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On a more glamorous note, Giorgio Armani is continuing the onward march of the world's designers opening flagship stores in London. The latest to open its doors, this Monday, is the first ever sleek, urban Collezioni Giorgio Armani store on Bond Street. This is a shop designed to cater for the business community rather than to fashion luvvies.

The shirt was Lauren, the jeans were by Armani ... and the tears flowed right on cue

Diana, Princess of Wales, could not resist one last photo opportunity of the tour, on the airport runway with a group of French servicemen. The first thing she did on getting on to George Soros's private plane was to dive into a pile of Sunday newspapers with stories about herself and Dodi al- Fayed.

Gianni, they hardly knew you

He was the fondant fancy to Armani's Rich Tea: flashy, trashy - and irresistible. Homophobes tut and feminists cringe, but he made women feel good, says Annalisa Barbieri

CAN THIS SWEATER DO ANY BETTER?

If it was possible to overdose on publicity, Joaqun Cortes would be six feet under. Yet here we are giving a few more inches to the diminutive Cordoban. The hype surrounding this talented, but deeply unremarkable, flamenco dancer, is mostly supplied on far glossier paper than this. With Giorgio Armani as his designer and Naomi Campbell for a girlfriend, Cortes is assured of page after page of adoring coverage in women's magazines across Europe.

What's in a name? Try pounds 135

For Levi's read Dolce & Gabbana; for Lee read Kenzo. For pounds 50 read pounds 265. For cowboys read bank robber s. As Calvin Klein might have said, nowadays nothing comes between you and your jeans ... except bankruptcy.

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A dash of Armani with your soup?

Book into a fashionable restaurant nowadays and you can be sure of one thing: the waiters will be smarter and better looking than you. Top restaurateurs now make sure their staff are as well dressed as the salad. But do diners really want to be upstaged? asks Matthew Sweet

BIG, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL WOMEN STOMP THIS WAY

Outsize, plus sizes, 16-plus - call it what you will - is a contentious issue. If you fall into the "normal" range of 10-14 you have no idea how frustrating it is for the majority of women who are size 16 plus to go shopping and find that what they like isn't in their size. To these women, shopping isn't a pleasure, it is a chore. Every "size 14 is the largest size we do, madam" from assistants reminds them that to someone high up in the design chain, they don't exist. To my mind, there is no excuse for not doing at least a size 16, and in an ideal world, I'd like to see all clothes available up to a size 20. But let us hand over to the shops and designers that dictate what we wear. We chose 15 non-specialist labels and asked them what sizes they make; if they didn't do at least a size 16 we asked them why not. Only one of those contacted, Kookai, proferred a "no comment". But there were also some pleasant surprises - such as the fact that Armani goes up to a size 18 and Jean Muir to size 20. Well done. A great deal of the replies cited "lack of demand" for bigger sizes, so start demanding. We are compiling a directory of places that delight in making bigger sized clothes. If you'd like one send a large SAE (with two first class stamps), after 15 January to me at the usual address - mark it "size 16-plus". Here's what the powers that be said:

your armani or your life

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Armani film stirs battle of fashion giants

It's war. An age-old feud that has been gently simmering for the past few years was revived again yesterday by Giorgio Armani who opened his spring/summer 97 show with a short comic film called Salvation.

Missoni'sstripes lead the fashion parade

Prettiness and femininity are the buzz words in Milan this week at the collections for spring/summer 1997. The strict minimal lines of the past few seasons have been interrupted by soft frills, floral prints, transparent billowing chiffon and necklines that drape softly.

ARTS; Confessions of an award junkie

One of the year's most acclaimed films, 'Leaving Las Vegas' won prizes at all the major festivals. But what's it like to have the film world at your feet? In this diary, its director, Englishman Mike Figgis, reports from Hollywood's frontline

Armani deal on bribes charges

Milan (Reuter) - A court gave fashion designer Giorgio Armani a nine-month suspended sentence in a plea bargain yesterday as a major bribery trial featuring some of Italy's top fashion names reopened after months of delays.

On spec

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