There's always someone at Milan's Fall shows who feels compelled to lay on a snow scene. This time, it was D&G's Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. No doubt inspired by the Winter Olympics just up the road in Turin, they whipped together a winter-wonderland forest scene, complete with falling synthetic snow that sprinkled the black-clad shoulders of a none-too-delighted audience.

No surprise, the girls who gamboled out were a troupe of ski bunnies, working head-to-toe knits in white. As a device, this was potentially annoying, especially when a sleigh-load of Santa's helpers arrived to hand out Christmas candy (not that welcome, actually, in February). Still, there was enough believable commercial fashion in the chunky cable-knit ponchos, oversize tam-o-shanters, cowl-neck mini sweater dresses, and pompom accessories to almost justify the kitsch of it all.