Italian Designers Are Still Big on Conspicuous Luxury

Feb 27, 2014 888

by Lauren Indvik

Proportionately speaking, Milan, as with Paris, is largely a showcase for luxury fashion. While New York and London have a healthy dose of contemporary and "affordable luxury" brands — think Milly, Rebecca Taylor, Tory Burch, Orla Kiely, Topshop Unique, etc. — the clothes shown at Milan Fashion Week are largely for the very wealthiest of global consumers.

And so it's interesting to see so many designers simultaneously grapple with the idea of luxury, and what constitutes good (and decent) luxury at a time when unemployment is still high in much of Europe and Italy's own economy is still in recession.

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