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BOTTOMS UP: The requests keep pouring in for Esther Perbandt. The Berlin-based fashion designer has been tapped by Scavi & Ray, the official Prosecco suppliers to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin, to design limited-edition zip-on "jackets" for large-format bottles modeled on a silk and leather woven minidress from her fall-winter 2008 collection. Perbandt was also one of five German designers invited to create luxury accessories inspired by the holiday 2010 diamond-cut limited edition of Absolut Vodka, called Absolut Glimmer. (Along with Lala Berlin, Sabrina Dehoff, Patrick Mohr, and Starstyling) Perbant's creation, a brilliant blue leather wristlet on a silver chain, features an embossed impressionistic diamond effect. The accessories, each limited to a run of three pieces, and priced at 499 euros, or $661.40 at current exchange, are being sold on verypoolish.com, the online shop for Munich concept store, Pool. Finally, Perbandt was asked to design the bar staff uniforms for Berlin's new Karim Rashid interior-designed Nhow Hotel. The sculptural black looks contrast with Rashid's amorphous colorful forms in the hotel's Envy Bar. Nhow's cocktail master Christina Schneider returned the favor, designing "The Perbandt" for the drinks menu. The eponymous libation includes Ketel One vodka, sake, lychee liqueur, elderflower liqueur and lemon bitters.