Gents, prep your pins for Bermuda shorts this summer

The runways of Milan were packed with menswear looks built around Bermudas, baggy or tailored, but always above the knee. The shorts are proving versatile. They go with jackets, ample overcoats, or for the truly buff, nothing at all. The bare leg offers resplendent choices for footwear, from sturdy sandals to buckskin or woven leather shoes. Designers have gravitated toward dark socks for summer - no longer taboo. The formula reverses with long pants: then it's no socks. Men won't have to wait for casual Fridays to wear shorts to the office. These are highly tailored and completely suitable. This edition of Milan Fashion week features 78 designers - more than in recent seasons - with a concerted effort to highlight young talent. Four young designers - two Italians, a German and a Chinese - are making their runway debuts this week. - AP