FULLER’S EXCUSE: What does one editor say when she bumps into another who was recently granted a major honor and she wasn’t there? Well, if you’re Bonnie Fuller, editor in chief of Us Weekly, you blame your owner, Jann Wenner. Fuller was overheard telling her former Condé Nast colleague Art Cooper, editor in chief of GQ, that she would have loved to have been at the Henry John Fisher Awards last month to see him inducted into the Hall of Fame, but the only time her boss Wenner springs for tables is at the National Magazine Awards. Of course, Fuller didn’t exactly leave Condé Nast under the friendliest of circumstances and might not have been greeted with open arms by the Condé consigliere.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Christian Lacroix may have had a triumphant couture show in January, but he’s skipping the ready-to-wear runway for the second season in a row. A Lacroix spokeswoman said the house is instead planning a day-long “working session” where editors and buyers can drop in to see a mix of its Christian Lacroix, Bazar and Christian Lacroix Jeans lines. The date and location have yet to be nailed down, but it will likely be on March 5, the day before the shows officially kick off.

EVE OF CONSTRUCTION: Eve has finally signed a deal to produce her line of sportswear, Fetish. According to deal-starter Anthony Ottimo, who has been shopping the idea for months, the line will be produced by the Los Angeles-based Azteca Apparel, which already produces such lines as Bongo, Joe’s Jeans and Hippie Jeans. The Fetish showroom at 214 West 39th Street in New York will open next month and the line is scheduled to be ready for fall 2003 selling, just in time for back-to-school.

Elsewhere in the rap-to-runway department, Azteca has signed Lil’ Bow Wow for a line of clothes for boys. The rapper also hopes to see his line in stores in time for bts.

RHODES SCHOLAR: The off-beat British designer Zandra Rhodes took in a couple of shows this week, stopping at Anna Sui and Vivienne Tam before flying back to London to work on her museum opening. She’s also the first designer to figure out how to deal with the throng of photographers, batting around a hot pink cane that matched her hair.“I can be quite vicious,” Rhodes said.She was in town picking up some looks for her first exhibit, opening in May, that will be called “My Favorite Dress.” Among the contributions are dresses from Ralph Lauren, Geoffrey Beene, Sui, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.

MORE ON THE CABS: Elle magazine has been doing a lot of damage control since it was pointed out that its taxi service promotion hadn’t met with the best results. Publicists from Elle’s p.r. agency personally escorted the entire staff of Bergdorf Goodman, Hamish Bowles from Vogue, Hal Rubenstein from In Style and Judy Licht from “Full Frontal Fashion” to cabs on that day, then placed several calls to WWD to point out that service had been improved and that extra cabs would be on service. They may be — but they ain’t working overtime.

After Matthew Williamson’s show late that night, at an hour when it’s virtually impossible to flag a cab anywhere near Bryant Park, there were none to be found at the Elle kiosk across the street. In fact, the whole kiosk was gone and closed for the night.

NAKED LUNCH: Nothing stops traffic like topless women, and it was just such a stunt that PETA pulled Thursday on Rodeo Drive when a bevy of babes in nothing more than lace briefs and strategically placed X’s staged a “fur-in.” Sprawled on a satin-covered bed positioned at the end of Via Rodeo, the protesters — including a shirtless male — posed for the news and tourists cameras until the Beverly Hills Police Department shut down the party. On hearing the news, legendary retailer Fred Hayman, lunching at Spago, just chuckled. “Sounds a lot more fun than throwing blood at fur coats.”

NOT YET A WOMAN: “What’s not to like?” asked KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley as he walked to his front-row seat at Anna Sui’s show. Perhaps that his gal pal was asked to move to the second row to make room for a burly guest. Ace decided he’d move back as well, but then the burly guy disappeared and somehow jewelry designer Karen Erickson ended up in his seat.“I’m so not into politics [of show seating],” she said over the fuss. “I’m just here to support my baby.” (No, she meant Anna Sui.)

Frehley, meanwhile, seemed less impressed by the time young women were wandering around with bottles of Sui’s new fragrance on a serving tray to sample. Asked if he liked it, he turned up his nose.

“I wouldn’t know,” Frehley said. “I’m not a girl."

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