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David Lauren wasn’t deterred by the difficult market for luxury goods at a launch party for Ralph Lauren’s new watch collection.

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MEN IN WAITING: Fendi is taking a break from its men’s wear collection, which skipped the spring-summer 2010 season with plans to relaunch for fall-winter. “We are taking a small pause,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi as she took her seat in Valentino’s front row Wednesday, adding that the Roman fashion house is studying a new formula for men’s. Fendi herself is the new owner of a Parisian pied-à-terre, which she described as “miniscule.”

Dasha Zhukova, meanwhile, said she’s hoping to wrap Pop magazine’s September issue by the end of the month. Is the new editor stressed about the relaunch? “Not at all,” she beamed. The Russian socialite is also gearing up for the Moscow opening of Antony Gormley’s Domain Field, an installation of 287 sculptures, molded from volunteers aged from two to 85 years old, which opens at her contemporary cultural center, The Garage, on July 16. As to widespread reports that billionaire boyfriend Roman Abramovich last month became the new owner of the “Eclipse,” the world’s largest and most expensive superyacht (fitted with two helipads, two swimming pools, a cinema and bulletproof glass), Zhukova demurred: “I don’t comment on my boyfriend.”

The Santo Domingo clan, including Lauren, Tatiana and Julio, were all headed to the Valentino after party where Julio was set to DJ.

“It’ll be a little bit of everything,” he said. “We’ll start with some good rock ’n’ roll and then we’ll end up with techno house.”

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