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En Vogue Bastille Day Fashion Hits TriBeCa Streets

By Patrick Michael Hughes | July 13, 2012 2:56pm

MANHATTAN — Classic stripes and straw fedoras took over a TriBeCa block Thursday for a Bastille Day party held to celebrate the French holiday.

The event, held outside at the well-established West Broadway brasseries Cercle Rouge, provided the perfect escape for Francophiles to fete the national holiday with provincial cuisine, highly competetive rounds pf petanque (a traditional French bowling game), foosball and even can-can dancers.

The well-attended party featured some attention-grabbing fashion statements that fit perfectly with the mood of the day. Stripes — a summer fashion essential — were in full force, from French nautical looks in loose cotton knits to linen pants and chic summer shift dresses.

The popularity of the nautical look has become a strong retail statement for brands such as A.P.C. and J. Crew. The most prominent colors of the afternoon were red, black, white and yellow, with French distillery Pernod Ricard handing out free straw fedoras and bright yellow sunglasses to the willing crowd.

The vintage set also came out in force, with loyal fans of the the group Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra adding a touch of panache well suited for the afternoon event. Their mixtures of gingham and stripes, white linen jackets, straw boaters and festive bowties were all exhibited with great urban flair.