Milan fashion week opens with hopes of economic comeback

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A model presents a creation from Gucci Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at Milan Fashion WeekMILAN (Reuters) – Designers kicked off Milan fashion week on Wednesday with bold collections to persuade Italian shoppers that the worst of the economic crisis is over and it is time to hit the stores again. Fashion houses including PPR's Gucci, Giorgio Armani and Prada are among the top names showing their womenswear 2013-14 autumn-winter collections, taking up the baton from catwalk shows in London. "I have great hopes for this country after the political and economic debacle of the last months," cashmere goods maker Brunello Cucinelli told Reuters at his showroom. … USA, LLC