SCENE AND HEARD: Visionaire's Vreeland Memos party at the Carlyle Hotel on Monday night looked like a scene right out of "Moulin Rouge," with random hustle and tango performances going on as Linda Evangelista, Shalom Harlow, Francesco Scavullo, Hedi Slimane, Jeremy Scott and Daryl Kerrigan made their way into the hotel's red-lit Triannon Suite. Kerrigan, whose Daryl K brand was one of the first victims of Pegasus/Leiber debacle last year, was really in fashion that night. She also hit the Stephen Burrows party at Henri Bendel and Marc Jacobs' show, which opened with a layered look of vest, camisole and T-shirt that looked surprisingly like what she had on.

"We must have been thinking the same thing," said Kerrigan, who might soon be making a career comeback. Ed Burstell, vice president and general manager of Bendel's, said he's trying to persuade her to come on board for some creative projects, while the designer herself didn't knock down any rumors that her name's come up for a possible consulting role at Donna Karan.

"I'm talking to a lot of people right now," she said.

BUSH BACKSTAGE: Surely Barbara Bush wasn't drinking champagne backstage at Wink Tuesday night, was she? The First Daughter was observed sipping a bubbly beverage in a tall glass -- just like some of the underage models. It was Bush's second fashion outing of the day -- she took her seat in the front row of Tuesday's YM MegaDenim show, but declined to take any questions from the press. Apparently, she got tired of saying -- or hearing her handlers say -- "no comment," though. She left before the event started. According to show organizers she found the Puck Building too hot. Perhaps the thick furry collar on her coat was to blame. She also was expected late last Tuesday night at Zac Posen.

LUELLA, PART TWO: Bankruptcy doesn't carry the same stigma it once did, particularly for the Brits. Two days after Luella Bartley's runway show was a big hit in New York, the designer found herself answering questions about reports in London that her company had gone into liquidation."What? My little bankruptcy thing?" she laughed. "That happened a few months ago. I had personal backing, and what happened was that they didn't want to put any more money into it. They pulled out, I sought advice, and they said the best thing to do was to liquidate the company."

Like Hussein Chalayan did before teaming with Gibo, Bartley basically started right up again with a new venture. "I've set up a company and I'm funding it myself with money I'm earning from a consultancy," she said, noting that she's also designing for the mass retailer New Look.

"It means I can be completely independent and start the business fresh," Bartley said. "I feel I'm in a much better position because it means I'm in complete control. It was very difficult at the same time -- it was quite nerve-wracking. But things do feel quite stable now."

LAST-MINUTE DASH: Salman Rushdie and girlfriend Padma Lakshi were seen dashing into the Luca Luca show Tuesday night. So is the well-rounded Rushdie wearing their sexy get ups? "No, she does," he said. "I don't think I'd fit into them."

DIFFICULT DELIVERY: The Marc Jacobs show started an hour and 20 minutes late for good (well, not too good) reason: The clothes themselves didn't arrive at the Lexington Avenue Armory until 9:40. The show's superstar wattage may have mellowed this season, but Jacobs offered something even better: front-row diversity. The most surprising visitor (perched discreetly in the second row, actually) was Joan Didion, with husband John Gregory Dunne. "I'm doing a little research," explained Didion, who in her youth wrote copy at Vogue. Rumor has it that she and her husband are at work on a screenplay with a fashion element. "It's my first fashion show," she said. But not her last. "I'm going to Oscar on Wednesday."

"Sex and the City's" John Corbett has earned something of a reputation as a womanizer, and he didn't do much to dispute it at Jacobs' show. Corbett didn't arrive in time to score a seat and ended up on the steps, jockeying for space with a pretty blonde. "I'll tell you what," he told her. "Why don't you just sit in front of me and I'll rub your shoulders?"Natasha Lyonne, meanwhile, was chased by a film crew as she entered the Armory. "I'll tell you," she said dryly. "Getting older is strange. You realize this hoopla is all part of the creepy process -- but if it gets movies made, I'll put up with it." Donald Trump and his girlfriend, Melania Klauss, also popped up in the front row. "Marc's a friend," explained Trump before revealing the real story. "I've leased him space."

Derek Jeter was the last celebrity to arrive, and he was eager to justify his presence. "I am into fashion," the Yankee shortstop insisted. Why did he choose Marc Jacobs? "Because I was invited. But this is the last one -- I've gotta leave for training tomorrow."

But the person in the best seat was Cindi Leive, editor in chief of Glamour, who was seated next to Jeter.

"He was adorable," said Leive, after the show. She said she found out Jeter lives in Florida, is about to start spring training and "gets his best style advice from his mom." After the show, Jeter seemed befuddled by the men's looks he saw parading down the runway. After all, the skinny, pale-faced models dressed in Jacobs' undone style are a world away from the slugger's wholesome beefcake approach. Would Jeter even consider squeezing a thigh into those skinny leg pants? "What do you think?" he asked with a laugh before heading to the Visionaire party uptown. "I need help."

At the dinner at Miracle Grill afterward -- where Jacobs held court with models Jacquetta Wheeler and Michelle Hicks and the actress Famke Janssen -- Kirsten Dunst, the show's biggest draw, lingered by the bar awaiting a table for herself and her friends. "Are the margaritas free?" she asked. And what did she think of the show? "Well, I'm a big fan, so anything he does I like. But this season, I especially loved the long velvet dress -- it's like the 1800s gone rock. And I also loved those little boots."

Dunst was having trouble deciding where to head afterward; she was considering Blu, where Kylie Minogue was rumored to be performing, as well as Splash. In the end, she and her friends settled on Lotus.FLASHBACK: Junior Vasquez, the reclusive celebrity deejay who shot to fame remixing Madonna and Whitney Houston, made a surprise visit the other night at Andre Leon Talley's party for Stephen Burrows at Henri Bendel. "I used to work for Stephen back in the late Sixties. That was when I was still named Donald Mattern." The deejay changed his name in the early Eighties because "it sounded cool." PR maven Marion Greenberg was also on hand to celebrate the comeback of her old friend. The two met when Greenberg was employed as a buyer at Bendel's in the early Seventies.

Burrows, meanwhile, has always made it abundantly clear that Pat Cleveland is his muse. But who knew the feeling -- ahem, worship -- was so mutual?

"Ours was a magical, enchanting destiny," explained Cleveland at the party. "I had to bow to his greatness because he became the master I had to follow."

The statuesque Cleveland, in a new chiffony pink design, glided around the packed room with her daughter Anna, also in pink, in tow.

"The more, the merrier!" cried Burrows as his fans Iman, Carolina Herrera, Marie Chantal of Greece, Kimora Lee Simmons, Lisa Ling, Diane Von Furstenberg and Mica Ertegun packed into the tiny space and browsed through the racks of gauzy dresses.

"He is an original talent," announced Talley, as he introduced Carine Roitfeld to Burrows. "We need this now."

CALL HIM SIR RUDY: In London this week to receive an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, Rudy Giuliani was spotted at the opening of Claridge's fumoir (smoking room). While fashion week was buzzing in his hometown, Giuliani was hanging out with Brian Ferry and Kate Winslet. Later in the week, he'll be feted by Burberry with cocktails on Thursday and at a dinner in his honor, at which a fellow knight, Sir Paul McCartney, is expected.

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