful Day,” with Bono on vocals (“Just to see if it works,” quipped Martin). Christy Turlington modeled a pink ruffled Azzedine Alaïa—”Just so we’re clear, we’re bidding on the dress,” joked the auctioneer. And a few items—a razor-thin, polished-steel desk ($1.7 million), a pair of solid rose-gold Apple EarPods ($380,000)—were designed specifically by Ive and Newson for the event.

A raucous party, with performances by Nile Rodgers (“Le Freak,” anyone?), Angélique Kidjo, and Bono and the Edge followed the auction. “By the time I wanted to bid, the prices were already too high!” shared André Saraiva from his post near the very well-stocked bar. Tough luck for Mr. André, but at least he was priced out for a very good cause.

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RxArt: Just What the Doctor Ordered


Diane Brown, Kenny Scharf“Art on the wall of children’s hospitals? You’d have to be a monster not to support it!” exclaimed ArtBinder founder Alexandra Chemia from the entrance of Lever House last night. She’s talking about the work of RxArt, the thirteen-year-old nonprofit that held its packed-to-capacity annual party at the Park Avenue mainstay last night. The event brought in the likes of Nate Lowman, Rob Pruitt, Agnes Gund, André Saraiva, and so many others—all for a little silent (and with help from Simon de Pury, not so silent) bidding, champagne, and mingling to support a cause that, as more than a few attendees were quick to point out, is hard not to rally around.

The guest of honor was Kenny Scharf (above), the colorful Pop artist whose video installation project was unveiled on the stairs of the pediatric unit of Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital earlier in the day. “Basically, I feel very honored to make some kind of light in these kids’ lives,” said Scharf of his involvement. The artist, who’s in between “murals and car bombs,” also donated a customized work for the evening’s live auction. “He’ll paint your garage doors, your walls, your facade, your motorbike—whatever you want him to paint…your body, maybe?” mused de Pury before the frantic bidding began.

“It’s too early to talk, but yeah, we’re planning on doing a hospital project,” revealed a soft-spoken KAWS. The artist is preparing to show in New York for the first time since 2008 this November. “I met Diane [Brown, founder of RxArt, pictured above] a few years ago, and I’m always happy to be involved with whatever she’s up to,” he added. Artist Erik Parker concurred, offering, “It’s a no-brainer.”

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André Saraiva Goes Back to Sweden


Last weekend, graffiti artist and international nightlife czar André Saraiva headed to back to his native Sweden for a special art exhibition—which included his own work, and Dream Concerts, a collaborative project he did with Maison Kitsuné. Naturally, the weekend wrapped with a Le Baron pop-up party, which happened to come just in time to kick off Stockholm fashion week. Saraiva (and his signature tag, Mr. A) sent us a few photos from the trip, which debut exclusively below.

Andre Saraiva

I was born in Sweden, lived there as a child, and Absolut gave me the chance to come back and exhibit my work as an artist in my home country for this very special weekend. I displayed some of my latest art at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, and hosted a dinner at Atelier Absolut after a great opening. I also brought along with me the spirit of my nightclub, Le Baron, so that the Stockholm crowd could party my way during two very special nights at the V Club. Here are some snapshots of my “Back to Sweden” weekend.

The Gallery

Checking the set-up at the gallery. The opening is just hours away.

The Hole

The Hole at Gallery Steinsland Berliner. Continue Reading “André Saraiva Goes Back to Sweden” »

Annabelle and André Strip Down


Laundry day just got a whole lot more interesting, thanks to Annabelle Dexter-Jones’ directorial debut.

In this short film, Dexter-Jones and on-and-off beau André Saraiva (a.k.a. graffiti star Mr. André) strip down to their skivvies in a New York Laundromat before hitting the streets of Manhattan—and one plush-looking mattress. While the video shares some whimsical DNA with New Wave films of the sixties (it was backed by Gallic go-to The Kooples), it’s 100 percent NYC in spirit. “I wanted to capture the spontaneity of New York City, but I also wanted to create something fun and cheeky,” Dexter-Jones told “It was the first time I directed anything, and it was a challenge to act, because the whole time I just wanted to be behind the camera. But I learned a lot, and I’m definitely going to continue to make more [videos].”

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