The global style spotlight swings to Milan on Saturday, September 20th where fashion week kicks off with more than 90 spring-summer 2009 collections to be sent out, highlighted by the much-awaited debut of Gianfranco Ferre's designer duo.
The catwalks are humming and buyers are still trawling the stands at London Fashion Week, but behind the scenes luxury clothing retailers are considering the knock-on effects of a global financial crisis.
British fashion retailer Jaeger followed the success of its first show in February with an airy display of colour and a hint of vintage in its Spring/Summer 2009 collection at London Fashion Week on Monday.
Fashion favourite Luella Bartley dazzled audiences with jarring, psychedelic colours, while London's Jaeger presented a collection that mixed fitted with floaty pieces on Monday at London Fashion Week.
Welsh fashion designer and celebrity favourite Julien Macdonald stunned audiences at London Fashion Week on Monday evening with a safari-inspired collection combining 1940s Hollywood glamour and 1970s disco chic.
The final six contestants on U.S. television's "Project Runway" showed their design collections on Friday, hoping to become the hit show's winner and someday join the professionals on the fashion show circuit.