Friday Photo: Smart Cookies

(Photo: Barneys New York)

Simon Doonan, that intrepid soldier of fashion fortune, is ringing in 2010 with the help of fortune cookies, lots and lots of fortune cookies. The creative director of Barneys New York and his crack team of window dressers have arrayed the tasty treats in the windows of Barneys stores nationwide to portend a bright future for Céline, the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy-owned brand that lost its groove after the 2003 departure of Michael Kors. Founded (would you believe?) as a children’s shoe store, 63-year-old Céline has been reborn under newly installed creative director Phoebe Philo, who you’ll recall as the erstwhile creator of covetables at Richemont-owned Chloé, where she succeeded Stella McCartney in 2001. Philo’s fantastic debut resort collection primed the fashion crowd for a spring 2010 line that is fresh, refined, and modern—and sure to get major editorial play in every March issue. At least that’s our prediction. As for Doonan’s cookies, they are also a tasty symbol of hope. “We are all embarking on a new decade together, right? It’s scary. What will the future hold? Fortune cookies are a good place to start,” he says. “It’s amazing what you can do with a glue gun and a dream.”

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