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DRIVING DOLCE: Giacomo Santucci, former Gucci brand chief, is said to be headed to Dolce & Gabbana in a high-level...

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DRIVING DOLCE: Giacomo Santucci, former Gucci brand chief, is said to be headed to Dolce & Gabbana in a high-level executive position, most likely as ceo. Santucci declined to comment and Dolce & Gabbana executives couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. Santucci has been keeping a low profile since his employment at Gucci was terminated in October in a swirl of management changes under new Gucci Group ceo Robert Polet and controlling shareholder PPR. Santucci had been at Gucci since 2001, joining after an eight-year career at Prada. It’s still not clear whether Santucci will report to director of general affairs Cristiana Ruella or vice-versa.

STAR WARS: Donatella Versace bagged the most unexpected front-row guest this week at her show Thursday night: none other than Miuccia Prada. “I never go to shows,” confessed a smiling Prada, dressed primly in a white shirt and black jacket with frog closure — worlds apart from the strong and sexy looks parading moments later. “Donatella wrote me such a nice note, I had to come. It’s nice to not be working for a change.” In fact, the two designing women are said to be good friends and talk often about work and family life. Backstage, Versace confessed that knowing Prada was sitting in the front row made her nervous — as if it were her first show. “I’m going to ask [Miuccia] to critique my collection,” she said. There were only accolades, however, when Prada congratulated Versace backstage. Her only caveat? “Next time you have to get Donatella to come [to my show],” Prada told Versace’s brother, Santo. Meanwhile, Dean and Dan Caten, the boys behind DSquared, filled out the designer quotient, while a low-key Mohammed Al Fayed, owner of Harrods, popped up at the first Versace show. “It’s so exciting,” enthused Dean Caten, adding: “But we’re not going to take notes.” Pandemonium erupted on the opposite side of the runway once Elizabeth Hurley arrived with her fiancé, Arun Nayar, and settled in to the row with Missy Elliott. The rap diva, who has a new album coming out in May, said she liked what she saw: “I want it all, but I must lose weight to get into it,” she said. “I’ll be on the treadmill.”
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