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“Can’t Stop Fashion” proclaimed a lurid orange and white sign at the entrance to Florence’s ancient Fortezza da Basso in January this year, as the biannual Pitti Uomo menswear show kicked off. The message to the crowds streaming through the fortress’s gates was clear: two fashion-fingers up to Italy’s economic crisis.

Coming together for the 81st edition of Pitti Uomo, this eclectic mix of buyers, fashion editors and designers were in Florence to take the mood of the international menswear industry and look ahead to autumn/winter 2012. Rarely in…



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