LICKETY-SPLIT: Karl Lagerfeld may have dieted his way to become a very slim man who can wear Hedi Slimane’s sleek Dior duds, but he still has a taste for ice cream. Word has it, Lagerfeld’s cruise collection for Chanel, which he will show in Paris later this month, is based on ice cream colors — and bowls of the frozen confection will be served to editors, buyers and clients as the clothes stroll through the hip Paris restaurant, La Suite.

Meanwhile, Lagerfeld thinks Chanel’s couture collection is a moveable feast. He confirmed reports in these columns he plans to stage future Chanel high-fashion shows in New York, figuring couture week in Paris has lost prestige and press attendance as it has become "more of a melting pot," blending ready-to-wear, fur and cottage-industry couture lines. Besides, "a collection can travel, non?" he asks. Chanel has reserved a date in Paris, July 8, but stay tuned. In Lagerfeld’s hands, fashion can change as quickly as ice cream melts.

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