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.