Sarah, the red-haired Duchess of York and wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is still an Italian Size 42, which translates to an American Size 12. That's the scoop from retailer Roberto Devorik of Regine, the string of Italian designer shops in London with a branch in Los Angeles. Devorik says the duchess buys clothes "straight off the rack," although her mother, Susan Barrantes, often has clothes custom-made. One top designer here, when questioned about the popularity of Fergie, says it's not just because she's so nice. It's also because she has "healthy hips, and English women can relate to that."
Politics Under Wraps
London designer Katherine Hamnett must have lost her nerve at the last minute. Listen saw her backstage just before her spring show, where she showed us a T-shirt with "Sanction South Africa" written on it. But on the runway, when models displayed her 1960s' tie-dye looks, the model wearing the "Sanction" shirt never unbuttoned the jacket that covered it. Hamnett says she's into short skirts and psychedelic looks because "fashion goes in 20-year cycles, and it's time for iconoclasm again."
Victory at Sea
A gamble just paid off for Peter Bertelsen, the Danish oil investor who dabbles in English fashion. London designer John Galliano, who has been financially backed by Bertelsen for one year, won the Designer of the Year Award this week, presented by the British Fashion Council. Bertelsen was wearing a wide green tie with bright sailboats painted on it when asked if anything else he's done is as risky as the fashion game. "Sure, there's something riskier," answered Bertelsen, who talks like Mike Todd and looks like Richard Burton. "I once invested in a venture to find treasure supposedly lost at sea. That was more of a gamble than fashion."