FREE RIDE: During Fashion Week, it’s usually the magazine editors and stylists reaping the goodies. Not so during Mercedes-Benz Shows LA, where a handful of designers enjoyed the use of a Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 for the week. Too bad the privilege of driving the $60,000-plus convertible falls during the busiest, most important fashion moment in a designer’s life, said Alicia Lawhon, one of the lucky recipients of the cars, as well as a venue grant from producer 7th on Sixth. “We’ve just finished the show and now I have to get ready for market week, so I haven’t had a chance to drive it much,” she said regretfully. Her favorite part of the car so far? “The door, it’s so substantial, so heavy, the minute I felt it, I knew I wanted one.”

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NO, NO ANASTACIA: “This is the only show I come to because I’m a very big fan of Daniella [Clarke],” declared songstress Anastacia at the Frankie B. show during Mercedes-Benz Shows LA. She’s also collaborating with the designer on “Survivor Chick” T-shirts to benefit the Anastacia Fund at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Having undergone treatment herself for breast cancer this year, the 30-year-old said the focus of the campaign is to promote young women’s awareness of the disease. Anastacia and Clarke will design the T-shirts together to sell at retail stores nationwide next year. No stranger to design, Anastacia was wearing a Frankie B. denim shirt with a silk and gauze layered skirt she had made. But that’s as far as she’ll take her sartorial talents. “I’m not thinking about my own line,” she said.

ADVANTAGE WILLIAMS: The Williams sisters will be showing off their fashion sense — as in their designs — tonight at a charity gala in Santa Monica. As part of an annual fashion show organized by the Women’s Tennis Association, Serena Williams will hit the catwalk in her new line of eveningwear, Aneres, the tennis star’s first name spelled backwards, and Venus Williams will model Wilson’s Leather, a brand she endorses. Jennifer Capriati and Brandy Norwood are among the celebs lined up to walk the runway, with Capriati’s friend, Matthew Perry, on board as emcee of the show at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.

WHAT A WOMAN: Vera Wang will receive a Woman of the Year Award from Glamour magazine at its Women of the Year Awards gala, to be held Nov. 10 at the American Museum of Natural History. Sharon Stone is expected to wear a gown by the designer when she presents her with the award.

Though Glamour’s being tight-lipped about who the other winners are, this is the 14th consecutive year the magazine has staged the event, which has honored such personalities as Madonna, Hilary Rodham Clinton and Picabo Street.

Wang, a former ice-skater, is also set to be honored by the Ice Theatre of New York during the group’s annual gala Wednesday.

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