2009 April 29

From Russia With Lunch

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(NEW YORK) A coterie of tweed loyalists braved the third floor of Chanel's 57th Street flagship yesterday for a seated luncheon and impromptu runway show of the brand's Paris-Moscou collection, which debuted in Paris at the Théâtre le Ranelagh on December 3.

The crowd, like many in New York these days, was well-curated and focused on the ladies who aren't afraid to order mid-meal. Jamee Gregory, Gillian Miniter, Shoshanna Gruss, Alexandra Liebenthal, Christina Greeven Cuomo and Jill Kargman trotted out their quilted bags and trim little jackets for the occasion. "It's a little warm for a sweater, but hey!" said Miniter gamely of her coral Chanel one-button cardigan.

After a bit of mingling, the ladies sat for a low-cal meal of truffled asparagus, chilled pea soup and pepper-encrusted tuna tartare. Just as the luncheon proved that some are in fact still shopping, the conversation did the same of dining. Bettina Zilkha and Zani Gugelmann discussed the relative merits of the city's hottest new restaurants--Monkey Bar and Minetta Tavern. "What I like about Monkey Bar is that they execute very simple ideas exceptionally well," Gugelmann explained. "Or at least that's what one of the owners told me! But the food is delicious." Zilkha loves the "atmosphere" of the latest McNally destination, but expects to visit Graydon's place imminently. Expect plenty of company...

Moments later, the lights dimmed and out came the models, clad in cold-weather looks suited for a covert rendez-vous with a modern-day Dmitri Pavlovich type. Belted suits, red swing jackets, burn-out sweaterdresses, fur-trimmed coats and bags to be reckoned with drew more than a requisite sigh. "Now that," one guest informed Coralie Charriol Paul, "Would be perfect for Aspen."

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