NOT QUITE THE BLASS WORD: While Bill Blass’ will remains in probate, according to sources familiar with the late designer’s estate, word has gotten around to a few of his friends that they have been included among the beneficiaries. Steve Kaufmann, whose family operated the Kaufmann’s retail dynasty in Pittsburgh; John Richardson, the art dealer who helped Blass buy his Picassos, and Missy Bancroft, who introduced him to a lot of the society dames in the Fifties, are each said to be in line to inherit a bit of Blass’ fortune.

DESIGNING SCHON: With under three weeks before the Milan collections, Mila Schön has confirmed Marc Hellmuth as creative director of the Italian house, although an official announcement is expected later this month. His first collection for Mila Schön will bow on Sept. 26 during the Milan spring shows. Hellmuth, who has had stints at Extè, Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler and lives in Paris, fills the position vacated by Greg Myler, Stefano Citron and Federico Piaggi. Those three designers left the house last spring to tackle the role of designers at the newly relaunched Byblos.

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