WANDERING JOHN

John Galliano, whose passion for bias-cut glamour is influencing many couture collections, is still searching for backing to mount an rtw collection in March - and to insure delivery of the present collection. Now he faces a more pressing problem, however: finding a roof to put over his own head. Galliano was reportedly booted out of his Marais apartment after neighbors complained about his wild partying.

RUPERT'S ROLE

Rupert Everett, fresh from spending three months in a Rome cemetery while acting in an Italian horror flick, has signed to appear in Robert Altman's "Pret-a-Porter." Everett will play the part of studio assistant to designer Robert De Niro. That's right, Robert De Niro as a Paris designer.

COUTURE CAST

Though you would never have guessed it from the scores of autograph hunters outside Gianni Versace's Ritz show Saturday, this season's couture has conspicuously failed to draw many grandes dames or big guns form cinema or rock 'n' roll. Among the most obvious social no-shows are Americans, with the exception of Lynn Wyatt. "I'm feelin' mighty lonely," said Lynn, who's actually having the time of her life. The best rocker Gianni Versace could produce for his Ritz show was Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, several notches down from Madonna or Elton John.

Kyle MacLachlan is also here, but he doesn't care about fashion shows; he only has eyes for Linda Evangelista. On Sunday, the pair could be seen having an intimate drink at the Ritz bar and sharing a silver dish of french fries - with ketchup, of course. And late Saturday night, Tatiana Patitz, who is making a kind of runway comeback, was seen having a late-night tete-a-tete with her new beau, Johnny Depp.

HAIRDO NEWS

There's a new frost covering Paris. Linda, Amber and Tatjana are showing off soft but sunny streaks and highlights. On the runways, hair is also getting longer: Linda is growing hers out again now that her face is known all over the world, and Amber is sporting a rather unflattering Karen Carpenter do. Off the catwalks, however, the more mature beauties, like Isabella Rosellini, are going short. Carole Bouquet, who was sitting in Chanel's front row, has also chopped off her long locks - perhaps after hearing the rumor that young Uma Thurman may become a new Chanel face. "I decided to cut it on my own," she said.

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