BERRY’S NAME GAME: Looks like Halle Berry is up to her old tricks. On Saturday night at the Carousel of Hope Ball, she incorrectly identified the designer of her lilac chiffon gown as Anna Molinari when in fact it was MaxAzria Atelier. Max Azria issued a press release on Tuesday, but it was too late for publications who had printed the wrong designer the day before. Seems like this is becoming a habit for the Oscar-winning actress, who in July at the Los Angeles “Catwoman” premiere misidentified the designer of her dress as Roberto Cavalli, when in fact it was Matthew Williamson.

SITTIN’ IN A TREE: Stranger bedfellows there may have been, but still, Marc Jacobs and Lil’ Kim? Apparently, the duo made such a connection backstage at Jacobs’ New York show last month that the designer has asked the singer to be his date to tonight’s Fashion Group International Annual Night of Stars at Cipriani. “If you truly break it down,” she said, “the dynamic between me and Marc makes absolute sense — I love clothes, he loves music and the creative energy between the two of us brings us together.” Lil’ Kim will be wearing Marc Jacobs to the event, appropriate when she presents him with one of the night’s many awards. Too, she said she’s worn his looks — especially Louis Vuitton — for years. “But of course, the media only chooses to run me when I’m dressed much sexier, so people very rarely get to see the simpler, classier and sophisticated side of me.” So does this mean Jacobs will tap her for his next campaign? “Oh, I am praying,” she said. “What an honor that would be!”

WATERLOGGED: When it rains in otherwise drought-ridden Los Angeles, it pours. And the nonstop pelting the area received Tuesday (and into Wednesday) resulted in several regional blackouts — including one affecting more than 1,000 Southern California Edison customers in Culver City — Smashbox Studios, home of fashion week, among them. While pressroom laptops went dark, as well as some of the campus of tents and studios, designer Erica Davies’ show eventually went on, film included, thanks to an onsite generator. A second, larger generator and emergency crews arrived within hours to juice up the remaining four shows that went into the evening. But the real challenge for the fashion flock wasn’t the dimmer environ; even inside some of the tent areas, ponds of rainwater expanded, threatening many a pair of Jimmy Choos.

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FRANKIE’S JAM: Low-slung denim priestess Daniella Clarke usually strives to deliver a rockin’ good time at her Frankie B fashion shows. And tonight’s presentation will be no exception. A jam session and party follow the runway show — which will also debut her men’s line — fronted by her husband, former Guns ’N Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. Joining him will be Blondie drummer Clem Burke, L.A. Guns bassist Muddy and Skid Row guitarist Snake Sabo. Behind the mike? It’s a surprise, says, Clarke’s camp — although they did let it leak it will be a she.