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21 posts tagged "Le Baron"

Garage Plays It Safe


Dasha Zhukova is never one to shy away from pushing the boundaries. The inaugural Garage issue, after all, featured a woman’s ladyparts on one of its covers. In keeping with the magazine’s provocative style, she’s following up with a second issue, due out next week, focusing on sex and relationships. To go with it, she’s featured work from artists Keith Haring, Mat Collishaw, Sue Webster, and Tim Noble on condom packages. got the exclusive first look at the designs (pictured). And, in case the chic factor here isn’t already high, the condoms will be available at André Saraiva’s posh Le Baron nightclubs during fashion week in New York, London, and Paris (in addition to being inside every copy of the magazine).

Photos: Courtesy of Garage

Vive Monsieur André


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 “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.

Photos: : Joe Schildhorn /

At Castel In Paris, Toasting Kristin Scott Thomas And Looking Forward To Le Baron In NYC


As Kristin Scott Thomas, sipping Cristal, stood in intense conversation with Phoebe Philo in the upstairs room at Castel in Paris last night, it was hard to imagine the actress dressed as a pineapple. That guise, among others, was one of many Thomas donned for a spread in the latest issue of French fashion mag Double, which Philo, along with Haider Ackermann, Leelee Sobieski, and Adam Kimmel, was at Castel to fête.

“I got the idea [for the costume] ages ago, when my daughter asked me to make her a pineapple costume for a party,” Thomas explained. “I didn’t know the first thing about how to do that, but the idea stuck in my mind.” That idea, or, more generally, Thomas’ love of disguise, was what led to the Double shoot: At Lanvin jewelry designer Elie Top’s birthday-cum-costume-party last year, the actress’ Amy Winehouse getup was so convincing that Double‘s Fabrice Paineau convinced Thomas to try out various dream roles in the magazine. The resulting spread, shot by Max Farago, imagines Thomas as Johnny Hallyday, avec moustache, a tight-lipped BCBG, and a hooker, along with a reprise of her Winehouse role.

As for parties in New York to look forward to, Vincent Darré—who co-hosted the bash with Thomas and styled the shoot—is currently putting the finishing touches Le Baron’s soon-to-open Big Apple outpost. “It’s in Chinatown and we designed it like a bordello from The Shanghai Gesture,” Darré said. Sounds suitably kinky.

Photo: Bruno Werzinski

Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel


We’re at that time of year when the party winds blow south—to Art Basel Miami Beach. Two of the week’s busiest spots are starting things off tonight: At The Webster, the Brazilian footwear company Melissa is throwing a dinner in honor of Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce; meanwhile, at brand-spanking-new Soho Beach House, Jay Jopling’s big-time gallery, White Cube, will be tippling until 3 a.m.

This time around, erstwhile gallerist Jeffrey Deitch will be at Miami Basel as director of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. As usual, though, he’s hosting a big backyard party at the Raleigh (whose famous pool is pictured, above) on Wednesday, and this year he’s booked LCD Soundsystem. Other Wednesday night options include cocktails with The Last Magazine at The Webster and a party in a car park designed by Herzog & de Meuron—home of the new boutique The Alchemist, which has partnered with the art-world Web site Art Ruby for its inaugural Basel party.

But the real circus night is shaping up to be Thursday. Naturally, both Schnabel men are involved. Papa is doing a star-studded screening of his latest film, Mistral, in collaboration with Maybach and J/P HRO, Sean Penn’s Haiti charity; son Vito, meanwhile, is hosting a late-night bash at Wall with pals Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal. In between, there are fashion-heavy dinners for W and Interview magazines (at Cecconi’s and the Delano’s Solarium, respectively), not to mention one at The Webster hosted by La Mer. Across the bay, Bally is celebrating its pop-up shop and collaboration with Swiss artist Philippe Decrauzat. (While we’re on the subject, two other pop-ups to keep an eye on are the eyewear brand Illesteva’s, at Soho Beach House, and the OHWOW shop at the Standard Spa.) Continue Reading “Who, What, Where, And When At Art Basel” »

Le New Boom Boom Room?


For the second year in a row, the Jalouse Rocks Paris festival is bringing some of the hottest young musical acts (this year: Harlem, I Blame Coco, and We Have Band, among others) to Paris for a three-day concert series. Through Saturday, they’ll play at clubs around the city, including André Saraiva’s Le Baron and Chez Moune, so to kick things off, Saraiva hosted a dinner last night at his Hotel Amour. Harlem’s Curtis O’Mara, Michael Coomer, and Jose Boyer finished off the soirée in garage mode, and a dense crowd of actresses, fashion types, and cognoscenti were there to listen in: DJ Pedro Winter, stylist Camille Bidault-Waddington, Olivier Zahm and Caroline Gaimari, Anouck Lepère, and Josephine de la Baume among them. That’s a crowd to glad-hand if ever there was one, but Saraiva himself spent much of the evening with his latest discovery, a seductive blonde named Ashley, who he had shot that day for a series to be displayed in the windows of Paris’ department store Printemps in July. (That’s Ashley, left, sandwiched between Zahm and Saraiva.) But by then, he’ll be in New York: Saraiva is set to take up residence for a year in a new Chinatown loft. In theory, it’s a transatlantic jaunt to pursue his interests—”I want to do more art,” he told us—but of course, he’s interested in the party circuit, too. “I’ve been working with André Balazs on the Boom Boom Room, and I’m opening a club next door this summer called Le Bain,” a.k.a. “the bath,” named in homage to the legendary Paris nightspot Les Bains Douches. “There’s going to be a pool and a terrace with grass for people to roll around on.” We’re guessing the line starts today.

Photo: Hélène Natter