Tea Is Served: ‘Downton Abbey’ Food Truck Rolls Into N.Y.C.

12/09/2013 at 12:35 PM ET

The 'Downton Abbey' Tea Truck in NYC
Courtesy Meghan Sherwin

Attention, Downton Abbey aficionados: Tighten your corsets and ready your bow ties, because you have a high tea to attend.

We won’t be reuniting with the Crawleys until next month, but fans can get a taste of what’s to come in Season 4 this week. According to Variety, PBS is sending a Downton Abbey tea truck out onto the streets of New York City.

The vehicle will be making several stops in Manhattan throughout the week, offering free crumpets, hot tea and photos with a backdrop of Highclere Castle. Unfortunately, N.Y.C. is the only place on this side of the pond the truck plans to stop.

Fans outside New York can still raise a cup to the costume drama’s return by purchasing one of The Republic of Tea’s special Downton brews or—for something with a little more kick—a bottle of Downton Abbey Bordeuex wine. Just remember: Pinkies up.

—Kelli Bender

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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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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