THE OH LA LA LAND ISSUE AND A JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC IMPRINT LAUNCH IN PARIS
It was a grey evening in Paris, but we illuminated the City of Light with a soaking of Californian sunshine for the French launch of our Oh La La Land issue on Saturday night. The evening began with a festive dinner and specialty Armagnac 700 cocktails at Roger La Grenouille—a historic restaurant long famed for its frogs’ legs (which we enjoyed during the apéro), that has been revitalized under the new ownership of François Pagot. There we channeled Serge Gainsbourg on the piano, but added some California edge with nothing but Guns’n'Roses covers, while ’60s surf movies and L.A. film noir flowed across the walls around us. We added some distinctly L.A. splendor to the decor, with sand underfoot and the addition of a palm tree, whilst atop the tables we added festoons of color with gutted piñatas that were originally constructed by French prisoners.
There was no prisoners dilemma for us as we were joined by our Oh La La Land cover artist, the great Jean-Charles De Castelbajac (JCDC) who simultaneously launched his visionary new retrospective book: Fashion, Art, & Rock’n'Roll. Our other Oh La La Land collaborators Each X Other were also in attendance as color and curves became the theme of the night.
After feasting we were ferried via a fleet of tuk-tuks to the red door on the Left Bank that leads into Castel—the sumptuous nightclub that was remodeled by Oh La La Land contributor and co-owner of the venue André Saraiva, for an after party that wrapped only as the flickering of a new day began glinting off the Seine—a magazine from the land of sunset, taking Paris to the sunrise.