- L.A. FASHION WEEK LINEUP: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios has revealed the preliminary lineup of designers for the spring 2008 Collections, which will take place at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., Oct. 14 to 18. Showing on the runways of the Main Tent, Stage One and The Lightbox will be Petro Zillia, Sue Wong, Chick by Nicky Hilton, Yves Castaldi, Heatherette, Elsie Katz Couture, Joseph Domingo, Jenny Han, Christian Audigier, Grey Ant, Whitley Kros, Voom by Joy Han, The Gallery, Evidence of Evolution, Monarchy Collection, Samora, Oligo Tissew, Bird of Prey, Jeremy Scott, Coco Johnson, Tart and Juan Carlos Obando. BoxEight a smaller collective of shows at downtown's Los Angeles Theater, will feature Jeffrey Sebelia and Eduaro Lucero, among others.

- MALL'S AGENDA: San Diego's 1.7 million-square-foot Fashion Valley mall, owned by Simon Property Group, will get a slew of new tenants in 2008, including CH Carolina Herrera, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Just Cavalli, M Missoni, Michael Kors, Barneys Co-op and Tourneau, as well as Anthropologie, Hennes and Mauritz, Juicy Couture and True Religion. The mall is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's and J.C. Penney.

- LETO TO RECEIVE AMY AWARD: The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund will honor Kenneth Cole, along with Rick Leto, chief executive officer of Mervyns, with the AMY Award at its annual benefit. The fund-raiser, which has been renamed The YMA Geoffrey Beene Scholarship Dinner, will be held Jan. 9 at New York's Marriott Marquis, and will again be hosted by Tim Gunn, chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne. The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund is a not-for-profit organization that helps cultivate young talent in the fashion industry through scholarships, mentoring and internship programs.

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