THE LATEST IN TRANSLATION: Could red-hot filmmaker Sofia Coppola be trading preppy sportswear for powdered wigs? According to sources in Paris, the Oscar-nominated director of “Lost in Translation” is plotting to do her next film about Marie Antoinette, the 18th-century French queen famous for her lavish style and legendary excess. Word has it Coppola has optioned Lady Antonia Fraser’s acclaimed biography, “Marie Antoinette: The Journey,” which revealed a rich, complex and misunderstood character. What’s more, Coppola recently took an exhaustive, private tour of Versailles, gaining access to Marie Antoinette’s private quarters, her recently restored theater and other rarely seen artifacts.


HOW TO LOSE INVITES AND ALIENATE PEOPLE: Ernest Schmatolla, the publisher of the fashion news Web site Lookonline.com, apparently doesn’t care anymore that you can catch more flies (and flacks) with honey rather than vinegar. He uncorked a whole bottle of the latter on Thursday, firing off a fax to Paul Wilmot complaining about how he and his site’s editors are being excluded from this week’s Wilmot-produced fashion shows.

“Paul Wilmot and Pierre Rougier are the only two agencies we are currently having trouble with getting access to their client’s shows,” he wrote. “Perhaps there is something more in common with the two of them than just blacklisting us. It might make a good story for our e-mail newsletter to 1,300 fashion editors, writers, retailers and designers for us to do after the shows. A good title might be “The Two Worst P.R. Firms” in New York. Everyone agrees about Rougier, but Paul Wilmot, for us at least, is a close second. As a matter of fact, you can bet on that article going out.”

Schmatolla lamented to WWD that “getting into the show sometimes has little to do with what your credentials are; the stylist’s boyfriend gets in, but if you’re a real member of the press, you don’t.” While he doesn’t take back his vitriol, he would like to give a shout out to his two favorite firms: KCD and LaForce & Stevens. (Which means he’s set with them for next season.)
SHADY CHARACTERS: If you weren’t invited, don’t even think about trying to get into Nesi Apparel’s Shady Ltd. party on Feb. 23 at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. Security will be tighter than tight since Eminem is scheduled for a rare performance at the event. According to sources, he will perform some of his new music, which has yet to hit the airwaves. Other members of Shady Records also will perform, and while exactly who those performers would be is a closely guarded secret, rappers 50 Cent and Obie Trice could be among them.


THE LOWDOWN: Rapper Rah Digga said she started paying attention to fashion when Cindy Crawford hit the scene. “That’s when I decided I’d either be a model or be in the music business. I thought I was too tomboyish to be a model,” she said before Thursday’s GenArt show at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Look for her at Proenza Schouler and Peter Som, before she has to skip town for the NBA All-Star game.

Kathy and Rick Hilton were happy to make the trip to GenArt — a short elevator ride from their apartment in the Waldorf Towers. Their daughter, Paris, is steering clear of 7th on Sixth, but her sister, Nicki, will hit the runway for Reika D. and a few others. Nicki Hilton will also do some commentating for E! and is still at work on her accessories line.


SUPER STYLE: After making a dazzling comeback as a model, Linda Evangelista is now exploring other avenues in the fashion business. During Paris Fashion Week in March, she will unveil a new collaboration with designer Michel Klein. He is launching a new luxury ready-to-wear line, “Cher Michel Klein,” with Evangelista acting as a stylist and spokesmodel.


NIGHT WATCHMAN: Sleep deprivation isn’t slowing down Esteban Cortezar, but he did take a break from last-minute fittings to watch Jessica Miller model his dress in Friday’s Red Dress Collection.“I love what I do. It’s fun to work to all hours of the night and to not sleep and to not care,” he said. “It’s a privilege.”


HAUTE CUISINE: Dressing for dinner is about to become a whole lot easier. Chanel and star-studded chef Alain Ducasse are teaming up to open a restaurant in Chanel’s upcoming megastore in the Ginza district of Tokyo. The eatery will be located on the top floor of the boutique, set to open in December. No word yet if hot “Coco” will be among the beverages on Ducasse’s haute menu.


WORDS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY: Most of the front-row set confine themselves to polite applause at the end of a show, but model Omahyra Mota had a more earnest fan at Friday’s Hong Kong Luxe show. Her five-year-old niece, Tracy, there with mom Patty, had a few words of praise during her aunt’s runway performance, softly calling out “Funny!” and “Ooh!” during the show. Afterwards, the fashionista-in-ringlets pronounced the entire experience “fun” and revealed she’d like to be a designer one day. Watch out, Oscar.

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