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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.

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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.”

DISAPPEARING ACT: Tonight, believe it or not, C.Z Guest and the man she calls “Mr. Hairspray,” William Ivey Long, will team up to host a dinner at Indochine for that most magical of all duos, Las Vegas’ own Siegfried & Roy. Bruce Weber, who is shooting a documentary about Guest, introduced her to the so-called Masters of the Impossible and they’ve all become fast friends. She deems the pair “fantastic,” and “unique.” Who doesn’t?

“I wanted to bring them to Calvin Klein’s show, but I called Calvin and he said they’re just too famous and would disrupt the show,” Guest said at the Carolina Herrera show. “I knew they were famous, but I didn’t know they were that famous.” Roar…

MAMA MIA!: Hollywood insiders are atwitter over the latest pregnancy rumor to hit the streets: that J. Lo and Ben Affleck are expecting. J. Lo’s reps would only confirm that it was a rumor. But editors in Los Angeles have just received photo files of the latest Jen’n’Ben photos, in which Affleck is sporting a wedding band. A coincidence, perhaps?

SIGNS THE END OF THE WORLD IS NEAR: Outside Diane Von Furstenberg’s show on Tuesday, the crowd barely blinked for Natasha Richardson, Ellen Barkin or Julianne Moore. But Paris and Nicki Hilton found themselves signing autographs for a horde of avid fans who had brought 8×10 glossies of the sisters styled in bathing suits that oddly resembled publicity stills from “Baywatch.” “This happens all the time,” said Paris Hilton, who just returned from Los Angeles where she was working on her latest film “The Hills,” in which she plays a head cheerleader.

Meanwhile, Ricki Lake showed up at Von Furstenberg and then the Behnaz Sarafpour show for Moët & Chandon wearing a Marni blouse. “I wanted to wear Diane Von Furstenberg,” said Lake. “But I only have one of her dresses, and I was wearing it the last time I saw her. I didn’t want her to see me in the same thing twice.”

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: Can’t afford the limited edition $57,365 Mercedes CLK500 resting in the lobby at Bryant Park? Eveningwear designer Anne Bowen has a few alternatives through an exclusive deal with the luxury car maker’s three-pointed star logo. Showgoers can check out the good under the tents. Granted, a cashmere, leather-trimmed cosmetic case or silk and cashmere twin sets won’t get you anywhere, but it won’t set you back like a sedan, either.