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Fashion Scoops: Something in the Heir … Neighborhood Watch … Brand New Bag

SOMETHING IN THE HEIR: Are Ben Goldsmith, the youngest son of the late tycoon, Sir James Goldsmith, and the banking heiress, Kate Rothschild, about to tie the knot? The couple are said to be hosting a party next month at Annabel’s in London, and...

SOMETHING IN THE HEIR: Are Ben Goldsmith, the youngest son of the late tycoon, Sir James Goldsmith, and the banking heiress, Kate Rothschild, about to tie the knot? The couple are said to be hosting a party next month at Annabel’s in London, and insiders are saying it’s to celebrate their engagement. Ben, 23, and Kate, 21, have been an item for two years and are living together. Of course, the happy couple should have no problems in throwing a lavish bash, since Ben recently inherited $30 million.

Although young, the couple would be following in the footsteps of their elder siblings. Ben’s sister, Jemima, married Imran Khan at age 21, while his brother, Zac, married Sheherazade Ventura at 23.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Leave it to P.Diddy to cause a ruckus. Residents of Charles Street in the West Village are up in arms over MTV’s rental of a town house at 47 Charles Street for the filming of the reality show, “Making the Band 2,” a P.Diddy creation. Sources say the house, which is actually two town homes cobbled together with an additional building in back — three doors down from that of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick — initially went on the market for $11 million before being reduced to $9 million. MTV is said to have rented it for four months for $2 million. Although filming officially began Tuesday, neighbors have already complained about the production company’s recklessness, sending irate letters to each other that call for action. Last weekend, while workers set up cameras and painted, a dog left unattended on the roof leapt to its death.

BRAND NEW BAG: Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier has joined the Oscar contest for the first time with seven one-of-a-kind bags made of python, lizard, Swarovski crystals or feathers — and each reading inside “Made by hand, one of one.” The special evening collection is in Los Angeles this week only — and will never be seen in Bottega stores.

This story first appeared in the March 20, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.