SHOPPING SPREE: While Las Vegas seems like the perfect backdrop for the Hilton sisters’ wild antics, Nicky turned to more wholesome pursuits when she hit the Talulah G store opening party on Tuesday night. With skateboarder Chad Muska in tow, the newly brunette Hilton scooped up an Anja Flint dress, a Kate O’Connor poncho, a shawl by Yadi and scores of C&C Ts. Glad to see at least one Hilton isn’t living the simple life.

TV TIMES: A year after jumping into the art and auction business, Pierre Bergé is eyeing the acquisition of the Paris Premiere cable channel. “I am interested,” the former Yves Saint Laurent fashion baron said on Thursday. “I’m part of a group of investors.” The TV channel is best known for its fashion and cultural programming. Meanwhile, Bergé said work continues on the future Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé foundation, which will house a museum dedicated to the couturier. It is expected to open in March.

SURPRISE GUEST: Everyone knows that ready-to-wear designers and jewelry houses like to sneak into Paris’ couture week. But next season there’s a new party crasher: Chantal Thomass. The Paris lingerie designer plans to stage a runway show Jan. 22, the last day of the couture. The one-time event will not only showcase Thomass’ sexy confections, it also will be the launchpad for her new swimwear collection, set to hit stores next summer.

WILLIAMSON'S HOMECOMING: Matthew Williamson’s first London store will open in March under a sky of pink neon stars. Situated at 28 Bruton Street, just off New Bond Street, the 2,500-square-foot store will stock Williamson’s women’s wear collection, bags and shoes — as well as a rainbow range of scented candles. Some of the clothing will be displayed on molded torsos hanging from antique chandeliers. The interiors will also feature a ceiling hung with pink neon stars, walls covered in restored Georgian paneling and hand-painted, silk wallpaper, ornate Venetian mirrors encrusted with vintage diamond spider brooches, glossy fluorescent clothing rails and natural stone floors. A lit glass tank containing a subtropical garden will be installed at the back of the shop. But Williamson's won't be the first designer shop on the block; Stella McCartney opened her first London unit there in May.SCHWARTZ RELIEVED: Barry Schwartz thought his hard-knuckle days were over once he left the garment industry, but that’s far from the case. On Thursday, the New York Racing Association, two former directors of the betting department and four former tellers were indicted in a multi-million-dollar scheme to defraud the U.S.

“This all preceded me,” said Schwartz, chairman and chief executive of NYRA. “This investigation covers the period from 1980 to 1989. I came in at the end of 2000.”

Schwartz explained that NYRA, which will pay the U.S. $3 million, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, which resolved its three-year investigation into the improper tax deductions taken by its clerks. If NYRA doesn’t violate the agreement for 18 months, the indictment will be dismissed.

“Now I can start to enjoy it again,” said Schwartz, who stepped down as chairman of Calvin Klein Inc. last February, once the company was sold to Phillips-Van Heusen, and began running NYRA full-time. “The last year has been brutal. Now I can concentrate on putting people back in the seats, instead of fielding lawyers’ phone calls.”

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