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Louis Terline of Oak Likes Betsey Johnson, Yigal, and Marc by Marc

Louis Terline, co-owner of the Brooklyn boutique Oak, took time away from the tents to share his favorites from the week so far. What’s he looking at for next fall’s inventory? He likes Betsey Johnson’s hot shorts, Yigal’s rich fabrics, and Marc by Marc’s leather dresses.

More and Weirder Trends From Restaurant Guru Michael Whiteman

We recently had occasion to assay the National Restaurant Association’s somewhat dubious restaurant trends piece. Today brings us a far more formidable attempt — that of Michael Whiteman, the restaurant-business guru who, with his late partner Joe Baum, created Windows on the World and the Rainbow Room, and who is now a full-time restaurant consultant. Whiteman’s trends are even more disturbingly freaky than were the NRA’s but seem mostly accurate to us. Here’s how they break down.

Breaking: Serendipity 3 Closed by DOH

Eater has rumblings, and our trusty Channel 4 has just confirmed that Serendipity 3, that Upper East Side bastion of desserts and diabetes, has been shut down by the Department of Health. Let's hope it's because of some anal plumbing violation and not, y'know, because there are rodents near the Frozen Hot Chocolate. BREAKING: Serendipty Shut Down By The Department of Health? [Eater] Update With Bonus Vomit: "In last night's inspection, the inspector observed a live mouse, mouse droppings in multiple areas of the restaurant, fruit flies, house flies, over 100 live cockroaches." Holy mother.

Al Gore Sets His Sights on NYC, a Milk Shake

Al Gore's Generation Investment Management, the London-based securities firm he runs with former Goldman vet David Blood, is moving its American headquarters up from Washington D.C. to the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. “It’s just a decision that we’ve taken lately that the very best place for us to be positioned for our clients and our business is New York City,” Peter Knight, the company's president of American operations, tells the Observer. The building is sustainable — it expects to receive certification from the US Green Building Council when it opens in May — making it a natural for the firm, which combines securities analysis with research into issues like climate change. But we have to admit we're a little worried about one thing: Is it going to be good for Gore to be so close to the tempting yet calorific delights of the 'Wichcraft creamery? Al Gore Moving Into Douglas Durst's One Bryant Park [NYO]

Spike Jonze Anoints Bacaro With Celebrity Cred

On Monday we hit one of Bacaro’s bacchanalian opening parties and suggested a Halloween visit to preview the spooky (and soon-to-be-sceney) basement. Eater, in telling folks that the place wouldn’t open till Thursday, scared off the riffraff and we had no problem strolling in (again, no doorman or publicist or list, just word from a staffer that bubbly was on the house all night) and immediately tucking in to gratis plates of cuttlefish risotto, gnocchi, marinated sardines, spaghetti alle vongole, meatballs, and so on.

Ann Watson of Henri Bendel Likes Yigal, Josh Goot, and L.A.M.B.

Throughout the week, New York's biggest buyers will be filling us in on which runway looks they plan to snatch up for spring. Today, Ann Watson, Vice-President, Fashion Director for Henri Bendel has her eye on Yigal Azrouel's pencil skirt, Josh Goot's scuba dresses, and L.A.M.B.'s dresses.

What to Wear to Turks and Caicos

Resort Collections
Behind closed showroom doors (and in the Santa Monica airport), designers have been showing off their resort and cruise collections the last few weeks. The lines are bright, colorful, and chock-full of obscenely expensive bikinis. We hit up the target demographic — Fabiola Beracasa and Byrdie Bell — to see what the ladies planned to buy for their next vacations.

Sari Sloane of Intermix Likes DVF, Matthew Williamson, Yigal Azrouël

Throughout the week, buyers from Bergdorf Goodman, Bird, Intermix, and Jeffrey New York will tell us which runway looks they plan to snatch up for fall. These are the first picks from Sari Sloane, VP of fashion merchandising at Intermix. She's enjoying fall's dark colors, and her favorites include Yigal Azrouel, Erin Fetherston, Diane von Furstenberg, and more.

Backstage at BCBG, Dinner at Craftsteak

Fabiola and Max Azria
Socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa will file regular reports on her experience of the front rows, backstages, showrooms, and Champagne lounges of Fashion Week. Here is her diary from Friday, February 2. 9:30 a.m. I arrived in my office. 10 a.m. I met with an editor from a Japanese magazine called Glamorous. She wanted to shoot me during Fashion Week, so we agreed to have the camera crew come to a fitting at J. Mendel on Tuesday and also to shoot me at home on Thursday morning.

Ten Things We Liked This Weekend

Weekend Things
  • 1. The eyeglasses at Yigal Azrouel. Nothing like a foxy nerd.
  • 2. Coats at Phillip Lim: There's a perfect little leather jacket, as well as a super-cool three-buttoned, man-tailored coat.
  • 3. Everyone's ingenuity when it comes to keeping warm — such masterful takes on layering!

Hark! The Herald Angels Burn Energy!

Amazingly enough, there really is some religious devotion to be found in this godless city. And how is it displayed? With enormous, expensive lighting displays, naturally. The good people at Gowanus Lounge took a trip over the weekend to Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, which is apparently the extravagant-Christmas-lights capital of New York City. This picture's our favorite, mostly for the rows of herald angels flanking the entryway, which provide a nice counterpoint to the usual excessive rows of lights and signs. But there's lots more what that came from. And, hey, Merry December 11! Dyker Heights Lights! The Photos [Gowanus Lounge]