A STAR IS BORN: When the word “fashion” appears in the vicinity of Lil’ Kim’s name, it’s usually followed by “don’t.” Now the curvaceous rapper has a new suffix: reporter. Starting today, Lil’ Kim will be covering the 7th on Sixth shows as a special correspondent for Star magazine. “She has a very dramatic style,” said American Media editorial director Bonnie Fuller in an uncharacteristic bit of understatement. “Her attitude is that fashion is fun.” Lil’ Kim will make her debut at tonight’s Tommy Hilfiger show, arriving on the back of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle accompanied by the Pink Ladies, a group of models who will hand out copies of Star and samples of Hilfiger’s new fragrance, True Star — the face of which happens to be Lil’ Kim’s rival, Beyoncé Knowles. They’ll also distribute pink bracelets calling attention to Star’s involvement with a new fund benefiting childhood leukemia research. A camera crew from “Extra” will follow Lil’ Kim to several shows, including Oscar de la Renta, Baby Phat, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, who will dress her for the show himself. Note to Michael: Skip the pasties, OK?

THE MAGIC BUS: Fashionistas riding buses? The unimaginable happened when a horde of them, spilling out of Saks Fifth Avenue Tuesday night, climbed onto an MTA bus, with photographer Patrick McMullan leading the charge. Saks threw a huge party for the launch of McMullan’s book, “In Tents,” designed by Pentagram, which is also redesigning Saks’ logo and packaging. About 1,500 people packed the party, including Anna Kournikova, Nick Graham, Carlos Miele, Zang Toi, R.J. Graziano, Dennis Basso, Robert Futterman, Gaetano Sallorenzo, Fred Wilson, Andrew Jennings, Ron Frasch and The Lady Bunny. The revelry continued even after the party ended, when McMullan flagged down an empty bus on 50th Street and yelled to the driver, “Here’s $100. Can you take us?” And it was all aboard from there, with some revelers still drinking or lighting up cigarettes. The bus proceeded east to Second Avenue, when the announcement was made: “This is your friendly bus driver. The last stop will be 42nd Street.” A short and sweet ride.

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