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KEEPING UP WITH KARL: Karl Lagerfeld, whipping through Hollywood this week on a whirlwind shoot of Icons at Home for Interview, as reported, was so obsessed with what to wear in L.A. he called up editor Ingrid Sischy before he flew over to ask, “What am I supposed to wear?” When Sischy replied that he would be behind the camera, not in front of it — shooting such luminaries as Benecio Del Toro, Faye Dunaway, Nicole Kidman and Arnold Schwarzenegger — Lagerfeld replied, “I don’t know how to dress in Los Angeles!” In the end, he wound up with a wardrobe of his own specially designed-Diesel jeans (size 25 women’s; they’d been worn by a female model on the runway), a Hedi Slimane Dior Homme white shirt and skinny tie and belt, announcing in Arnold’s Malibu home, “I always wanted to be a clothing hanger — and now I am!” Choosing to remain that way, he blew off the well-catered lunch and stuck to his staple: Diet Coke. Meanwhile, the two Austrians got on like a house on fire, and spoke German with an Austrian accent throughout the entire shoot — talking fashion. Turns out, Arnold’s almost as obsessed with clothes and fit as Lagerfeld is. Is there some Dior Homme in his future?

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Lagerfeld also brought over his Chanel team for hair and makeup: Stephane Marais and Odile Gilbert.

VOGUE TAKES MANHATTAN: Up to now, fans of Vogue and never-say-die followers of the iconic Nineties TV show “Melrose Place” rarely ran into each other at parties, but that’s all going to change this month. The kickoff to a series of events hosted by Vogue is the relaunch of Lane Bryant’s V-Jeans collection, to be held July 30 at Discotheque in Manhattan. The event will be emceed by none other than Grant Show, who played the hunky “Jake” on “Melrose Place.”

To publicize the festivities, which range from an analysis of ‘What does your handbag say about you?’ at the Chanel store on Madison Avenue to summer cocktails at the Hamptons’ Star Room, Vogue will distribute 540 Jitney bags filled with goodies to Hamptons-bound travelers on July 27 and Aug. 2. Vogue also commissioned Marc Bauer to design an apron (toga-like in the shape of a leaf) for the winetasters at the blowout finale music and fashion show on the evening of Aug. 3 at the Ark Project in Bridgehampton.

Meanwhile, Vogue and VH1 are gearing up for their annual 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, which this year is moving to Radio City Music Hall in New York. The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. The awards previously were held at The Hammerstein Ballroom.