Tattered, torn, stained, slashed and crumpled now seem set to be the adjectives Italian textile manufacturers strive for as they make ready their collections for the 35th Moda In trade fair due to take place in Milan from February l2 to l4, 200l. Surface treatments so extreme that they verge on the brink of destruction are in vogue. Look for mesh fabrics with weft threads missing, creating apparently random holes, purposeful ladders in knitted stockingettes, and seersuckers in which the bubbles that give the fabric its characteristic texture have been overblown to bursting point.