Fashion week in Paris, and after a display of pink and purple mini-dresses in an elegant apartment near the presidential palace, an assistant wheels out a rack bearing two very different creations: black abayas.
The Paris haute couture shows opened with pared-down collections and sober comments as the financial woes of designer Christian Lacroix forced even the world's most extravagant fashion scene to face economic reality.
Christian Lacroix sank to his knees, surrounded by his models in funereal black and his bride in gold lace, overcome with emotion at the end of his haute couture show on Tuesday 7 July, which could very well be his last.
Goodbye "fashionista" brands, where neither the price nor the planet counts. The recession has made recycled "recessionista chic" a hit at Berlin Fashion Week -- some of it even organic and free trade.
Berlin is slowly but surely establishing itself as one of the top global catwalks for the bold and the beautiful of the world of high fashion – and the global financial crisis seems to be doing nothing to slow it down.
During the John Galliano spring-summer 2010 fashion show in Paris each of the models, at the risk of stating the obvious, wore a pair of shoes. The difference this time was that these shoes were produced under licence by Rodolfo Zengarini.
Paris rose up against fashion diktats and wardrobe conformism at the five-day whirl of men's shows ending Monday 29 June, casting off suits and ties for classy comfort based on mixing, matching and layering.