NOUVEAU RICCI: Talk about a hot ticket. Word has it in Europe that Olivier Theyskens intends to show his first designs for Nina Ricci in New York, not Paris, come January. The designer, who officially started at the Paris house last week, is said to be zeroing in on a date to show the pre-fall collection at Ricci's Chelsea showrooms with the invitation list limited to some 50 guests.

GO PATRICK: So much for Target going international. After tapping New York designers Behnaz Sarafpour and Proenza Schouler to design limited-edition collections for its Go International initiative, the mass retailer is said to have signed Paco Rabanne's Patrick Robinson for its next limited-edition Go line. Robinson's capsule collection for the mass retailer is unlikely to hit stores before spring. The designer couldn't be reached on Wednesday, and a Target spokesman declined comment on "any future Go designers." But here's a word of advice: If the trend to select American designers continues, Target execs may want to think about renaming the program Go National.

RICKY'S NIGHT: In fashion circles, Ricky Lauren is perhaps best known for quietly sitting in the front row of her husband Ralph's runway shows, and elegantly leaping to her feet to give him a warm hug and kiss at the finale. But on Tuesday night, the spotlight was on her at a party for her new book, "Ricky Lauren, Cuisine, Lifestyle, and Legend of the Double RL Ranch." Guests crowded the main floor of the Ralph Lauren flagship in the Rhinelander mansion to get a glimpse of the author and have their books signed. "I am just visiting," said Ralph Lauren with a smile. Joining him in the crowd were Diane Keaton, Bruce Weber, Ron Perelman (clearly on a social whirl; see item below), Charlie Rose and Damon Dash and Rachel Roy. Inquiring minds wanted to know just how Ricky was planning to entertain for Thanksgiving this year. "We didn't make any plans for the holidays yet," she conceded, "but it's definitely going to be with the family. It is the best way to create new memories."

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