FIELD RESEARCH: It looks like Patricia Field has landed another big styling gig with plenty of latitude. Word has it Field is heading to Paris to scout outfits for Meryl Streep, who will portray Miranda Priestly in the film adaptation of the sulfurous novel "The Devil Wears Prada." Besides a stop at Prada's Paris showroom, Field is expected to take in some couture shows. Director David Frankel plans to start shooting the film this fall in Paris and New York.

GROUP MENTALITY: Jeremy Scott is the latest creative type to team up with Longchamp. The bag Scott will design for the French accessories firm is slated to be launched this fall, when Longchamp hopes to open a boutique in New York's SoHo district. British industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick, who also has created bags for Longchamp, has worked on the concept for the store, which Jean Cassegrain, the firm's managing director, said will be unlike any of Longchamp's 100 other units. And the collaborations don't stop there. Longchamp, who also asked graffiti artist Astre 74 to work on its fall collection, is in the early stages of a project with Paul White, the British graphic designer behind Me Company. Last year, Longchamp asked artist Tracey Emin to design a bag.

CHANEL'S BEAR MOMENT: A life-size bear doesn't typically make its way up to Chanel's 57th Street executive offices, but president and chief operating officer Maureen Chiquet had the honor on Wednesday. Build-a-Bear Workshop's mascot, Bearemy, presented her a fuzzy play-pet modeled after the executive in a tweed jacket, a tank top, jeans and a black handbag. The Chiquet bear is part of an initiative to celebrate the opening of Build-a-Bear Workshop's 22,000-square-foot flagship next week at 565 Fifth Avenue.

"I love the idea of putting a bear in a Chanel jacket and jeans. That's my look," Chiquet quipped as she hugged Bearemy and held the Chiquet bear. "I love the fact that it's a St. Louis-based company and I am from St. Louis."As part of the opening, the company picked about 15 New Yorkers and created two bears of each, one of which they get to keep while the other is to be auctioned in aid of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The bear, signed by Chiquet and adorned with an authentic double-C pin donated by Chanel, will be displayed in the store through the September auction.

The bear presents a dilemma of sorts for Chiquet: how to avoid her two children from fighting over it. "I have to put the bear somewhere where they can both enjoy it," she said.

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