NIC NIX: Marc Jacobs — the designer who once thrilled to the idea of living in Paris because so many people there smoke — has kicked the habit. "Besides working with Cancer Care, I always seem to catch those sappy commercials on TV," Jacobs said Tuesday night. "I’ll cry at a Wheaties commercial, but those antismoking ads really get to me." For two months and two weeks, the designer has been smoke-free, satiating himself with Hall’s Mentholyptus lozenges instead.

L.A. WILL HAVE TO WAIT: Seventh on Sixth, organizers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, have given up the Hollywood fantasy — at least for now. The group decided Wednesday morning that a Los Angeles edition showcasing the city’s designers will have to wait until April 2003. Fern Mallis, executive director of the IMG subsidiary, said the rush to stage a three-day, four-night Los Angeles fashion week this Oct. 29 was "just too soon. With the flipping of the London and New York dates and the magnitude of getting this off the ground, we looked at the time table and had to admit this was the sensible decision. We want to do this right," she said. Mallis confirmed, however, that 7th on Sixth would be staging an introductory event in L.A, in late October, although details have not been ironed out yet. She also said Mercedes-Benz is on board as marquis sponsor, as first reported Sept. 4 in WWD, and that the Downtown Standard Hotel will serve as as a main site for the shows. "We are absolutely, positively coming out," she insisted. "We’ve gotten so many calls from designers and other people interested in participating that it’s only strengthened our resolve to come to L.A."

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