It is far too early to think about a wardrobe for next winter when this one has scarcely released its grip, but the Italian collections for autumn highlight what you may want to wear then.
Milan, home of many of the most ubiquitous luxury brands, is very good at conquering commercial trends, though few would give it an A-star for creativity. This time, however, Milan is pinpointing fresh ideas and then making them look believable, in a determined effort to rise above the current economic malaise and make itself indispensable to the global wealthy. And it works. Prada and Marni? More accessible - and beautiful, too. Gucci? An intriguing new era. Versace? Glitzy, yes, but stunningly crafted. Armani? Cutting and strikingly as ever after forty years.
The Italian fashion sector, at least, is in cheerful good health.