“Last Bastille day we were here for our big party, and now again, so now, c’est un tradition! Vive la revolution!” André Saraiva said with a grin as fireworks broke overhead at the Standard Hotel’s rooftop bar, Le Bain, on Thursday night. Saraiva was co-hosting a Bastille Day party with Saint James and Opening Ceremony to unveil their collaboration: his take on the Breton marinière. Saraiva’s version of the French wardrobe staple boasts his graffiti signature “Mr. A” embroidered over the heart as well as a blue sailor hat on one sleeve. The version Saraiva sported had a red, white and blue “Mr. A” made especially for him.
“Everyone loves them, I grew up wearing these. Picasso used to wear it, you can’t get better than that,” Saraiva said before turning to greet a late-arriving Genevieve Jones.
Maria Cornejo and her daughter Bibi were on hand, sipping St. Germain cocktails and taking in the sunset with Mark Borthwick, Jean-Philippe Delhomme and Gilles Bensimon. Downstairs, the hot tub heated up via two nude revelers simulating a public sex act for a meager, largely unimpressed audience.
“Oh, that hot tub has seen a lot,” Adrian Cowen offered before heading back upstairs. “Nudity is...whatever. Good for them. I’m more interested in the fireworks.”
They certainly were a big draw.
“Did you like our little fireworks show?” Natacha Polaert of Nouvelle Garde said with a wink as the extended finale of colored explosions lit up the Hudson. “We, all the Frenchies, pooled our money well to put that on. But that’s how we do it!”