Orange Crocs Discontinued; Mario Batali Buys 200 Pairs

11/27/2013 at 12:27 PM ET

Mario Batali Orange Crocs
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It reminds us of the Seinfeld when Elaine hordes her favorite discontinued contraceptive (the sponge!): Celeb chef Mario Batali special-ordered a whopping 200 pairs of Crocs when he heard that the shade—his signature hue—is no more.

“They’re gonna stop the Mario Batali orange! It’s preposterous!” he says in the December/January issue of Details. “But they’re doing pretty well without me. Nothing lasts forever, baby.”

If Batali’s your fashion icon, don’t despair: A rep from Crocs tells that although the company will no longer sell bright orange Crocs in the brand’s classic design, their Bistro Mario Batali Vent Clog design—created in the chef’s honor in 2007—will still be available in orange. The two styles look fairly similar, although the Bistro Mario Batali shoe is sans top vents.

But for Batali, who wears the classic Croc everywhere—from the kitchen to red carpet events—this news was cause to stock up, like you would with soup cans before a storm.

“I just ordered 200 more [pairs],” he said in the Details article. “They made a special run for me before they retired the color.”

Lets do the math: Even if Batali wears out his Crocs every 3 months, that’s enough pairs to last him 50 years, or until he’s 103. Chef, we think you’re set.

—Amy Jamieson

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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