FLYTE TAKES FLIGHT: Flyte Ostell, the British design duo, closed their wholesale business Dec. 31. The team of Ellis Flyte and Richard Ostell said they will continue to work together as consultants with clients in the U.S and U.K., but they gave no reason for closing the wholesale operation. In the past the team has sold to Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue. Their spare designs in luxurious fabrics made them hot in the early Nineties, but they have not shown on the runway for 18 months and missed the fall 1995 season because of production problems.
AND THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST: At least to the British Fashion Council. Once again the London runway shows have been squeezed by Milan and Paris, which overlap this season, leaving no time for London between them. Last fall London Fashion Week was held after Paris, but designers felt many overseas buyers skipped the stop and went right back to prepare for the New York shows. This time around the BFC has made London the kickoff for the European season, scheduling the shows for Feb. 29-March 3 at the Natural History Museum.