Ups and downs of fashion scene in Milan and London

Burberry's menswear show will move back to London. Photo: AFP

The global fashion markets shift quickly and although Paris remains the undisputed centre, the two other major European cities on the agenda seem to be in a constant power struggle.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 10:22am

Balotelli winner for Milan over Parma

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli (right) celebrates with teammate Niang during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Parma at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Photo: Reuters

A late strike from Mario Balotelli was enough to secure a 2-1 victory for Milan over Parma and a jump up to fourth place in Italy’s Serie A on Friday.

16 Feb 2013 - 2:08pm

Major banks convicted in Milan fraud case

Deutsche Bank will appeal.

Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, UBS and Depfa Bank have been convicted by a judge in Milan for their role in overseeing fraud by their bankers in the sale of derivatives to the city.

Judge Oscar Magi yesterday ordered that about €90 million (HK$926 million) of assets be seized from the banks and that the firms pay sanctions of €1 million each. He also convicted nine bankers of fraud.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:19am

Former Italian PM Berlusconi sentenced to four years for tax fraud

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (left) has been sentenced by a Milan court to four years in prison for tax fraud. Photo: AFP

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud connected to his Mediaset television channels Friday, and was banned from holding public office for three years by a Milan court.

26 Oct 2012 - 11:12pm

The looks of love

Romeo Gigli's name will be unfamiliar to anyone under the age of 40. The Italian fashion designer has been off the radar for eight years, but he was one of the most innovative and influential designers of the 1980s and '90s. He is now preparing a comeback, with the help of the Hong Kong retailer Joyce.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Armani hits the suite spot in the city where it all began

Along with Paris and New York, Milan is one-third of the holy fashion trinity. A clutch of famous designers call Italy's northern capital home, including Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace. Four times a year, models, editors and catwalk wannabes descend on the city's champagne-fuelled fashion weeks. A-listers (Madonna, Prince) stay at the Hotel Principe di Savoia.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Take the rough with the schmooze

I recently returned from 15 straight days of fashion week in Milan and Paris. There were some great shows, and I interviewed designers including Dries Van Noten and Olivier Theyskens - but I can't say I've returned in the most sprightly form.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Retro vision

Cotton blazer, silk trousers and blouse all by Diane von Furstenburg. Necklace by Moschino. Shoes by Casadei.

Left: Silk mix top by Missoni. Ring by Roberto Cavalli. Bracelet by Chanel. Below: Dress with sequined front detailing by Marc Jacobs. Earrings by Sharra Pagano. Bracelets by Chanel. Shoes by Vionnet.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Maximus exposure

Resurrection is in, with many major fashion houses reviving their archives in recent years. At the same time, the revamp is being extended to historical structures as luxury brands fund various renovations. Among the latest is Tod's Group, which is sponsoring a major overhaul of the Colosseum in Rome, one of the world's most famous ancient sites.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Whistle-stop trip brings a little magic to Hong Kong with launch of the Fairy Bag

Despite only spending 24 hours in Hong Kong, Jacopo Etro (pictured) made the long-haul flight from Milan in time for the launch of his exclusive-to-Asia Fairy Bag on Thursday at the IFC atrium.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Style meter


Bright orange hues

Popular at Milan's men's fashion week.

Soft tulle

Feminine and floaty for spring


Not just for sailors.

Classic shapes

A casual, elegant revival.


Baby pink sandals

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Simple yet elegant

Biker-inspired and vintage leather boots are among this season's most popular footwear trends for men. The usage of duel-colour tones is also prominent, with an emphasis on stone grey and various shades of brown, says Freda Lee, head of marketing communications at Fairton International Group, which stocks Fratelli Rossetti and Lloyd.

24 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Italian chic will add luxury to any home

With more than 30 years in the sofa manufacturing industry in Italy, Cierre has become a well-known brand among those who adore style. As a result, it has developed a worldwide distribution network which is envied by rivals.

17 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

A designer bag for everyone

Name: Byron Yiu Kwan-tat Occupation: chairman and CEO of Milan Station Hobbies: playing tennis, collecting limited-edition goods from luxury brands Playlist: I rarely listen to music Sign: Sagittarius

The man: 'I have worked in different industries: I've been a waiter, a hawker and a salesman.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Into Milan

There are those who denigrate Milan for being a dour industrial city but where else can a traveller let the last notes of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo linger in their ears (having been perfectly sung at the world's best opera house) while they stroll across a Palladian square towards a marvellous glass-covered arcade built as a baroque fantasy to honour a 19th-century king?

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am