A SITE FOR SORE EYES: After two seasons of giving newmeaning to the concept of an off-site show, CatherineMalandrino has opted to stage her fall collection in amore convenient venue. Malandrino once drew editors to the Apollo Theater in Harlem for a collection inspired by that neighborhood, but, last season, disrupted the New York calender by showing at the 79th Street Boat Basin. It took hours to get there, and hours to get back, causing a logjam of late shows that day.

But on Feb. 11, Malandrino is taking over theLong Acre Theater on West 48th Street — only six blocks from Bryant Park — that is currently the home of Russell Simmons’ production "Def Poetry Jam." To make up for some sore feelings among editors and buyers from last season, the designer has also booked entertainment, with a brief performance from one of the show’s regular poets.

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