Bruce Weber's Knockout Profilecm,6p7 cf,century,9.6,10.2 One can imagine this will be the most beautifully photographed nose ever.

Bruce Weber, best known for his seductive photos of underwear, fashion and fragrance for Calvin Klein's print ads, has made a movie called "Broken Noses." It's about Andy Minsker, a 25-year-old semiprofessional lightweight boxer. Weber calls it an "experimental film about being macho."

Minsker and Weber met at the National Sports Festival in 1981 where Weber was photographing athletes for Interview magazine. Minsker needed a haircut and Weber was offering potential models a free one. "They told us boxers to stay away and not to get one of those funny haircuts. I didn't like being told what not to do, so I got a haircut," says Minsker. He doesn't remember much about the haircut except that it was very short, which was what he wanted.

Besides the silver medal Minsker took home from that event, he also got a part in Weber's first Obsession commercial for Calvin Klein, and he got the feature role in Weber's first film.

Minsker, who now coaches teen-age boys in boxing at the Mt. Scott Community Center, where he was on the boxing team, is puzzled about the title of the film in which he stars. "In 329 fights I've never had a broken nose," he says.

Minimal Interest

Sighted: the first thoroughly modern mini in Washington. It was worn by Laurie Bly, a new Washingtonian via New York City, appropriately at the popular and trendy Primi Piatti restaurant at 2013 I St. NW last weekend. It was one of a handful of minis in a crowd that clearly favored long skirts.

Primi Piatti has become the most popular, stylish restaurant in town. It's no-reservations, and that's a strict rule. Ralph Lauren, wife Ricky and their three children ate there Friday night, but Woodies Chairman Ed Hoffman got shifted over to Galileo, a restaurant with the same ownership.

Branching Out

Local model Katharine Kwon is 5 feet 8 -- just an inch shorter than Oliver North -- but she is still not tall enough to model in New York. "It's just not my market," says Kwon, who models under the name Katrina Kane. "The models there are like trees. The clothes are just too big on me."

Still, Kwon refuses to come up short. Since graduating from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac last year, Kown signed up with Elite in New York, modeled for four months in Tokyo and is spending the summer in Chicago doing catalogue work. This September she's heading back to Japan. "Everyone is very professional there. And very disciplined. The Japanese are so nice and taught me a lot about my Oriental way of thinking," says Kwon, whose father is Korean. "In Japan you become almost emotionless and just concentrate on work."

When she felt homesick, Kwon says, she'd head for the Meideya, a western-style market in Tokyo. "They have vanilla wafers, peanut butter and Doritos."

-- M.S. Dailey

Lauren on Canvasses

Of course his favorite paintings were the ones of the Wild West. Ralph Lauren spends as much time as he can on his ranch in Colorado and his favorite garb for himself is his jeans. So on his tour of the Corcoran Gallery's exhibition, "An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art," Lauren's favorite Wyeth was grandfather N.C. Wyeth. Lauren told Corcoran curator of education Barbara Moore that he might like to buy one of N.C. Wyeth's huge paintings if one ever came up for sale.

At the Air & Space Museum it was not the planes but the uniforms of those who flew them that fascinated Lauren, particularly the jump suit worn by Charles Lindbergh and the World War II military uniforms. Lauren still designs the uniforms for the stewardesses on TWA.

Flights of Fashion

Garfinckel's Aniko Gaal heard Michael Buller ir,1p describe something as having "great legs and a great body," but there wasn't a model anywhere in sight. In fact Buller, associate editor of Wine magazine, was describing wines being served at Jean Louis for lunch to boost Pan Am's Washington-Paris direct flight.

Gaal is organizing an in-flight fashion show of American and French clothes for Pan Am's July 23 Paris flight. Four models will change in the space just behind the cockpit in front of first-class seating, converted into a rather xr cm,12p cramped dressing room. The flight arrives conveniently just in time for the fall couture showings, including the new couture houses, Christian Lacroix and the first couture designs by Patrick Kelly.

Notes de la Mode

A mall is an unlikely place to look for a historical exhibit, but then the encyclopedia is an unlikely place to search historical fashion data. Just the same, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is traveling an exhibit of 12 costumes recreated in detail from the Civil War to the 1960s. The exhibition will be at Potomac Mills Mall this weekend and is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is changing its Costume Institute exhibition schedule to focus on a large exhibition every few years and continuous smaller exhibits. The next major show, for 1988-1989, focuses on fashions of the Napoleonic era, organized with the Muse'e des Arts de la Mode and to be shown both in New York and Paris. Among the planned exhibits will be a show of 60 top pieces from the Costume Institute's own collection scheduled to open in November, a show of the wardrobe of the Duke of Windsor given to the Met by the late Duchess of Windsor, and a costume show of the Chinese Miao people.

Some things on sale are still no deal. But here's a noteworthy markdown -- the zippered cotton minis by Joseph Ettedgui for his Joseph bis line are marked down to $19.99 at Woodies Chevy Chase. Now that's a bargain