AND YOU SAY HE'S JUST A FRIEND: Miuccia Prada will be on hand Monday night to fete her artist chum Tom Sachs and his new book, which was published by Fondazione Prada. Art-world types and the socials who love them — including Vanessa Beecroft, Will Cotton, Timothy Greenfield Sanders, Brigitte Lacombe, Damian Loeb, Miranda Brooks, Brian Grazer and Gavin Brown — will join the designer, who is in town for undisclosed personal reasons, at Prada's SoHo store. Just to make sure everyone's in a party mood, Biz Markie, of the Eighties rap hit "Just a Friend," will be spinning at the DJ station all night long.

BABY ANTOINETTE: It appears that speculation Sofia Coppola wishes to give birth in Paris could be true. The pregnant director, who was spotted shopping in the Fendi boutique on Thursday, said she's in town spending time with her boyfriend, Thomas Mars, a singer for French band Phoenix, preparing the apartment for the baby's arrival in December. "I'm just this big thing at the moment so I don't really have much choice about what I can wear," she said.

ON THE HUNT: Nothing can stop a bargain shopper — even pouring rain. Just ask the crowd at Wednesday night's Lucky Shops VIP preview party, which included Tory Burch (who had a shop at the event), Katie Lee Joel, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Rashida Jones and co-chairs Molly Sims and Jessica Seinfeld. Just an hour into the party, which benefited Seinfeld's Baby Buggy charity, the handbags in the Marc by Marc Jacobs shop quickly proved to be one of the hottest sellers. Blocks away from the shopping mania, James Truman, André Balazs and Rita Konig, a blogger for Domino magazine, celebrated Leanne Shapton's new book, "Was She Pretty?" at the Mercer Hotel. Shapton (an illustrator, publisher and Truman's girlfriend) has been featured in Elle, Glamour and O, The Oprah Magazine). Those who stopped by included actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Smith, Hugo Guinness and Noah Baumbach, a filmmaker. Shapton graciously accepted praise for her new book, but stopped momentarily when she viewed a guest eating a plateful of hors d'oeuvres. "Do you like them?" she asked. "I made them myself."

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