COUTURE IN STORE: Donatella Versace has decided to take her upcoming couture show off the runway to present it in the company’s Paris flagship on Faubourg St. Honore. "This season felt like the right moment to make a change away from the runway and bring the collection back to our boutique," Versace said. "I’ve seen the wonderful reaction to the atelier when the press and clients see the collection up close. This is a way to present the clothes in a more personal and intimate environment and to focus on the clothing in a different way."
The collection will obviously be edited down, but whether the clothes will be put on models or mannequins remains a question. While some might view the decision as another element of the house’s cost-cutting plan, especially after the joint show for the Versace and Versus spring collections, the designer is no newcomer to this choice: she last opted for this venue in January 2000.

PRIMA DONNA: Donna Karan ended up being a no-show at the party she was to host Monday night at L.A. music mogul Rick Rubin’s Hollywood pad because she was helping daughter Gabe finish her wedding plans. But Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Daryl Hannah, Erika Christensen, Jacqui Getty and musicians Aimee Mann and Neil Finn all came out to toast the Vanity Fair concert series, which opened Tuesday night to a packed house at the Wiltern Theater.

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