For globally renowned Indian designer Ranna Gill, one collection fits the world. Gill incorporates Indian motifs and colors in her fashions, and says they must suit the tastes, lifestyles - and pockets - of women around the world.
In these cash-strapped times, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten wisely built his collection Sunday for Paris fashion week around a wardrobe staple: the classic winter coat.Women may think twice in a recession about frittering on fripperies.
From the backdrop a line of black calligraphy on a white ground traced the length of the catwalk, setting a mood of zen-like tranquillity at Hiroko Koshino's ready-to-wear show for next autumn-winter on Thursday.
Dresses with mock birds in cages or fried egg shape cut-outs. Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada showed Milan the kind of imagination she believes is needed in a woman's wardrobe at times of economic crisis.
Milan fashion week may have begun under an economic cloud due to the global financial turmoil but designers showing off their creations have sought to defy the gloomy mood, with some declaring "war" on the crisis.
Everyone in Italy's clothing industry is begging for state aid, but some of the loudest cries for help are coming from the exclusive haute couture segment known more for sequined extravagance than humble pleas.