TRADING IN THEIR SNEAKERS: Fresh from the track in Athens, U.S. Olympians Anthony Famiglietti and Derrick Peterson, both members of the U.S. track and field team, are set to be on the sidelines in Bryant Park for Kenneth Cole’s show today. The show should be a well-deserved rest for the athletes if they can manage some time away from the photographers’ flashbulbs. In Athens, Famiglietti placed eighth in the opening round of the steeplechase event, while Peterson came up with fourth in the opening round of the men’s 800-meter competition.

Other expected celebrity guests thus far include Tara Reid, Carmen Electra and Rufus Wainwright at Custo Barcelona on Friday; Vanessa Carlton at Alice Roi on Friday and Mischa Barton, Heidi Klum, Gretchen Mol, Eva Mendes plus Venus and Serena Williams at Luca Luca on Sunday.

GET ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE YOUNG: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is taking its case to fashion designers in training. A spokesman for the antifur group said Tuesday that PETA plans to play nice with the designer crowd throughout the duration of Olympus Fashion Week, instead focusing its activities on the next generation by sponsoring a senior class project at Parsons School of Design, beginning with a 1:30 p.m. lecture to the new senior class by PETA vice president Dan Mathews.

Timothy M. Gunn, chairman of the fashion department at Parsons, confirmed Mathews will address the class, even though another senior project is sponsored by Saga Furs, a Scandinavian company that provides pelts to major designers around the world. He and Mathews were introduced by Peter Arnold, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Gunn said, adding that at first he was nervous about allowing PETA on campus.

“I did hide the fox furs in my office,” Gunn said. “But I found Dan to be open to the fact that we work with Saga and Italian leather manufacturers. I felt it was important to give students both sides of the story and let them be aware of both sides of the issue.”

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