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THE OSCAR GOES TO…: There will be one notable absence from the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week next month. A spokeswoman for Oscar de la Renta confirmed the designer will show his spring 2008 collection at 583 Park Avenue — which he has already used for his resort presentation last June. De la Renta is said to have liked the venue, which formerly housed a Christian Science church, so much that he opted to move. “Oscar de la Renta has shown with us for years and, though he will be missed, we wish him every success in his new location and look forward to welcoming him back to the tents very soon,” a spokesman for IMG said.
HANDSOME KENNETH MEETS UGLY BETTY: Kenneth Cole is finding that art imitates life. Cole will be playing himself on an “Ugly Betty” episode airing this October, in which he will be honored at a Black & White Ball thrown by the fictional Meade family. Cole is shooting the episode in Los Angeles Monday. Back in reality — and New York — the chairman and chief executive officer of Kenneth Cole Productions (as well as chairman of amfAR) will receive the AMY award at the YMA Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Dinner on Jan. 9 at the Marriott Marquis. The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships since 1971 and, beginning this year, Geoffrey Beene National Scholarships of $25,000 will be given to four students.
CAMP ENOUGH FOR YOU?: Fans of the over-the-top, outrageous and politically incorrect should go for “Liberace: Your Personal Fashion Consultant,” by Michael and Karan Feder, a book of paper dolls of the Las Vegas performer in outlandish costumes that have to be seen to be believed. Liberace, who parlayed a serious gift as a classical pianist into an elaborate cabaret-style act, performed all over the U.S. and had a TV program, “The Liberace Show,” that was a big hit in the early Fifties before launching his long-running act in Sin City. Liberace died in 1987. The book will be published by Abrams Image in October.
SEEING IN THE DARK: On Wednesday evening, Victoria’s Secret model Jarah Mariano took a stab in the dark — and hit the jackpot. The model was browsing the “Women in the Arts” exhibit at the World Culture Open Center in Manhattan when the gallery’s lights suddenly went out. Clearly not one to be bewildered by a blackout, Mariano used the light from her cell phone to select the showing’s priciest offering, a $10,000 painting by fellow model Caron Bernstein. Bernstein’s work (as well as the designs of Allison Kramer and Layla Love) will be on display at the World Culture Open Center until Saturday when Noel Ashman will fete the female artists at his Chelsea boîte, the Plumm.