SNOW JOB: John Galliano is in a sporty mood. This week in Paris, he unveiled an unexpected project chez Christian Dior: skiwear. Destined to arrive in Dior boutiques by the end of October, the collection includes one-piece suits and ski pants loaded with technical details for a serious schuss. But there are also loads of fashion-oriented styles for après-ski, including miniskirts, cashmere balaclavas, logo-loaded goggles and moon boots trimmed with long-haired fur. And that’s not all that’s keeping the couturier out of trouble. After presenting fantastic flamenco dresses galore on the runway in July, Galliano also whipped up a special collection of daywear that is generating buzz among the couture flock. The suits and dresses are headed to New York’s Hotel Plaza Athénée next week.

FIELD CALL: With the characters on “Sex and the City” settling down to their final season, it’s no wonder costume designer Patricia Field has decided to introduce men’s wear into the House of Field collection designed by David Dalrymple. The company is adding an entire men’s concept to House of Field, showing five looks at its runway show next week.

NEW BAG: Bags are in Gabriele Moltedo’s genes. The son of Laura Moltedo, owner and creative director of Bottega Veneta until she sold the luxury goods brand to Gucci Group in 2001, is launching a handbag line for fall 2004. Since the project is still an embryo, further details were unavailable.

FAMILY TIES: Helen Yarmak’s fashion show Tuesday night at Capitale was a family affair of sorts. Patty Hearst’s daughter Lydia prepped for her runway debut at Zang Toi by taking a turn for Yarmak. Her mother was nowhere to be found in the former Bowery Savings Bank designed by Stanford White, but Lydia said her mom backs her. “Basically, she told me to keep everything straight, make sure you’re organized, don’t let people persuade you to do things you’re not comfortable with and to have a good time,” the 18-year-old said.The ABT prima ballerina Irina Dvorovenko and her husband, Maxim Belotserkovsky, hit the runway, as did Uma Thurman’s brother Mipam. The Metropolitan Opera’s Renée Fleming took a spin in a white mink coat that was later donated to the United Firefighters Assoc.’s Widows & Children’s Fund.

Seated with his daughter Katya and wife Maria, U.N. Russian ambassador Sergei Lavrov licked his lips at the onset of the model parade. Some in the crowd had a similar reaction to his 19-year-old daughter. In a red halter polkadot minidress and carrying a candy-apple red Christian Dior handbag, Katya Lavrov looked anything but the poli-sci major she is — at Columbia, no less. Close friends of Yarmak, the Sergei family wanted to see her accept the 2003 international designer of the year award from the USA International Fashion Shows.

Even comedian-turned-model John Leguizamo snapped a branch from his family tree. “I haven’t seen this much fur since I invited all my uncles over for a pool party.”

MODERATING MACKIE: Cher’s look at a price? Well, maybe. Bob Mackie launched a collection of moderate sportswear this week. The main line is set to hit stores in February, but large sizes will bow in 450 of Charming Shoppes Inc.’s Catherine’s Plus Sizes doors this fall. The line complements Mackie’s other offerings, which include a made-to-order collection, novelties, furniture, fragrance and wearable art for QVC.

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