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Young stars of social media fill Dolce&Gabbana front row

Social media stars have brought a fresh buzz to Milan Fashion Week. As word of their whereabouts spreads, gaggles of fans gather outside the restaurant or show venue where they are gathered, hoping for the chance to get a selfie — the pixel version of the 15 minutes of fame.

Here are some highlights from the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week womenswear previews for next spring and summer on Sunday. They include Dolce&Gabbana, Marni, Stella Jean and Missoni:

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INTERNET STARS

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are showing their fashion smarts by inviting a host of Millennial-and-under internet stars and fashion trendsetters to the Dolce&Gabbana front row.

Young VIPs like Cameron Dallas, Sistine Stallone, Zoey Deutch, Lucky Blue Smith and Pyper America Smith, who command millions of followers across multiple social media platforms, give an instant burst of recognition to a very and attentive and targeted audience across the globe.

In all, more than 20 young celebrities of social media, many of them Hollywood offspring, attended the show on Sunday, drawing hundreds of fans with roller coaster screams to the designer's central Milan theater.

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ITALIAN TROPICS

Exuberant street dancers filled the runway to set an upbeat tone for the Dolce&Gabbana preview show with their acrobatics.

The duo's collection for next spring and summer was dubbed "Italian Tropics," a fantastical framing of the designers' beloved Sicily, and was exuberant in itself, starting off with a series of bejeweled and embroidered jackets paired with flouncy transparent net skirts, hot pants, decorated ripped jean shorts and silken floral print dresses.

If Italy truly had the tropics, its prints would include oversized penne, bundles of spaghetti, colorful cocktails and cones of multi-flavored gelato, which Dolce&Gabbana fashioned into pretty frocks and comfortable trousers and jackets. In keeping with the Italian food theme, jute mini-dresses appeared to be advertising Italian pizza and a specific brand of canned tomatoes. A dress covered in netting had snagged a selection of seafood, accompanied by lobster earrings.

Nary a box was unticked for next season, hardly a silhouette left unexplored. The designers delivered a selection of pretty black dresses, from sheer lace numbers to short cocktail looks. Big round sequins covered dresses and overcoats, while shoes and ornamental hair pieces not only glimmered -- some actually lit up. Jeans were ripped and possibly covered with metallic ornaments, jewels or fringe. T-shirts came with the Virgin Mary surrounded by saints, or plays on the Dolce and Gabbana D&G logo, showing you can beat the counterfeiters at their own game, with enough self-deprecation.

Amid the endless variety, the final dress of the show perhaps best demonstrated that the designers' intent for next season was something less showy: A baby blue floral dress that hugged the bodice peasant-style and highlighted the curves with a diagonal ruffle. Gently curled hair was decorated with a simple pink flower. The final word being, self-possession.

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COUNTERINTUITIVE DRESSING

Marni's collection for next spring and summer appeared to be of such a complex construction that it would seem to require a dress maid, or at least written instructions, perhaps even a video.

Accordion pleated dresses wrapped around along the bias, trailing ribbons or rope drawstrings. Tops with manifold folds and dragging cuffs fastened at the waist with a metallic buckle, and tuck into drawstring skirts. High-neck tunics with oversized sleeves and big cargo pockets were wrapped in wide kimono belts. Knitwear was gathered upward, obscuring the practicalities of how to get in or out.

Creative director Consuelo Castiglione counterintuitively played with proportions. Cargo pockets billowed like balloons over jumpsuits and coats. Sleeves were oversized, ending in bell shapes or big open cuffs. On skirts, the arched hemline of previous seasons was revisited. Seen from behind, a peplum layered evenly with a jacket hemline and skirt for a sculptural effect.

For evening, a black dress was constructed out of panels stitched together loosely to allow skin to peek through, creating the effect of an ultra-modernist wedding cake.

Colors are mostly basics, from white to beige to black, with flashes of emerald green, dusty pink and hues of blue. Marni prints for the season include florals and gentle geometrics. Big baubles and pointy shoes finish the looks.

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FROM BIKINI TO BURKINI

Federica Pellegrini showed over her Olympian abs in a bikini top and white linen pants by Raffaella D'Angelo. The champion swimmer says that the experience of modelling for the swim and beachwear label has created an interest in fashion for a possible next career — but only after the Tokyo Games in 2020.

"Every time I feel a different emotion, compared to when I swim. At the end of my career, maybe I will stay in the fashion world," she told the news agency ANSA after the Saturday show.

D'Angelo opened the show with an ornamentally printed burkini in somber shades, winning applause from the crowd.

"This isn't meant as a provocation, but as an opening," the designer told ANSA, saying her choice to show a burkini was meant as a sign of respect for Islamic culture. She also noted wryly that how women dress at the beach has long been the source of social discussion.

"This year we celebrate 70 years of the bikini. A century ago, we all went around all covered. We don't need to be scared of novelty," she said.

While in neighboring France debate over burkinis on beaches was sparked by local bans, Italians have shown more tolerance with the issue.

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CHARITY AUCTION

Models Adriana Lima and Sara Sampaio helped drive up the bidding for a trip to the 2016 Victoria's Secret fashion show as the amfAR charity raised nearly $2 million for AIDS research at a gala Saturday night, a Milan record.

Also on hand for the annual event was Heather Graham and Karolina Kurkova. Lapo Elkann, whose family controls both the Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari carmakers, was honored with the AmfAR courage award for his support of the charity, which aims to find a cure to AIDS by 2020.

"I've been fortunate in my life, and for me to be generous is normal. If not it would be a shame," Elkann said. He then urged the well-heeled attendees, who he noted spend freely on expensive cars, airplanes and clothes, "instead of being generous on vanity, be generous on things that have a purpose."

Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the victims of last month's deadly earthquake in central Italy.

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Follow Colleen Barry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/colbarry

Young stars of social media fill Dolce&Gabbana front row

Social media stars have brought a fresh buzz to Milan Fashion Week. As word of their whereabouts spreads, gaggles of fans gather outside the restaurant or show venue where they are gathered, hoping for the chance to get a selfie — the pixel version of the 15 minutes of fame.

Here are some highlights from the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week womenswear previews for next spring and summer on Sunday. They include Dolce&Gabbana, Marni, Stella Jean and Missoni:

___

INTERNET STARS

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are showing their fashion smarts by inviting a host of Millennial-and-under internet stars and fashion trendsetters to the Dolce&Gabbana front row.

Young VIPs like Cameron Dallas, Sistine Stallone, Zoey Deutch, Lucky Blue Smith and Pyper America Smith, who command millions of followers across multiple social media platforms, give an instant burst of recognition to a very and attentive and targeted audience across the globe.

In all, more than 20 young celebrities of social media, many of them Hollywood offspring, attended the show on Sunday, drawing hundreds of fans with roller coaster screams to the designer's central Milan theater.

____

ITALIAN TROPICS

Exuberant street dancers filled the runway to set an upbeat tone for the Dolce&Gabbana preview show with their acrobatics.

The duo's collection for next spring and summer was dubbed "Italian Tropics," a fantastical framing of the designers' beloved Sicily, and was exuberant in itself, starting off with a series of bejeweled and embroidered jackets paired with flouncy transparent net skirts, hot pants, decorated ripped jean shorts and silken floral print dresses.

If Italy truly had the tropics, its prints would include oversized penne, bundles of spaghetti, colorful cocktails and cones of multi-flavored gelato, which Dolce&Gabbana fashioned into pretty frocks and comfortable trousers and jackets. In keeping with the Italian food theme, jute mini-dresses appeared to be advertising Italian pizza and a specific brand of canned tomatoes. A dress covered in netting had snagged a selection of seafood, accompanied by lobster earrings.

Nary a box was unticked for next season, hardly a silhouette left unexplored. The designers delivered a selection of pretty black dresses, from sheer lace numbers to short cocktail looks. Big round sequins covered dresses and overcoats, while shoes and ornamental hair pieces not only glimmered -- some actually lit up. Jeans were ripped and possibly covered with metallic ornaments, jewels or fringe. T-shirts came with the Virgin Mary surrounded by saints, or plays on the Dolce and Gabbana D&G logo, showing you can beat the counterfeiters at their own game, with enough self-deprecation.

Amid the endless variety, the final dress of the show perhaps best demonstrated that the designers' intent for next season was something less showy: A baby blue floral dress that hugged the bodice peasant-style and highlighted the curves with a diagonal ruffle. Gently curled hair was decorated with a simple pink flower. The final word being, self-possession.

____

COUNTERINTUITIVE DRESSING

Marni's collection for next spring and summer appeared to be of such a complex construction that it would seem to require a dress maid, or at least written instructions, perhaps even a video.

Accordion pleated dresses wrapped around along the bias, trailing ribbons or rope drawstrings. Tops with manifold folds and dragging cuffs fastened at the waist with a metallic buckle, and tuck into drawstring skirts. High-neck tunics with oversized sleeves and big cargo pockets were wrapped in wide kimono belts. Knitwear was gathered upward, obscuring the practicalities of how to get in or out.

Creative director Consuelo Castiglione counterintuitively played with proportions. Cargo pockets billowed like balloons over jumpsuits and coats. Sleeves were oversized, ending in bell shapes or big open cuffs. On skirts, the arched hemline of previous seasons was revisited. Seen from behind, a peplum layered evenly with a jacket hemline and skirt for a sculptural effect.

For evening, a black dress was constructed out of panels stitched together loosely to allow skin to peek through, creating the effect of an ultra-modernist wedding cake.

Colors are mostly basics, from white to beige to black, with flashes of emerald green, dusty pink and hues of blue. Marni prints for the season include florals and gentle geometrics. Big baubles and pointy shoes finish the looks.

____

FROM BIKINI TO BURKINI

Federica Pellegrini showed over her Olympian abs in a bikini top and white linen pants by Raffaella D'Angelo. The champion swimmer says that the experience of modelling for the swim and beachwear label has created an interest in fashion for a possible next career — but only after the Tokyo Games in 2020.

"Every time I feel a different emotion, compared to when I swim. At the end of my career, maybe I will stay in the fashion world," she told the news agency ANSA after the Saturday show.

D'Angelo opened the show with an ornamentally printed burkini in somber shades, winning applause from the crowd.

"This isn't meant as a provocation, but as an opening," the designer told ANSA, saying her choice to show a burkini was meant as a sign of respect for Islamic culture. She also noted wryly that how women dress at the beach has long been the source of social discussion.

"This year we celebrate 70 years of the bikini. A century ago, we all went around all covered. We don't need to be scared of novelty," she said.

While in neighboring France debate over burkinis on beaches was sparked by local bans, Italians have shown more tolerance with the issue.

____

CHARITY AUCTION

Models Adriana Lima and Sara Sampaio helped drive up the bidding for a trip to the 2016 Victoria's Secret fashion show as the amfAR charity raised nearly $2 million for AIDS research at a gala Saturday night, a Milan record.

Also on hand for the annual event was Heather Graham and Karolina Kurkova. Lapo Elkann, whose family controls both the Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari carmakers, was honored with the AmfAR courage award for his support of the charity, which aims to find a cure to AIDS by 2020.

"I've been fortunate in my life, and for me to be generous is normal. If not it would be a shame," Elkann said. He then urged the well-heeled attendees, who he noted spend freely on expensive cars, airplanes and clothes, "instead of being generous on vanity, be generous on things that have a purpose."

Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the victims of last month's deadly earthquake in central Italy.

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Follow Colleen Barry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/colbarry

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'Magnificent Seven' rides Denzel's star power to $35M debut

Antoine Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" remake rode the star power of Denzel Washington to an estimated $35 million debut, topping North American ticket sales over the weekend.

Sony Pictures' estimate Sunday for "The Magnificent Seven" had the film far ahead of the week's other new release, Warner Bros.' "Storks." The animated movie, starring Andy Samberg as a baby-delivering stork, opened with $21.8 million.

A remake of John Sturges' 1960 film, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," ''The Magnificent Seven" slots in as one of the biggest openings for a Western ever. The genre-blending "Cowboys & Aliens" holds the Western record with a $36.4 million debut in 2011.

In third place was Clint Eastwood's "Sully," which took in $13.8 million in its third weekend.

'Magnificent Seven' rides Denzel's star power to $35M debut

Antoine Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven" remake rode the star power of Denzel Washington to an estimated $35 million debut, topping North American ticket sales over the weekend.

Sony Pictures' estimate Sunday for "The Magnificent Seven" had the film far ahead of the week's other new release, Warner Bros.' "Storks." The animated movie, starring Andy Samberg as a baby-delivering stork, opened with $21.8 million.

A remake of John Sturges' 1960 film, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai," ''The Magnificent Seven" slots in as one of the biggest openings for a Western ever. The genre-blending "Cowboys & Aliens" holds the Western record with a $36.4 million debut in 2011.

In third place was Clint Eastwood's "Sully," which took in $13.8 million in its third weekend.

Still no will, but work to settle Prince estate forges ahead

Work to settle Prince's estate is moving forward, and a closed hearing is expected to be held this week to resolve an undisclosed dispute between the likely heirs and the trust company that's managing the estate. Court papers say only that the dispute involves "confidential business agreements." Five months after the musician's death, here's a look at where things stand:

STILL NO WILL

No will has surfaced since Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April, so his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings are likely to be declared the rightful heirs within the next few months. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide has not made an official declaration or said when he will. He has rejected numerous claims by people who said they were Prince's children, wives and cousins, or that they otherwise deserved a piece his estate. The main question remaining is whether a woman and girl who claim to be Prince's niece and grandniece are entitled to shares. The judge plans to hold one or two hearings on that in November.

WHO IS RUNNING THE SHOW?

At Tyka Nelson's request, the court appointed Bremer Trust to serve as special administrator of the estate pending the appointment of an executor, which would happen after the court names the legal heirs. Tyka Nelson or someone else could be named the executor, or the heirs could choose to keep Bremer Trust in charge or bring in a different manager. Currently, Prince's entertainment assets are being managed by L. Londell McMillan, a longtime attorney, manager and friend of the artist, and entertainment industry executive Charles Koppelman.

CLAIMS DEADLINE

A Sept. 12 deadline set by the judge for claims against the estate passed quietly. Most businesses that say they're owed money have been filing their claims directly with Bremer Trust, and those claims aren't public information. While people who claim to be Prince's heirs are supposed to have filed with the court by now, it's possible that more claims could trickle in. But the legal bar for getting taken seriously at this point is high.

THE CONCERT

The Oct. 13 tribute concert sanctioned by Prince's family sold out quickly when tickets went on sale Monday. The lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and others. Prince's inner circle gets a nod with Morris Day & The Time, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield, The New Power Generation and 3rd Eye Girl. The family originally wanted to hold the concert at the new NFL stadium in Minneapolis, but after a long wait for details that frustrated fans across the country, the much smaller Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul was chosen as the venue.

THE PAISLEY PARK MUSEUM

Paisley Park, the 65,000-square-foot studio complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen where Prince lived and died, opens for tours Oct. 6. If that sounds reminiscent of Elvis Presley's Graceland, it should. Graceland Holdings is managing it. The tours will include the studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits; the soundstage where he rehearsed for tours and hosted exclusive private concerts; and displays of artifacts including costumes, awards, instruments, and rare music and video recordings. The 70-minute tour costs $46 to $57.50, while the 100-minute VIP tour will cost $111.75. Tickets are available online only. A round building on the 9-acre grounds may be developed into a boutique hotel eventually.

THE TAXMAN COMETH

No official valuation of the estate has surfaced since a Bremer Trust attorney estimated during a hearing in June that it could be worth $100 million to $300 million. But it's certain that attorneys, accountants and others are hard at work on that question. That's because estate taxes are expected to gobble up just over half its value. The Internal Revenue Service will be expecting a payment in January. Bremer Trust has been putting some of Prince's real estate holdings on the market. His recorded music shot to the top of the charts after he died, so it's a safe bet that a lot of those royalties will find their way into the public treasury.

Still no will, but work to settle Prince estate forges ahead

Work to settle Prince's estate is moving forward, and a closed hearing is expected to be held this week to resolve an undisclosed dispute between the likely heirs and the trust company that's managing the estate. Court papers say only that the dispute involves "confidential business agreements." Five months after the musician's death, here's a look at where things stand:

STILL NO WILL

No will has surfaced since Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April, so his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings are likely to be declared the rightful heirs within the next few months. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide has not made an official declaration or said when he will. He has rejected numerous claims by people who said they were Prince's children, wives and cousins, or that they otherwise deserved a piece his estate. The main question remaining is whether a woman and girl who claim to be Prince's niece and grandniece are entitled to shares. The judge plans to hold one or two hearings on that in November.

WHO IS RUNNING THE SHOW?

At Tyka Nelson's request, the court appointed Bremer Trust to serve as special administrator of the estate pending the appointment of an executor, which would happen after the court names the legal heirs. Tyka Nelson or someone else could be named the executor, or the heirs could choose to keep Bremer Trust in charge or bring in a different manager. Currently, Prince's entertainment assets are being managed by L. Londell McMillan, a longtime attorney, manager and friend of the artist, and entertainment industry executive Charles Koppelman.

CLAIMS DEADLINE

A Sept. 12 deadline set by the judge for claims against the estate passed quietly. Most businesses that say they're owed money have been filing their claims directly with Bremer Trust, and those claims aren't public information. While people who claim to be Prince's heirs are supposed to have filed with the court by now, it's possible that more claims could trickle in. But the legal bar for getting taken seriously at this point is high.

THE CONCERT

The Oct. 13 tribute concert sanctioned by Prince's family sold out quickly when tickets went on sale Monday. The lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and others. Prince's inner circle gets a nod with Morris Day & The Time, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield, The New Power Generation and 3rd Eye Girl. The family originally wanted to hold the concert at the new NFL stadium in Minneapolis, but after a long wait for details that frustrated fans across the country, the much smaller Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul was chosen as the venue.

THE PAISLEY PARK MUSEUM

Paisley Park, the 65,000-square-foot studio complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen where Prince lived and died, opens for tours Oct. 6. If that sounds reminiscent of Elvis Presley's Graceland, it should. Graceland Holdings is managing it. The tours will include the studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits; the soundstage where he rehearsed for tours and hosted exclusive private concerts; and displays of artifacts including costumes, awards, instruments, and rare music and video recordings. The 70-minute tour costs $46 to $57.50, while the 100-minute VIP tour will cost $111.75. Tickets are available online only. A round building on the 9-acre grounds may be developed into a boutique hotel eventually.

THE TAXMAN COMETH

No official valuation of the estate has surfaced since a Bremer Trust attorney estimated during a hearing in June that it could be worth $100 million to $300 million. But it's certain that attorneys, accountants and others are hard at work on that question. That's because estate taxes are expected to gobble up just over half its value. The Internal Revenue Service will be expecting a payment in January. Bremer Trust has been putting some of Prince's real estate holdings on the market. His recorded music shot to the top of the charts after he died, so it's a safe bet that a lot of those royalties will find their way into the public treasury.

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