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NEXT STOP, VERSACE: Alexandre Plokhov, who closed his six-year-old business, Cloak Designs LLC, in December, is headed to Versace SpA. He has been named a consultant "to strengthen the existing men's wear design team," a Versace spokeswoman said. He is expected to work on both the men's wear and accessories collections. The Russian-born designer was nominated for the 2006 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award, and received the 2005 CFDA Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Menswear. In 2004, Plokhov tied for second place for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Foundation Fund Award. Known for his elegant hand-tailoring, dark colors and military-style detailing, Plokhov continues to design a capsule men's wear collection for Uniqlo.
SNOW DAY DELAY: The Northeast snow and ice storm Friday forced Argentina-based line Charlotte Solnicki to move the date of its first Los Angeles show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week from Monday at 2 p.m. to Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Lightbox at Smashbox Studios Los Angeles. The clothes, which were on a flight from New York, never made it on Sunday, along with a handful of Gotham-based buyers and editors, including In Style's Sydne Bolden.
BOOSTER SHOT: BOXeight, the indie fashion show that found a last-minute home in the Los Angeles Theatre's basement, got a big boost when Morphine Generation designer Erik Hart and stylist Jessica Paster cheered on their friends who participated in Friday night's show. Hart, who last month showed his fall collection in New York, is buddies with young designer Kristen Coates, and Paster glowed at former assistant Melis, who styled the 17 outfits, and Mary Louise Pels, who codesigned the metallic spats that accessorized some of the show's Goth looks. "It's so refreshing to support young talent from Los Angeles," Paster said, adding, as always, "I'm looking for clothes for my girls" (clients Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff, Isla Fisher, Marley Shelton and Cindy Crawford). While Lavigne and Duff are both working on new albums, Fisher and Shelton are starring in the films "The Lookout" and "Grindhouse," respectively. Paster already discovered one new designer at BOXeight: Claire la Faye, whose ruffled minidresses befit Alice in an urban Wonderland.