Think what you like about Italian fashion, but I for one cannot deny the shiver of excitement that still shoots down my spine when I crack open a hefty invite embossed with one of those monolith five-figure Italian powerhouses - PRADA, FENDI, GUCCI, PUCCI, FERRE, DOLCE (well, and Gabbana). The name alone is like a totem, a seal of approval and of quality, and an indication that what we're about to see is high-octane, big-bucks no-holds-barred Fashion. That capital 'F' is very important. Here's the first clutch of invites for my first day here in Milano. Fittingly, it's one of those five-letter juggernauts that opens the Milan collections for us, with Frida Giannini's S/S 2011 offering for Gucci up first.
Meanwhile, at the same time as I'm slogging and blogging my guts out over here, back in Blighty Hywel Davies is covering the final day of London fashion week, showcasing London's menswear mettle before the fashion crowd flock across the channel for the European leg of our world tour. More soon.