ITALY DAILY: Allegra Beck, who will inherit full control of a 50 percent stake in Versace later this month, isn’t the only new power player at the Italian house. Word has it in Europe that Gabriella DiCarlo, currently commercial director at Bottega Veneta, will soon join Versace to head up its worldwide sales effort. Versace officials could not be reached for comment.

STINGING ROCK: Giorgio Armani is flirting with Savile Row once again — at least when it comes to Sting. The designer has joined forces with the rock star to design the clothes for his upcoming “Sacred Love Arena Tour,” which kicks off in the U.S. at Philadelphia’s Tweeter Center on June 27.

Armani has taken his cue from one of the artist’s most famous songs, “Englishman in New York,” and come up with single-breasted suits with narrow-lapeled, three-button jackets, cut in the Savile Row style, and flat front trousers that are slightly flared and hug the hips. Pinstripes and dark fabrics are contrasted with fitted shirts featuring white cuffs.

“Sting has developed a unique musical personality fusing genres,” said Armani. “I remember the days of The Police, in the punk era, when their music was heavily influenced by reggae and jazz. Sting is eclectic and above all, his innate elegance clearly emanates from his spiritual approach to life.”

BAD BOYS: If Jean Paul Gaultier is the “enfant terrible” of French fashion, then how to describe his longtime chief executive, Donald Potard? Well, unconventional would be an understatement. After being decorated as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor in Paris on Tuesday night, Potard confessed that he broke almost every rule in the business. “We did couture after ready-to-wear, perfume before the couture and we opened boutiques almost as the last step,” he said, prompting a round of chuckles from the audience — and an approving smile from Gaultier himself.

FUNDING THE VOTE: Patricia Field is ready to sign the check — and it will go to Russell Simmons, sort of. The celebrity stylist has chosen Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network-Team Vote as the charity where 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of her “Let’s Vote” T-shirts will go. Simmons joined Field in her New York store, Hotel Venus, on Tuesday to announce the news. “Getting young people to vote is very important,” Simmons said. “It is the young people who must pick the president. The old people have already twisted everything up.”Field thought of no other charity when she chose this one. “My respect for Russell has gone back a long time and it continues to grow,” she said. “To me he is number one and there was no other choice to be made.”

The “Let’s Vote” T-shirts and tanks are available for men, women and children for $25 at Hotel Venus and at

TY-KOONS: François Pinault’s long-awaited contemporary art museum in Paris is finally inching toward an eventual opening. Construction permits are being finalized and workers should break ground before the end of the year. And even if it won’t open until the end of 2007, the first exhibit is already lined up: what’s touted as the most important retrospective of Jeff Koons ever mounted.

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