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April 11, 1991|By Knight-Ridder News ServiceChicago TribuneLos Angeles Daily NewsEdited by Catherine Cook

Heating up the runway

Guess who's heating up the runways in New York?

It's Guess super-model Claudia Schiffer, doing her Brigitte Bardot pout. It's true she isn't as graceful as the other models -- often looking like a child trying to walk in high heels for the first time. But frankly, no one seems to care -- least of all the fashion photographers, a predominantly male contingent. They whistled and hooted so loudly that Ms. Schiffer broke into giggles at the Fernando Sanchez show Sunday night.

So much has been said about "the dress" this season that you'd think these little one-piece numbers were the only things out there for women to wear.

Meanwhile, however, it's "the jacket" that continues to be a woman's best fashion friend. Primarily because it gives a finished and a polished look, women have continued to rely on the jacket as a pivotal piece in their closets. Whether it's part of a suit or the odd jacket that gives a pulled-together feeling to assorted separates, the jacket has been a wardrobe mainstay, thanks especially to the design talents of Giorgio Armani and Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, who have given jackets the top spots in their collections for many seasons. And now comes word from the world's fashion capitals that jackets will again play leading roles for fall.

New jacket shapes for spring include looser silhouettes, such as the very fashion-forward trapeze or tent shapes. Freshest textures for jackets are knits, such as the cashmeres designed by Calvin Klein and the jerseys in Michael Kors' new moderately priced collection called Kors.

@ Big ego, big feet, big problem. A new survey by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society found that 88 percent of U.S. women wear shoes that are at least a size too small.

The results were presented at a conference of orthopedic surgeons recently in Anaheim, Calif. The real problem, the doctors found, rests with the shoe industry. U.S. shoes are made in many cases with heels that are too wide in comparison with the ball of the foot. Aging, exercise, and the extra weight of pregnancy expand the ball of the foot, while the heel size remains almost constant throughout life, experts said.

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