Living: Cheers for the Home Team

Armani's strength is consolidated, his influence lasting. The fashion world pays homage, genuflects and, like a child peeking out from behind prayers, starts casing the sanctuary for a little diversion. Some are suggesting that the next big fashion push will come from Japan. Others—like Kal Ruttenstein, fashion director of Bloomingdale's, who wears "only Armani," and Daniel Hechter, Europe's top-selling men's sportswear designer—believe that the U.S. will come to the ascendancy. If they are right, here are a couple of kings and two comers who will be riding the crest of the wave:...

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