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THE ALL-powerful Giorgio Armani showed his main line collection and the jewel in his crown in Milan yesterday. Italy's king of minimalism and the man who dressed the Eighties continues to stick to what he does best - design classically. And he is wise to do so. This year, for the second time running, his is the most profitable company in all of Italy. Only a fool would argue with that.

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Outlook: Monsoon

MONSOON looked over-priced when it limped on to the stock market last year, and so it has proved. Shares in the women's fashion retailer have now lost three-quarters of their value since the float last February.

Event: Kensington fashion fair

Dedicated followers of fashion should head for London's Kensington Town Hall today where they can get a glimpse of the new season's trends. Featuring more than 65 stalls, the event gives you the chance to see the autumn looks from Jeffrey Rodgers, Replay, MexArts, Outrage and Revenge, as well as importers for Calvin Klein, D and G, Versace, Armani, Moschino, Valentino and Massimo Fiorucci, among others. As well as clothes and accessories for men and women, there will also be free makeovers offered by students from the London College of Fashion, music and refreshments. Best of all, by taking a copy of today's The Information along to the venue, Independent readers will be admitted free of charge.

Fashion: The Style Police: A suit that suits

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Fashion: Perfect pitch

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Peter York On Ads No 245: Armani - Murmuring its praises

The new Emporio Armani scent commercial is both comprehensively idiotic and rather compelling, like so many Fashionland things. It's Armani in Calvin Klein territory with murmurs and mantras, and in Warhol territory with big things said blankly and people perfectly objectified.

Fashion: What does an Armani wearer smell like? Beige, of course

You're designing the ultimate personal scents for modern men and women. There are more aspects to consider than you might think. By Belinda Morris

Film: Riding into the sunrise

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Never mind the Armani: this is class

LAST TIME round it was Armani, this time M&S. Cosi fan tutte gets the People's Opera treatment - you'll have read the headlines. But when Jonathan Miller's classically chic Cosi returned on Tuesday with its cloth cut, literally, to the Royal Opera's straitened means, it was hard to tell which costumes were high-fashion as opposed to high-street. And frankly, the whole thing remains such a miracle of craft, it wouldn't matter if the cast wore dustbin-liners: they would still be stylish, still amaze you with the elegance and detail of a show that represents contemporary opera staging at its most refined.

Armani rage at fashion fiasco

PARIS (AP) - Giorgio Armani yesterday accused French officials of cancelling his first Paris fashion show on a whim and said he planned to talk to his lawyer about how to proceed.

Fashion: Why the Cosi cast were adrift when they went to Marks

The Royal Opera House may be happy with costumes from M&S, but, says Melanie Rickey, Armani offers so much more

Business Outlook: Monsoon prompts worries on price

So it was second time lucky after all for Peter Simon, the founder of the Monsoon fashion chain. The former encyclopaedia salesman, who had to pull the group's float 18 months ago, has signed up a blue chip register of shareholders at the second attempt and got a top of the range price into the bargain. The Armani-clad retailer is now pounds 88m richer and he still has three quarters of a business worth pounds 352m.

Investment Column: Ted Baker makes a name for itself

Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Armani... Ted Baker? If Ray Kelvin, founding chief executive of Ted Baker, is right, his men's casual clothing label will soon have the instant brand recognition enjoyed by these gilt-edged names.
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