JUMP START: So much for a day of rest — or shopping — between Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. Australian designer Collette Dinnigan has joined Yohji Yamamoto and Martin Margiela and said she will show her spring collection on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Word has it that other designers are eyeing the advantageous date before the start of the official Paris calendar on Oct. 3.

TOGETHER WE STAND: Wednesday, Oct. 9 will be a big day for Burt Tansky, chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus, and Philip Miller, former chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue. On that day, the two retail legends will be decorated with the Legion of Honor during Paris Fashion Week, which confirms a report in WWD July 8. But the event also will be a momentous and unprecedented occasion for the French corporate world, too, given that the awards will be bestowed during a joint ceremony presided by Nicole Fontaine, France’s minister of industry. "It’s only in America where you can be friends and competitors," quipped Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and the man who presented Bloomingdale’s Kal Ruttenstein with his Legion of Honor last July. "It’s very unusual. They chose to be together. They felt it would be better for the two of them. It’s a very strong message and I love it." Details have not been finalized, but about 200 guests will be invited to the ceremony, slated to be held at the Louvre museum.

SAKS’ AUTHENTIC LOOK: Using fashion’s archive for design inspiration is somewhat de rigueur these days, and on Wednesday night, Saks Fifth Avenue is giving designers’ fall collections an authenticity check.

To kick off the season, Saks’ president and chief executive officer Christina Johnson and Vogue’s editor in chief Anna Wintour are hosting a party at the store celebrating designers, fall collections and their roots.

"Authenticity is a big theme for fall," said a Saks spokesman. "We decided to have an event to celebrate it. We asked designers for something from their current collections and something from earlier collections that helped inspire the current collections." Designers on show include Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Valentino.Among those expected at the party, which benefits New Yorkers for Children, are David Bowie, Iman, Isabella Rossellini, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Lars Nilsson, Hervé Pierre, Narciso Rodriguez, Cynthia Rowley, Karenna Gore-Schiff, Vera Wang, Muffie Potter Aston, Eliza Reed-Bolen and Duane Hampton.

DKEU JEANS: Donna Karan International is shopping around for a licensee to produce and distribute jeans bearing its brand name in Europe. "We are still evaluating" options, said Giuseppe Brusone, chief executive of DKI. Sources said Sinv Holding is the leading contender to land the license, which would not affect Liz Claiborne Inc.’s existing Americas license for DKNY Jeans, Active and Juniors sportswear. The Italian clothing manufacturer Sinv owns the label Victor Victoria and 30 percent of Moschino. In addition, Sinv produces under license labels Voyage Passion, See by Chloé, JPG Jean Paul Gaultier Jeans, Krizia Jeans, and Gabriele Strehle Jeans. Sinv officials could not be reached for comment Monday.

LONDON CALLING STELLA: Stella McCartney expects to open her first London store — and a studio — next year in Mayfair. The 14,000 square foot building at 30 Bruton Street will house a flagship and studio. The space was previously the Lefevre art gallery, and is located on a street packed with small art and sculpture galleries. As reported, McCartney will open her first New York flagship on West 14th Street later this month.

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