Eight months ago, who’d have imagined it possible? A 200-strong contingent of fashionistas and socialites gathered in the gardens of a biomedical institute in Rozzano, near Milan, all wearing face masks.

It is the price of admission these days, a symbol of solidarity and social co-operation, of being part of a solution, no matter how simple, flimsy, irritating and — let’s be honest — not exactly the height of fashion. Unfashionable, sure, but totally on trend...

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