STAR SIGHTINGS: Men's fashion week in Milan is hardly shaping up to be a star-studded extravaganza, but a few big names have emerged. Roberto Cavalli invited former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham to walk the runway in a custom-made white gown featuring a bejeweled Oriental fan appliqué on the left hip. "I find men's shows a bit boring," quipped Cavalli pre-show. Backstage, Beckham was all too happy to slip into some fresh clothes since the airline lost her luggage on the flight from Los Angeles. "I've been in the same clothes for two days," she laughed. The wife of David Beckham and a budding fashion designer in her own right, Beckham disclosed that she's launching a men's denim collection this fall.

Closing the Dsquared show, Brittany Murphy walked down the stairs of a country manor and onto a real grass runway in an Empire-waisted black wool gown. Murphy was in town for a photo shoot with Dsquared twins Dan and Dean Caten, whom she met in London. "As a 5-foot, 3-inch actress, I felt like I won a contest to be able to go down a runway at a show in Milan," said Murphy, who doesn't rule out launching her own collection — albeit not in the near future. "I'm full of ideas. So one day, when it feels right to make the dream and ideas come to fruition, I will," she said.

FASHIONABLY EARLY: Yves Saint Laurent, for years the last major show of Paris Fashion Week, has relinquished its spot on the calendar. It is slated to show its fall 2006 collection on Thursday, March 2, instead of Sunday, March 5. YSL chief executive Valerie Hermann said the move is designed to get orders finalized earlier and to accommodate top store executives who might not stay until the very end of the international fashion circuit. For the moment, the shift leaves Louis Vuitton with the last word on the season.

SCREEN TEST: Up-and-coming French actor Malik Zidi has landed a starring role in fashion. Word has it the heartthrob is in a short film that will be unveiled in Milan today to introduce Fendi's latest men's collection. This is the second season Fendi, in full relaunch mode, has opted for a film in lieu of a runway show.

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