CLOTHES CALL: First it was Russell Simmons, then it was Jay-Z, P.Diddy and Jennifer Lopez. Now, Eminem is the next celebrity said to be working on a clothing line. The rapper and star of the movie "8 Mile" is in talks to announce the launch of a men’s line, Shady, next year, sources say. While a women’s collection is sure to follow, the licensee for the line remains unclear, but sources pointed to the New York-based Nesi Apparel as a leading contender. Executives at Nesi, which holds the license for Rocawear’s junior collection, would not comment.

A SHOE-IN?: Dusty fashion houses have done it. Sleepy fine jewelry firms have done it. And now, it’s time for down-at-the-heel footwear firms to spice up their image by hiring design talent with name recognition. To wit: Charles Jourdan is in the throes of a search for an artistic director to overhaul its footwear, accessories, stores and advertising. The company’s mum on its intentions, but is said to be aggressively pursuing Patrick Cox.

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