Colourful, retro and skittish shows challenge the traditionally understated elegance of Italian labels
Anna Wintour has placed a Louboutined heel on yet another rung of the Establishment ladder.
Clean lines and cat's eye glasses evoke memory of repressed secretaries
It wasn't just the champagne cocktails, celebrity-filled front rows or, indeed, the clothes on the catwalks that kept the demanding audience of London Fashion Week entertained yesterday.
The Principe is a bastion of old-guard glamour among the minimalist hotels that are cropping up across Milan. There's marble everywhere, Murano glass fittings and wood-panelled walls. All in all the hotel's decadent interiors stand out against the Armani-grey furnishings and raw cement surfaces that prevail elsewhere.