NEW YORK -- It wouldn't be a fashion event if it didn't have lots of behind-the-scenes melodrama -- not to mention a few bruised egos. The big controversy is over who will hand Bernadine Morris her "Superstar" award Thursday night at the Fashion Group Night of Stars gala.

A mix-up at the Fashion Group has left two couturiers stewing, and at least three of the nine designers listed on the invitation will be no-shows.

Evidently, several months ago Hubert de Givenchy was asked to present the award to Morris, but was informed on Friday that his services were no longer required. It seems fellow couturier Karl Lagerfeld had also been asked to do the deed.

Givenchy decided not to attend. In an effort to smooth feathers, the Fashion Group then asked Lagerfeld to step aside to allow the Group's president, Henri Bendel president Susan Falk, to present the award. Lagerfeld took the request to heart, and decided to stay in Paris, backing out of the $1,000-a-plate black-tie event over the weekend.

Givenchy is already in New York, but he will not be at the event; however, representatives from the house will be. Phillipe Venet will also be absent. Gianni Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Gianfranco Ferré, Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro and Maurizio Galante are -- for the moment -- planning to attend.

Margaret Hayes, executive director of the Fashion Group, declined to comment on the flap.

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