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In pictures: Milan Fashion Week

A model wears a hat crafted by Turkish designer Rifat Ozbek

The eyes of the fashion world are on Milan, as leading designers show off creations for spring/summer 2007.

A "normal-sized" model wearing Elena Miro

Against a rumbling dispute over whether models are too thin, designer Elena Miro was unafraid to use "normal-sized" women to model her collection.

A model wearing a design by Pin Up Stars

But slender women were certainly in evidence on the catwalks, despite suggestions Milan might ban designers from using thin models.

Backstage at Milan

Backstage the pace has been frenetic, with make-up artists preparing the models to take to the catwalk.

Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue

In the audience, key players in the fashion industry, such as Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue, cast their eyes over the prospects for 2007.

Models at Prada's show

Italian fashion powerhouse Prada used soft, flowing fabrics as the centrepiece of its collection, judged "sensuous" and "feminine" by observers.

A model wears a design by Enrico Coveri

Italian designer Enrico Coveri used bright colours and patterns in his collection.

Israeli model Bar Refaeli

Some designs, such as this Clips gown worn by Israeli model Bar Refaeli, girlfriend of film star Leonardo DiCaprio, followed classic conventions.

A model wears a design from the Seduzioni Diamonds Valeria Marini collection

Others, like this ensemble from the Seduzioni Diamonds Valeria Marini show, appeared less practical.

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