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BOARD SILLY: “Seabiscuit” star and Ivy league grad Elizabeth Banks is the quintessential multitasker. She’s also a bride-to-be with a wild streak. In the name of not-so-clean fun, Banks has created her own bachelorette board game for the 2.4 million women who will say “I do” this year. Unveiled, the first offering from Banks’ newly formed company, Girlie Games, is strictly for the uninhibited. As players move their tiny stiletto game pieces across the board, they’re required to sip — or chug —a spiked bachelorette beverage for every unfortunate roll of the die. Game cards play the truth or dare angle, requiring answers to naughty questions like “Do you have a taboo turn-on?” or risqué actions, maybe a racy round of charades.
Of course, there’s also the dreaded “body shot” card, demanding an unlucky player to gulp liquid that has first trickled down a stranger’s flesh. “I created Unveiled when I was maid of honor for my best friend’s wedding,” says Banks. “We’ll never forget the body shot on the man with the lime green thong.”
This story first appeared in the June 30, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
THE MISSUS: Could the Duchess of York, five American presidents, Oprah Winfrey and the Lauder sisters all be wrong? The bespoke stationery of Mrs. John L. Strong has been a quiet luxury since the 1930s. But the Madison Avenue maker of what is known to be the world’s most expensive stationery is hoping to bring its wares to a wider audience. When interior designer Nannette Brown and her investment banker husband, Jeff Lubin, bought the company last year, Brown swore to dust off the stationery’s stuffy image and give it fashionable flair. She’s offering fashiony colors in the ready-to-write collection, which will change seasonally. Brown also is whipping up bookmarks, notepads, coasters, matchbooks, place cards, house books and voyager bags, “so you can drop notes from wherever you are in the world and your cards won’t get crumpled,” she explained.
Barneys New York in Beverly Hills will open a Mrs. John L. Strong boutique in September, while Brown plans to open shops in Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and London — and won’t stop until she develops the brand into a proper luxury label — all while maintaining the cozy allure of a handwritten note, of course. “We live in an age where everything is branded with other logos,” Brown declared. “We’ve gotten away from personalizing ourselves.”
TIME TO KILL: Virgin Airlines chairman Sir Richard Branson is bent on making sure his fashionable Upper Class passengers — that’s Virgin-speak for first class — don’t waste time in the Heathrow Airport lounge. Last week, Virgin teamed with Dress2Kill, a bespoke tailoring service. Now, in a mere 20 minutes, the in-house tailor can measure passengers for a suit or shirt, available in a range of fabrics. Four weeks later, the resulting garments, which cost between $96 and $520, are shipped anywhere in the world.