Living: Look Out, Paris, It's Chic to Chic In Milan

A look of inventive, well-made elegance that is wearable in a real world

Report of fashions in proud Italy. . .

—William Shakespeare, Richard II

Milan basked in the heady perfume of spring flowers and international applause. The ready-to-wear collections paraded at the Italian fashion center last week triumphantly upheld its tradition of sophistication and charm. By contrast with the far-out fantasy fashion of Paris, la moda milanese stands more than ever for inventive, well-made clothes that are wearable in a real world: functional but feminine by day, dramatic but not stagy by night....

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