THE WHITE STUFF: Renzo Rosso slipped into the Maison Martin Margiela show Monday night and denied published reports that the Belgian designer would be hanging up his duct tape, scissors and white paint. “It’s not true. It’s a rumor the press wants to create. It’s been six years people have been talking about this,” said the Italian industrialist, who acquired Margiela in 2002. “We’re working very well together. He inspires me so much.”

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DIESEL’S DENIM FRENZY: Speaking of Renzo Rosso, his Diesel brand will kick off its 30th birthday celebration on the morning of Oct. 10 by offering die-hard denim aficionados a limited edition pair of jeans for only $50. Diesel is manufacturing only 20,000 of its “Dirty Thirty” jeans, 8,000 of which will be available in select Diesel stores in the U.S. for one day only. The jeans will feature a back patch with the “xXx” logo, the dates 1978-2008 embroidered on the side and customized buttons reading “Diesel 1978.” Diesel also has added to the entertainment lineup for the finale of the brand’s 24-hour global birthday party the following night at Brooklyn’s Pier 3. Chaka Khan and Joel and Benji Madden will be performing, along with N.E.R.D, M.I.A. and Hot Chip. More performers are expected to be added.


PROTOTYPE: Why go beyond the original design mock-up? That was the philosophy behind Yohji Yamamoto’s debut men’s and women’s sunglasses line, Prototype, made in association with Linda Farrow. The collection, featuring purist, work-in-progress-style functional forms and industrial details, was introduced in the house’s show on Monday. Sophisticated elements include clip-on titanium and aluminum colored lenses — in hues such as smoky brown, white and graduated blue and green — that provide contrasting layers of color. Chrome-coated frames come in a range of finishes such as white, black and brown. Prices have not yet been released for the line, which will be distributed to select retailers and Yohji Yamamoto, Y’s or Linda Farrow Gallery stores.


REVIVAL CHEZ REGINE: André, the Parisian after-dark baron, has acquired the keys to one of the city’s most mythical clubs, Chez Régine, whose dance floor once welcomed the likes of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Liza Minnelli and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. “We’ve still kept the disco, funky Seventies vibe. It’s still very Madame Régine, but we plan to also add a bit of rock ’n’ roll,” said André, adding that the venue, which reopens this week, will host parties for the likes of Givenchy, Sebastien Tellier and Colette. “It now has the best sound system in the city,” he said.


EYE EYE: Delfina Delettrez has applied her unique gems to a new line of sunglasses, made in collaboration with luxury French eyewear brand Alain Mikli. The collection will be unveiled today at Paris’ Grand Véfour restaurant. “They’re kind of like sunglasses with earrings,” said Delettrez of the four styles that feature silver ear chains and silver and enamel jewelry charms from the designer’s signature skull and animal themes.


NEW HOMME: Lanvin has given its men’s boutique on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré a makeover to reflect its more modern direction under the guidance of Alber Elbaz and designer Lucas Ossendrijver. Shoppers now enter the ground level to find Ossendrijver’s runway collection, merchandised in a white space on metal racks. Doing away with former dark wood paneling, the shop plays to a contemporary gallery mood — with a dose of Paris chic. On the second floor, Ossendrijver’s more sporty looks are on display, while on the third floor is the company’s traditional business suit department. The ultimate experience is reserved for the fourth level: a wood-paneled made-to-measure salon.


LADIES FIRST: Oscar de la Renta joined Mark Ingram at his East 55th Street bridal atelier Thursday to raise a glass to the staff for being the designer’s top-selling outpost. With security detail for various U.N. dignitaries and Clinton Initiative attendees posted at nearby corners, the conversation couldn’t help but turn to politics and the beyond-anemic economy. “Fashion is not political. I like to dress every lady,” said a diplomatic de la Renta, who, after all, has clad both Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. “Whoever is elected president, we will have a very attractive first lady.”

Until that happens, Bush is keeping up appearances and buzzed by the designer’s showroom Wednesday. Campaigning seems to have kept Cindy McCain away for a spell, but de la Renta has designed some clothes for her. Like Barack Obama and John McCain, de la Renta is also all about bipartisanship. “Who am I going to vote for? I don’t know yet. If Hillary would have been the candidate, I would certainly have voted for her. She is a close friend. But I never vote for a party. I have always voted for a person. Sometimes I’ve made big mistakes, sometimes I have done the right thing.”

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