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Snoop Dogg in Milan Fashion Week cage fight

From Prada to Versace, Milan Fashion Week is renowned for sleek catwalk shows oozing opulence - but that was before German designer Philipp Plein pinned his show around a cage fight set to the live beat of Snoop Dogg.

Snoop Dogg in Milan Fashion Week cage fight
Snoop Dogg performed inside a mock boxing ring where two fighters were enthusiastically sparring.Snoop Dogg photo: Shutterstock

The rapper, decked out in grey hoodie and sweat pants designed by the 36-year old Plein, performed inside a mock boxing ring where two fighters, the so-called "Demolition man" and his adversary, were enthusiastically sparring.

Paris Hilton, eye-catching in plunging neckline and crystal-studded jacket, was among the celebrities looking on from the front row as models decked out in the Fall-Winter 2015 collection of warrior-inspired street wear paraded around the outside of the ring to the beat of tribal drums.

It's not the first time Plein – whose show wound up Saturday's line-up after Versace – has overshadowed his more prestigious colleagues in the fashion world.

The catwalk for his men's Fall-Winter collection last year went Western, with a show including live horses and a shootout amongst cowboys, while the men's Spring-Summer 2015 show took pace in an abandoned public swimming pool with a performance by a group of synchronized swimmers.

Men's Fashion Week runs until Tuesday, with Prada, Gucci and Fendi still to come.

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MILAN

Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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