FASHION SCOOPS

SHERLOCK KLENSCH: Who dunnit? The supermodel, the egocentric designer or the spiteful PR? Only Elsa Klensch knows. The former CNN style reporter is penning her first novel: a murder mystery set within the fashion business, sources said. No word yet on the publication date; Klensch is said to be busy at work in New York. She certainly has a lot to draw upon, having spent the past 21 years chronicling fashion’s most colorful personalities for CNN before resigning last January.

FIN.PART’S PFISTFUL: After snapping up Maska and Cerruti, the growing fashion group Fin.part is about to purchase the high-end shoe firm Andrea Pfister. Fin.part and Pfister officials confirmed the deal at the Maska show Monday, but declined to give any details. Fin.part also owns Frette and a series of sportswear brands, including Marina Yachting, Henry Cotton’s, Moncler and Best Company.

STORM WARNING: A lotta snow and a Lil’ Kim were not a good combination for Donatella Versace. The pint-size rap star was slated to appear in the front row at Versus on Monday night, but a snowstorm in New York kept her from making the trip to Milan. The nor’easter is also wreaking havoc with those in the fashion flock hoping to make it back to the U.S. before the Paris ready-to-wear shows start on Saturday. Editors and retailers were busy rescheduling flights through Paris and London, hoping to make it back safely.

GROUND ZERO: Rocco Benetton is following in his father Luciano’s footsteps and using his older brother’s money to do it. The youngest of Luciano’s children has just started his own company, Zero Industry, which produces a sportswear line under the label Zerorh+. The collection, unveiled here last week, features clothing in high-tech fabrics. “I call it O-glam or Olympic glamour,” said Benetton. “It’s for people who want to be comfortable and fashionable, whether they’re at the gym or walking through Piazza Duomo.” While Benetton turned to big brother Alessandro’s venture-capital company 21, Investimenti for financial backing, he passed on the opportunity to use his father’s manufacturing plants. Instead, the line will be produced and distributed by other companies in Italy. Rocco and a staff of about 10 handle everything from the concept to development to the marketing of the line.