CAMERA READY?: Both sides officially say talks are still ongoing, but it’s looking a little less likely that 7th on Sixth’s fashion showcase will be known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week after the end of the year. According to sources, there are also negotiations with other companies that could take over the title role. The one that’s leading the rumor mill is Olympus, the camera maker, which incidentally signed on as a category sponsor for this season’s event and plans to introduce a new professional model of its digital camera there.

Olympus Fashion Week? Why not? It was General Motors Fashion Week for three years before Mercedes took over in January 2001. But no one would comment on the latest reports on Monday, and 7th on Sixth officials didn’t return calls. They’ve still got to call it Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for at least one more season, after all, so any official word is not likely to come before January.

MANCHESTER DELIGHTED: Harvey Nichols opened its fifth U.K. store in Manchester, England, this month, right across the street from that other department store, Selfridges. Mancunians now will be able to indulge in three floors of fashion, fragrance and food, including the Harvey Nichols signature restaurant, bar and brasserie.

With an interior designed by architects Four IV, the store covers 95,000 square feet. The women’s wear department — with labels including Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano and Juicy Couture — is decorated with tall, elegant lampshades, while the men’s — which stocks Balenciaga, Jil Sander and Martin Margiela, among others — is a sea of wood. By evening, a glass tower running up the side of the building is illuminated. The first U.K. Chloé accessories boutique outside of London is situated on the ground floor, as well as a purpose-built Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche accessories boutique. Harvey Nichols also continues to roll out niche beauty brands, including Paul & Joe, RMK, Kevyn Aucoin and Laura Mercier.

CURTAIN RAISER: It takes a lot to get a Fifth Avenue retailer to give up its windows during the arrival of prime fall merchandise, but Saks Fifth Avenue made an exception on Monday when its regularly scheduled displays gave way to a compilation of such fashions as a sequined coat once worn by Michael Jackson, a wedding dress that came from a performance by Madonna and BBritney Spears’ snake-charming ensemble — all taken from past editions of the Video Music Awards.The reasoning is simple: When the VMAs return to New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, the arrivals area is planned to be set up behind the venue in the gardens of Rockefeller Center, which would give a perfect view of the retailer to TV audiences.

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