ST. JOHN KNITS A HIT AT MAGNIN A three-day St. John Knits trunk show last week at the I. Magnin flagship in San Francisco hit $94,000 in sales.

Bestsellers included a forest green chenille mandarin-collar jacket, which sold seven units at $650; a kelly green wool and rayon knit short jacket, eight units at $520, and a wool and rayon knit button-front short-sleeved dress in navy or crimson, nine units at $590.

Sales at this year's trunk show, which ended Thursday, were almost double last year's trunk show, which rang up $50,000, according to Joseph Cicio, Magnin's chairman and ceo.

"St. John has taken on a greater emphasis for us," Cicio said. "The colors are right, and it has a great contemporary mix for the future."

STORK CLUB: Chanel is teaming with the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Lying-in Hospital to host a fashion show and luncheon benefiting the department. The June 6 luncheon, under the tents in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, is expected to draw 800 guests to see the fall collection.

As part of its promotion, Chanel has turned a window of its New York flagship at 5 East 57th St. into a maternity ward of sorts. Mannequins dressed in tweed suits with Karl Lagerfeld's "no-fur" fur trim from the fall line look into a window, where another mannequin in a nurse's uniform holds a "bundled baby." The window remains in place until Saturday.

REMEMBERING DON: Henri Bendel is offering a tribute to designer Don Simonelli in its windows through Wednesday. Simonelli, who died April 8, created 12 one-of-a-kind party dresses in his last exclusive collection for Bendel. The two windows flanking the main entrance on Fifth Avenue will show six of the pale pastel dresses, suspended at various heights, surrounded by streamers. All 12 dresses are for sale, at $1,800. The silk taffeta numbers each have silk flower details and most are strapless. They are said to be Simonelli's "dream dresses" of what women would wear to garden parties, according to a Bendel's spokeswoman.

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