HE WANTS TO BE A PART OF IT?: Is Nicolas Ghesquière, who electrified New York fashion week last year by decamping his Balenciaga show from Paris, getting ready for an encore? Sources say the designer is mulling another Manhattan showing, which might coincide with the opening of his Chelsea flagship. A spokesman for the designer stressed "nothing has been decided." Meanwhile in Paris, Balenciaga fanatics are anxiously awaiting the reopening of the half of the George V boutique closed for renovation for since July. Word is that it will reopen early in the year, exposing a décor designed with input by contemporary artist Dominique Gonzales-Foerster.

THE MOD SQUAD: With mod looks in swing for spring, Mary Quant is experiencing a revival of sorts. The designer was in town this week perusing Henri Bendel’s wares and even attended a party at the store Monday night that was thrown by Hilary Swank and Anna Wintour. Quant is said to be enjoying her haute status, given that her cosmetics and pieces of her ready-to-wear collection will be carried by Bendel’s come spring.

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