FASHION: ON THE CUTTING EDGE

AS YOUNG BRITS TAKE OVER TOP PARIS POSTS, THE FOCUS TURNS TO THE RAFFISH SOHO SCHOOL THAT TRAINED THEM

Paris fashion is nothing if not international. The last Frenchman to enter the big time was Christian Lacroix 10 years ago. The king of the industry is Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, who is German. But the headlines are now being made by two young Englishmen: John Galliano, 36, and Alexander McQueen, just 27. A charming, egregiously talented pixie of a man, Galliano took over the house of Givenchy last year but has already moved on to preside over Christian Dior, considered--along with Chanel--the most important French fashion empire. McQueen, an East Ender previously unknown outside the trendier London precincts, was named to...

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