American Stores to Debut in Milan

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As 2010 closes, Gap and Banana Republic will open stores in Milan.

The flagship stores will be located next to each other in Milan’s leading shopping area on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

According to Gap, Inc., additional stores will be opened in other Italian cities, including Rome, in 2011.

There are about 3,100 Gap Inc. stores across the world, with more than 170 Gap brand stores in Europe.

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De la Renta Disses Obama’s Fashion Choices

Even if we’re all chattering about how fly Michelle Obama’s style is, there’s one person out there who isn’t.

And his name might ring a bell.

Enter designer, Oscar De la Renta.

“You don’t…go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater,” he told WWD about Michelle’s ensemble when she met the Queen this week–according to a CNN report.

“American fashion right now is struggling,” he said. “I think I understand what [Obama and her advisers] are doing, but I don’t think that is the right message at this particular point.”