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.

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