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Flash: Elite Models Management in New York has announced a complete financial restructuring of the company. This is in response to what Elite and Monique Pillard, the firm’s guiding angel, consider two frivolous and meritless lawsuits filed against them. They say they’re doing this to protect their models and books and their salaries, which may be in danger. In order to personally protect herself, Pillard last week quietly filed for personal bankruptcy.

This story first appeared in the February 11, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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Clap hands. Kathleen Turner has been set to star along with Geraldine Chaplin, which you read here, in the Barr/Arnold production “Without Love,” to be filmed in Savannah next month. Monday, Barr and Arnold came to New York to oversee wardrobe fittings. L’Oréal is doing the makeup for the movie and Cerruti and Giorgio Armani are doing the clothes for this French production.

You’ll be thrilled to hear that the producers discovered a wonderful artist in Savannah and he’s doing paintings for two of the sets. But along the way, they realized that he is a potential star. His name is

Jason Zaloudik and he manages a fish store to pay for canvases and paint. So they put him in a scene in the movie driving a motorcycle. He doesn’t even have to wear a helmet to hide his great-looking face — Georgia law doesn’t require it. Everyone says he’ll look divine in Armani’s motorcycle outfit.

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Lara Flynn Boyle broke her nose on her car door in L.A. last week while trying to escape the paparazzi. She was rushed to the hospital where she was attended by the town’s top surgeons, who say she will be ready for her close-up in four to six weeks. She is resting at home surrounded by family and friends, and among the dozens of calls and bouquets she received is one from her devoted friend and ex-flame, Jack Nicholson.

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The creamy set of Palm Beach went to a marvelous party the other night. It was held at the new Café Boulud. Not in the restaurant itself but in a beautiful area used specifically for special events, in the middle of a Spanish courtyard with a fountain, palm trees and birds of paradise. The tent — put up to ward off a surprise monsoon — was the scene of a live auction with all sorts of wonderful prizes that raised all sorts of wonderful money.

It really was a lot of fun and a madhouse because everyone knew each other and again there was gambling going on — poker, blackjack, wheel of fortune, etc. About 150 people, young and not so, sat down to dine at tables covered in gold silk and centered with huge glass bowls filled with hydrangeas. The hot meal was delicious and beautifully served — what else would you expect from Daniel Boulud? And Daniel himself stayed for the dinner and came out to take bows in his modest way.

The women wore mostly short dresses — it was not black tie — and here and there one saw a fancy pantsuit. The hostess and chairman of the evening, Emilia Fanjul, wore an Oscar de la Renta champagne-colored silk sleeveless dress with an embroidered coat of the same fabric. Her daughter, Emilia Fanjul-Pfeifler wore a Valentino with long sleeves and her daughter-in-law, Lourdes Fanjul, also wore Valentino pants and a pink-and-white chiffon top. Even though it seemed like a private party, the evening benefited Emilia Fanjul’s pet project — two charter schools, the Glades Academy and Everglades Preparatory Academy near Palm Beach. Emilia started the schools three years ago for “children at risk,” which means the poorest of the poor. They have been a wonderful success. Among the guests were Pauline Pitt, Judy Miller and Jason Epstein, Kate Ford, Ogden Phipps, Arianna and Dixon Boardman, Princess Maria Pia of Italy and Prince Michel Bourbon-Parme, all the Fanjul gentlemen, juniors and seniors, Bettina Zilkha and on and on into the night.

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Now in New York, it’s both fashion week and the 128th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. So how about this for crossbreeding? John Galliano and his partner, Alexis Roche, just celebrated their fifth anniversary of togetherness or whatever and they’re now a ménage à trois. Trois? Well, John explains that five years is when people get married and have children “and since we’re not doing that, we bought a dog instead.” They’ve named her Cheyenne after the Native American tribe and she’s all white with a black patch over one eye. You can just imagine her wardrobe since daddy John has designed a collection of dog collars and leashes for Dior. “I hated dogs when I was asked to make them something glamorous, but now I just love them and my dog has one of everything from the collection.” Sweet.

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Prince Azim, the 21-year-old son of the Sultan of Brunei, who is the third-richest man in the world, dreams of becoming a pop star. The petite prince loves to sing and naturally he thinks he’s very good, but don’t they all? “Sadly, I don’t have the face of a singer,” says the little royal. “It just would not sell. I look too young — people always think I’m 14.” He tells his friends he still has a crush on Jerry Hall and he’s writing a love song for her. Never mind that he comes up to somewhere between her waist and her boobs.

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Russell Crowe, famous movie star and a knitter — he took it up when his wife, Danielle Spencer, was pregnant with their son, now three months old — has already knit and pearled a pair of blue booties, a matching cap and a baby blanket. Have you ever loved him so much?

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Hugh Grant’s girlfriend, Kasia Komorowicz, a Polish United Nations employee, is on assignment in the Middle East. So in the interim, Hugh has been seeing lovely but very married Princess Rosario Saxe-Coburg, the raven-haired wife of Prince Kyril of Bulgaria, a London investment banker. They are just friends but you might remember the Princess was Hugh’s date last fall at the New York premiere of his movie, “Love Actually.” Recently, Hugh bid $150,000 on a four-day cruise aboard Sir Anthony Bamford’s magnificent 200-foot yacht, the Virginian, that was auctioned off in London to benefit the Order of Malta. Whoever Hugh takes along is a lucky lady. Not because of him, especially, but because of the Virginian.

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The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will kick off its yearly spring Bunny Hop at the home of its sponsor, Scalamandre, on Feb. 26 at the fabric house’s new showroom on East 59th street. Overseeing the Bunny Hop will be MSK’s new president, Coco Kopelman. Among those bunnies expected to hop over are Joanne de Guardiola, Tory Burch, Nicole Limbocker and Eugenie Niven. The Hop itself will take place on March 9 at its new rabbit hole in the American Girl Place on Fifth Avenue.

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