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<b>BEYONCE STAFFS UP: Heather Thomson</b> is joining <b>Beyoncé</b>’s design team for her new fashion collection, a spokesman for the company producing it said on Wednesday, confirming a WWD report.<br><br>Thomson will be working with...

BEYONCE STAFFS UP: Heather Thomson is joining Beyoncé’s design team for her new fashion collection, a spokesman for the company producing it said on Wednesday, confirming a WWD report.

This story first appeared in the July 15, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Thomson will be working with Tina Knowles, Beyoncé’s mother, who is the creative force behind the as-yet-unnamed collection. Beyoncé is developing the project with Kids Headquarters, the $700 million producer of children’s wear for brands such as Kenneth Cole, Timberland, Rocawear and Ecko Unlimited.

Thomson helped Sean “P. Diddy” Combs build his Sean John collection, and worked with Jennifer Lopez on the JLo brand at Sweetface Fashion Co. for the past two years. Upon the recent expiration of her contract, she left the company amicably, officials there said, just as Beyoncé and Tina Knowles were looking to build their own team.

PRADA PEOPLE: Miuccia Prada decided that one star-studded dinner, set for Thursday night at the landmark Beverly Hills Post Office after the opening of the Prada Epicenter on Rodeo Drive, just wasn’t enough. So, on Wednesday, she was to be at the store to host a dinner for about 50 guests, including A-listers such as Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Dustin Hoffman, Naomi Watts, Dennis Hopper and Benicio Del Toro. Among those invited to the Thursday night bash are Mischa Barton, Milla Jovovich, Paris Hilton, Kelly Lynch and Winona Ryder.

FASHION AND POLITICS: Robert Altman shot a scene from “Tanner on Tanner” at Kenneth Cole’s Columbus Avenue store on Tuesday. The three-part series, which will air on the Sundance Channel, is a remake of the 1988 flick about a fictional presidential candidate “Tanner ‘88.” The scene focused on Cynthia Nixon, who appeared in the original as the candidate’s daughter and is back for the sequel, window shopping and then trying on a pair of gray suede Mary Jane shoes.

Robert Redford and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright are slated to make cameos in the remake, which is being written by Garry Trudeau. The film crew’s next stop is the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Newspapers may be hard to come by in the Madison Square Garden area during the Republican National Convention in New York from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. Deliveries will only be allowed when streets are not closed in restricted areas, according to a Republican National Committee spokesman. Organizers said they are still discussing whether newspaper vending machines and boxes will be removed from the immediate area — from 31st Street to 33rd Street between Seventh and Ninth Avenues — for security purposes. A decision is expected in two weeks.

Newspaper boxes are being removed in Boston in time for the Democratic National Convention, July 26 to 29.