Last night, M Missoni—Missoni’s younger, sportier sister—threw a summertime soiree at New York’s Le Bain, celebrating not only the season but also its collaborative soundtrack, dubbed “M Missoni Is for Music,” produced in tandem with Epic Records’ L.A. Reid. The only snafu? It felt more like early fall, with temperatures dipping into the low sixties—ostensibly chilly compared to Manhattan’s extreme heat of late.
“I’m just glad it’s not boiling,” said Harley Viera-Newton, first up on the deejay roster. Jumpers and jackets were soon shed, however, as Le Bain’s terrace filled up and thawed. Guests, including Nicky Hilton, Erin Heatherton, and Jessica Hart, could be seen mingling at the bar or snow-cone machine in flirty M Missoni minis.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a Missoni party without some zigzag action, so M Missoni placed chevron-ed dry-erase place mats and markers along tabletops, inviting partygoers to graffiti at will. “My first Missoni memory has to be my mother’s matching hat and coat,” offered Hannah Bronfman. “The hat had a fitted, bonnet-like top but a large, flat brim that fanned out like a pizza pie.”
Stepping in for Ginny Blackmore, who was slated to perform last night but wasn’t feeling well, crooner Smokey Jones (above) previewed a handful of songs from her forthcoming album. Afterward, Chelsea Leyland took the reins from Viera-Newton, spinning until security shooed everyone out. At night’s end, Dannijo’s Danielle Snyder summed it up best: “It’s funny. We were just in Saint-Tropez. Everyone wears Missoni there. It’s like a uniform—iconic summer!”
French nightlife impresario André Saraiva has his hands full these days. Last month, he made his directorial debut in Paris with his short film The Shoe, starring girlfriend Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Leo Fitzpatrick, Poppy Delevingne, and Josephine de la Baume. Last week, as he celebrated the launch of his collaboration with Saint James, the heritage brand that has made its name with the Breton striped shirt) at Le Bain, he opened up on another project he’s digging into. (Aside from the big one, of course: the eagerly anticipated New York location of Le Baron, which he confirmed will open in Chinatown during New York fashion week in September.)
“I’m filming another movie with a good friend in just a few days,” Saraiva, who will direct the film, told Style.com. “It’s called A Frenchman in New York and it’s kind of my tribute to the city—I love New York.” (His favorite hangout in the city: his Chinatown apartment, of course.)
The friend, he revealed, is French actor Melvil Poupaud, and the duo will be shooting around the city at various locations, including the famous Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal. As for the supporting cast members, he would not share the details just yet, but it’s likely we will see a few of his Shoe stars make an appearance in this film as well. “It makes sense; I like to work with my friends,” he added, smiling.