For entertaining during fashion week

Are you reading this on holiday? Lucky you.

Many of the faces within these pages are back at work prepping for the upcoming collections. There seems to be characteristic industry confusion about what American holiday it is exactly that falls at the end of September (Labor Day or Memorial Day?) It doesn’t matter, because this long weekend doesn’t exist for those in the thick of show
season arrangements.

Here, we present stylist Kate Young’s favorite dish for entertaining friends after a long day on set or in the studio. “Easy, fresh, bright, delicious–and good anytime of year,” is how she describes this celery and fennel salad served with lemon pasta. Perfect when there’s no time to shop and everyone else is ready to party.

Start with negroni’s to drink! Campari, gin, vermouth and a slice of orange.

Celery and fennel salad:

Peel and slice celery to suit number of guests attending the dinner.

Peel and slice 1 fennel bulb.

Chop a handful of parsley.

Mix it all together with a handful of shave Parmesan and dress with
olive oil, lemon juice and a light vinegar.

Lemon Pasta:

Boil some fresh linguine.

Add the juice and zest of one lemon, a couple tablespoons of creme fraiche, a handful of grated Parmesan (“The one that Maxmara gives as an Christmas present is divine,” says Young), some olive oil and a handful of torn basil.

When the pasta is done throw it into the bowl and toss around. Add some of the pasta water if the sauce is too thick. Serve with more Parmesan and hot red pepper flakes.