FASHION MAKEOVER: Who hasn’t thought at one time or another that the 7th on Sixth tents needed a fresher, cheerier look? Bryant Park has looked sooo Ringling Bros. lately.

This story first appeared in the January 26, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Fear not. Now that Olympus has taken over the title sponsorship of the event, the camera company has recruited Thom Felicia of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (but professionally known as head of the Thom Felicia Inc. interior design firm) to serve as Olympus design director. He’ll be designing the photographers’ lounge, press registration tent and the interior lobby, with the main goal of making Olympus’ presence there known.

“We wanted to find someone who could bring the Olympus brand alive under the tents,” said a spokesman for Olympus.

Among Felicia’s plans are a complete makeover of the Bryant Park fountain and installing two 10-foot-high and 32-foot-long walls that will be covered with behind-the-scenes photo reportage throughout the week, culminating in a temporary monument to camera crews called the Olympus Great Wall of Photography. Plus, Felicia will be on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting on Feb. 6, prior to Kenneth Cole’s show.

UGG GETS LEGS: Fashion followers who have rabidly been searching for a pair of this winter’s de rigueur boot will soon have something else to get excited about — Ugg is launching handbags this fall. Deckers Outdoor Corp., Ugg’s parent, signed a license deal with Springfield, N.J.-based handbags firm Jacobs and Leslie Hsu Designs LLC. Information on design and pricing haven’t been made available, but the bags are expected to be made of the same sheepskin and fleece materials as the boots. The handbags will launch to the trade at the World Shoe Association show in Las Vegas next month.

Designer Leslie Hsu makes handbags under her own name, which retail for $250 to $900 and have been sold at Takashimaya, Henri Bendel and Stanley Korshak and Verve in the past.