Struggling to hide the love handles or muffin top for that holiday party? Underwear makers are finding the desire for a snap svelte silhouette has created a booming line for women, and now men, in shapewear.
An evening gown slit discreetly from the neck to the navel worn by Turkey's former first lady Mevhibe Inonu is on show in an Istanbul exhibition, tracing how her style helped define the image of the young Turkish Republic.
Posing a Swarovski crystal-studded bicycle next to crocodile bags in all colors and sizes, a Milan fair is seeking to woo big spenders with luxury items, banking on a recovery in the crisis-hit sector.
It is a long way from Wall Street to Granny's Lodge in central Botswana, but the slump triggered by the fall of Lehman Brothers a year ago has nonetheless turned Gracious Oageng's career dreams to dust.