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Sofia Coppola isn't wasting any time in her new career as fashion designer. Bloomingdale's will launch her new line, Milk, in the first week of December by featuring the collection in the store's windows and in a fashion show during a launch party on Dec. 8.

The "surprise guests" at The New Yorker's fashion issue party on Oct. 28 were supposed to be Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley from Comedy Central's "Absolutely Fabulous." But the Ab Fab girls are busy filming, so Tina Brown is seeking other entertainment, possibly The Leningrad Cowboys, who made an appearance on the MTV Awards.

First it was lunch with Graydon Carter at 44. The next day, Jeffrey Katzenberg had breakfast with Tina Brown at The Four Seasons Hotel.

David Copperfield's string of Paris shows in the Palais de Congres has been a success, though one never would have guessed it from his treatment by local paparazzi. At the end of Thursday's show, a pack of photographers dashed into the auditorium, but not one flash hit poor Copperfield. Instead, all lenses were trained on Claudia Schiffer, seated in the front row. A concerned Claudia told her Paris friends the following day, "Poor David was really upset. After all it was his show."

Indochine is really back. The other night, Ian and Rita Schrager were there dining near Tim Burton and his "Ed Wood" girlfriend Lisa Marie surrounded by a gaggle of Euroflash; nearby were Peter Arnell, and Anne Klein's Andrew Rosen with his sister Lisa.

He has a personal fortune of about $6 billion, but, until recently, John Kluge still couldn't find a steakhouse that met his satisfaction on Manhattan's West Side. So he opened one, the West 63rd Street Steakhouse, just across from Lincoln Center.
With a diversified global business empire, you might have thought Kluge would have been too busy to attend to all the details. Wrong. "We picked out all the chairs and the carpets, everything," he says, speaking alongside his business partner, Stuart Subotnick. "This is our relaxation. We love it."

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