FASHION: Italy's Renaissance

In their biggest bid to capture Paris' high-fashion trade, most of Italy's top designers showed off their spring & summer creations last week in Florence's Grand Hotel. As usual, the Italians were at their best in sportswear and play clothes, and none was better than Milan's blonde, fortyish Jole Veneziani, a onetime furrier who went into dress-designing only six years ago.

Where most designers show only a handful of originals, industrious Mme. Veneziani startled everybody by reeling off so many -(130, mainly sportswear) that she had her mannequins parade four and five at...

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