JAYSON EXITS: After nearly seven months, Charles Jayson is out as chief executive officer of Andrew Marc. A company spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that he has left the company. Reached by phone at his home Tuesday, Jayson would only say he has left Andrew Marc and is “actively pursuing other opportunities in the apparel industry.”

ON THE MARC: Sarah Ferguson is hosting Thursday’s party at Cipriani Wall Street for her foundation, but Marc Bouwer will be getting his share of attention. The designer is dressing the Duchess of York as well as the 20 models who will flank the entrance. Aretha Franklin is the headline performer, and Clive Davis and Emily Mortimer are among the expected guests.

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KEEP ON RUNNIN’: What do fashion editors do when they are off duty? In Kelly Bensimon’s case, she trains for the ING New York City Marathon, which she is running on Sunday. Appropriately, she’s attracted donations from brands like Prada, Barneys New York, Jordache, Stuart Weitzman and Sandal benefiting Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Bensimon only started training for the marathon — her first such event — in September. “I competed in the Hampton Classic Horse Show this summer,” she explains. “So I couldn’t ride and run.”

The two activities don’t exactly mesh well, as she found out on a recent weekend in the country. “I had just ridden my horse,” she said, “and I remembered I had to run 18 miles. But it turned out I had forgotten my running shorts, so I had to do 18 miles in my riding pants.”

Luckily, this Sunday she’ll be wearing the proper attire. “I’m nervous,” she said. “But my nine-year-old daughter said, ‘Go for it, Mommy.'”

FOR A CAUSE: Friends and family came together Monday night for Denise Rich’s 10th annual Angel Ball, which raised more than $5 million for The G&P Foundation for Cancer Research. Rich created the foundation in honor of her daughter, Gabrielle Rich Aouad, who died at the age of 27 from leukemia. “I’ve lost my mother, sister, daughter and best friend all to cancer, so all the women I love so much are up there,” said Rich. “They’re my angels.”

Kelly Ripa, LL Cool J, Petra Nemcova, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ashanti, Natalie Cole and Nicole Miller were among those who attended the event, which featured performances by Joss Stone, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Epiphany. “Cancer is something that’s affected my life personally since three of my friends have cancer,” said Combs. “Denise is doing a beautiful thing by fighting a cause like this and it’s something I’m very proud to be here for.”

But guests mixed business with charity. Cole said that, as a self-admitted “shoe junkie,” she is working on a new high-end shoe line. “They’ll be great pumps on heels with lots of colors.” She isn’t the only musician getting into fashion. LL Cool J said that after five-and-a-half years of working on his line with his partners Li & Fung, he’s launching a collection in Macy’s, Dillard’s and specialty stores next spring. “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson mentioned he plans to launch a clothing and eyewear line next year.

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION: In Chicago, it’s all about Oprah. After Windy City women bought the last of Tod’s $925 nylon and patent Pashmy bags at a recent fall shopping event hosted by Lisa Ling, correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Ling enjoyed dinner at the restaurant of another Oprah cohort, Art Smith’s Table 52. And stopping by to say hello was the restaurant’s partner, Julie Latsko, who along with her husband recently purchased Winfrey’s 160-acre Indiana farm. Smith, Winfrey’s personal chef for 10 years, is enjoying his venue’s status as the go-to spot for the fashionable set, as designer Rachel Roy, who admired the jade napkin rings, recently dropped by when she was in town for a Neiman Marcus trunk show.

BOTTOMS UP: Rande Gerber has two children and a supermodel wife, but he isn’t about to relinquish remnants of his bachelor days. So much so that on Tuesday the nightlife entrepreneur talked up his signature Midnight Bar collection of cocktail mixers on air with Oprah Winfrey and Henri Bendel launched a showcase of the potions in its Fifth Avenue windows. Through Nov. 12, shoppers can also sample the mixers in the flagship. Gerber used friends and presumably his better half, Cindy Crawford, to test the lemon drop, pomegranate martini and five other mixers. Fabien Baron was called upon to finesse the products’ design.

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