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Chinese team gets dressing down!

Italian style police have given the Chinese Winter Olympics team a dressing down over their fashion tastes.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 18:25 IST

Italian style police have given the Chinese Winter Olympics team a dressing down over their fashion tastes.

Exclusive fashion gurus Dolce and Gabbana cast its critical, high-brow eye over the opening ceremony and were less than impressed by the Chinese team which paraded at the Stadio Olimpico.

"The Chinese were the kitchiest, clad in long jackets that made them look like sandwiches and even shorter than they already are," sniffed the company who revealed its survey in the centre-right La Stampa newspaper on Monday.

"The fanciest were the French, sporting sailors' jackets a little too perfectly tailored and oh-so-cool scarves."

Not surprisngly, the home team got the thumbs up.

"The Italians were exactly the opposite, even a little lunar in their original silver outfits, and by far more glamourous.

"Frolicking and dancing and generally making a ruckus as they moved into the Olympic stadium, the Italians' easy-going nature might have been spurred on by their home court advantage.

"Pure adrenaline.

"If casting for a fashion show, we would hire the athletes from Kazakhstan, so stylish in their black coats and Borsalino hats, so Dolce & Gabbana."

However, neighbours Germany were treated with scorn.

"Forget about the Germans, with their overdose of vitamin C coloured-garb," said the company in its summary of the show.

"But thumbs up for the Russians, all Christmas in white jackets that somehow managed to make them look slimmer and taller."

Like all fashion slaves, the accessories came in for close observation. Especially the hats.

"They were entertaining, capturing each country's identity. The diverse headcoverings ranged from the Mongolians fur hat dripping with small tails, to the Indian embroidered "topi," to the Americans' flabby berets, that looked like upside-down underwear."

And if Denmark didn't have enough to worry about with their international relations taking a battering, Dolce and Gabbana reserved their own brickbat.

"The Danish hats, looking like waffles, were horrible."

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 18:25 IST