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NEW YORK A bevy of young fashion, cosmetic and publishing types crowded into the Carlyle's Versailles Suite to hear readings from The Bombshell Manual of Style, a new Hyperion book by Laren Stover. M.A.C. Cosmetics and Mademoiselle magazine hosted the fun launch party, which was made even more lively by flowing champagne from sponsor Nicolas Feuillatte.
Not too many of the predominantly female partygoers ate the smattering of hors d'oeuvres--they probably thought bombshells constantly diet. But bombshells aren't quite that simple to figure out, as was revealed by the selections from the book read by Jeffrey Kalinsky of the trendy store Jeffrey, TV hostess Cynthia Garrett and petite Barbie look-alike Lisa Marie of Mars Attacks (now blond, and dressed as a real bombshell, in pink with dangling rhinestone jewelry). The readings showed that while perhaps the bombshell isn't PC, she is definitely more complex than one might think. The book--with its kicky Ruben Toledo illustrations featuring the high-heels and sexy lingerie that bombshells live for--explains that the bombshell “behaves as if life is a movie and she is the star.”
Mandi Norwood, Mademoiselle's British editrix, and John Demsey, president of M.A.C., told us that the Carlyle was chosen because bombshells like to be in places where presidents have slept. The crowd was probably too young to catch the J.F.K. reference.
Bombshell style was further illuminated by the goodie bag--in pink, of course. In addition to a copy of the book and an issue of Mademoiselle, the bags were filled with items a bombshell's purse would contain: two M.A.C. lipsticks, a fortune cookie, Juicy Fruit gum, a cocktail umbrella, coasters and a pen from the Carlyle and a gold broach from Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and designer Herve Van Der Straeten.