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By JOSEPH GALLIVAN
Duty-free heiress Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece is getting into the rag trade.
The sister of Pia Getty and Alexandra Von Furstenburg has launched her line of clothing for children and infants.
The Princess revealed her new company, Marie Chantal LLC, at the International Kids Fashion Show yesterday in the regal surroundings of the Javits Center.
"So much of the children's clothing today is influenced by adult tastes and fashions, with darker colors and more 'grown-up' looks," said the Princess, as she unveiled a selection of pastel colored culottes and floral frocks.
"The styles I selected for this line are reminiscent of the simple, well-made clothes I remember as a child - freshened up with playful colors and patterns for a spirited, more modern look."
The Princess is 32 and has three children - aged 4 years, 23 months and 8 weeks - by her husband, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece. Her line targets the infant to 8-year-old demographic with subtle details such as openwork ric-rac accents for a playful peek-a-boo look and vibrant floral and Liberty prints.
Retailers have yet to sign on, but the Princess expects to have what her representatives call the "not-inexpensive" clothes - they wouldn't give prices - debut in some of the better department stores by spring 2001.
"She's not just a society woman who goes to parties - she's a businesswoman," said her spokesperson, Kathleen Moloughney, of the Princess, who has a degree in Art History from NYU.
Princess Marie-Chantal, who is the second daughter of Robert Miller - who made his fortune in the duty-free retail business - is also currently illustrating her first book in a series of classic fairytales, "The Frog Prince."