BLISSED OUT?: It looks like luxury giant LVMH may have finally found a buyer for Bliss. According to a Paris source, the beauty empire founded by Marcia Kilgore in 1996 is about to be acquired by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Further details could not be learned and Kilgore could not be reached. An LVMH spokesman would not comment on the rumor. LVMH snatched up BlissWorld LLC in 1999 for an estimated $30 million as part of an acquisitions spree. Bliss now boasts three day spas — two in New York, one in London — a catalogue business, two product lines and an outpost at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. LVMH has disposed of several brands over the past year, including Hard Candy and Urban Decay cosmetics, Hine cognac and Canard-Duchene champagne, to focus on its top names.

COLD FEET: Songbird Ashanti felt the chill Wednesday night when minutes away from going on stage to perform live at Rockefeller Center's tree lighting the zipper on her fur broke. Panicked, she frantically yelled over to her publicist to call Saks Fifth Avenue immediately — she needed to borrow a fur. Saks sprung into action and turned the fur salon into a virtual showroom for her publicist,manager (her mom), dad and several bodyguards to peruse the highly secured area. Within minutes, her team was back across the street with an expensive white Berger Christensen fur for the diva to perform in.

MENDING MENICHETTI: After more than a yearand a half away from fashion, Roberto Menichetti is gearing up to launch his own collection for fall 2004, according to an industry source. Reached by phone, a spokeswoman for the Italian designer declined comment. The enigmatic designer has held stints at Jil Sander, Burberry Prorsum and most recently Cerruti. He left the Fin.part-controlled company in March 2002, just six months after being named creative director. Since leaving Cerruti, Menichetti has said that he wanted to venture out on his own with a namesake collection. His family owns a manufacturing plant in Gubbio, Umbria, but it could not be learned if it would be producing the collection or if Menichetti was working with outside partners.CLOSE SHAVE: Ralph Rucci has gone for a New Year’s look a bit early. The designer popped up in Paris this week with a new, clean-shaven style that had many doing a double-take.

Herewith, the moustache mystery solved: “I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror, during dinner last month, and it hit me, — that line doesn’t work; it’s too Eighties,” explained the Chado designer. “I had it for 24 years and got used to the idea of thinking it was attractive. But that idea expired. I shaved it only to look new, but everyone says I seem 10 years younger.” Rucci also noted that sometimes all his dark long hair, scruffy unshaven look and moustache could be intimidating. “It seems now people are more comfortable with me.”

GORKY PARK: As the sole performer in “Dark Angel: The Double Life of Arshile Gorky,” a one-woman show with four characters, Nouritza Matossian doesn’t have time for quick costume changes. Moreover, the late Abstract Expressionist’s tangled biographical tale — as told onstage by his mother, sister, lover and wife — is far from light.

Despite this week’s shows being her first in the U.S., Matossian is sticking with her pomegranate-colored sleeveless silk dress and a Liberty of London apricot-colored scarf — shades that work into the artist’s palette. The apricot number doubles as a babushka, sarong, apron and pashmina depending on the character, and eventually symbolizes the book Matossian wrote about Gorky. A retrospective of his work is at the Whitney through Feb. 15.

Monday night’s audience at the Lion Theater seemed more intrigued by the story than the clothes. Matossian recounted how Gorky was mute until the age of six, ate grass and boiled shoes to survive during the 1915 Armenian Holocaust, eventually escaped to New York, lost all his work in a fire, and braved cancer then a debilitating neck injury before committing suicide in 1948. Costumes? What costumes?

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