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In Milan's swankiest shopping street, an end to the industry's ingrained elitism, with its invitation-only events and cozy tribalism, still seems a long way off.Window-shopping with a friend, local Lila Sciacca says few in the city would dispute the economic benefits of fashion week: 48 million euros ($54 million) was City Hall's estimate of the revenues driven by the last bash.Grumbling over fashion's exclusive reflexes is Milan's new mayor, Giuseppe Sala.Among them was "Outside In," an open-air exhibition of new images by acclaimed British photographer Rankin that lined Via Montenapoleone.The photo-sharing website Instagram has had a hugely disruptive impact on the fashion world.The Rankin exhibition was the latest in a series commissioned by Guglielmo Miani, president of the Via Montenapoleone Association, an organization comprised of 140 luxury brands associated with the famous street.Growing online sales are also part of the disruptive wave fashion is currently surfing but Miani is confident it is one Via Montenapoleone and its counterparts in London, Paris and elsewhere can ride out.
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