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All Systems Go


Ready or not, New York fashion week is here. Today,’s Marina Larroude shared a few of her front row-worthy clothing picks for the week, from the Prada Saffiano leather car clutch to black and red suede Celine platforms—all pieces likely to catch a second look from Tommy Ton. Here, find out what the editors are planning to wear this week and what keeps them looking good after many late nights.

Nicole Phelps, executive editor
“Every time I go back and peek at Phoebe Philo’s Resort collection for Celine, I like it more. This week, I’m lusting after looks 4, 12, and 25, but especially 21. The two-tone turtleneck with the high-waisted leather jeans is the pulled-together yet cool look of my New York fashion week dreams.”

Tim Blanks, editor at large
“My fashion week essential is the backpack Tommy Ton has designed for Club Monaco. It’s a bottomless pit! My second essential is the oyster pan roast with uni toast, at the John Dory in the Ace Hotel. [It's] the kind of dish you leave home for and never go back.”

Marina Larroude, senior fashion editor
“The Dry Bar has finally opened a block away from my house. I hope to have more than a couple visits during the week, although in reality, I’ll probably be there just once. Ca & Lou, Jack Vartanian, and Repossi earrings will be my go-to jewelry—a fresh and easy update to any look.”

Celia Ellenberg, senior beauty editor
“I snagged my YSL Manifesto tote outside of Rodarte’s Fall 2010 show, and it’s been with me every season since. The pixelated strawberry printed satchel doubles as a pretty chic laptop carrier, and while I keep swearing that I’m going to invest in a new bag for fashion week that will hold my laptop, iPad, iPhone, notebook, flats, and my makeup essentials, said bag still somehow manages to elude me. Until it magically reveals itself, it’s all about doubling up with the YSL tote.”

Kristin Studeman, associate news editor
“Coffee, my iPhone (with my amazing black Rebecca Minkoff studded case for it), my trusty black wedges (so I can run around the city from early in the morning until late at night), plenty of party dresses, and did I mention lots of coffee?”

Jessica Minkoff, editorial coordinator
“My Motorola Droid, a.k.a. my work phone. This season I will be attending the shows so my work phone will come in handy. I’ll be able to stay on top of all my e-mails, write my reviews, and catch some of the catwalk action.”

Maya Singer, special projects editor
“My Equinox gym membership. Not much time to work out, but there’s always a locker room by the shows where I can change clothes and a cafe with WiFi for me to work in. And, sometimes, I can even squeeze in a Pilates class.”

Darrell Hartman, contributor
“I’ll probably go through at least a couple Scout Books notepads. They’re made from 100 percent recycled paper and their slogan is ‘Little Books for Big Ideas,’ which is galvanizing, even if the ‘Big Ideas’ part isn’t always true in my case. Then Byredo Gypsy Water lotion for the morning after: Too much partying dries me out.”

Photo: Courtesy of Prada

Power To The Pythons


Jack Vartanian hadn’t been thinking of snakes, per se, when he began working on his Spring ’11 jewelry collection, the designer explained last night at an unveiling dinner at Le Charlot on the Upper East Side. But when he happened on a Brazilian rock, striated with epidote, which he turned into a chunky, faceted cocktail ring (above left), the combination of colors got him thinking. The stone resembled nothing so much as an abstracted python skin, and from it, the 25-piece Python collection was born. (Only part of it was on display last night, due to a customs snafu—snakes on a plane, indeed.) The pieces pick up on the theme of serpents—they’re prevalent in his native Brazil, Vartanian explained, where they symbolize the cycle of nature, birth and rebirth—in sapphire, black quartz, and that epidote stone. Snake heads became rings twining around fingers (above right), cuffs, earrings, and pendants, and the faceted cocktail ring found expression as a pair of dangling earrings, too. They were met with a hiss of approval by dinner guests like Zani Gugelmann, Bettina Prentice, and co-hostess Kate Young. But Vartanian’s best spokesperson has always been his wife, the gorgeous Brazilian model Cassia Avila. She sparkled in the new collection, looking every bit the serpentine beauty herself.

Photos: Courtesy of Jack Vartanian

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Demi Moore, Rock Star


Demi Moore chose a minimally structured column gown from Victoria Beckham’s Fall ’10 collection for the Hollywood Domino pre-Oscars gala last night. A tricky silhouette? Not for a red-carpet pro like her. The royal blue against Demi’s dark hair is a great color combination—especially now, when the fashion world is giving a full-on embrace to once maligned blue/black mixing—but what really sells the whole look is her accessories. Against her understated dress, her stone-encrusted Bulgari clutch, which might seem busy with other outfits, really shines. Finished off with Jack Vartanian jewels and tumbling, loose curls, this is a look we want Moore of. You?