Pret-a-What? Exactly. It seems that the higher-ups at Miramax felt that Americans wouldn’t understand the meaning of “Pret-a-Porter,” the title of Robert Altman’s forthcoming film. As a result, even though the movie is slated to open on Dec. 21, the title has been changed to “Ready to Wear( Pret-a-Porter).” This is the latest problem to plague Altman, who has been faced with such difficulties as designers refusing to participate and the MPAA rejecting several images of Helena Christensen for the ad campaign.

Last week in Paris, Sotheby’s presented a showing of Georges de La Tour’s portrait of Saint John the Baptist. The painting, which belongs to Guy de Rothschild, was viewed by the likes of Sir James Goldsmith, Jacqueline de Ribes and Sandy and Jean d’Yturbe, and will be part of a sale that includes furniture from the former Rothschild estate, Chateau de Ferrieres. The auction takes place in Monaco on Friday and Saturday, but there could be a problem in purchasing the religious painting: Although Sotheby’s has been granted permission to take it to Monaco for the sale, French law prohibits it leaving France for any period beyond the sale.

Barbara Walters is a lunching lady. Monday she dined at the Four Seasons with Mort Zuckerman, and Wednesday she was at La Grenouille with practically the entire Bass family. In addition to Mercedes and Sid Bass and Sid’s parents, Perry and Nancy Lee, Walters was joined by Cecile and Ezra Zilkha.

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