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Vera Wang's Lavender, Now With Free Continental Breakfast

>“It smells like chicken,” said In Style's Hal Rubenstein when he arrived at Bobo yesterday morning, where Vera Wang was showing her new Lavender line. We disagreed: The smell was distinctly more that of scrambled eggs. Our personal feelings about eggs aside, there was an upside to showing at the West Village restaurant. Guests sat at tables and enjoyed miniature French pastries and fresh orange juice — the sort of experience certainly more civilized than anything one would be getting in Bryant Park come the next day. However, the coffee being poured from Bobo's silver pitchers actually came from Dunkin' Donuts, which one attendant tried to hide by slipping a white plastic bag over the Dunkin' contraband as he carried it in. [Editor's update:We've since been informed that the Dunkin' coffee was for the waiters; rest assured that the fashion world did indeed get freshly brewed Bobo's. Phew.]

Serendipity 3 to Bounce Back by the Weekend

Serendipity 3
We’re being told that Serendipity 3, home to the most expensive dessert in the world (and also 100 cockroaches!) will reopen at the end of the week, probably closer to the weekend. In the meantime we leave you with these words from former New York critic Hal Rubenstein’s review of the place: “3 has one chilly bowl of magnificence that would render the place a must-visit if it was served atop a Dumpster.” A suddenly comforting thought, no? Earlier: Serendipity: Images From the Battlefield