Milan's designers showed next winter will mainly be grey and slimmed down for men, with sober creations that seemed to look for comfort in a chilly economic climate but a spat between two top names heated up the week.
Italy's top designers are squabbling over a pair of padded trousers, with Giorgio Armani accusing Dolce & Gabbana of copying him and the duo in turn saying the doyen of fashion has nothing to teach them.
MILAN (Reuters Life!) - They have both stripped down separately for the Emporio Armani underwear advertising campaign, but soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria are now posing together for the doyen of Italian fashion.
British luxury goods group Burberry (BRBY.L) beat third-quarter revenue forecasts, helped by heavy discounting, and said it would cut around 540 jobs in Britain and Spain to protect profit in tough trading conditions.
As the male fashion spotlight readies to shift from Milan to Paris this week, the question on all lips is whether the world's economic doldrums will dampen the usual exuberance of the twice-yearly men's shows.
Luxury goods giant Richemont said Monday that demand fell "dramatically" during the final quarter of 2008, especially in the United States, in the toughest market conditions seen in the group's 20 year history.