By  on September 24, 2007

MILAN — As the shows kick off here, fashion editors and retailers are facing sticker shock. The expense reports are going to be heftier than ever as the dollar plummets to new lows against the euro and that's even before any impulse buys on Via Montenapoleone.

Here's a glimpse at the prices the fashion crowd is facing.

- A taxi to the Milan fairgrounds from the city center: 15 euros, or $21 at current exchange, on average, depending on traffic.

- A deluxe single room at the Four Seasons per night: 715 euros, or $1,000.

- A blowout at Salon Cappucci on Via Senato: 30 euros, or $42.

- A cappuccino: 1.20 euros, or $1.70.

- A salad to go: 7 euros, or $10.

- Two cocktails at the Bulgari Hotel: 30 euros, or $42.

- A manicure at Enhancements Unique Nail Spa on Via Solferino: 32 euros, or $45.

- A bottle of water: 1 euro, or $1.40.

- A two-course dinner for two people at Bice, including a bottle of wine: 105 euros, or $147.

- A 40-minute massage at the Hotel Principe Di Savoia spa: 75 euros, or $105.

If it's any consolation, those flocking to Milan can look forward to saving some money on one aspect of their trip. Milan taxi drivers recently agreed on a fixed fare for a cab ride from Malpensa airport to the city center. It now costs 70 euros, or $98, to travel from the airport to any point within the city limits. Prior to that change, the meter could rack up a charge of 90 euros, or $126.

Hey, every euro helps.

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