A REAL SPONGE: SpongeBob has never looked so good. Sixteen designers, including Giorgio Armani, Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan, have created pants inspired by Nickelodeon’s most popular cartoon character, which will be auctioned Sept. 19-30 on eBay to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Pretty impressive for a guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea and could easily be mistaken for a slab of Swiss cheese.

In line with the show’s nautical theme, Diane von Furstenberg decorated her pants with images of fish and kelp, and Oscar de la Renta adorned his with starfish and pineapples. Others took less literal approaches. P. Diddy’s Sean John design features baseball caps worn backwards and record players, while DKNY’s version is imprinted with what looks like Day-Glo chalk graffiti.

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