The heavy winter coat is not only out -- it may be a thing of the past in Australia as temperatures rise and summers lengthen due to global warming. Australian Fashion Week, which kicked off Tuesday, october 9th in Sydney, has ditched the traditional autumn/winter tag in favour of "trans-seasonal" runway shows full of clothes that can be worn year-round.
Italian designer Valentino received a standing ovation from a packed room for his last ever ready-to-wear show in Paris on Wednesday, October 3rd, having announced his retirement after 45 years in the business.
The gaping mouths of giant vacuum cleaner tubes dangling menacingly over the runway at the Issey Miyake show were a clue to the inspiration behind the collection for summer 2008 which designer Dai Fujiawa called "Wind".
Spanish designer Estrella Archs, who has recently been named creative director at Cacharel, sent out a flurry of pretty but unfussy frocks onto the runway for her own label collection here on Sunday, September 30th, boding well for her new job.
After one of northern Europe's wettest summers on record, fashion designers showing in Milan this week are confidently predicting more seasonal sunshine next year for their airy, light-as-a-feather creations.
Prague's Wenceslas Square, scene of some of the turning points in the country's history, for the first time hosted a fashion show on Thursday, September 20th evening with the presentation of Osmany Laffita's Summer 2008 collection.