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July 22 2014

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Spring Rolls With Warhol, And More From Indochine

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The first time Jean-Marc Houmard waited on Andy Warhol at Indochine, he accidentally brushed his hand while serving a pot of tea. This anecdote, one of many included in the new book Indochine: Stories, Shaken and Stirred (Rizzoli), edited by Houmard and Maer Roshan, sums up the place’s enduring appeal: glamorous enough that the famous go there to rub shoulders, mellow enough that they do so over tea. (And spring rolls, usually.)

Houmard co-owns the restaurant now, and has kept it as congenial to boldfaced names and bohemians as it’s always been. There’s certainly a healthy mix of them among the book’s contributors, from Salman Rushdie and Susanne Bartsch, who contributed reminiscences to the oral history, to artists Kenny Scharf, Ruben Toledo, and Ross Bleckner, who chipped in new work inspired by the restaurant. Indochine comes out next month; tonight, it will be fêted at Bergdorf Goodman at an event co-hosted by Linda Fargo, Richard Johnson, Narciso Rodriguez, and Veronica Webb. Here, Houmard talks to Style.com about Indochine’s quarter-century as a hot joint in town.

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Every once in a while, I find myself at a party that confounds me. Maybe it’s a black-tie gala for the Westminster Dog Show, or perhaps it’s a Republican fundraiser that I was tricked into attending with the promise of a goodie bag. Who knows? Well, last night was another one of those nights: I attended a cocktail event celebrating Vacheron Constantin watches designed by Charlie Rose and Salman Rushdie (I thought socialites had the lock on accessory collaborations) and featuring a performance by Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Ne-Yo—all in support of an Afghanistan charity. Got that? The good news is that whatever the party lacked in congruity it made up for in festivity. Rushdie and his fellow host, architect Richard Meier, hid behind a pole when a speechmaker tried to call them to the podium, giggling like schoolboys. And Lindsay Price and Kim Raver wrangled front-row perches for Ne-Yo’s set, but from where I was positioned I couldn’t tell if they followed his orders to “Raise your hands if you’re an independent woman!” In all seriousness, though, Afghanistan World Foundation, which builds hospitals and medical facilities in rural parts of that war-torn country, is a charity that can use this sort of attention. “For every one Afghan there are two mines,” said Rushdie. “And when children play, sometimes they find them. But the hospitals are so far—sometimes ten hours—that they often bleed to death before they get there. We want to fix that.”

 

 

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