COMEBACK KATE: Kate Moss, only recently out of a rehab clinic, has already bagged at least one advertising campaign. French accessories firm Longchamp confirmed Tuesday that Moss is the star of its upcoming spring campaign, shot last week by photographer Mario Sorrenti at Industria Studios in New York.

CALLING ZAC: Zac Posen got a new nickname when he was in Houston last Thursday for a fashion show and cocktail party to benefit Best Buddies International at Neiman Marcus. "We're going to start calling him 'Zac the Knife' because he's so on the cutting edge," cooed Nancy Dinerstein, decked out in Posen from shoulders to shins. "There have got to be at least 25 women here wearing my clothes," exclaimed Posen as he eyed the crowd. The Zac Pack was indeed out in force, including event chairman Becca Cason Thrash in embroidered pants with a fox-trimmed cape; Debra Grierson in a chiffon gown with a long train; Mary Beth Aspromonte in a bilevel chiffon gown; Barbara Gamson, Lisa France, Karen Pulaski and Phoebe Tudor in similar short Posen cocktail dresses, and Allison Sarofim (in from New York), plastic surgeon Lisa Santos and Greggory Fields Burk.

After the show, the crowd headed to the Thrash mansion for cocktails and a midnight breakfast, but not before some of them made stops at fast-food drive-ins to tide them over until midnight, or back at their own houses to change clothes (hey, it's Houston). But all didn't end well for Thrash — at 2:30 a.m., as she was making her final swirl through the soiree, she slipped on the black granite floor and fractured her tailbone. "I guess this gives new meaning to 'pain in the a--,'" she moaned.

BLUE'S CLUES: Miss Sixty is the latest European to be lured by New York Fashion Week. WWD has learned the Italian denim giant plans to make its runway debut in Manhattan next February. The event looks set to be a rock 'n' roll affair, with Miss Sixty's irreverent muse, actress-cum-model-cum-DJ Asia Argento, set to open the show. "We want to position ourselves as a ready-to-wear brand, not just a denim brand," said Emily Liu, Miss Sixty's U.S. director of marketing.SNAKE CHARM: The two 11-foot Burmese snakes suggestively coiling around the mannequins at the Calvin Klein Collection boutique on Madison Avenue didn't escape from the Bronx Zoo. They were made especially for the store by Nimba Creations, a U.K. firm that specializes in props, animatronics and prosthetics. "We researched for months to find someone to do this," Dale Rozmiarek, vice president of creative services at Calvin Klein, explained. "We wanted something that was realistic."

The difficult process started with two deceased Burmese pythons, frozen to avoid decomposition during transport. Once at Nimba, they were defrosted, to be cast in three sections. The structures were then painted scale by scale before being hand-delivered to Calvin Klein, where they were installed last week. The window displays are thought-provoking and full of sexual suggestions, but then controversy is somewhat synonymous with the house.

"A lot of people think snakes are evil, but it's quite to the contrary," Rozmiarek said. "The Chinese believe that they are very sexual and actually ward off evil."

The two snakes will be in the Madison Avenue windows until next week. They will journey to the Milan and Paris Collection stores during those cities' fashion weeks next year and also be on display in the Rome boutique.

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