TALENT SCOUTS: Those who haven’t gotten their fix of “American Idol” simply had to head to the DKNY flagship on Madison Avenue Monday night. DKNY hosted Working Playground’s annual Voices of Promise Benefit, which raises funds for arts education in New York City’s public schools. Talented youngsters, ranging in age from seven to 18, sang, rapped and read poetry and were introduced by such celebrities as Rosie Perez, Q-Tip, Russell Simmons, Annabella Sciorra, Fisher Stevens, Julianna Margulies, George Wolfe and Ric Burns. When Gabriel Byrne showed up unexpectedly, Perez called out, “Everybody say ‘happy birthday’ to Gabriel,” who was celebrating his 53rd that night. Byrne was in no rush, though — he lingered at the store with the other celebs until 10:30 p.m., an hour and a half after the event was over.

IN THE BAG: The first collection hasn’t even hit stores yet, and LeSportsac has already extended its collaboration with rock star Gwen Stefani to a second season. To that end, Timothy Schifter, chief executive and co-owner of the New York-based handbag company, hung out at Stefani’s home in historic Griffith Park in Los Angeles Monday, working out designs and details for a spring 2004 “Gwen Stefani — L.A.M.B. for LeSportsac” collection. The line will have some of the elements of the inaugural pieces, but the rest is still hush-hush. It all will preview at the August accessories shows, with a launch party slated in New York just before fashion week there. As for Stefani’s much-anticipated L.A.M.B. apparel line, which will coordinate with the LeSportsac bags, retailers will likely get a first look in time for spring buys, too.

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