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His eyes forever shielded by dark glasses, Karl Lagerfeld certainly knows the ins and outs of eyewear design.

MATCH POINT: There wasn't a lot of star wattage at the Emporio Armani show Wednesday, but Giorgio Armani called on a star of another sort to sit front row. Belgian tennis ace Justine Henin, fresh from her second U.S. Open trophy, took in the show as she regrouped on the health front. "I had a bad bout of asthma, but I'm feeling better now. I'm going back to practice next week," a cheerful Henin said.

GOT TO HAVE FATH: Jacques Fath, the dormant French fashion house, is back in action for spring. A luxury ready-to-wear collection, designed by an in-house team, will be unveiled at the brand's original headquarters at 3 Rue François during Paris Fashion Week.

"IT" GIRL: Claudia Schiffer took in the Salvatore Ferragamo show Wednesday, but her connection with the Italian house doesn't end there. Once again, she'll be in the company's spring campaign."I have a couple of other projects, but I can't talk about them yet," mused Schiffer. Her only hint? They don't involve Hollywood. "I'm not really into acting," she said.
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