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It's autumn in Milan

Designers present their ready-to-wear autumn/winter collections at Milan Fashion Week yesterday. The three Sixties and Seventies-inspired styles on the far left are from Marni. The remainder are by the Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, whose 'tough-chic' collection was inspired by Blade Runner and Mad Max REUTERS; AFP/Getty images

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Milano goes commando

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