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Honorary president of the Italian Fashion chamber, Beppe Modenese, attends a news conference in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Beppe Modenese, considered by many the force behind the coalescence of Italian ready-to-wear fashion in the northern city of Milan, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 in the fashion capital. He was 90. Dubbed “Italy’s Prime Minister of Fashion” by Women’s Wear Daily  and “Miniser of Elegance” by Vogue, Modenese remained a front-row mainstay into recent seasons, maintaining the official title of honorary president of the Italian fashion council, the Italian National Fashion Chamber. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Beppe Modenese, creator of Milan fashion system, dies at 90

Nov. 23, 2020 11:46 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Beppe Modenese, the force behind the coalescence of Italian ready-to-wear fashion in the northern city of Milan, has died. He was 90. Modenese died Saturday in the fashion capital. No cause of death was given. Dubbed “Italy’s Prime Minister of Fashion” in 1983 by...

People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus sit on a street bench in downtown Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says a national COVID-19 vaccination plan will be launched in January. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Air quality up in some EU cities during pandemic lockdown

Nov. 23, 2020 9:57 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Air quality significantly improved in European metropolitan areas such as Milan and Madrid because of lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, European Union officials said Monday. The improvements were particularly notable for the pollutant nitrogen...

Musical director Riccardo Frizza, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, directs the orchestra during rehearsals for Gaetano Donizetti's opera, Marino Faliero, at the Donizetti theater in Bergamo, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2020. In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo  devastated by coronavirus reopened this weekend after three years of renovations.   (Gianfranco Rota/Teatro Donizetti via AP)

In Italy, theater reopens in town devastated by COVID

Nov. 23, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened this weekend after three years of renovations. But the planned gala celebration had to be postponed, and new productions for an annual festival dedicated to...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 file photo, Designer Alessandro Michele acknowledges the applause at the end of Gucci's Fall/Winter 2020/2021 collection, presented in Milan, Italy. Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele  teamed up with film director Gus Van Sant to create a seven-part mini-series revealing Gucci’s latest collection, dubbed “Ouverture.”  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Gucci, Gus Van Sant challenge fashion cycle with film collab

Nov. 14, 2020 9:55 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele has been looking to transcend the runway show, and the coronavirus pandemic has provided an apt moment. Michele teamed up with American film director Gus Van Sant to create a seven-part miniseries revealing Gucci’s latest collection, titled...

Doctors carry a coronavirus patient in the Intensive Care Unit at Varese’s Circolo hospital, in Varese, Italy, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. During Italy's autumn pandemic resurgence, concern is falling less on intensive care wards and more on regular medical wards, as eight regions have seen the needle move alarmingly into the red-alert zone with more than half of hospital beds dedicated to coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italian hospitals face breaking point in fall virus surge

Nov. 12, 2020 4:59 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Dr. Luca Cabrini was certain his hospital in the heart of Lombardy‘s lake district would reach its breaking point caring for 300 COVID-19 patients. So far, virus patients fill 500 beds and counting. Italy, which shocked the world and itself when hospitals in the wealthy north were...

People visit the Chiesa del Gesu church in Rome, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. In times when a pandemic unleashes death and poverty, the concept of what is essential to keep society functioning in a lockdown is gripping Europe. What may stay open in one country may be designated as non-essential just across the border. Churches in Italy have stayed open, but require social distancing. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Books? Hairdressers? Europeans split on lockdown essentials

Nov. 7, 2020 12:22 PM EST

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — The concept of what is essential to keep a society functioning during coronavirus lockdowns is gripping Europe as the pandemic unleashes death, poverty, illness and isolation. Beyond obvious candidates like food stores and pharmacies, some answers in the patchwork of nations and...

A city police officer walks in the Vittorio Emanuele II gallery shopping arcade in downtown Milan, Italy, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Lombardy is among the four Italian regions classified as red zones, where a strict lockdown was imposed starting Friday - to be reassessed in two weeks - in an effort to curb the COVID-19 infections growing curve. Starting today, only shops selling food and other essentials are allowed to open. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Italy shuts down 4 regions as Europe tries lighter lockdowns

Nov. 6, 2020 1:07 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Luxury fashion boutiques, jewelry shops and most of Milan's flagship department stores were shuttered Friday, as the center of Italy’s vibrant financial capital fell into a gray quiet on the first day of a partial lockdown in four regions aimed at stopping the coronavirus's resurgence. ...

A view of the Palazzo del Ghiaccio (Ice Palace) in Cortina D'Ampezzo, northern Italy, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. A wide swath of northern Italy will benefit from 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in infrastructure development that the government has signed off on to improve access to the venues for the Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics in 2026. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

$1 billion slated for Milan-Cortina Olympics infrastructure

Nov. 5, 2020 11:03 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A wide swath of northern Italy will benefit from more than $1 billion in infrastructure development that the government has signed off on to improve access to the venues for the Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics in 2026. Milan-Cortina Foundation CEO Vincenzo Novari said the decree — approved...

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte leaves after announcing new restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rome, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Four regions in Italy are being put under severe lockdown, forbidding people to leave their homes except for essential reasons such as food shopping and work in a bid to slow surging COVID-19 infections and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday night announced what he described as “very stringent” restrictions on the so-called “red zone” regions of high risk: Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta in the north and Calabria, the region forming the “toe” in the south of the Italian peninsula. (Angelo Carconi/Pool Photo via AP)

Four Italian regions, including Milan, put under lockdown

Nov. 4, 2020 4:22 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Four Italian regions are being put under “red-zone” lockdown, with severe limits imposed on the circumstances under which people can leave home, Premier Giuseppe Conte announced on Wednesday night. What he called "very stringent” restrictions begin on Friday for Lombardy,...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 file photo, an empty street in front of La Scala opera house, left, is illuminated by a red traffic light in Milan, Italy. After a rash of COVID-19 infections among musicians and chorus members, the Dec. 7 season premiere at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled. The theater’s board of directors on Wednesday concluded that the pandemic’s situation and Italy’s anti-COVID-19 measures, which include closure of theaters until at least Nov. 24, won’t allow for “achieving a production open to the public and of the level and with the characteristics required”  for the premiere. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File )

With performers infected, La Scala season premiere canceled

Nov. 4, 2020 4:15 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Dec. 7 season premiere at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled after a rash of coronavirus infections among musicians and chorus members. The theater’s board of directors concluded Wednesday that the...