Italians and their automobiles will help in the fight against AIDS when a number of designer cars go under the hammer later this month. Gianni Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Krizia’s Mariuccia Mandelli, Franco Moschino, the Fendis and Missonis all personalized cars that range from a Volkswagen Golf to a FIAT Cinquecento, with such embellishments as velvet brocades, wild python seats, striped bodies and flashing logos. The cars will be auctioned at the Salone di Torino car fair later this month in a benefit for Anlaids, an Italian association for research against AIDS.

Elle Macpherson is joining the ranks of Grace Kelly and Jackie O by having an Hermes handbag named after her. It’s an adaptation of the Bugatti bag with an additional compartment on the bottom of the bag at the model’s request. After Hermes made one for Elle, it gave it her name and made it part of the line.

Maybe Donovan Leitch will start wearing dresses when performing with his band, Nancy Boy. He obviously likes it. Now that he’s walked the runway in a cut-off skindress for Karl Lagerfeld this season, Leitch will appear in the next issue of Allure wearing a black Ralph Lauren slip dress. Asked why he wore the slinky number, Leitch replied: “It’s a really pretty dress.”

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