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Gucci, Roberto Cavalli headline Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week

By Associated Press
Gucci, Roberto Cavalli headline Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi poses with Italian-Haitian fashion designer Stella Jean (second from right) and other young upcoming designers on the first day of Milan Fashion Week, at Palazzo Reale, in Milan, Italy, Feb 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

MILAN — Premier Matteo Renzi opened Milan Fashion Week for the first time, signaling a fresh government focus on the strategic center of Italian fashion.

Putting the emphasis on youth, Italy's youngest premier posed near Milan's Duomo cathedral Wednesday with a host of emerging and newly established designers who in recent years have given new impulse to Milan's fashion runways.

Renzi has indicated that he wants to better showcase and unify Italy's coveted design and fashion industries, encompassing also footwear, handbags and eyewear, in a yet-undefined initiative.

Also joining the premier at lunch were some of Milan's mainstays, including Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna and Ermanno Scervino, as well as the head of the Milan Fashion Chamber Carlo Capasa and Conde Nast creative director Anna Wintour.

But the first day of womenswear previews for fall-winter 2016-17 belonged to young, if established, talent, with Alessandro Michele previewing his collection at Gucci and Peter Dundas showing his first women's cold weather wear looks for Roberto Cavalli. Both designers took the helm of major Italian fashion houses last year, representing a generational shift.

Gucci, Roberto Cavalli headline Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week
A model wears a creation for Gucci women's Fall-Winter 2016-2017 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Feb 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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