Fashion Scoops: Shifting Dates ... Go East, Young Designer ...

The fall season of runway shows hasn't even kicked off, but the Council of Fashion Designers of America, British Fashion Council, Chambre Syndicale and Camera della Moda already are looking toward 2009 and 2010.

SMOKE AND MIRRORS: The Greatest Generation is still full of surprises. Take, for instance, what Bill Blass, Art Kane and Ellsworth Kelly had in common. They were all members of the World War II 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, a clandestine group brought into action in Normandy in 1944 and sworn to a vow of secrecy for 50 years. Their mission: to create a series of imaginary army maneuvers to fool the Nazis, using such pieces of equipment as rubber trucks, jeeps, cannons and tanks that they inflated on location. Fake airfields and convoys could be brought to "life"in a few hours, replete with sound effects from Bell Labs. Many of the camouflage engineers came from New York or Philadelphia art schools. Now, filmmaker Rick Beyer is at work on a documentary, "The Ghost Army,"which will tell the story of these men. On Tuesday, at a luncheon at the National Arts Club, former Special Troops members photographer Ned Harris; museum designer Jack Masey; artist Bill Sayles; Bob Conrad, and retired Fairchild art director John Jarvie will tell their stories. Beyer, who's also producing, and his consultant, Martha Gavin, will be looking for some investors. And, of course, the luncheon is bound to be filled with other war stories. As Sayles recalled of Blass: He was a "wonderful guy. Knew what he wanted. Read Vogue in his foxhole. The rest of us were a bunch of slobs, but not Blass. He was always dressed to the nines."

SCOOPLET: For Theodora Suki Silverman, who made her debut on Jan. 23 weighing 7 pounds, 2 oz., style is a birthright. When she gets a little older, the daughter of Stefani Greenfield, co-owner of Scoop, will have access to an "ultimate closet,"the concept behind the successful chain. But Greenfield also has a baby of a different kind in the works " a 10,000-square-foot megastore opening at 473-475 Broadway in New York mid-February. As for her new daughter, an assistant said Greenfield will skip the New York shows to spend time with her, but is planning to go to Paris. And how does Greenfield feel about Theodora Suki? "That she is truly the meaning of her name 'a gift from God.'"
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