Business: Fashion Clinic

If you happened to walk down the west side of Fifth Avenue, between 42nd and 40th streets, Manhattan, on almost any summer day of recent years likely as not you were the object of a penetrating glance from a young woman standing on the steps of the New York Public Library. Having glanced, she probably made a mark in the notebook she held in her hand. She may have noted the color of your stockings, the cut of your suit, the length of your skirt, the shape of your hat. You had become a statistic.

Last week, the results of many a...

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