Milan Fashion Week has kicked off with the boys leading the way. The men’s pret-a-porter shows included Gucci designer Frida Gianni who used white to express a feeling of optimism. Casual clothes were apparently inspired by the idea of a yacht club. Her evening suits featured fine knitted tops instead of shirts and ties.Gianfranco Ferre’s designers described their show as being clothes for a “French James Bond”. The collection received mixed reactions from fashion writers. The company is shortly launching a jewellery line in an effort to shake off the doldrums. At Georgio Armani however, his famed elegance,classic styling and sheer good tailoring were to the fore. The designer received an extra warm welcome having missed several recent personal appearances due to ill health.