Shoppers Buy 33,000 Shoes at Waldorf... Andre's Next New York Venture

In the first 90 minutes alone, shoppers at FFANY Shoes on Sale's annual benefit Wednesday night bought more than 33,000 pairs of half-priced shoes.

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ANDRE’S NEXT NEW YORK VENTURE: André, the Parisian graffiti artist-turned-nightclub entrepreneur, is planning to make a splash with a second New York after-dark joint. The artist, who unveiled two spherical black plastic sculptures in Paris’ Bristol hotel Wednesday night ahead of the city’s FIAC contemporary art fair next week, revealed he will open a nightclub on the top floor of André Balazs’ Standard Hotel in New York’s Meatpacking District. “It has the most amazing views over New York,” he enthused, adding he has plenty more gigs in the pipeline for Paris’ nighttime scene. “I’m turning the Café Moon, that was Paris’ first lesbian bar in the Thirties, into a club, and I’m taking over an amazing old brasserie on the Rue de la Fidélité. My idea is to turn it into [a mythical meeting point], like La Coupole used to be.” Meanwhile, Victoire de Castellane, Audrey Marnay and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac sized up the wacky garden sculptures, which were daubed with André’s signature cartoonish tags. A thousand limited edition smaller versions of pieces will be commercialized over the coming months.

Artist Samuel Boutruche, who’s known for his frame-within-frame wall installations, said he and his art partner, Benjamin Moreau, are due to stage a show at the Emmanuel Perrotin gallery in Miami in January. “We basically take pictures, rip the canvases out and work with the frames, which is pretty sad,” said Boutruche.
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