TAKING COVER: Retired design great James Galanos recently lamented in these columns that “fashion is geared only to young people today. All I see is Levi’s and bare bellies.” Well, there were none of those at Ralph Rucci’s Chado couture show on Thursday, where Galanos turned up in the front row to applaud. “I just met him less than a year ago,” he said of Rucci. “I have a great admiration for him. He has great style and taste. The clients, they need him.”

A-MUSING: Loulou de la Falaise, the former Yves Saint Laurent muse and collaborator who launched her signature line and Paris boutique four months ago, is coming to America. Bergdorf Goodman struck a deal to carry her collection exclusively in the U.S., beginning next spring, with a trunk show and personal appearance planned for this fall. “Not everyone has to have a runway show,” said Robert Burke, Bergdorf’s vice president and senior fashion director. “I was so impressed.” He noted that de la Falaise’s collection and jewelry would be housed near such collections as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass.

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