NEW LINE FOR KASTENBERG: Known for her signature sequin jackets and dresses under her own Black Label, designer Jeannette Kastenberg is moving into a new area -- sportswear. Next month she will launch Jeannette Kastenberg White Label, a collection of related separates that draws on her interest in fitness. Styles include catsuits, cropped fleece jackets, cotton and Lycra spandex turtlenecks and minikilts, as well as plenty of synthetics such as Ultraleather and fake fur. Although White Label is for daytime, there are touches of sequins and embroidery throughout. The whole collection will be on view during Kastenberg's first runway show, to be staged during the 7th on Sixth shows in New York's Bryant Park in the Josephine Pavilion on April 12. It can also be seen at the designer's New York showroom at 488 Seventh Ave.

SOLO GOES SOLO: Jackie Solo, formerly a vice president of sales for Robert A. Clair Co., New York, a men's and boys' sportswear manufacturer, is now heading a new women's sportswear venture for the company under her own name. The moderate-priced line, which is making its debut for fall at specialty stores, features fashion tops and bottoms -- primarily novelty knits -- with wholesale prices ranging from $15 to $25.

FAST FIELD PLAY: There's more fast fashion than ever in downtown New York with the expansion of the Patricia Field store at 10 East Eighth St. Opened March 5, the new space is above the original boutique, in a former stereo store. Field said the space adds about 1,400 square feet to her existing 1,700 square feet. The upstairs features athletic sportswear looks for women, while the downstairs houses Field's take on men's wear and women's lingerie with a ready-to-wear look. Eventually, new inventory will be added from young British designers and a hair salon will be installed upstairs, said Field.

NEW PLACES: Kenneth Richard has left the New York showroom of Gabriel & Kramer for his own 800-square-foot space at 240 West 35th St. "It wasn't a parting of the ways with Gabriel & Kramer. It's just that business has been good and we've outgrown the showroom," said Richard.

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