ROLL AWAY: Dean and Davis Factor and Michael Baruch hosted a pre-Los Angeles Fashion Week dinner for 100 Thursday night at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills, where the guests included Jennifer Nicholson, Louis Verdad, Alex and Tatiana von Furstenberg, Amanda Demme, Vincent Gallo, Michelle Trachtenberg and makeup artist Paul Starr, who is creating the looks for Verdad's show. But with T-Mobile on board as a sponsor, the guest list was less fashion folk and more party people. "The mix of faces at these dinners rotates," said Davis Factor. Literally. A wall separating the restaurant and the vacant space next door was moved back and the dinner morphed into a full-blown young Hollywood party with Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Michelle Hicks, Slash and Chris Kattan. Mischa Barton said she "wouldn't miss Blondie," although Debbie Harry performed without her original band. But she won't be solo for long — guest Lindsay Lohan mentioned the two have a project in the works.

CELEBS ON TAP: The Fashion Group International confirmed two of its star presenters for the Night of Stars gala on Oct.26. Gwyneth Paltrow is presenting a Star award to Aerin Lauder and Carolina Herrera will be handed hers by Mariska Hargitay of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." FGI said Timothy Shriver, chairman of the board of Special Olympics, will take home this year's Humanitarian Award. Other honorees at the gala, which is being held at Cipriani 42nd Street, are Burt Tansky, Yves Saint Laurent's Stefano Pilati and Consuelo Castiglione of Marni.

ROCK TALK: Is Lenny Kravitz gonna go Tommy Hilfiger's way? There is speculation that the rocker, who was a front-row fixture during Paris Fashion Week, has been tapped to perform at a party in Paris Wednesday night to celebrate the opening of the Tommy Hilfiger boutique on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. A Hilfiger spokesman said Friday he could not confirm the concert lineup. However, the dress code specified is rock 'n' roll with a twist.BERKELEY SQUARE BATTLE: Annabel's, London's ultra-exclusive basement club in Berkeley Square, has witnessed many a drama unfold over the decades, and the latest involves the Birley siblings, Robin and India Jane. They have been running the club since its founder — their ailing father, Mark Birley — took a backseat a few years ago, but now they've fallen out big time.

Club sources confirm Robin has taken a six-month sabbatical on full salary, and India Jane is now running the club, along with two longtime Birley family associates. Mark Birley is also feeling a lot better these days, and is taking a "more active interest" in the club, sources said. So why the sibling drama? Well, it appears Robin, in an apparent bid to protect his sister, paid a private investigator to look into the affairs of Robert Macdonald, an Alexander Technique instructor who is the father of India Jane's one-year-old son, Eben. It turns out the "investigator" was a conman who had fabricated vicious stories about Macdonald — alleging he was a gold digger — and managed to siphon nearly half a million dollars out of Birley in fees.

Robin is said to be mortified (partially because the affair is all over the British tabloids), India Jane is said to be furious with her brother (the two were not getting along before the incident) and papa Birley is caught in the middle. An Annabel's spokesman said, "This is a family matter," and declined further comment.

To spice up the family drama even more, Robin is due to be married to Lucy Ferry, ex-wife of Bryan Ferry. The two will tie the knot on Oct. 28 at the home of the groom's mother, Annabel Goldsmith, in Richmond, Surrey, just outside London. Sources say Mark Birley has been invited to the wedding, but no one knows whether he'll attend.

HAUTE HONOURS: The British Fashion Council has named the nominees for the 2006 British Fashion awards, and Kate Moss, Giles Deacon and Luella Bartley are all on the list of hopefuls. "The nominees in all categories are a reflection of the diversity of the creative talent that is born out of Britain," Hillary Riva, chief executive of the BFC, said in a statement. Deacon, Bartley and Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the creatives behind the label Preen, are all in the running for Designer of the Year. The council also announced a new accolade, the BFC Fashion Enterprise award, sponsored by Swarovski. The crystal company will donate 50,000 pounds, or $92,800, to a developing designer business that shows during London Fashion Week. The awards ceremony will be held Nov. 2 at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Other categories include new designer, accessories designer, men's wear designer, red carpet designer, fashion creator and outstanding achievement. Candidates for the model award, which goes to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has contributed the most to the international fashion scene in 2005 are Moss, Erin O'Connor and Alek Wek.AS THE WHEEL TURNS: Kohl's Department Store staged a runway presentation under a roller coaster on Thursday night to showcase its latest looks and introduce the 10 finalists of its Transformation Nation essay contest. The party, held on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif., drew actresses Vivica A. Fox, Lauren Holly, Brooke Burns and a pregnant Tori Spelling, who co-hosted the event with actress and Kohl's designer Daisy Fuentes. The event was co-sponsored by the Condé Nast Media Group, parent of WWD. "It seems October has become a month of awareness, and I'm all about women power," said Fox. "We're here to give back." Models disembarked from a giant Ferris wheel onto the runway. "We thought it was a fun atmosphere, and fashion should be fun," said Julie Gardner, senior vice president of marketing and branding for Kohl's.

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