Cook at Sea With Former Top Chef Contestants

03/26/2014 at 04:43 PM ET

Top Chef cruise
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Top Chef fans—your ship has come in!

Starting in July, you’ll have the chance to hit the high seas with 13 former contestants from the top-rated reality cooking show aboard four Celebrity Cruises.

During the “Top Chef at Sea” program, the alums deliver cooking demos where you get to sample their dishes and take part in interactive Quickfire Challenges (just like on the show!). Want a private cooking lesson from one of your favorites? Aye, aye!

So, is your fan favorite going to be on board? If you book the July 27 sailing to Bermuda on the “Summit,” you’ll have the chance to hang with chefs Spike Mendelsohn, Ash Fulk and Angelo Sosa. Want a cooler experience? Hop aboard the “Solstice” for an Alaskan adventure that begins August 15 featuring pros Nina Compton, Paul Qui, Tiffani Faison and Brooke Williamson.

The September 19 “Infinity” cruise takes you on to France, Spain and Portugal and lets you wine and dine with Chris Crary and Kristen Kish. The final sailing, November 15, heads to the Eastern Caribbean on “Reflection” with chefs Hosea Rosenberg, Casey Thompson, Tiffany Derry and Shirley Chung.

Tell Us: Would you set sail on a Top Chef cruise?

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