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Milan menswear fall 2003 has started yesterday


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Mar 5, 2002
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I was wondering if any you have links to any sites posting up pics? Checked Firstview.com, but all they have up is the schedule. Thanks


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Mar 12, 2002
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No Pics but here's a story off the AP newswire. Sorry about the length:

MILAN, Italy (AP) ­ The fall-winter 2003-04 menswear preview presentations now showing in Milan talk of a man who thinks big.
He wears his clothes oversize, flaunts diamond crosses and Cartier watches, and pairs pointed crocodile shoes with a classic business suit.
He even dares to sport a tie, that most traditional of menswear accessories, decreed passe by fashion trendsetters a decade ago.
Dolce and Gabbana kicked off the five-day showings Sunday with their usual bag of fun-loving fashion tricks.
Without being aggressive, the designing duo's new man, accompanied by such fashion stars as top models Naomi Campbell and Eva Herzigova, is ready to fight the elements in quilted parkas big enough for two, jackets with built-in back packs, and mega cable knit turtleneck pullovers.
Combat is in the air with baggy parachute pants strapped around the leg, bomber jackets full of zippers and straps and heavy-duty buckled boots.
The latest jeans from the duo, famous for being among the first to raise the coarse fabric to couture heights, are belted at the ultra-low waist by a wide silver buckled belt.
The collection also offers a series of impeccable overcoats and a gray flannel double-breasted suit as conservative as anything seen on Bond Street.
Fun comes in the accessories, silver running shoes and red crocodile boots for the classic suits, diamond crosses and opulent watches for the jeanswear. Grand finale of the show ­ a parade of male models in gray slacks, white shirts and bold black ties.
Later Sunday, Donatella Versace did away with the tie replacing it with light weight cashmere or silk pullovers, in an otherwise downplayed show.
In the opening Versus collection, aimed at the younger set, Donatella gave vent to her love for pop music, with oversized rapper jackets, baggy cargo pants, nylon gym suits and multicolored running shoes. Like Dolce and Gabbana, her parkas came in extra large.
The signature Versace show was less fussy and more casual than in past seasons. Deconstructed jackets in boiled wool, car coats in boucle fabric and fur-lined trench coats combined to give an air of sporty sophistication.
Donatella's dark disco side came out in the black silk shirts over black leather pants under a long black coat, accessorized by a black felt hat and dark shades framed in red, which she proposed for evening wear.
While on the runway, Herzigova brightened things up in a see-through black mini that was about the size of a doll's dress. Actress Sharon Stone, in a demure fur jacket, casual jeans and high heels, took it all in from her front-row seat.
On Monday, Roberto Cavalli offered some more big thoughts for the new self-assured man.
More than oversized, Cavalli's parkas are over-the-top, like most of the latest collection from the Florentine designer known for his extravagant, sexy look.
These winter coats, are embroidered and adorned with more colors, sequins, and bits of fur than those of the most opulent of Mongolian rulers. The same wild detailing is used for sheepskin vests and floor-length coats.
Cavalli stays away from his trademark jeans this round, preferring shimmery gold fabrics for both trousers, and glamorous evening suits.
The tie is not the issue at Cavalli, while earlier Monday, Valentino, the most chic of Italian couturiers, underlined its importance by working it directly into the lapel of a classic gray flannel suit.
The preview showings are scheduled to end Thursday, when Giorgio Armani, the maestro of the tailored look, will offer his fashion thoughts for next winter.

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