CHIRAC ATTACK: If the devil wears Prada, does the French president wear Chanel? Perhaps. A new novel generating chatter in Paris recounts what happens when a fashion designer runs for president under the slogan “Elegance and Freedom” — and wins. The fictional character, named Steven Marteen, jets around on Air Fashion 1, carries a fan and sports a ponytail. If it sounds a bit like Karl Lagerfeld, it’s meant to be. The authors, journalists Philippe Trétiack and Pierre Antilogus, modeled the title character of “Serious Fashion” on Lagerfeld, with a dash of John Galliano and Tom Ford. Lagerfeld, who read the book “in three seconds,” pronounced it “good fun, but it’s not good.” Certainly the storyline gets ever more outrageous, when the president installs a fashion dictatorship where even the size of pant cuffs is strictly regulated. If you haven’t already guessed the ending, a revolution of nudists, led by a top model, overthrows the government. Yes, the old emperor’s new clothes routine.

LINDA’S NEW DIGS: Ex-Warnaco chairman and chief executive Linda Wachner, who left the giant maker on Nov. 16, 2001, has set up a midtown Manhattan office at 919 Third Avenue, in the same building as law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, the firm that represented Wachner during a $25 million severance claim — in which Wachner received 1.8 percent, or $452,000.

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