May 10, 2007

Haute List

May 10, 2007 -- Trendy without doing time

LUCKY Paris Hilton.

There's been no better season in recent fashion memory to be thrown in the slammer than this summer.

While serving a 45-day sentence for driving when she shouldn't have been (aka listening to Elliot Mintz; aka illiteracy), her regulation-issue L.A. County Jail jumpsuit and slip-ons will keep her perfectly in tune with what's happening beyond the prison gates - as onesies, rompers and jumpsuits are all the rage in non-felon-wear this season.

First developed for skydiving purposes, the jumpsuit - one-piece dressing with sleeves and legs - acquired its fashion cachet in the 1960s. Jumpsuits have been famously worn in concert by celebs including Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Madonna and Slipknot. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Norma Kamali jumpsuits are fashion collectors' holy grails.

Right now, jumpsuits can be had in all different shapes, sizes, lengths, patterns and styles. So while we're placing international orders for Topshop's basic-black industrial-strength boiler suit in black and yellow ($100 at, ladies who prefer more ladylike onesies can opt for a gorgeous Lewis Cho kimono-style suit ($207 at, some Mara Hoffman creations in seersucker ($275 at or silk charmeuse (right, $460 at Dernier Cri; [212] 242-6061), cutesy Tart Coco button-front jumpers (near left, $140) and strapless Cleo jumpers (far left, $140 at, or a smart tailored empire-waist denim look from Odyn ($204 at Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Ave.; [212] 247-1100).

Gathering Moss

More than 100 impeccably groomed girls waited outside Barneys' Madison Avenue flagship yesterday for the first stateside look at Kate Moss for Topshop, the supermodel's first line - of fashion, anyway.

"I love, love everything she wears, and this stuff is so similar," said 19-year-old Brittney Hershkowitz, who dragged her mom, Terri (pictured), and 16-year-old sister, Dani, out at 6:30 a.m. so they could be the first people in line. "I'm really looking for the bondage dress, the jeans, the blazers and the tattoo dress."

After a couple of hours of standing outside, Hershkowitz traded her Chloe heels for Chanel ballet flats, depositing the blister-causing pair neatly in her Chanel bag. "I love Kate Moss. I think she's pretty and I love her style. The whole look, the way she puts it together," gushed Dani, who cut school to take part in the mayhem.

Inside, Topshop owner Sir Philip Green surveyed the women fighting over $120 pansy-print dresses - the first item to sell out - and dismembered, naked mannequins stripped of the popular black bondage dress and denim hot pants.
By 11 a.m. all that was left were racks of tank tops. No word on when or if anything will be restocked.

Obsessions of the week
* Birthday Bartsch: Our favorite resident fashion dandy Patrick McDonald celebrates his birthday tonight at Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny's Kino 41 with a V2 Vodka open bar from 11 p.m. to midnight, music by Larry Tee, and a show by world-famous burlesque sensation Dirty Martini. Admission is free, doors open at 10:30 p.m. Kino 41 at 135 W. 41st St.
* Rumeur has it: "A rumor is something that reflects what life is all about today: media, press, rumors, tabloids, right, wrong, Internet," Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz (pictured) told us at Saks about Rumeur, the fragrance that takes the name of one of the fashion house's most beloved fragrances first developed and sold in 1934. While its predecessor was discontinued in 1971, relaunched in 1979 and shelved again in 1982, we have a notion that this new incarnation, an easy floral amber, will have staying power. Eau de parfum, $85 for 3.3 ounces at Saks.
- Serena French
* Get your nails did: Or, do them yourself. Think of YSL's Sun Line Nail Touch ($23 at Henri Bendel) as nail polish for dummies - the color comes packaged in an easy-to-apply paintbrush pen.
* Male call: Hey, guys - up your game with got2b's brand-new Magnetik pheromone-laced hairstyling product line. Gel, $6, and pomade, $6, at drugstores. Or fight wrinkles without sacrificing your masculinity with Lancome's new line of men's grooming products. Don't worry, the packaging is all very manly and black. Try Renergy 3D ($52), a lifting, anti-wrinkle firming cream, and Age Fight ($42), an anti-age perfecting fluid. For the entire Lancome Men's range, check out the brand's UWS Boutique, 201 Columbus Ave.; (212) 362-4858.