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Karl Lagerfeld has gone into battle against Robert Altman. Lawyers for Lagerfeld have filed suit in France against Gaumont Buena Vista, the French distributor of Altman's "Ready to Wear," to prevent a phrase critical of the designer from appearing in the video version of the movie. In the scene in question, a model refers to Lagerfeld as "a thief." "I don't care about the film in cinemas, because it's such a huge flop," Lagerfeld said. "But I don't want this remark appearing in a video, as that remains forever." Lagerfeld refused to appear in the movie, and publicly warned other designers that Altman could make them look like freaks. The movie opens in France on Wednesday.

It sounds like the fashion at Wednesday night's Grammy awards in Los Angeles will be more glam than rock 'n' roll. The three women in Salt n' Pepa will be performing in short, short black Chanel dresses from spring '95 with rhinestone belts and pins. Melissa Etheridge will be sporting a black brocade leather and peau de soie suit with a red and black brocade vest from Pamela Barish. And Richard Tyler has created a no-lapel tuxedo and tails for k.d.lang, a four-button black suit for Seal, a gray tuxedo for Babyface, and a black tux with gray contrast detail for host Paul Reiser. Multi-nominee Sheryl Crow has borrowed a number of outfits from Dolce & Gabbana, including a black stretch fitted satin lapel jacket over tight black stretch sequin jeans. And what's an awards show without a strong presence by Giorgio Armani? Among those in Armani: Bonnie Raitt will be in a black, beaded, high-necked, long-sleeve tunic and Lyle Lovett will be in a three-button tuxedo.

Princess Diana commanded almost all of the attention at this year's CFDA awards in New York, and now she's collecting more than accolades. CFDA accessories designers have sent her a "thank you" basket for showing up to support American fashion. Her take includes: a Judith Leiber handbag, a sterling bracelet from Angela Cummings, an amethyst and gold necklace and earring set from Mish, elbow-length white satin gloves with rosettes from Carolina Amato, a gold matte heart from Robert Lee Morris, a leopard wallet from Carlos Falchi and--in case she misses Charles--a black satin punching bag from Carey Adina.Ah, romance. Marie-Josse and Henry Kravis were tucked quietly away in the large corner banquet having a tete-e-tete lunch Monday at the Four Seasons. Even in all black, Marie-Josse lit up the room, looking sleek and slender. If that's not enough to warm the cockles of your heart, Claudia Cohen and Al D'Amato were spotted locking lips Saturday Night between courses at Coco Pazzo.

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