ON THE MEND: Lloyd Klein has rescheduled the presentation of his fall collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles on March 29. The designer, who was injured along with several staff members in a Feb. 7 car crash in Paris just before his collection was to be shown in New York, has recuperated significantly and will be able to present the line in L.A., said John Arguelles, president of Groupe Klein Vendome. (Although Klein designs in Paris, the company is based in Los Angeles.)

“He’s got one more surgery, and then he is expected to have a full recovery,” Arguelles said. “His doctors have given him permission to fly and to leave Paris.”

Although Arguelles said he could not provide details of the accident, he said Klein’s injuries were the most severe and the other four injured employees had recovered. Mercedes-Benz will sponsor Klein’s L.A. show, which will open the city’s fashion week, he said.

GUCCI COUP: What was Diane von Furstenberg doing sandwiched between François-Henri Pinault and Serge Weinberg at Alexander McQueen’s show Friday night? “You’ll see, when they announce that I’m taking over Gucci,” she joked, stressing it was “just by accident” she ended up between the two men, who would soon bid Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford a final farewell. In fact, Von Furstenberg is in town overseeing two major projects: the final touches on her Rue de Seine apartment and her forthcoming Paris boutique, slated to open in May.

Elsewhere at McQueen’s show, Grace Jones was told her music has been the soundtrack for many a collection in Europe this season. “It’s great that fashion loves my music,” the towering chanteuse roared from her front-row perch, “because I’m finishing a new album.” Though she declined to divulge a release date, Jones said it would “be something futuristic, timeless and mixed with ancient sounds. It’s the future, the past and the present — all in one.”FULL GALLOP: Neiman Marcus executives were out in force at the Hermès show Saturday and for good reason: They’re revved up about Jean Paul Gaultier’s arrival as designer of women’s ready-to-wear. The plan is to add five new Hermés shop locations in the U.S. over the next three years. “We’re very excited about it,” said Karen Katz, president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Stores. “We’re one of their exclusive partners.” Neiman’s already has one Hermès shop in Troy, Mich. The new locations are slated for Short Hills, N.J., White Plains, N.Y., Boca Raton, Fla., San Antonio, Tex., and Washington, D.C.

UNDER THE RADAR: Look who’s lurking in Paris again during fashion week: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the design team behind Proenza Schouler. But the boys kept a low profile this season, not attending any fashion shows or parties to stem conspiracy theories and to concentrate on the real reason for their visit: expanding their distribution in Europe. “It’s a little awkward when a designer attends another designer’s show,” McCollough reasoned. So instead, the duo is getting down to business. Sales of their fall collection started Monday, and the aim is to add about a dozen more Continental doors. Zac Posen has also been spotted in town and is said to have international growth in mind.

JUST FOR KICKS: Fashion isn’t Francois-Henri Pinault’s only game. On Saturday, he watched the Rennes soccer team, owned by his and his father’s Artemis holding company, which controls PPR and Gucci, lose to its Brittany rival, Nantes. The score was three goals to nil. “It’s worse than seeing a bad fashion show,” quipped Pinault before the Stella McCartney show.

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