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ROLE PLAY Audrey Tautou will play Coco Chanel in Coco Avant Chanel later this year, and rumors are swirling that Kate Winslet has been tapped to play Vivienne Westwood in the upcoming biopic on the legendary designer. Manhattan plays casting director for a few more would-be blockbusters featuring our favorite fashion icons. –Lauren DeCarlo JOHNNY DEPP as JOHN GALLIANO If Galliano owned a parrot, thismovie would already be in the can three times over. RUPERT EVERETT as MARC JACOBS Sexy stubble? Check. Scores of hot male fans? Obvs! BOWIE as KARL T ey know each other from their Battlestar Galactica days, so this one’s a lock. SUZANNE SOMERS as BETSEY JOHNSON It’s as if these two extreme blonds were separated at birth. KELSEY GRAMMER as MICHAEL KORS Shouldn’t be much of a stretch for the Frasier star to play a fashion snob. [INSIDE SCOOP] JEWEL TONES Glass display boxes are out and custom-made treasure chests are in at the fi rst U.S. boutique ofMauboussin, the famed French jeweler, which recently opened on the Upper East Side. Über-design fi rm Rockwell Group turned a 19th-century townhouse into a soigné salon with a third-fl oor bridal boutique walled in alternating panels of ostrich feathers and antiqued mirrors. Come back to reality with an espresso from the café upstairs. 714 Madison Ave.; mauboussin.com –Sophie Donelson CLOUD NINE: Inside the lush Mauboussin. MEGU Big-ticket Megu likes to dazzle, so it’s nice to know that the restaurant now off ers a more aff ordable $55 prix fi xe. With over-the-top plate presentations and an ice-sculpture Buddha at the center of the grand room, that double- nickel meal Inexpense Accounts Times are tough, no doubt, and even NewYork’s toniest eating establishments recognize that $200 dinners are not exactly everyday aff airs. Deals abound, but we want to clue you in to the most special of specials on the island. Do the math and make a reservation. BAR BLANCT is cool, whitewashed boîte in the West Village is host to a high- fashion crowd—but on Sunday nights the prices get down low. At a place where the entrées (roast halibut with pea shoots and truffl e, butternut-squash risotto with wild mushrooms) push the $30 mark, three courses for $38 is a treat. T ink of it as dessert (beignets, quince crisp) on the house. 142 W. 10th St.; 212.255.2330 or barblanc.com is a steal—especially considering that the kitchen also serves a nine-ounce Kobe châteaubriand for a mere $180. 62 T omas St.; 212.964.7777 or megunyc.com ALLEGRETTI A $28 lunch is an extraordinary bargain from a celebrated chef with names like Ducasse and Le Cirque on his C.V. Chef Alain Allegretti opened his Flatiron space last summer, off ering a grown-up retreat from the fi nancial crisis, if only for an Provencal cooking—white onion soup, citrus-braised afternoon. Allegretti’s lamb—is enhanced by the seamless service. 46 W. 22nd St.; 212.206.0555 or allegrettinyc.com DOVETAILT e homey concept of “Sunday Suppa” has been part of this Upper West Side space from the start. Chef John Fraser has a clairvoyant sense of what his customers need, and this appealing restaurant welcomes locals back repeatedly for the three-course, $38 prix fi xe. T e chef’s market-driven comfort cooking is worth overlooking the silly colloquial spelling of the concept. 103 W. 77th St.; 212.362.3800 or dovetailnyc.com –Jane Lerner Jan/Feb 2009 | | 33 CHEAP EATS: Bar Blanc dresses down on Sunday with three courses for $38. authentic friendly, LAGERFELD PHOTO COURTESY OF KARL LAGERFELD; BOWIE PHOTO BY TERRY O’NEILL/GETTY IMAGES; JOHNSON PHOTO BY NGOC MINH NGO; SOMERS PHOTO BY CINDY GOLD; DEPP PHOTO COURTESY OF AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM; GALLIANO PHOTO BY ERIC RYAN/GETTY IMAGES; JACOBS PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCHIVES LOUIS VUITTON; EVERETT PHOTO BY CAMERA PRESS/RETNA LTD; GRAMMER PHOTO BY JIM SPELLMAN/WIREIMAGE; KORS PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAND; MAUBOUSSIN COURTESY OF STORE; BAR BLANC BY KATE GLICKSBERG

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