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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.

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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.

SOPRANOS MEET PLASTICS: Several “Sopranos” cast members (minus Tony and Carmela) turned out Sunday night at the Upper West Side’s Compass restaurant to celebrate costar Lorraine Bracco’s Broadway opening as Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate.” Wearing a black Ralph Lauren cocktail dress, Bracco joked, “Everyone has been trying on my chinchilla from Dennis Basso, I don’t even know where it is.” Indeed, even Aida Turturro, who plays Janice, Tony Soprano’s sister, was spotted trying on the black-and-white fur jacket. To that, Bracco threw back her head and laughed before bumming a cigarette.

HAVING MORE FUN: London is ready to celebrate the peroxide set with a book and exhibition dedicated to blondes. The National Portrait Gallery plans to exhibit a “top 20” of British blondes, including Diana, Princess of Wales; Margaret Thatcher; Twiggy and Joely Richardson, in a show running from March 6 to July 6. Another photographic exhibition of blonde women will open at the same time at the Getty Images Gallery. And in March, the photography critic Joanna Pitman will publish “On Blondes,” which traces the history of fair hair from ancient myth through the Renaissance to the modern day.