The Peacocks Return

FLORENCE, Italy — Darwin hated peacocks. The sight of a single one of their feathers made him ill. (Admittedly, he was a hypochondriac.) Still, the man who outlined the laws of natural selection well understood the evolutionary purpose of displays that, in humans, are often dismissed as mere vanity. So, too, do the peacocks that historically flock to the European men’s wear shows and congregate at the big men’s wear fair, Pitti Uomo.

“I don’t generally indulge in sentimentality,” Raffaello Napoleone, the chief executive officer of Pitti Imagine, the fair’s parent group, said at the end of June, as he reviewed the numbers of men (and they were mostly men)

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