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Marni wins praise for Milan fashion collection

Italian label Marni won quick praise on Sunday for a modernist collection that featured opulent coloured fur coats, feather-fronted skirts and bright zip-front jackets on the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week. Trade journal Women's Wear Daily called it "a fashion extravaganza as audacious as it was beautiful". Jessica Michault, editor-in-chief of Nowfashion.com, tweeted it was "one of the strongest" of the season.

Cavalli scorches Milan with ring of fire catwalk

Models in furs paced around a ring of fire at Roberto Cavalli's catwalk show at Milan Fashion Week on Saturday, which was picketed by animal rights protesters. The typically over-the-top designer put a water feature in the centre of a large tent next to Milan's Arco della Pace, around which a ring of fire was lit at the start of the show as models circled. The autumn/winter 2014-2015 ready-to-wear collection featured flapper dresses, large fur shoulder wraps and long skirts with flames lapping up the sides.

Milan fashion first-timers 'Au Jour Le Jour' thank Instagram

Italian designers Diego Marquez and Mirko Fontana thanked Instagram for propelling them to prominence after their first catwalk show in Milan on Saturday at Giorgio Armani headquarters. The two are behind "Au Jour Le Jour" -- a youthful brand set up in 2010 that featured colourful skirts with lipstick kisses, kittens and puppies for the autumn/winter season. The tones were bold -- with reds, purples and turquoises -- as well as the ubiquitous fake fur jackets that are emerging as a fashion week trend.

Indian designer wins top Milan Fashion Week prize

Designer Rahul Mishra paid tribute to India's craft industry and said fashion could help empower poor Indians after winning the international Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week on Friday. "It can help for the empowerment of people who do not have enough so I celebrate it for them," an emotional Mishra told AFP after receiving the award from a star-studded jury including Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini.

Kering, French owner of Gucci, Puma sees profit nearly wiped out by costs of retail chains

PARIS - Kering, the corporate parent behind Saint Laurent couture and Puma streetwear, says profits were nearly wiped out last year by costs associated with disposing of its retail chains Fnac and Redcats. The company, known until last year as PPR, reported net profit of only 50 million euros ($69 million) last year, down from 1 billion euros in 2012. The name change is part of the group's plan to focus on high-end fashion and trendy sports brands. It owns the Gucci and Stella McCartney brands as well as surf- and skate- fashion house Volcom.

Kering 2013 profits slump on restructuring

French luxury giant Kering said Friday that profits slumped in 2013 as the group restructured to refocus on high-end products like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Net profit dropped from slightly more than 1.0 billion euros in 2012 to 49.6 million euros last year ($68.0 million), the group said in a statement. Kering shares dropped 3.45 percent to 149.65 euros in morning trading.

Kering 2013 profits slump on restructuring

French luxury giant Kering said Friday that profits slumped in 2013 as the group restructured to refocus on high-end products like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Net profit dropped from slightly more than 1.0 billion euros in 2012 to 49.6 million euros last year ($68.0 million), the group said in a statement. Such a profits fall is particularly unusual in the French luxury products sector which comprises many top global brands and has been boosted by broad expansion into emerging markets over several years.

Roberto Cavalli slams celebrity endorsements, commends Instagram

By Isla Binnie MILAN (Reuters) - Roberto Cavalli wants the world of fashion to turn its back on celebrity endorsements, and likes to use Instagram to stay in touch with his customers, the flamboyant Italian designer said at Milan fashion week on Thursday. Speaking before unveiling a womens autumn-winter collection for his youth-focused Just Cavalli line, the designer said he gave his clothes to famous people, but refused to engage a celebrity to promote his brand - a role known as a testimonial.

Big brands parade but Milan fashion fest looks beyond

With big brands defending their dominance and the fashion press wary of taking a gamble, new designers sometimes struggled to be heard in Milan but Vogue Italia's editor told AFP that is all in the past. As Italy's youngest-ever prime minister, the 39-year-old Matteo Renzi, prepares to take power in the coming days, emerging talent is creating all the buzz in Italy's traditional fashion hub.

Swinging '60s Gucci opens hopeful Milan fashion week

Gucci opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with a homage to the '60s as the new chief executive of Italy's fashion chamber told AFP the sector had finally "turned the corner". Models in pastel-coloured mini dresses, soft furs and python boots paraded down the catwalk in what Gucci creative director Frida Giannini called "glamour at its purest". Gucci said the designs were a tribute to "inspirational '60s style icons", with embroidered cocktail dresses, thigh-length trenchcoats and plenty of leather.
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