Le Baron, the much anticipated club from French nightlife mogul, Andre Saraiva, has jumped the final hurdle with the approval of a liquor license. Finally! After 22 months of speculation, Le Baron, located at 22 Mulberry will become a reality in 2012. This is the 3rd installment of the club which already has three ultra exclusive sister locations in Paris, London, and Tokyo. The project has been in the works since March 2010, and eager New Yorker's have been following all its rumors, trials and tribulations.
After a false alarm that the club would open in October 2010, updates on the status of the venue have been few and far between, leaving patrons wondering if it would ever open.
With Mr. Saraiva reportedly spending time relaxing in France with his lady friends, some presumed the project was dead in the water. Until today. Eater reported:
"The liquor license for Andre Saraiva’s nightclub has finally been approved by the State Liquor Authority, clearing the final hurdle for the club to open. No word on the exact opening date, but the hipsterati are already clamoring for it to open as soon as possible. It took almost 22 months from the time the project was announced for the place to clear all of the necessary hurdles, and from what we hear, expect the new three story Le Baron to offer the tightest door since the Beatrice in its heyday."
Now, the question is, when will it really open?
Check out our exclusive interview with New York's DJ Vitale. As an international nightlife sensation, Vitale has played some of the hottest rooms in the world. From The Limelight and Palladium in New York to Feria in Tokyo, DJ Vitale has become a worldwide label and spins the best sounds from city to city. DJ Vitale sat down with us to talk about where he came from and where he is now.
What is the best party you have every played?
The Dolce & Gabbana party in South Korea. I was DJing for people who had no idea what the music was in the store in Seoul.
What is the craziest thing a fan has ever asked you?
To play Shakira during a house set. Oh, and there was the time that two girls asked to make out in the DJ booth while I was spinning at The Limelight.
Kim Cattrall showed up in Tokyo for the film's Japanese premiere, debuting a chopped bob with bangs almost covering her eyebrows. A couple of days before she was sporting a curly side-swept look for the NYC world premier. So what do you guys think of her new hairdo? Love it or hate it? Let us know!
One of the first things that DJ Erick La Peau said to me when I met him (and I almost missed it) was "I'm very soft-spoken." While the duration of our conversation certainly confirmed this, La Peau's message is loud and clear: "I want to take the world by storm," he says. And by the looks of things, he's well on his way. La Peau has all the discipline, wisdom, and (of course) talent to accomplish everything he intends to. P. Diddy himself requested DJ La Peau to spin at his 29th birthday party, and La Peau played for Prince at the Benefit Life Concert he hosted. Not too shabby at all. Best yet, even though La Peau is routinely recruited to play for the hottest celebrities worldwide, he's a normal guy and watches lame TV shows just like the rest of us. "I've been DVR-ing shows a lot recently," he says, "like Vampire Dairies and For The Love Of Ray J. I'm hooked."
Body consciousness was ‘in' during Versace's spring 2010 presentation, and thankfully for me - or shall I say us - it will carryout through into Versace's pre-fall collection as well. As if Donatella has enough time worry about the recession the company has recently faced - oh no ma'am - there are patent leggings, two piece mini skirt suits, and mid-thigh fur vests to be made. In addition to Versace's newfound sex appeal, colors appear in tremendous amounts. As rumored, the designer researched Tokyo for the season's color inspiration and we must say, she researched well. In tow of all the fabulousity came blazers and airy chiffon-like dresses with dramatic, uneven hems. Is this the pre-fall trend Donatella is ready to set? If so, I'm waiting in line for the piercingly blue blazer. Throughout the collection, I became fascinated with the boots, but I could honestly pass on the handbags this season.
…And you thought things like this only happened in America. Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, member of the Japanese group SMAP, was found drunk and completely naked in a park in Tokyo. He was arrested on the spot after some folks complained of a very inebriated man making a lot of noise- not to mention he did not have on one piece of clothing. He was found sitting on the grass with his clothes bundled next to him.
Of course, Japanese officials were outraged at the event. Kunsanagi had been featured in various government sponsored advertisements promoting digital TV, which is scheduled to replace analog broadcasting in Japan. However, because of his latest antic, his ads have been pulled.
This month in Tokyo a 128 kilogram Japanese bluefin tuna fetched 9.63 million yen, or $104,800 on the auction block, the highest price paid for bluefin tuna in eight years, according to the Wall Street Journal. It works out to nearly $819 per kilogram (1 kg equals rough 2.2 lbs).
Two restaurants split the bid and the booty at Toyko's first fish auction of the year - Kyubey, a posh sushi den that counts Steven Spielberg and Howard Stringer as customers, and Itamae Sushi, a casual Hong-Kong dining chain. At Kyubey a single sliver of the prized bluefin was going for $22, while Itamae Sushi included the catch of the day into its tuna lunch set - ten pieces of various tuna for $32 offered to the first 22 customers, according to the WSJ.
What would have been Louis Vuitton’s largest store worldwide is no more. Louis Vuitton planned to open a 10-story flagship store in Toyko’s famous upscale district of Ginza in 2010, but because of Japan’s declining luxury good sales, the plans were abandoned. Not only Louis Vuitton, but other popular luxury lines are struggling in the global recession. It’s been reported that Prada, Dior and Salvatore Ferragamo are among those slashing prices to get people back in stores in Japan.