Modern Living: Chicom Chic

They drive back and forth between the Roosevelt Hotel and the United Nations, a clump of austere functionaries clad in sober blue tunics, baggy matching trousers and caps straight out of a '20s movie. Style setters for the Beautiful People? Who would believe it? Yet so it seems. Chairman Mao's favorite jacket in particular—and just about anything else Chinese—is selling in Manhattan boutiques this fall like rice cakes at the Spring Festival.

The new Nixon look in American foreign policy is basically responsible. Sensing a trend, a pretty young thing called Veronika Yhap put...

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