Milan Fashion Week saw Moncler, the down jacket brand, kick-off proceedings on Tuesday with an unusual presentation, beckoning hundreds of attendees to decipher different moods created by its eight-designer collective.
In anticipation of next month's official LA Fashion Week runway shows, organizers have released insight into the theme of the event – cultural diversity – and previewed some of the designers that will show.
Call it a bumper London Fashion Week; with some epic shows, brilliant displays of experimental fashion; the debut of great heritage brand and a fond farewell to the most successful British designer of this century.
Fashion labels may be falling over themselves to court young, smartphone-wielding shoppers, but the industry's initial enthusiasm for the see-now-buy-way runway seems to be waning as brands questions its benefits.
With big industry names, celebrities, and grand runway events from Moncler and Tommy Hilfiger, not to mention Versace's double anniversary, Milan Fashion Week, which starts this Tuesday, promises to be action-packed.
A welcome return to form for Christopher Kane, whose main inspiration may not have been that original yet nonetheless provided the impetus for a punchy collection that managed to be both sassy and chic.
The collection was a gloomy assemblage, a mood deepened by the memorial service soundtrack and the glum expressions of the cast. Which, again, made absolutely no sense as the inspiration was the great Fred Astaire.
Ballet and movement were the leitmotif of a marvelous collection by Roksanda Ilincic, clothes whose romantic jauntiness were in stark contrast to the steady rain of a battleship gray London Monday morning.
This is why fashionistas come to London: to see inventive experimental fashion. Which is what the latest show from Preen was; a great eco-warrior collection that was alternatively gutsy, girly and quite often great.