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.”
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.”