SALUTING VALENTINO: Just a week after showing his haute couture collection in Paris, Valentino Garavani has another French triumph to celebrate. On Thursday, French president Jacques Chirac awarded him with the prestigious Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. Valentino has been showing his ready-to-wear collections in Paris for 31 years and his couture collection for 20 years. He honed his skills in fashion illustration at the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode as an 18-year-old, and also assisted legendary French designers Jean Desses and Guy Laroche before starting his own collection. And then, of course, there's the magnificent Wideville chateau he owns near Paris. Chirac will bestow him with the Legion d'Honneur this fall, though an exact date has yet to be determined.

EVERLAST PROMOTION
: Seth Horowitz has been promoted to president and chief operating officer at Everlast Worldwide. Horowitz, who had been executive vice president since 2001, also was named to the company's board. He assumes the president title from his father, George, who remains chairman, and is also now the company's chief executive officer, a new position. The New York-based firm, best known for it's boxing products, is not naming a new executive vice president at this time, said a spokesman. The company no longer makes women's apparel in-house. That line is licensed to Jacques Moret Inc.

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