HOBBLING ALONG: The next accessory coming from Gucci, Fendi and Valentino might just be designer crutches. Gucci chief Domenico De Sole, Carla Fendi and Valentino all recently experienced falls that left them wobbling. Fendi and De Sole fell at home; each broke a foot. The two shared their stories and compared walking aids — Fendi has a cane, while De Sole is on crutches — during a luxury goods conference in Rome last week. Meanwhile, Valentino twisted his knee in a gardening incident right before Paris couture week. Although the Roman designer was seen limping backstage, he did not require a cast or crutches.

MY KIND OF TOWN: Milan is proceeding with plans to build its Citta Della Moda, or “Fashion City,” in the up-and-coming Garibaldi train station district. The complex of showrooms, stores and offices will be in the same neighborhood that’s home to Carla Sozzani’s multibrand boutique and exhibition space 10 Corso Como. City officials and land developers are seeking architects and their plans for the 57-acre tract, which is set to contain a fashion museum, design schools, restaurants and a hotel. Camera Nazionale Della Moda president Mario Boselli said emerging designers will find cheaper rents for showrooms and retail space in Citta Della Moda than in the traditional downtown areas of the city. Construction is set to begin next year and wrap up in 2007. By Italian standards, that’s quick, says Boselli: “This time, the Italians worked like the Japanese.”

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