CHRISTIE BACK AT DUPONT: William Christie is back as the head of ST Dupont, the French luxury house. Christie was named interim president of the luxury firm Jan. 11, a day after it bid adieu to Marc Lelandais, who helmed the company for less than five months. Christie had been succeeded by Lelandais and will oversee ST Dupont until it finds a new leader. Lelandais' brief tenure at the troubled high-end lighter and pen company was turbulent. Trading of ST Dupont shares was suspended on the Paris Bourse in October after the firm warned investors of a sizable decline in profits. And last month, Chinese entrepreneur Dickson Poon, who is ST Dupont's main shareholder, agreed to give the debt-ridden firm 42 million euros, or $50.7 million at current exchange, to keep it operational. Lelandais and Poon were said to have butted heads Tuesday over details of the former's turnaround plan, sources said.

GEN ART NAMES DESIGNERS: Gen Art has unveiled the lineup for its fall 2006 show, which will take place at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom here on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The three emerging women's wear collections on hand will be the Los Angeles-based line Wyeth by Todd Magill; Mel en Stel, designed by Belgian designer Ilse Eriksson, and H. Fredriksson, designed by the Swedish designer Helena Fredriksson. Tali Sedgwick, senior fashion manager for Gen Art, said that, while none of the collections are "brand-spanking new," they all could use a "boost" from Gen Art. These designers are the latest in a growing list of accomplished Gen Art alumni. Past Gen Art participants include Zac Posen, Rebecca Taylor and Peter Som.

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