The heavy-hitters showed ultra-femine styles at shows that set the fashion standard for the world.

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MILAN — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi was on hand last week to kick off Milan Fashion Week, putting his political clout behind an industry that sets the standard for the nation, if not the world.

The big brands that presented their womenswear collections for next spring and summer in Milan included Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Fendi, among other big names. Scroll through the slideshow for highlights.