Armani, Dolce & Gabbana open Milan menswear

Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:59pm EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Milan's menswear shows kicked off on Saturday with major Italian designer names Dolce & Gabbana turning to a film about Sicily as inspiration and Giorgio Armani looking to geometry and urban grey for next winter's fashion.

Their shows were some of the first of just under 40 catwalk runs taking place during Milan's autumn/winter 2010/2011 menswear fashion week, which runs until Tuesday and comes amid hopes for a recovery in the crisis-hit luxury sector.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said they were inspired by "Baaria," a big-budget, sentimental sweep through 20th century Sicily -- also Dolce's birthplace -- taking in fascism, war, communism and the Mafia.

They presented a mainly black, white and grey line, sending out models wearing knits over trousers that narrowed at the bottom, against a screen backdrop showing scenes of "Baaria."

Vests were tucked into black washed-out jeans or long-john type trousers and shorts. White shirts were sleek and tucked into jeans or black trousers. They accessorized the look with black caps and boots.

Screens also showed the scene backstage. The duo have been sharing their show preparations via their online magazine Swide, at

Giorgio Armani turned to geometry for his Emporio Armani line which was streamed on the brand's website -- -- and the group's Facebook page.

He played with shapes -- squares, triangles and circles -- as patterns and put zips on gilets and overcoats, presenting a structured silhouette with slim trousers worn under jackets with defined shoulders and accessorized with boots.   Continued...

<p>A model presents a creation as part of the Burberry Fall/Winter 2010/11 Men's collection during Milan Fashion Week January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo</p>