FIRST CALL: Not all post-show phone calls come from starlets looking for a cute dress. On Monday, Sen. Hillary Clinton phoned Marc Jacobs’ Robert Duffy to say she wanted to stop by the Marc by Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker Street to thank the staff personally for raising money for Friends of Hillary via a special T-shirt Jacobs designed with her likeness. The shirts, in numerous silk-screened colors, have been a big hit since they arrived last week. Much of the first printing of 350 is sold out; a second run of more than 700 will hit the Jacobs’ stores later this week. The short-sleeved version sells for $55; the long-sleeved, $60.

Clinton arrived with a mini entourage that included Secret Service agents and her aides. She stayed for about 30 minutes, posing for photos with the store’s gleeful staff while two aides did some shopping. “Sen. Clinton thanked me for doing the T-shirts,” Duffy said. “I said, ‘No, thank you, senator, for all you’re doing for New Yorkers.’ She was so charismatic, and so polite and engaging to everybody.”

The impromptu T-shirt sale is only the beginning of the Jacobs-Duffy political efforts in this election year. After low-keying it this season in the party department, the two plan to make next season’s big post-season bash a Democratic fund-raiser.

MARGIELA TO MIGRATE: Martin Margiela is set to cross the Channel. The Belgian designer plans to open his first London store at 1-9 Bruton Place, just off New Bond Street. Margiela expects to open the 1,500-square-foot unit in mid to late March. The London unit will be Margiela’s seventh. He has three boutiques in Japan, one in Brussels and two in Paris. Margiela will be joining Matthew Williamson, who is opening his first store on nearby Bruton Street in March, with Stella McCartney already on Bruton Street. In March, the designer will also act as guest editor of the Flanders Institute’s A magazine — which comes out in late April — and produce a film presentation to showcase his new collection at Paris Fashion Week.SPRING BREAK: After the fall collections, some designers are cutting loose. Esteban Cortazar is heading home to unwind with his family in Colombia. Lela Rose plans to tag a few extra days on to a Paris business trip. Once things quiet down, James Coviello is Hudson Valley-bound to do some home improvement on his pre-Victorian house. As for Carlos Miele, his beachfront home in Slorianopolis, Brazil, will do just fine for relaxing. Even Alice Temperley already has vacation on her mind. She will be shipping out to Sri Lanka and Morocco.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB: If you can’t bring the major editors to London’s fashion week, bring the week to them. For the second season in a row, Nicole Farhi drew a full roster of editors from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Interview to watch a live simulcast of her London show during a breakfast at her East 60th Street store in Manhattan. There was even the standard front-row celebrity, actor Ben Chaplin, who sat with Farhi’s husband, the playwright Sir David Hare. But when technical difficulties caused the second half of the show to be distorted beyond recognition, Chaplin brushed off any worries.

“I’m a big supporter of English fashion, and I can tell you this happens all the time at home,” said the London native. “The cable gives out or bad weather comes up, but this was still quite exciting. I liked that floral autumny look there, not that I know much about women’s fashion.”

SAN VALENTINO AT SAN LORENZO: London agent Charles Finch hosted the town’s biggest love-in Saturday night at his annual pre-BAFTA dinner party at San Lorenzo. “It’s very romantic, spending this night with Charles,” said Scarlett Johansson, who went on to win the best actress award the next night. She joined guests including Benicio Del Toro, Laura Linney, Jerry Hall, Joely Richardson, Assia and Stephen Webster, Tom Conti and Hannah Rothschild at the dinner. “I guess there are worse ways to spend Valentine’s night,” deadpanned Julie Dreyfus. “With all the coming and going, I totally forgot it was Valentine’s Day,” said Naomi Watts. Linney was the only one who gushed about the evening’s duty call. “Being in London is romantic. Period. And I just love the fact that I’m here.”NAPOLEONIC COMPLEX: Russell Simmons wasn’t shopping for designer brands when he checked out Ruffian’s fashion show for Atelier Courvoisier at Soho House. And he’s not in the market for an alcoholic one, either, even though he created Courvoisier’s campaign this time around.

Fiona Manley helped Ruffian designers Brian Wolke and Claude Morais do their homework. Napoleon, who was said to have drunk the cognac in the 19th century, and his wife, Josephine, served as the inspiration, so the trio trouped around Europe doing research. One outing from Paris to Malmaison, the dictator’s former residence, turned into an all-day affair. The 50-minute cab ride was fine but the return trip required local buses and three hours. “We had several moments like that,” Manley said.

The Napoleonic references were lost on Ileana Douglas, who sailed into the Ruffian show with her dog, Godfrey. His turquoise Woofwear sweater made a splash with a few guests. But not nearly as big as the one a photographer made earlier in the swimming pool. (He thought it was Plexiglas.)

DESIGNERS GONE WILD: Roberto Cavalli might have conquered New York’s Columbus Day Parade, but Nicole Miller is taking fashion to a parade route where the only way to win the locals’ affection is by offering a peep show. Miller will serve as a “celebrity monarch” for New Orleans’ Orpheus Parade on Monday, as part of the city’s Mardi Gras festivities, along with Dominic Monaghan (he’s a hobbit from “Lord of the Rings”) and country crooner Brad Paisley.

She’ll also host a trunk show on Saturday at her New Orleans shop, where a one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras dress will be auctioned to benefit the charity of the winner’s choice.

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