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FASHION SCOOPS

STELLA’S TOUR: Fresh off the Kuwait fashion tour for the opening of Villa Moda, Stella McCartney was in New York last week, taking meetings with her chief executive officer James Seuss on details of her store opening planned for September, as well as her first ad campaign. She did not, however, appear to suffer any jet lag when she put in a three-hour personal appearance at Bergdorf Goodman on Thursday, helping customers with various questions and selling out her black satin trousers with lace pockets to the piece. Yvonne Chahine, the store’s vice president and divisional merchandise manager for women’s designer collections, was wearing the runway sample. McCartney greeted guest after guest with stunning zeal, commenting on one young woman’s vintage dress and correctly surmising that she was a student at Parsons School of Design. “I can just tell these things,” she said. “I can spot a vintage dress from a mile off.” So what’s her secret for successful traveling? “You pack very quickly and with a hangover,” she said. “Give yourself a 20-minute limit and use only your hand luggage. Never check anything.”

HEATHER ENLIGHTENED FASHION: Heather Mills, spokesmodel for INC International Concepts, was in town Friday morning to promote the Federated Department Stores’ private label brand and to catch fiance Paul McCartney’s gig later that night along with future stepdaughter Stella.
Clad in a gray pinstriped vest and pants — by INC, of course — Mills said she agreed to promote the line even though she had stopped modeling nine years ago because it was for a good cause: A percentage of sales in February were donated to Adopt-A-Minefield.
In total, INC has donated $100,000 to Adopt-A-Minefield, a fact Mills is quite proud of.
But make no mistake: Even though Mills is a model and her future stepdaughter is one of the top designers today, Mills said she’s no fashionista.
“I don’t follow fashion. I just sort of pick something to wear that I like,” she said, who will wed McCartney sometime “this summer.” “That’s what I like about INC, in 10 years time, it will still look good rather than some of the wacky stuff you see on the catwalk.”

QUICK CHANGE: The opening Thursday night of Decollage, the showroom-meets-gallery concept run by Leah Forester and Heather Rich, attracted Bloomingdale’s fashion director Kal Ruttenstein, a veritable directory of indie designers: Zac Posen, Peter Som, Alice Roi and Michael Soheil among them, as well as Joey McIntyre and “Saturday Night Live” actor Chris Kattan, who browsed the merchandise, mostly one-of-a-kind items or runway samples the designers placed in the West Village town house on consignment. The idea is to encourage a more individualized spirit of dressing, and nobody got this better than Elisa Jiminez. “I made this 15 minutes before I left,” she said of her signature shredded dress.

CAPE COD CONFIDENTIAL: Cape and Islands First District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said Friday that the forensic testing in the Christa Worthington’s case will continue to be handled by a state-run crime lab in Massachusetts. Friends of the murdered fashion writer are trying to raise money to finance the testing elsewhere.
“This is strictly done in the state’s lab. It’s a question of scientific protocol,” O’Keefe said. “The only thing I’m not pleased with is the inability of the state crime labs to deliver analyses. It’s been a problem for years.”
He defended the pace of the investigation. “The police have been working extremely hard on this investigation and many others. They’re not without things to do [with the Worthington case.] It’s not a case where they have hit a stone wall. They’re very active with the basic assembling of data and that will continue for a while.”
He declined to specify what kind of time frame he is looking at. “This isn’t TV, we don’t go to the media unless we have something important to release.”
As for whether Worthington’s former love interests, Anthony Jackett, the father of her daughter Ava, and neighbor Tim Arnold, are still suspects, O’Keefe said: “We don’t call people suspects or not suspects. The problem is there is too much speculation in the media.”

CASPIAN CAPERS: From the highlands of Scotland via the mighty Magyars, Hermes’ Prix de Diane is hitting the plains of Kazakhstan this season. The 21st edition of the fabled horse race, on June 9, will bear a Kazakh theme, replete with traditional food, such as yogurt, and equine-based entertainment like kyz-kou.

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