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Follow In Fashion’s Footsteps

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Ever wonder where Sofia Coppola goes to relax, who cuts Natalie Portman’s hair, or where Lady Gaga gets her vintage treasures? How about Isabel Marant’s favorite spot for scrambled eggs? French Vogue contributor Carole Sabas divulges all this and more in two new books: Fashion Insiders’ Guide to Paris and Fashion Insiders’ Guide to New York, both of which hit stores on May 7. A Parisian living in New York, Sabas has previously published tomes detailing hotspots in Miami, Paris, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, but the 2013 editions offer updated, personal picks from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf, Gaia Repossi, Alexander Wang, and Yaz Bukey. Needless to say, fashion’s best-kept secrets—like under-the-radar eateries, flea markets, and late-night spots—are no more. Sabas’ useful, privileged info is accompanied by the illustrations of Caroline Andrieu (above, left) and Bernadette Pascua (above, right). However, in her Paris intro, the author warns that the books are not meant to be authoritative. “Sometimes the crowd in a restaurant will look more appealing than your food. And you may wonder why the tastemakers still come here season after season. Ask them and they’ll shrug: ‘The owner is crazy.’” But, she adds, when you follow the fashion set, “expect to be surprised, bewitched, puzzled, maybe disappointed at times, but always dazzled.”

Carole Sabas’ Fashion Insiders guides are available for pre-order now at Abramsbooks.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Abrams Books

Lizzie Fortunato Gets Sun-kissed

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“Apparently, girls really like lips,” says Decade Diary blogger and artist Bernadette Pascua. “I posted an illustration of puckered lipstick [marks] on my site and I didn’t anticipate how many girls would go crazy for it.” One of those fans was Pascua’s longtime friend, accessories designer Lizzie Fortunato. “I wanted to do something fun and pop-y for my spring collection,” says Fortunato. “And when I saw the lips, it just made sense.” The two girls cooked up a ten-piece capsule of totes, pouches, and clutches entitled Super Nana (French for “beach babe”). “I was in a tropical mood,” says Pascua. Apparently, the artist brainstormed by painting watercolors of everything from pineapples to flamingos. “The ideas were one after the next,” adds Fortunato, who also recently collaborated on a pre-fall accessories capsule with Jenni Kayne. Available at Kirna Zabete next week, the collection features leather and canvas bags that have been hand-embroidered and printed with Pascua’s illustrations. Ranging from $125 to $500, the bags are cleverly embellished with bananas, Peruvian palm trees, plumeria florals and, of course, pink and red lips.

Super Nana will be available at Kirna Zabete from next week.

Photo: Jason Ross Savage