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¬ólike Kal Ruttenstein, fashion director of Bloomingdale's, who wears "only Armani," and Daniel Hechter, Europe's top-selling men's sportswear designer¬óbelieve 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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