GOAT-GETTERS: The stairs outside of Bryant Park are crawling with hawkers, peddling everything from test-tubes to the new musical "Slut," so why not throw in a few goats? Saks Fifth Avenue chairman and chief executive officer Fred Wilson corralled some goats Thursday to kick off the store's "Wild About Cashmere" campaign.

To spread the word beyond the fashion flock, the goats will be hanging out with Saks reps Friday near the Staten Island ferry's entrance and on Saturday they are off to the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Monday calls for a "Today" show appearance and they will be front-and-center at Saks "Wild About Cashmere" party Tuesday. No word on what the goats thought of the shows.

ELEGANT BRIDE: One day after New York Fashion Week closes comes a major couture show in France. That's how many view the prospect of Delphine Arnault's wedding Saturday, when she will come down the aisle in Christian Dior couture by John Galliano to wed Alessandro Gancia, the groom dressed by Dior Homme's Hedi Slimane. Word has it Dior's couture ateliers have been working overtime to dress many of the 600-plus guests, too, an international who's who of royals, socialites and industry titans. The designer contingent will also be impressive, with Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs coming, along with Galliano and Slimane. For more on the wedding, see Suzy, page 14.

SHOW CRASHERS: With minutes to spare before the start of their 9 p.m. show Wednesday on 11th Avenue, Mark Badgley and James Mischka found themselves three models short. Carolina Trentini, Heather Marks and Cynthia Dicker had wound up in a fender bender en route from Vivienne Tam's 8 p.m. Bryant Park show.

Rushing into the lineup before Badgley Mischka's show, Marks said she wasn't sure what caused the accident or where exactly it happened since she was on the phone with her booker. Trentini continued, "We just heard screeching tires, and then ‘Boom!' Another cab hit us."But their taxi was fine, as was the trio, so they motored on to the show.

Meanwhile at the show, some ladies had higher hopes than others. Singer/actress Bette Midler, for one, whose entrance provoked a mad paparazzi and film crew crush at the entrance, seemed to expect nothing less than magic.

"Their clothes are the stuff of dreams, costumes for your finest hour, when you only want to present your best self," she exclaimed of the designers' creations. She even waxed poetic about the last piece of theirs she wore. "It was probably something in tulle, aqua, with pink sequins. I was very lucky."

But Midler's fashion interest is not limited to the duo. "Last season I went to Zac Posen —it was great to see him and in fact I went to his studio. I'm not going this year, though, because I have a bunch of Hurricane [Katrina] benefits to go to."

KEEPING COOL: Among the sweating crowd desperately fanning themselves at the Calvin Klein show Thursday at Milk Studios, one person remained remarkably cool looking — Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter. He sat in the front row wearing a navy wool blazer and jaunty green corduroy trousers, barely a bead of sweat visible. Was it his upbringing north of the border? "No, I don't go to that many fashion shows and I figure you're bound to be hot when you do go," he said. Was the outfit part of a new diet? Carter laughed. "Well, it could be — just sweat it off."

FRONT-ROW DUET: Rosario Dawson and Tracie Thoms, co-stars in the upcoming film of the hit play "Rent," certainly got into the music at the finale of the Vera Wang show Thursday. As Sonny and Cher sang "I Got You, Babe" on the soundtrack, the two locked arms and loudly sang along, bringing some much-needed merriment to all the seriousness around them. Dawson enjoyed the shows she attended this week — which also included Oscar de la Renta and Michael Kors — but was sorry she couldn't go to Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. show tonight. "The whole cast of ‘Rent' is flying off to L.A. to sing for a fund-raiser for [multiple sclerosis]," she said.And if she were nominated for an Academy Award for her performance, which of the designers she's seen this week would she wear? "Oooh, that's a tough one," she replied. "I'd probably go with a relatively unknown designer to make sure no one else was wearing the

same one."

HEATHER TAKES NOTE: Actress Heather Graham took some time off from filming a new TV series, "Emily's Reasons Why Not," to attend some fashion week festivities. In the series, due out next year, Graham plays a fabulous fashionista with a job in publishing. Her first appearance was at Fashion Rocks, "to hear the music," she said. Next it was Vivienne Tam's show Wednesday night. "It must be fun to be a model," she said, commenting on the models walking the runway. "That's an interesting walk." Dressed in one of Tam's strapless printed dresses and suede coat with a fur collar, Graham took mental note of what she liked the best. "I really liked the lace dresses and the long polkadot fringe dress," she said before being dashed away to meet the designer backstage.

SHIRT OFF HIS BACK: After hearing that Kenneth Cole marched down his runway in a T-shirt imprinted with the Red Cross' logo and a toll-free number to help Hurricane Katrina victims, the nonprofit group asked the designer to autograph and donate the shirt for a charitable auction. He obliged and has whipped up similar T-shirts to sell in his nearly 80 stores. Cole's handful of New York stores will be the first to carry the $25 item. All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross, America's Second Harvest, Operation Blessing and Convoy of Hope.

HELP FOR B. MICHAEL?: Among those checking out the B. Michael show Monday afternoon was David Bennett, managing director of investment firm Laguna Partners LLC. The eveningwear company has been searching for new financing, and Bennett said his company has already made some nominal investments in the six-year-old business, and is considering more. Fashion is a new area for the Manhattan-based Laguna, which specializes in medical device companies. When asked if B. Michael had named a new ceo yet following the April departure of Wayne Demar, Bennett replied, "Not yet, but if I come in, we will."INCH BY INCH: Alicia Keys isn't opposed to the musicians-turned-designers trend, provided they show some heart. Before Carlos Miele's show Wednesday, she said, "When they have a passion for it, the clothes come off beautifully. Gwen Stefani is one of my favorites. When you look at her collection, you can tell she is passionate about it."

Keys said she is "possibly" interested in designing her own collection, but nothing is imminent. "I'm so focused on so many things right now," the Grammy winner said. As to what is more pressing, she said, "My top two priorities are taking care of myself and continuing to grow as a woman."

UNDERCOVER: Unlike most of the celebrities who hit the tents to be seen, Illeana Douglas left the tents relatively unnoticed Wednesday. Dressed in an embroidered top and jeans, the actress said she caught Nanette Lepore's show and planned to do the same with Jeremy Scott since she is in town on vacation. Of the films she has in the works, "Walk the Talk" with Cary Elwes and another with Jeff Goldblum are two personal favorites. But don't look for her in any fashion-related flicks.

"It's its own living art form. I don't think you could capture that on film. You just have to come here and experience it. That's what's great about it. It's like New York, too."

RISE AND SHINE: Carmen Marc Valvo's runway show was early enough in the day for Soledad O'Brien to attend. The co-host of CNN's American Morning said she starts her day at 3:15 a.m. but can get dressed in a head-to-toe outfit in less than five minutes — "much to the shock of her husband." "I do it like Garanimals. I know what goes with what," she said.

O'Brien was delighted to find Katie Couric across the aisle. "Not only am I a huge fan, but she's been a mentor to me — and she looks good."For her part, Couric said her workday starts between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and she can be showered, dressed and out the door in 15 minutes. But Couric trumped O'Brien with something else and it wasn't the brawny, suntanned man — Steve Santagatti, a "Today" show contributor — she chatted with through most of the show. "She does have nice shoes," O'Brien said. "I'll give her that," referring to her Dolce & Gabbanas.

FULL HOUSE: Even if the Italian collections are wrapping up one day early, some pampered members of the fashion flock might end up cooling their heels in Milan rather than heading directly to Paris. With a number of trade shows on in the French capital, plus events like the famous Arc de Triomphe horse race, Paris' upscale hotels have been deluged, meaning plush beds are hard to find the weekend of Oct. 1. The Ritz and the George V have been fully booked for weeks and the Plaza Athénée or the Crillon only have a few $1,300 suites left. So much for economizing.

POP CHARTS: Music magazines aren't the only ones offering free CDs on their covers these days. Word has it French Vogue will soon offer its readers a very fashionable duet: between Kate Moss — the subject of a December feature — and her boyfriend, Pete Doherty, of the Babyshambles. The track is also slated to appear on Doherty's next album.

MURDER, SHE WROTE: Since she discovered a new vocation — writing murder mysteries — Elsa Klensch hasn't been attending as many fashion shows as she did when she covered the style beat for CNN. Seated in the front row of the Cynthia Steffe show Monday, Klensch said her second book, "Shooting Script," will be published in October, and her first murder mystery, "Live at 10:00, Dead at 10:15," is coming out in paperback. In addition, Klensch just finished writing her third book and is starting a fourth. "I need a holiday," she joked. Returning to the fashion scene, Klensch said she noticed that the women in the audience are now as dressed up as the models, wearing lots of skirts and showing a lot of bare legs, which she finds odd. "We're working people," she said.BACK AGAIN: Lori Rhodes, Shop Etc.'s former executive marketing director, is back on the fashion beat and back with Jaqui Lividini. The two worked together at Saks Fifth Avenue's fashion merchandising and communication department and have reunited at Lividini Weisenfeld Partners.

"It's been a whirlwind couple of days," said Rhodes. "I got off the plane Saturday from Istanbul after a 10-day trip in Turkey, showed up at the tents Saturday at 2:30, went to Dana Buchman and Diesel Sunday night for client meetings until about 11 and jumped right in this morning with the Dana Buchman show." She's got a vice president's title at LWP, which also has Buchman on the client roster.

ELEVATOR ISSUES: When it wasn't the heat, it was the elevators. This fashion week has been marred by technical glitches, and on Thursday morning, 550 Seventh Avenue caught the bug. Because of a leak in the upper floors, none of the four elevators were in operation, leaving only a freight elevator for those wishing to reach the showrooms of Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass.

Most of the Donna Karan team was already at work before it happened, and Karan, who was putting the final touches on her show today, took the freight elevator up. By mid-afternoon, the elevators were back in full force, said Patti Cohen, executive vice president.

TV TIME: "They're keeping me a safe distance from the models," quipped "Soprano" Steve R. Schirripa from his "sixth" row seat at the Rebecca Taylor show Wednesday. Schirripa, who plays Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri on the show, was tagging along to some shows with "Tonight" show crack-up "Ross the intern," aka Ross Mathews, to get a "vibe of fashion week and trying, unsuccessfully, to fit in" noted Jay Leno's prodigy. The row was actually a faux front row, complete with actors Zoe Saldana and Greg Bello, rigged by Taylor's p.r. team to accommodate the "Tonight" show TV crew. Asked if having a Soprano by your side helped navigate the shows, the co-editor said, "I'm helping him get in." While he didn't have any suggestions for the ladies for spring, Schirripa naturally recommended in his case, "Anything that fits."

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