Off To Milan

AS THE fashion pack braved the 6am flight to Milan this morning, those of us who haven't received our show invitations (probably the postal strike), are gearing up to see the first pictures later today on VOGUE.COM.

Milan is short and sweet this season, beginning today and ending on Monday - but with only DSquared set to show on Monday, most fashion editors have planned a four day trip; albeit one packed with the biggest names in fashion.

Today kicks off with Just Cavalli, followed by three Italian big guns; Giorgio Armani, Moschino Cheap And Chic and Prada. Albino rounds off the day as the hoards head home for some beauty sleep. Meanwhile, Friday's biggest ticket, Versace, has good company on the day's schedule in the form of Blumarine, D&G, Alberta Ferretti, Gianfranco Ferre, Gabrielle Colangelo, Luisa Beccaria and Jil Sander.

The weekend kicks off with Bottega Veneta on Saturday, followed by Max Mara, Roberto Cavalli and Emporio Armani, all before lunch. The afternoon starts with Iceberg and Moschino amongst others, with Gucci and Emilio Pucci Saturday's other key shows. Which brings us to Sunday and (almost), the conclusion of the Italian leg of the shows. Marni, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Etro open the day, followed by Missoni Salvatore Ferragamo and Aquilano.Rimondi.

Despite the huge names peppering the Milan schedule as always, all British fashion eyes will be trained on Sunday's final show, Christopher Kane's debut for Versus; the first time the label has appeared on the schedule since 2004. Kane's delicate prettiness, with a rock edge, meets Donatella's unashamed glamour. We could not be more excited.

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