Italian Fashion in the Time of the Trollop – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/22/fashion/shows/22DIARY.html

IN Italy nobody drives in the slow lane, colloquially called the lane of shame. So it’s somewhat of a mystery why the Italian fashion industry, one of the primary engines of the Italian economy, continues to putter along year after year doing 50 while China, Eastern Europe, India and — aesthetically if not economically — even France go whizzing past.

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