KORS AND CARRY: The fall trunk show circuit is showing marked signs of an improving appetite for high-end merchandise, with some new personal bests. Michael Kors, for instance, racked up $1.6 million during an event at his Madison Avenue store on Friday and Saturday, where customers like Jamee Gregory and Casey Ribicoff did some serious shopping. Bestsellers included a $3,590 cashmere pantsuit with a fur collar, $1,195 silk and wool satin slouch jeans and a number of knits, such as a gray or black cashmere crewneck sweater for $795. A spokeswoman said the results were about 15 percent ahead of a similar event a year ago.

FYI: Sure designers and celebrities influence fashion. But who really controls it? Why, Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahhaf, of course. That’s the punch line for a humorous T-shirt being distributed by Kuwaiti retailer Majed Al-Sabah of Villa Moda. He’s inviting all his VIP customers and some special industry friends to receive the free shirt, which depicts the missing Iraqi minister above the caption: "We even control fashion." Al-Sahhaf has bemused many in the West with his unfailingly positive assessments of Iraq’s military position and his endless stream of invective. "Now that Iraq is liberated and the war is almost over, it’s time for some fun," Al-Sabah reasoned. He plans to produce about 1,000 of the shirts.

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