DOWN AND OUT IN LONDON: London fashion may be getting increased attention, but that isn’t leading to financial stability. The schedule for the next London Fashion Week, to be held March 11-14, is missing some well-known names among younger designers. Sonnentag Mulligan isn’t showing this season in order to focus on financing production, and Abe Hamilton, Copperwheat-Blundell and Owen Gaster are holding a joint show because they can’t afford individual runway shows.
THREE’S COMPANY: Giorgio Armani opened its third Emporio Armani store in London last week, a 6,000-square-foot space on two floors in Bond Street. There now are five Emporio Armani shops in the U.K., with the others in Manchester and Glasgow. All the stores are owned by Christina Ong, who also owns the Armani, Bulgari and DKNY stores in London, along with the new Prada store which opens today. Armani launched the latest Emporio store by giving away 2,500 T-shirts, 1,000 pairs of underwear and 900 pairs of jeans.
ZAFTIG: German women should be able to breathe a little easier when they try to get into next fall’s body-conscious suits, thanks to new sizing norms recently brought out by the German Women’s Wear Association. The last sizing survey was done more than 10 years ago, and since then, the average German woman has added more than half an inch to her bust and nearly an inch to her waist and hips. In the survey of 10,000 women and girls, German size 40 (U.S. size 10) fits best for most, with bust measurements of 36.22 inches, hip of 39.37 inches, waist of 29.92 inches and height of 5 feet 5 inches. Some producers like Steilmann have already started incorporating the measurement changes into their patterns for fall ’95. Escada, on the other hand, has no intention of changing its sizes.
“Our sizing is on an international scale. We have two different sizing versions for all styles — Oriental and regular,” said Escada group chairman Wolfgang Ley.