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'Queer Eye' guy digs Queens ...mall, that is

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The first question that you want to ask Carson Kressley, fashion guru from Bravo's hit show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is:

"What was in your coffee?"

Although it's 9 o'clock on a Saturday morning, a time when even his most adoring fans are stifling yawns and wiping sleep from their eyes, Kressley is working the food court at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst like a tiny blond dervish.

Dressed in a Gucci shirt, simple Levis and brown Frye boots, Kressley mugs for the cameras, talks a mile a minute and delights the quickly growing crowd with his oh-so-risque zingers.

"I'm so glad they named the mall after me," said Kressley, widening his eyes and emphasizing the word "Queens."

Kressley came to the freshly renovated mall Saturday to give free fashion consultations to four men who want to improve their look.

Alex Lopez, 34, is a New York City firefighter whose girlfriend can't stand his stained jeans and dark T-shirts; Bill Zengel's wife complains that her 45-year-old advertising executive husband's style is just "too plain and ordinary." Richard Simmons' wife wants to see an upgrade in her 55-year-old construction engineer husband's trendy, yet casual style. And Kerry Burke, 42, a New York Daily News reporter wants relief — at least on this day — from his "burnt out cop" look.

Kressley swirls into action, replacing jeans with linen pants, T-shirts with colorful cotton duds that button, and sneakers with funky sandals and stylish shoes. And of course, he is "tszuj"-ing, (pronounced jooging) his word for tweaking or making better. "Tszuj not, unless you be tszujed," Kressley says solemnly as he sticks his shirt back into his jeans.

Kressley, who says he's coming out with a book in September called "Off the Cuff," says he enjoys his work on "Queer Eye," the show where he is one of five gay men known as the "Fab 5" who help spruce up the lives of straight guys.

He also said he wouldn't mind giving real estate mogul Donald Trump, star of his own hit reality show "The Apprentice" a fashion consultation.

"He could use some work," Kressley said. "His hair looks like he put his head in a cotton candy machine."

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