TELEVISION: ABSOLUTELY FATUOUS

FASHION ISN'T BORING. BUT THE SPATE OF CABLE PROGRAMS DEVOTED TO IT COULD MAKE YOU LONG FOR A SHOW ABOUT CUTE CPAS

The upcoming NBC-television movie On Seventh Avenue tells the fictional story of Nadine, an ambitious Manhattan designer forced to give up a job at one of the city's swankiest clothiers in an effort to rescue her father's ailing apparel house. Soon we find Nadine immersed in a cashmere-free universe of greasy loan sharks, one of whom tries to win the heart of a supermodel with lines like, "My mother's side of the family is great tailors. I coulda been a designa!"

On Seventh Avenue is ridiculous, of course, yet it paints a far more engaging portrait of fashion culture than the...

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