SERVING SARAH: Clothes horse Sarah Jessica Parker plans to do more than serve as emcee for tonight’s Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Awards. Reprising her multi-outfit-a-thon from back in the days of hosting the VH1-Vogue Awards, Parker is said to be wearing looks from the evening’s three chairs — Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang — at different points in the night. What’s more, she’s also reportedly got looks cooked up from Oscar de la Renta and Narciso Rodriguez, so that should keep heads spinning from appetizer to entrée to dessert.

JOOP, THERE IT IS: What’s Wolfgang Joop been up to while on hiatus from his signature brand? He’s been writing a book. The designer, who unveiled an 11-day exhibition of his historic sketches at Sotheby’s Thursday night, said he has just finished a novel, which he wrote entirely by himself. “It’s half autobiography and half fiction,” Joop said. “It’s all about fashion talk, photographer talk, model talk. I called it ‘In Wolf’s Coat.’”

The book will be published in Germany in August, he said, and could come out in an English version after that.

FRESH PRODUCE: The curtain was held up while the Hankses and Spielbergs navigated the red carpet, but that didn’t stop Goldie Hawn, Christina Applegate and Carrie Fisher from laughing it up at the opening Thursday night of “The Producers” in Los Angeles, starring Jason Alexander and Martin Short. “I want to get up there and dance,” gushed Kate Hudson to hubby Chris Robinson during the intermission. Later at the Palladium’s grand ballroom, Mel Brooks held court until after midnight.

CRAZY IN LOVE: Beyoncé Knowles knows what she likes. The diva was at Industria posing for Vogue on Wednesday when she spotted entertainment editor Jill Demling’s Hogan bag and knew she had to have one just like it. A selection was rushed over to the studio and Knowles left with the bright yellow Bisaccia bag on her arm. She’s been wearing it ever since.

WHICH CAME FIRST?: Swedish home furnishings designer Ulrika Liljedahl made a bit of a faux pas when she arrived at a cocktail party in her honor Thursday night at Hélène Hellsten’s Madison Avenue shop, Clearly First. Nina Ricci designer Lars Nilsson had flown in from Paris to host the event and made a round of introductions on her behalf, pointing out the one-of-a-kind Op-Art blankets she had designed that cost up to $15,000. One of them, made of panels of mink and metallic lace, had a greenish border that matched the Liljedahl’s greenish jacket, which, when asked, she revealed was designed by Steven Slowik. (Slowik was Nilsson’s predecessor at Bill Blass, where both were eventually canned.)HICKS’ NEW DIGS: The Italian-born fashion and textile designer Allegra Hicks, known for her delicate, feminine patterns, plans to open a store at 28 Cadogan Place in London in mid-September. Hicks, whose designs range from carpets to caftans to a ready-to-wear collection that bowed on London’s fall 2003 runways, will shutter her current Cale Street store before moving into the new, 3,000-square-foot corner unit overlooking Pont Street, a spokesman said. Husband Ashley Hicks, an architect and furniture designer, is designing the new space, which includes the ground floor and lower ground floors, and which will look more like a home than a store with a drawing room, dining room, bedroom and library. Besides the rtw, home textiles and accessories, the store will sell Ayurvedic products from India — a place where Hicks finds much of her inspiration.

GENDER BLENDER: London’s Victoria & Albert Museum played host to Jean Paul Gaultier’s first-ever U.K. retrospective Friday. In a one-off series of catwalk shows, Gaultier flaunted 42 looks, from his spring 1981 collection to his latest, fall 2003. The show was a part of the museum’s Fashion In Motion series, in which designers are invited to put on catwalk shows. Men wore skirts as trouser suits, women wore coats as skirts and underwear was outerwear. The earliest look was a satin, corset dress with conical implants — à la Madonna — and the most recent was a haute couture trouser suit. There were plenty of leather fetish-wear, sequins, feather hats and boleros in between.

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