Living: Showroom At the Top

With 33 designer collections, Tokyo bids for fashion stardom

Forget the summit. Let's get down to serious Japanese business here. Not every VIP visiting Tokyo last week was wrangling over the yen and fretting over international terrorism. Anna Maria Craxi, the stylish and ebullient wife of Italy's Prime Minister, was asked through the usual very proper channels what she would like to see during her visit. Kabuki, perhaps? Tea ceremony? A Buddhist temple? Craxi had another idea: an Issey Miyake fashion show. So, snug within the security perimeter of her hotel, Craxi got a close look at some of the world's most beautiful clothes at a presentation narrated by the...

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