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Halle Berry X Deichmann, Reed Krakoff Opens Pop-Up Shop At Printemps, Alexis Bittar Taps Ab Fab Stars, And More…

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Halle Berry is collaborating on a line with the German shoe retailer Deichmann. Her Fifth Avenue by Halle Berry collection of sandals and wedges hits stores in March. [Vogue U.K.]

Reed Krakoff has just unveiled his Printemps pop-up shop on the retailer’s main floor. His 300-square-foot space, with brands like Prada nearby, shows off his leather goods. [WWD]

Alexis Bittar recruited Absolutely Fabulous icons Patsy and Edina for his Fall 2012 ad campaign. “From the first episode, I inherited the word ‘sweetie’ for about five years. It got to the point where it became nauseating—I was forced to stop,” Bittar says of his obsession with the show. [Telegraph]

Next month, Miguel Androver will be back on the New York fashion scene sharing his environmentally friendly design principles at various fashion week events. His namesake line (which includes his capsule collection for eco-friendly line Hessnatur) is being shown February 11, followed by a limited-edition collection for Savage Senses February 12, and he’s unveiling a line of organic T-shirts at downtown boutique Casa di Moda. [WWD]

Photo: John Swannell for Alexis Bittar

Why You’ll Be Spending Sunday Night In

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Batten down the DVR. On Sunday evening, two treasures of hallowed vintage return to TV: Absolutely Fabulous and Downton Abbey, both relics of earlier eras (the Edwardian nineteen-teens! the backwardian nineties!) far more compelling than whatever the Kardashians are up to at the moment.

Fashion fans have been eagerly anticipating Eddy and Pats’ return to the airwaves since the Ab Fab reunion episodes were announced this summer. The first, hourlong episode hits Logo and BBC America at 10 p.m. EST. A teaser promises the visit of a midwife and the founding of a Patsy/Edina book club. Fine, fine. Hilarity to ensure, surely. But I’d watch Patsy and Edina read the phone book (something that, in their booziest, most sodden hours, I’m sure they would attempt, with wavering success). Fashion has clutched the popular consciousness all the more strongly in the years since the show went off the air, and fashion shows are legion, but few have ever come as close to fashion’s alternate reality as this. Edina’s beloved Lacroix is, alas, no more. But substitute “Celine” or “Givenchy” for her frantic, insistent, “It’s Lacroix, darling!” and you could be overhearing a conversation front-row. And though Ab Fab is technically parody, I’m not sure the tone would change.

On the dramatic side of the divide, there’s Downton, Julian Fellowes’ sweeping epic of the masters and servants of a sweeping manse in Edwardian England. The series won raves on both sides of the Atlantic (and a Golden Globe nomination for Maggie Smith as the dowager matriarch) as it took its madding crowd into the twentieth century. (Fashion types were also justifiably excited by the costumes, which included gowns, jewels, more hats than a royal wedding, and even a few political implications. When the crusading youngest daughter, Lady Sybil, isn’t campaigning for women to get the vote, she’s instructing her dressmaker to create—gasp—a harem-pant look.) The Great War broke as the last season ended, and season two resumes in 1916, with the war in full swing. Fewer frocks and fancy-dress occasions this season, one imagines. No fewer reasons to tune in.

Absolutely Fabulous airs Sunday at 10 p.m. EST on Logo and BBC America, www.bbcamerica.com; Downton Abbey airs at 9 p.m. on PBS, www.pbs.org.

Photo: Jack Barnes / BBC America & Logo

Christmas With Stella? Fabulous!

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Christmas in London wouldn’t be the same without Stella McCartney’s annual lighting of the Christmas lights at her Mayfair store. Apart from the comfort food and drinks always on offer—mince tarts, Santa biscuits, marshmallow lollies, mulled wine, and Guinness—equally comforting is the company: A musical Santa, a hawker of roasted chestnuts, and, every year, a switch-flicker of honor. In the past, these have included comic Catherine Tate and the men of Little Britain; this year’s was a double-header doozy: Ab Fab‘s Edina Monsoon (a.k.a. comedienne Jennifer Saunders, in character) and her “client,” Spice Girl Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton. (A video of their lighting goes up today at StellaMcCartney.com, and McCartney herself will return the visit with a cameo when Absolutely Fabulous returns to TV for three episodes this summer.)

The designer has plenty to celebrate. The day before, she’d scooped up the Red Carpet Award at the BFAs (“I am still walking on a cloud over here!”), and in the past year, debuted designs at the New York City Ballet. Next year sees a new store opening in Kensington and a commission to outfit Great Britain’s Olympic Team in her Adidas garb. What could possibly be next—menswear? On that she is sanguine: “The idea of menswear has always brewed in my head. But it has to be done properly and deserves a lot of time and attention. We’ll see.”

In the meantime, guests like Kate Moss with daughter Lila, dad Paul with new wife Nancy, Alexa Chung, Pam Hogg, and i-D‘s Charlotte Stockdale all joined in the fray. Talk was all about Stella’s 2012 debut at London fashion week: a presentation of a one-off capsule collection tied to the Olympic Games. “It’s about coming home, about celebrating London, the Olympics, and the city’s vibe,” McCartney says. “I can’t wait.”

Photos: Courtesy of Stella McCartney

Pats And Eddie Are Back For More, Angelina’s Up (Maybe) For Vuitton, Kim Gordon Gets Some Air, And More…

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They’re back, darling! U.K. fashion mavens Patsy and Edina of Absolutely Fabulous return; Joanna Lumley, who played Patsy on the seminal Britcom, revealed that she and Saunders are recording three new episodes this summer for BBC1. Co-stars Jane Horrocks and Julia Sahwalla will return as well. [Hollywood Reporter]

Angelina Jolie: the new face of Louis Vuitton? [E via Racked]

Sonic Youth front woman Kim Gordon is working on painting these days—two of her pieces will hit the affordable-art site Exhibition A this Wednesday—but buried in Women’s Wear Daily‘s art-centric interview with Gordon is this little tidbit: She’s also working on a capsule collection of pieces for the French fashion label Surface to Air. [WWD]

And learn the rules of style from one of fashion’s nicest couples: Lisa Mayock (Vena Cava) and Jeff Halmos (Shipley & Halmos). Their tips? Men’s cologne for girls, Braun beard trimmers for boys, and lots of cheese in Saint-Tropez for everyone. [Details]

Photo: Getty Images