RPT-FEATURE-Rome haute couture pleads for help

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* Italian haute couturiers in the red as crisis deepens * Argue historic role in fashion underpins need for aid * Some adapt with focus on low-end couture By Deepa Babington ROME, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Everyone in Italy's clothing industry is begging for state aid, but some of the loudest cries for help are coming from the exclusive haute couture segment known more for sequined extravagance than humble pleas. Rome's couturiers -- who included the likes of Valentino and Roberto Capucci ...

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