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FN Picks: Having Karl for Tea... Hello, Vans

Some fashion stars are dipping into tea, literally.

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Hello Kitty Vans

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Missoni Havaianas

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Tea Time
Fashion’s elite are dipping into tea, literally. As part of its Prèt-à-porTea collection, international design label Donkey Products created an assortment of hanging teabags in the likeness of Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier and Naomi Campbell. In time for the royal wedding, the Hamburg, Germany-based company also recently added Prince William and Kate Middleton to its royal family collection. A set of five Prèt-à-porTea bags retails for $12.50 and can be found at all Pylones stores in New York or at Pylones-usa.com. Part of the proceeds are donated to Bethanien-Kinderdoerfer, a German charity that provides assistance for disabled children. - Gerald Flores

Charmingly Classic

Hello Kitty fans have something new to smile about. Classic meets cute in the Hello Kitty Vans collection, the latest collaboration between parent company Sanrio and a shoe label (last year it teamed with Asics). The co-branded footwear features Sanrio’s Hello Kitty graphics on Vans slip-ons and laceups, timed for the back-to-school season. However, the adorable footwear isn’t just for kids: Hello Kitty versions of the classic slip-ons and the laced low-top will also be available in adult sizes. And the unisex custom-print Sk8-Hi D-Lo high-tops will only appear in adult sizes. Debuting in June, the shoes will be available for $25 to $55 at Vans stores and retail partners, Vans.com, Sanrio boutiques and Sanrio.com.  -  Lauren LaDeau

Catch the Wave
Havaianas just got even more stylish. Italian fashion house Missoni has partnered with the flip-flop brand for a limited-edition collection called Missoni Loves Havaianas. Three styles of sandals — two women’s and one unisex — as well as one pair of women’s espadrilles will be offered at prices from $60 to $130. They will come in the traditional Missoni zigzag and wave patterns, with each pair packaged in a Missoni crocheted shoe bag. The bright and colorful footwear will launch in early May and be sold at Us.havaianas.com, select Havaianas retailers and Missoni boutiques nationwide. L.L.

Bombshell

Yohji Yamamoto is going on the record. In his upcoming autobiography, “My Dear Bomb,” the internationally renowned designer opens up about the ups and downs of his career. Co-authored by Ai Mitsuda, the book features the designer’s reflections, presented through anecdotes from himself and from friends and collaborators. The book also is illustrated with Yamamoto’s original drawings. Retailing for $40, “My Dear Bomb” will be available in June at top art bookstores, including The Strand in New York, Family in Los Angeles and Artbook.com. G.F.

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