BLONDE ON BLONDE: A mountain of paparazzi awaited the arrival of pint-sized pop vixen Christina Aguilera at the Versace show Tuesday night. Seated next to her stylist and an imposing cadre of bodyguards, Aguilera gave Versace a standing ovation at the end of the show. "Donatella is an amazing designer," she said. "The dresses were amazing. I love her stuff and I respect her as a strong female in the business." As soon as Versace exited the runway, the music cranked up again and the show segued into a party. But after a quick and private fish dinner backstage, the two blondes decided to carry on their fun elsewhere — or maybe not. "It’s been a long day, so everyone went home," said a Versace spokesman.

SMELLS LIKE TROUBLE: The first Viktor & Rolf fragrance, licensed to L’Oréal, isn’t slated to come out until 2005. But it’s already causing a stink. According to sources, L’Oréal is "furious" that the packaging for the new Alexander McQueen fragrance, due out March 17, features a prominent red wax seal, similar to the Dutch duo’s logo. The designers, preparing for their show on Saturday, could not be reached for comment. However, Domenico De Sole, chairman of Gucci Group, whose Yves Saint Laurent Beaute division launched McQueen’s fragrance, named Kingdom, doesn’t seem to think there’s any real problem. "We have a very cordial relationship with L’Oréal," said De Sole, who happens to be sailing buddies with L’Oréal chief Lindsay Owen-Jones. But lawyers might have to get in the middle of this one. "They believe there is a trademark infringement," said De Sole. "Our lawyers say there isn’t."

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